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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.

Z Scale - MICRO-TRAINS LINE 510 00 320 WABASH VALLEY 50' Rib Side Box Car
Z Scale - MICRO-TRAINS LINE 510 00 320 WABASH VALLEY 50' Rib Side Box Car
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Märklin Z #82371 DB Covered 3 Car Potash Hopper Set, New in Box 1998 only
Märklin Z #82371 DB Covered 3 Car Potash Hopper Set,  New in Box 1998 only
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Marklin Mini-Club Z 8150 Mini-Club Museum Train Set with Cardboard Foldouts
Marklin Mini-Club Z 8150 Mini-Club Museum Train Set with Cardboard Foldouts
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Micro Trains MTL Z Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 39? Single Dome Tank Car X103001 
Micro Trains MTL Z Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 39? Single Dome Tank Car X103001 
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Marklin 8520 Curved Track Sections (4)
Marklin 8520 Curved Track Sections (4)
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Z Scale Rokuhan A101-5 Hapag Lloyd Container 2 Pack Ships NOW From USA!
Z Scale Rokuhan A101-5 Hapag Lloyd Container 2 Pack Ships NOW From USA!
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Rokuhan Z Scale Big Oval Track Set
Rokuhan Z Scale Big Oval Track Set
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GREAT Z SCALE SOUNDS OF A STEEL MILL SOUND EFFECTS CD FOR MODEL RAILROADS
GREAT Z SCALE SOUNDS OF A STEEL MILL SOUND EFFECTS CD FOR MODEL RAILROADS
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MICRO-TRAINS LINE Z SCALE WEATHERED 50' RIB SIDE BOX CAR RAILBOX 51044220
MICRO-TRAINS LINE Z SCALE WEATHERED 50' RIB SIDE BOX CAR RAILBOX 51044220
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Rokuhan Z Scale 1 220 Scale R059 R490mm 13° Curved Track 2 pcs
Rokuhan Z Scale 1 220 Scale R059 R490mm 13° Curved Track 2 pcs
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Rokuhan Z Scale 1 220 Scale R012 R490mm 13° Curved Track 2 pcs
Rokuhan Z Scale 1 220 Scale R012 R490mm 13° Curved Track 2 pcs
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531 00 081 UNION PACIFIC 11131 ~ PS-2 HOPPER ~ MTL MICRO TRAINS Z SCALE
531 00 081 UNION PACIFIC 11131 ~ PS-2 HOPPER  ~ MTL MICRO TRAINS Z SCALE
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503 00 021 CANADIAN PACIFIC 55939 ~ 40' BOXCAR ~ MTL MICRO TRAINS Z SCALE
503 00 021 CANADIAN PACIFIC 55939 ~ 40' BOXCAR ~ MTL MICRO TRAINS Z SCALE
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Micro-Trains MTL Z-Scale 50ft Box Cars Santa Fe ATSF Brown White Runner 4-Pack
Micro-Trains MTL Z-Scale 50ft Box Cars Santa Fe ATSF Brown White Runner 4-Pack
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Marklin Mini Club z scale 98023 Storck Karamellen Tank Car Set
Marklin Mini Club z scale 98023 Storck Karamellen Tank Car Set
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