The Mikadao 2-8-2 locomotive is something every model railroad should have. In z scale, you have two choices, the classic Marklin 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive or the AZL line of heavy and light Mikado locomotives. The Marklin 2-8-2 Mikado has been around for some time and is still a very popular z scale locomotive. You will find them in CB&Q, New York Central, Southern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, C&O and AT&SF. Most of these came in sets so they can be hard to come by. Pricing tends to run about $150 used and up by themselves. As for the AZL lineup they have even more to choose from in both heavy and light versions. Most of the Mikado z scale locomotives offered by AZL come in 3 to 4 different road numbers. So what is the better of the two? In my opinion, you are really looking at two completely different markets. In z scale, Marklin has it’s own following and their faithful tell you that the Marklin z scale 2-8-2 is the only way to go. From a detail and realism view, the AZL Mikado offers more detail and crisper printing and more road numbers as mentioned earlier. I have owned both, and each has their own charm. So as I always figure when it comes to locomotives, and the z scale 2-8-2 Mikado is no different, get them both.
New AZL Release Southern Pacific Bay Window Caboose. Finally a couple more cabooses! Cabooses have been hard to come by in z scale of late.
A couple notes from the National Train Show from AZL:
AZL has announced new products during the National Train show. This included coil cars, 17,000 gallon corn syrup cars and ACF 2-bay covered hoppers. Pre-production versions were shown. No official release dates have been announced. AZL has also announced the cancellation of the proposed AC4400 locomotive series. This will be replaced by ES4400s. Look for this locomotive to appears in quite a few paint schemes including heritage schemes. Again, no release date has been announced. We will keep you posted. Check out the new SP cabooses online at Zgauge.Com
The Marklin Z Scale F7 locomotive is a great piece that many Marklin collectors and just general z scale modelers love to own. While one of the most common Marklin F7 is the Santa Fe with the red war bonnet, you will find a variety of road names including Burlington Northern, Southern Pacific, Pennsylvania, Alaska, B&O, Chessie System, Burlington Route and more. You will also find some variations of the Marklin F7 like a version of the Southern Pacific, the Starlight Express and others that you will only find in a set. Earlier units had a 3 pole unit while later models have a 5 pole. So what is the difference of a 3 pole verses a 5 pole motor? The biggest thing you will note is better low end speeds and a quieter motor. Marklin changed over to the 5 pole versions completely in their F7’s by the end of 2000. If you have an older Marklin Z scale F-7, you can change it over to a 5 pole with not to much trouble.
You will also find some Marklin Mini Club F-7 B unit locomotives and some A-B-A sets as well. You may be able to find Marklin F-7 starter set here and there as well. The “Meet Me In New Orleans” set actually has a Southern F-7 passenger set along with a 2-8-2 freight set and lots of track and even two controllers! Below you will find a few of the current offerings of used F-7 Marklin locomotives on ebay or you can click here to find more.
Very easy to look at, very hard to find! The AZL z scale GS-3 is one beautiful locomotive that anyone would love to own, if you can find one! These little works of art were produced in very limited production. Produced by AZL in both the Daylight version and the deskirted black version. The GS-3 was a streamlined 4-8-4 Northern type steam locomotive far different than what we think of when we think of a typical northern locomotive. They were used by Southern Pacific for about 17 years from the late 30′ s to 1957. Built by the Lima locomotive works in OH ,they had road numbers 4416 through 4429. The GS in GS-3 stood for Golden State or General Service The GS-3 with the bright paint scheme was referred to as the daylight . They were primarily used on Southern Pacific’s premier passenger train at the time, the Coast Daylight. In later years after being replaced by newer GS class engines, they were painted black, had their side skirting removed for easier maintenance. As a relative new comer to z scale, I lament the fact that I missed the opportunity to own one of these, I keep a watch on ebay, but they are just about impossible to find. Will AZL re release the Z Scale GS-3 Locomotive??? Time will tell. They have releasing some great locomotives of late including the Big Boy and a nice variety of SD70 and SD75 locomotives. Visit us at Zgauge.Com and sign up for our newsletter or better yet follow us on Facebook for prompt notification of new releases from AZL and special promotions. If they do introduce the AZL GS-3 Daylight Locomotive in Z Scale, we will let you know immediately……..after I get mine!
AZL Z Scale SD75M Santa Fe Red War Bonnet Locomotives
By popular demand AZL has introduced a beautiful Z scale SD75M in Santa Fe red war bonnet colors. AZL 61011 Z Scale Locomotive SD75M AT&SF Santa Fe War Bonnet. Available in 4 road numbers. The SD75M was essentially a special request by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway and the SD75I was purchased by Santa Fe successor Burlington Northern and Santa Fe, Canadian National, and the Ontario Northland.. Easily set up to DCC using Digitrax DZ1230 decoder. Easy drop in installation or add on the option and we will ship it decoder installed. Also out this week, a nice 33,000 Wanda Petrolium LPG Tank single car available in 2 road numbers. Find them both online at Zgauge.Com
More on the AZL Z Scale Southern Pacific Line Heavyweight Passenger Cars. On an earlier post we highlighted the the Sunset Limited 10 Car St from AZL but at the same time they released a bunch of heavyweight passenger cars for z scale in SP road name. 2 new body styles were added, an observation and a mail car. All told with the different road numbers and car names released, I counted 25 different heavyweight passenger cars, not counting the 10 in the 10 car set. You can see all the cars including the Z Scale Southern Pacific Observation Car, the Z Scale Southern Pacific Mail Cars and all the new releases at Zgauge.Com .There is also buzzing about another new locomotive release….we will post pictures as soon as we see it.
A pair of ACF Covered 51′ Cylindrical Hoppers for USI. The models were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., painted to a slight sheen and equipped with the new Bowser Roller Bearing trucks featuring super-gliding blackened metal wheels, and knuckle couplers. The bodies represent steel, and black in color. The data is white, with the red and black USI logo appearing on the sides of the car bodies! These Full Throttle USI Cylindrical hopper cars wear two unique reporting numbers SHPX 60416 and SHPX 60417
Prototype information from the manufacturer:
ACF Center Flow Cylindricals. Due to many early mergers of railroad companies, ACF industries represented in most state of the Northern US , east of the Mississippi River. They are responsible for many innovative freight and passenger cars using modern on modern railroads. After WWII, USA railroads were increasingly called upon to haul new and unique, or modern products if you will over long distances. American Car & Foundry (ACF) designed a center flow tank type called the center flow covered hopper car. This was a freight car for the future, ready to transport sugar, cement, sand, salt fertilizers, many different grains, coke, starch feeds, chemicals and plastics. USI is an American company specializing in petrochemicals and polymer products. Incorporated in WV, they have major factories in IL and NJ as well as plants nationwide. SHPX is a reporting mark for the leasing division of ACF.
I can’t say enough about the Uncle Will’s Full Throttle Z Scale line. Every car I have seen is just a great little piece. I love the stackable collectors cases and I really appreciate the interesting subjects that are released. Keep in mind, they are limited run. Get them while you can! Check current stock of Uncle Will’s Z Scale products at Zgauge.Com. PS if you haven’t like us on Facebook yet, you have missed out on some great promotions!
AZL just keeps bringing it! There latest locomotive, the AZL 61015 Z Scale Locomotive SD70M in CSX Dark Future colors has just been released and is available in 4 road numbers. It is very DCC ready, just drop in a Digitraxx DZ1230 decoder and you are set. Better yet, you can buy it with the decoder installed for you, no chance of breaking a detail off installing yourself. The locomotive offers the same features as the other SD70 an SD70 locomotives in their collection:
- Directional lighting
- Traction tires
- Prototype specific details
- Separately applied add on parts
- Optional plow included
- Dual flywheels
- Brass railings and side panels
- Maintenance free can motor
- AZL auto latch couplers
- Easily upgrades to DCC with Digitrax D123Z0 decoder
AZL is continually adding more products and we are doing our best to get them in our store at ZGauge.Com as fast as possible. Follow us on facebook for some great promos as well.
AZL just released anincludes 10 cars, not sold separately. Here’s what this neat little set will include:other great set, the Z Scale Sunset Limited 10 Car Passenger Set. Very nice set and it is somewhat limited so don’t hesitate if you want to add this z scale passenger car set to your layout. The set
AZL 70004-1 Z Scale Sunset Limited 10 Car Passenger Set
Set number 70004-1. This ten car set contains the following cars. These cars are only available in this set:
1. AZL PULLMAN 12-1 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Brazos
2. AZL PULLMAN 12-1 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Pecos
3. AZL PULLMAN 10-1-2 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | El Norte
4. AZL PULLMAN 10-1-2 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | El Occidente
5. AZL PULLMAN 6-3 Pullman Sleeper SP Dark Olive | Glen Aladale
6. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES 28-1 Parlor SP Dark Olive
7. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES 36 Seat Diner SP Dark Olive
8. AZL PULLMAN AF268-Z09 (Observation) SP Dark Olive
9. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES AF268-Z05E (Baggage) SP Dark Olive
10. AZL SOUTHERN PACIFIC LINES AF268-Z10B (RPO) SP Dark Olive
Check our store for a nice selection of Z Scale locomotive and cars, both new and used from Marklin, Micro Trains Line, AZL and Uncle Wills Full Throttle Line.