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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 R051 R195mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R051 R195mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan S018 Z Scale Pier Set 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan S018 Z Scale Pier Set 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan R052 R220mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R052 R220mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan R053 R245mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R053 R245mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
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Liquid Bearings,  ABSOLUTE BEST 100%-synthetic train oil for Micro-Trains MTL !!
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Rokuhan R054 R270mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R054 R270mm 30 Curved Track 6 pcs. (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan R082 220mm Double Crossover 1 pc (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R082 220mm Double Crossover 1 pc (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan R047 Rail Set B Siding Set (1 220 Z Scale)
Rokuhan R047 Rail Set B Siding Set (1 220 Z Scale)
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Rokuhan T009-4 Z Scale Diesel Train KIHA 52-100 JNR Earlier Standard Color
Rokuhan T009-4 Z Scale Diesel Train KIHA 52-100 JNR Earlier Standard Color
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Rokuhan T015-3 Z Scale Electric Locomotive Type EF81 Rainbow Color Number 95
Rokuhan T015-3 Z Scale Electric Locomotive Type EF81 Rainbow Color Number 95
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Rokuhan T027-3 Z Scale JNR Steam Locomotive Type C57 Number 1 Royal Train
Rokuhan T027-3 Z Scale JNR Steam Locomotive Type C57 Number 1 Royal Train
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Rokuhan T009-6 Z Scale Diesel Train KIHA 52-100 JNR Old Standard Color
Rokuhan T009-6 Z Scale Diesel Train KIHA 52-100 JNR Old Standard Color
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Rokuhan T013-4 Z Scale JR Series 500 Shinkansen Type EVA 3 Cars Set
Rokuhan T013-4 Z Scale JR Series 500 Shinkansen Type EVA 3 Cars Set
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Rokuhan T003-3 Z Scale JNR Series 113-1500 Yokosuka Color 2 Cars Add-on Set
Rokuhan T003-3 Z Scale JNR Series 113-1500 Yokosuka Color 2 Cars Add-on Set
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Rokuhan T009-2 Z ScaleDiesel Train KIHA 52-100 Metropolitan Area Color
Rokuhan T009-2 Z ScaleDiesel Train KIHA 52-100 Metropolitan Area Color
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