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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 mini-club Great Britain Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club Great Britain Container Car Z Scale
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Marklin mini-club White "Marklin" Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club White "Marklin" Container Car Z Scale
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Marklin mini-club Japan Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club Japan Container Car Z Scale
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Marklin mini-club Belgium Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club Belgium Container Car Z Scale
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Marklin mini-club Canada Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club Canada Container Car Z Scale
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Marklin mini-club Black "Marklin" Container Car Z Scale
Marklin mini-club Black "Marklin" Container Car Z Scale
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Z - Marklin Empty Box for USA Set 8139
Z - Marklin Empty Box for USA Set 8139
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8833 Marklin Z Diesel-hydraulic Express DB Class 261
8833 Marklin Z Diesel-hydraulic Express DB Class 261
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Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 914 40' Log Loads 3 Pack
Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 914 40' Log Loads 3 Pack
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Princes PILS Kolls 88017 Märklin 8600 voie Z 1:220 263 Å
Princes PILS Kolls 88017 Märklin 8600 voie Z 1:220 263 Å
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Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 923 40' Log Car Timber Load # 2 3 Pack
Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 923 40' Log Car Timber Load # 2 3 Pack
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8853 Electric Locomotive + Märklin Mini Club Gauge
8853 Electric Locomotive  + Märklin Mini Club Gauge
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Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 954 Old RR Ties Load 2 Pack
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Micro-Trains Z Scale 799 00 922 40' Timber Load 2 Pack
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