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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.

Marklin Z Gauge 1985 Marklin Club USA 8600 Reefer RARE
Marklin Z Gauge 1985 Marklin Club USA 8600 Reefer RARE
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Marklin Z Gauge 92711 Tutti Fruiti 8600 Reefer RARE
Marklin Z Gauge 92711 Tutti Fruiti 8600 Reefer RARE
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15 x Z or N Model Lampposts 6V lights +resistors #SB006
15 x Z or N Model Lampposts 6V lights +resistors #SB006
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(AM01) miller with flour sacks figure Scale Gauge Z (1:220)
(AM01) miller with flour sacks figure Scale Gauge Z (1:220)
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Marklin Z 88431miniclub; Electric loco class 143 DR, new boxed D313
Marklin Z 88431miniclub; Electric loco class 143 DR,  new boxed  D313
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Marklin Z Gauge 2403M Miller Lite blue RARE
Marklin Z Gauge 2403M Miller Lite blue RARE
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Marklin Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Baltimore & Ohio B&O Regional Set #8007A MIB
Marklin Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Baltimore & Ohio B&O Regional Set #8007A  MIB
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Rare Marklin Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Union Pacific Regional Set #8005A MIB
Rare Marklin Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Union Pacific Regional Set #8005A MIB
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Z Scale Marklin Mini-Club 8684 Mobilgas Tank Car
Z Scale Marklin Mini-Club 8684 Mobilgas Tank Car
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Marklin Z Gauge Scale 61 Jahre Years of HO Das New C Gleis Track MIB
Marklin Z Gauge  Scale 61 Jahre Years of HO Das New C Gleis Track MIB
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Marklin 87945 Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Passenger 3 Car Set Württemberg Era II MIB
Marklin 87945 Mini-Club Z Scale Gauge Passenger 3 Car Set Württemberg Era II MIB
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Marklin 88473 Märklin Z Scale SWISS Seedamm Center cl 446 RE 4 4 Electric Loco
Marklin 88473 Märklin Z Scale SWISS Seedamm Center cl 446 RE 4 4 Electric Loco
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Outland Models Train Railroad City Hall Government Department Z Scale 1:220
Outland Models Train Railroad City Hall   Government Department Z Scale 1:220
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Marklin Mini Club 88698 Diesel Locomotive 5 Pole Motor.
Marklin Mini Club 88698 Diesel Locomotive 5 Pole Motor.
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Z SCALE BOMBED OUT CHURCH IN RUINS WITH TOMB Hand Painted.
Z SCALE BOMBED OUT CHURCH IN RUINS WITH TOMB Hand Painted.
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