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Information about Z Scale

 
Z scale (1:220) uses a 6.5 mm gauge making it one of the smallest available model railway scales. Marklin introduced the Z scale at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 1972 Helmut Killian was the design engineer in charge of creating this scale. They chose the letter Z because they thought there would never be a model railway smaller then this, there have been attempts to create a smaller scale but they have never really taken off.

The Z scale is most popular in Europe, North America and Japan with enthusiasts regularly participating in model railroad exhibitions and shows.

Advantages and Drawbacks of the Z Scale
Since the Z scale is so small it's possible to build a much more complex railroad without the need of a large layout or large space. This has allowed enthusiasts to come up with some very creative platforms to build their railways on such as guitar cases, briefcases and cigar boxes. Several museums have been able to recreate real world layouts using this smaller scale. The size of the Z scale allows for longer trains, smoother curves.

Due to the small size and weight of the Z scale locomotives (engines can be under 1 ounce) they are more prone to derailments or being stopped all together from poorly installed tracks or dirt on the tracks. Another problem with the low weight is the inability for the locomotives to pull trains up grades. It is suggest that a grade of up to 2% for 6 four-axle cars and up to 4% for shorter trains. By adding high density weighting materials such as tungsten powder or lead can increase the amount of pulling power.

Rokuhan G004-1 Z Scale JR Series 500 Shinkansen Starter Set
Rokuhan G004-1 Z Scale JR Series 500 Shinkansen Starter Set
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Marklin Z Gauge 88642 Lucky pig w display track w 5 pole motor mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 88642 Lucky pig w display track w 5 pole motor mint unused.
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Marklin Z Gauge 88951 2-6-0 Steam tank locomotive w 5 pole moter mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 88951 2-6-0 Steam tank locomotive w 5 pole moter mint unused.
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MICRO-TRAINS LINE Z SCALE 50' BOX CAR NORTHERN PACIFIC 507 00 472
MICRO-TRAINS LINE Z SCALE 50' BOX CAR NORTHERN PACIFIC 507 00 472
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Marklin Z Gauge 81250 9 V starter set Steam loco w 5 pole motor mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 81250 9 V starter set Steam loco w 5 pole motor mint unused.
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Marklin Z Gauge 88952 2-6-0 Steam tank locomotive w 5 pole moter mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 88952 2-6-0 Steam tank locomotive w 5 pole moter mint unused.
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Marklin Z Gauge 81250 9 V starter set Steam loco w 5 pole motor mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 81250 9 V starter set Steam loco w 5 pole motor mint unused.
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Luetke 73212 Z Scale Wood News Stands (2) Vending Posters Details KIT *NEW
Luetke 73212 Z Scale Wood News Stands (2) Vending Posters Details KIT *NEW
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Miller Engineering Micro-Structures Z 901 City Fire Station Kit *NEW *USA DEALER
Miller Engineering Micro-Structures Z 901 City Fire Station Kit *NEW *USA DEALER
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Z Scale Marklin Southern Pacific Cupola Caboose, Road #1145
Z Scale Marklin Southern Pacific Cupola Caboose,  Road #1145
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Marklin Z Gauge 8897 2-6-0 Tank steam locomotive in green and black mint unused.
Marklin Z Gauge 8897 2-6-0 Tank steam locomotive in green and black mint unused.
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Z Scale Marklin Southern Pacific Black Widow F Unit Diesel
Z Scale Marklin Southern Pacific Black Widow F Unit Diesel
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Z Scale Marklin Northern Pacific Cupola Caboose
Z Scale Marklin Northern Pacific Cupola Caboose
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Z Scale Marklin Spokane, Portland & Seattle Flat Car SP&S
Z Scale Marklin Spokane,  Portland & Seattle Flat Car SP&S
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Z Scale Marklin Great Northern Gondola
Z Scale Marklin Great Northern Gondola
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