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Evangelizing Z Scale With YouTube?

Evangelizing Z Scale With YouTube?

Recently I’ve been to looking at what’s popular in model trains videos over at YouTube, trying to see if we can adapt any new evangelizing ideas to Z scale. I’ve been surprised at what ranks high in the online video world when it comes to model trains. As YouTube is the second most popular search […]

August 4, 2013 0 Comments More
You Say It’s Your Birthday

You Say It’s Your Birthday

Yesterday, July 25th, was my birthday, always an interesting day. I took the day half-off, getting to a few small organizational chores around my workshop. As some readers may know I’m a sucker for milestone days and events, and birthdays definitely qualify. Not wanting to let a good milestone go to waste, I decided to […]

July 26, 2013 0 Comments More
Oyster Bay, Long Island Yard Switch

Oyster Bay, Long Island Yard Switch

I saw a story online this weekend about an original turntable dating from 1902 not too far from where I live here on Long Island. The turntable is in its original location at the Oyster Bay, NY train station, about a mile from Teddy Roosevelt’s summer White House at Sagamore Hill. It’s a safe bet […]

July 8, 2013 0 Comments More
US Road Dimensions

US Road Dimensions

I received an email late last week from one our readers here at Ztrains, asking about some specific American-style road dimensions. Nothing like getting it right from the horse’s mouth so I took my camera on the road, almost literally. Here’s the road question from Ryan: I am making a road on my Z scale […]

June 24, 2013 0 Comments More
HOS | Hardened Oil Syndrome

HOS | Hardened Oil Syndrome

HOS stands for Hardened Oil Syndrome, a condition found in older Marklin Z scale locomotives where the loco does not run due to congealed, or hardened, oil in the gears. We utilize a pair of older YouTube videos in the article to illustrate, the quality of these videos isn’t quite up to new video camera […]

June 22, 2013 0 Comments More
More From Showcase Miniatures

More From Showcase Miniatures

I recently wrote about a very cool new pick-up truck in Z scale from Showcase Miniatures. Here it is just a short time later and I felt compelled to again highlight this company. I got a few more of their vehicles this week, I popped their “F” Type Day Delivery Tractor out of its bag […]

June 14, 2013 0 Comments More
Red Rock Reworked

Red Rock Reworked

I don’t know what it is about this desktop layout, I just can’t seem to leave it alone! I find myself going back, again and again, reshaping this, adding that, etc. I think I have the basic shape now in place after the most recent changes. Of course, I’ve said this before. I’m still not […]

June 7, 2013 0 Comments More
Juergen Faulhaber | Marklin

Juergen Faulhaber | Marklin

As a result of the still recent (March 2013) acquisition of Marklin by the Simba Dickie Group, based in Fürth-Stadeln, Germany, many Marklin Z enthusiasts here in the US have been wondering what this means for the future of Marklin in Z scale. Immediately following the Simba Dickie sale, we contacted Juergen Faulhaber, Marklin Mini-Club […]

June 1, 2013 0 Comments More
Showcase Miniatures

Showcase Miniatures

I really love to see existing manufacturers opening up their product lines to include Z scale, as Showcase Miniatures has just done, with some much-needed high quality pieces. Vehicles such as trucks are hard enough to come by in Z scale, to find great looking US-style trucks is even more difficult. I came across this […]

June 1, 2013 0 Comments More
Red Rock Layout Spires

Red Rock Layout Spires

As I began working again on our Red Rock desktop layout, I was looking through lots of online photos from iconic areas in the US such as Sedona, Arizona and the Colorado Plateau. These are such beautiful areas; I wanted to try to bring a bit more of this feel to our desktop layout. Building […]

May 10, 2013 0 Comments More
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