Z scale train sets offer a great way to get started in z scale model railroading. Selection is somewhat limited but Micro Trains Line offers a nice starter set priced right around $200. The F-7 table top starter sets come with a very nice F-7 locomotive, 4 pieces of rolling stock, a matching caboose, and an oval of their easy to use Micro Track. While a power track is included, you will need to supply your own transformer
. You can use an N scale transformer if you are cautious, keeping the throttle around half at most or buy a transformer built for z scale applications. The Micro Trains z scale starter is a great way to explore z scale trains. Just open the box, snap your track together, add your transformer and you are instantly running your railroad. You will be amazed at the detail and smooth operation of such small trains. Now just think how much of a railroad you can fit in a very small space! Great track plans exist that can allow you to run two separate trains and perform switching areas in a space of about 2′ x 5′. From there, your choices are endless. Locomotives, rolling stock and passenger cars are being released monthly by many of the z scale manufacturers. If you have thought about getting into z scale trains, consider one of the Micro Trains Z scale train sets to get you on the way. You can find more z scale gear at Zgauge.Com
AZL 62511 Z Scale GP38-2 Milwaukee Road Locomotive
AZL offers a wide choice of road names for their popular z scale GP-38 locomotive. Pictured to the left is the Milwaukee Road version in road number 352, 3 other road numbers are available. While AZL promotes this locomotive as an entry level locomotive, they are being quite modest. AZL uses state of the art injection techniques to provide a quality detailed locomotive that simply couldn’t have been made in the early 70’s when Marklin started making z scale. Standard features include directional controlled LEDs, powerful coreless motor, window glazing, AZL AutoLatch™ couplers and traction tires. Digitrax now makes a drop in DCC decoder just for the AZL GP38-2 z scale locomotives. With a street price of under $125, the AZL Z Scale GP38-2 Locomotive is a great buy and make it easy to build a 2-3 locomotive consist. Below is info from AZL.
The GP38-2 is AZL’s entry level locomotive. The locomotive features directional controlled LEDs, powerful coreless motor, window glazing, AZL AutoLatch™ couplers and traction tires. The locomotive is DCC ready.
- 12V 7.5mm SDK/AZL motor
- Dual flywheels
- LED directional controlled lighting
- DCC ready: Digitrax now produces a drop in decoder for our GP38-
Marklin 82521US Freight Car Set
The Marklin 82521 US 4 Car Freight Set contains the following US freight cars: Pennsylvania box car road number 24255, Pennsylvania Merchandise Service box car road number 118747, Penn Salt tank car road number 67972 and B & O Gondola Road number 551470. A very nice US freight car set by in Z scale, the Marklin 82521 set comes in a very nice slider type box with the cars securely resting in a plastic tray. The cars are equipped with the Marklin type couplers. Produced for only a few years, 2004 and 2006, this set is getting harder to find. The Marklin 82521 set offers a nice selection of US freight cars. My favorite of the four is the Pennsylvania Merchandise service car. Check out Zgauge.Com for the latest in z scale from AZL, Full Throttle and more.
AZL CSX TTGX Bi Level Auto Rack Car 4 Pack AZL90204-4
AZL offers some great bi level auto rack 4 car sets in Southern Pacific, Union Pacific, Burlington Northern & Santa Fe, CSX, Canadian Pacific and AT&SF in z scale. The CSX TTGX pictured here is another great example of high end z gauge offerings from AZL. Each car features blackened wheels, photo etched details, awesome printing and true to the prototype details. Pictures
AZL CSX TTGX Bi Level Auto Rack Car 4 Pack AZL90204-4
don’t do the AZL CSX TTGX Bi Level Auto Rack Car 4 Pack AZL90204-4 featured justice! The beauty of z scale size means you can have quite a unit train full of bi level auto rack cars in a limited space. What could look better behind a couple of SD-40’s than about 40 of these cars. AZL offers 2 CSX 4 car sets and two individual cars as well. The other road names listed above offer a few more sets as well. Check out the AZL CSX TTGX Bi Level Auto Rack Car 4 Pack AZL90204-4 and there complete line of quality products!
The Marklin 8900 Freight Train Set was introduced by Marklin in 1972 and was available for three years. The Marklin 8900 included the following:
Marklin Mini Club 8900 Set
- #8800 0-6-0 Tank Locomotive
- #8601 Union Beer Car
- #8606 Bananen Box Car
- #8610 Low Side Gondola
- #8612 Tank Car
- Track to make a small oval
- Ramp to get cars on track
The transformer was to be purchased separately. The Marklin 8900 train set came in an attractive wood grain box about the size of a lunch box with all the above mentioned parts tucked away in a plastic tray. You will come across the set every now and again on ebay, selling complete around $100-$150. Considering that Marklin introduced Z scale trains in 1972, this is one of the earliest sets offered. To the right is picture or two to give you an idea of what the Marklin Mini Club 8900 Freight Train set looked like. Keep in mind, the box is over 40 years old so it has a few marks here and there.
Included in the Marklin
8900 Freight Set
Micro Trains Line
Z Scale GP35
The Micro Trains Line GP35 Z scale locomotive in AT&SF Kodachrome colors is just another example of quality z scale locomotives that Micro Trains has produced. Z scale has come along way since it’s introduction and you can see it in the Micro Trains Line GP35. Available in road names including AT&SF, Illinois Central, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Conrail, Pennsylvania and more. While the Micro Trains Line GP35 is out of production, you will still find them for sale on some sites including auction sites. Micro Trains still offers shells in several road names. The locomotives were introduced DCC ready with a split frame. Nice looking, excellent accurate detail, smooth running, all adjectives you will find being used to describe the Micro Trains Line Z Scale GP35.
Marklin 8876 Z Scale Rail Zeppelin
While first exploring z scale I came across the Marklin Z scale Rail Zeppelin model numbers 8876 & 88761. I thought this was just a whimsical locomotive buy upon further research, I found the Marklin Z scale rail zeppelin is based on a locomotive designed in Germany in 1929 by Franz Friederich Kruckenburg. How fast was the Rail Zeppelin? The record it set of 144 mph stood for almost a decade and a half. Marklin has offered the z scale rail zeppelin in 1982 as model number 8876 and again in 2010, model number 88761 with updates including a 5 pole motor and a sharp wooden storage box, it quickly sold out. This really is a neat little model that holds true to the original it was modeled after. You can still find the Marklin Z scale model here and there, but the are getting harder to find. This is truly a unique piece of obscure history that Marklin has done a great job it duplicating in z scale.
Uncle Wills Full Throttle Z Scale Hoppers
Uncle Wills Full Throttle 2 Car Pack
I have to admit I had never heard of Uncle Wills Full Throttle Z Scale before. I bought a lot of z scale trains on line and was pleasantly surprised to receive several 2 car hopper packs in the lot. I did a little research and found this great little company that has been producing a nice selection of unique z scale rolling stock. The cars come well packed in a hard case with very attractive packaging along with an accurate history of the type of car modeled. One thing I noted with the Uncle Wills Full Throttle line is the unique selection. You will find a nice selection of hoppers, gondolas and cylindrical hoppers. The open hoppers come with loads from Hay Brothers Garage. If you want true variety in your collection, you will find it in the Uncle Wills Full Throttle Line. I have noticed that the sets sell out fast, so if you see something you like, and you will, snap them up!
Z Scale Micro Trains SD40-2
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