Alaska Railroad Z Scale. The Alaska Railroad can trace it’s roots all the way back to early 1900’s with the Alaska Central Road. While z scale can only trace it’s roots to Marklin back in 1972, the Alaska Railroad does have it’s representation in z scale. You may selection to be some what limited when it comes to a locomotive for the Alaska Railroad in z scale, you will find a few here and there. Every once and a while you will find a custom painted unit as well. The most common locomotive you will find is from Marklin, an ABA set. Micro Trains offered a F-7 A unit in the past a well. FR made a special run Marklin Mikado painted for the Alaskan Railroad in z scale along with a couple of cars and a caboose. Some time ago I saw an AZL E-8 custom painted as well, very pretty.
As for rolling stock things open up a bit more with Marklin offering a few different Alaska sets in z scale. Cars available included tankers, gondolas, box cars and a caboose. MTL offered a few different cars as well. Full Throttle (one of my favorite manufactures) had sets available as well. Likely the hardest to find is the handcrafted FR Alaska cars. When you find them, they will be spendy! Micro trains did offer Alaska passenger cars in z scale that come up for sale every now and then. I would love to have the entire MTL set.
There you have it. If you want to model the Alaska RR in z scale, you have some basics to start with that offer a basic representation of the railway. If you want to try your hand at custom painting, the sky is the limit. Below you will find a few examples of what is currently available on ebay for the Alaska Railroad in z scale, or you can .
Marklin Mini Club 88075 Z Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4
The Marklin Z Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4. This is one of my favorite Marklin Z scale pieces. Modeled after the classic road number 5344 New York Central Locomotive. This was J3-1 type 4-6-4 Hudson locomotives that was streamlined and became known for pulling the 20th Century Limited until 1937. While the claim was made that the streamlining allowed the locomotive to pull up to 12 percent more weight, in my opinion it was as much that as a marketing move. This was one beautiful machine! The Marklin Z scale 4-6-4 Commodore holds the same allure as it’s full size counter part. Having seen pictures of the Marklin 88075 Commodore and seeing it in person, I can tell you, pictures don’t do it justice.
The Marklin Commodore Vanderbilt is a metal body locomotive with a five pole motor for smooth operation. Also features a working headlight and all six wheels are driven. If you have run any of the 5 pole Marklin Z scale locomotives you know they are just a joy to run, velvet smooth. You may have a challenge finding the right consist of passenger cars to pull behind the Commodore Vanderbilt, you may have to bend the prototype a little but well worth it. I have always thought a spur could be added on your layout for a Railroad Museum where you could feature some of these classics no matter what the era you are modeling.
Like many of the classic US steam locomotives that Marklin produced over the years, the 88075 Z Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 has been out of production for some time but you can usually find them here and there in the aftermarket and they tend to age well. Below you will find a few examples of the Marklin Mini Club 88075 Z Scale NYC Commodore Vanderbilt 4-6-4 currently available one ebay.
The Marklin Mini Club 81535 Starter set is a great little steam era starter set from Marklin that offers something you just won’t find anywhere, a 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive for the Northern Pacific Railroad. You will find a lot of z scale Mikados from both Marklin and AZL, but if you want a Pacific in z scale, the locomotive you find in this set may be the only way to fill the bill. The Marklin z scale Pacific feature a 5 pole motor for very smooth operation. While it fits a broad protoypical range, you will find it is a very attractive representation of the 4-6-2 steam locomotive.
Many of the 4-6-2 locomotives found their use in passenger service, but it still looks right at home in pulling a freight consist. In the starter set, you will get the Marklin Mini Club 4-6-2 steam locomotive (Northern Pacific road number 2259) a Great Northern gondola, a Spokane, Portland & Seattle flat car and a Northern Pacific caboose. You will also get an oval of track and controller. This really is a cute little set. It has been out of production for some time but you will still find them for sale here and there. Sometimes you will see the locomotive itself come up for sale as well.
As mentioned above, the Marklin Mini Club 81535 set that included the 4-6-2 locomotive has been out of production for some time. The set’s hold up well and the 5 pole motor still provides for a very smooth running locomotive even by today’s standards. Below you will see a few of the current listings for the sets containing a z scale Pacific locomotive or click here for a more thorough search.
While you may have a hard time finding period correct cars to pull with the Marklin Mini Club 88035 Denver & Rio Grande Western 2-6-0 steam locomotive, you won’t have a hard time liking it. This just another example of a wonderful little Marklin steam locomotive. With a five pole motor and the small radius capacity of the D&RGW Marklin locomotive, it can do well on even on small table top layouts. While the locomotive has been out of production for some time, you can still find the Marklin Mini Club 88035 D&RGW 2-6-0 Steam locomotive on the aftermarket. They seem to hold there value quite nicely though so keep an sharp eye for a good buy. Check below to see what is currently available. And by the way, you could argue the Marklin 88035 2-6-0 a great little excursion train or display locomotive for a train museum on your layout!
If you are modeling Amtrak in z scale, the choices continue to grow. For a long time, the only choice for z scale Amtrak was products from Marklin. They offered a very nice F7 and a variety of different passenger cars. In addition to the classic Marklin line, you now have Amtrak in z scale from Micro Trains and AZL. Micro Trains is offering a nice Amtrak commuter set featuring an F7 locomotive, a baggage car and three coach cars. Really a nice looking set with aluminum sides. AZL offers an Amtrak F59PHI Locomotive in Amtrak West and Amtrak California, each with 3 different road numbers. You can also buy them as a commuter set, consisting of the locomotive and 4 cars. If you are modeling z scale Amtrak on your layout, check out these great options. Some of what is available on ebay is listed below. AZL is now offer the Amtrak Super Liner in 4 car sets and singles along with a very sharp Genesis P-42 locomotive in several roads. Below are just a few items offered on ebay right now, search for more or check out Zgauge.com for the latest available.
Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car
The Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car. This is one very well detailed and very rare car that Marklin produced. With only 150 of these made, they are hard to come by. This car was made to compliment the Marklin 8108 Orient Express set and is just as well detailed. They are long sold out but you can still find them here and there, your main source is likely ebay. Click here to search ebay for current Marklin 8878 offerings. As for current price, there is quite a variance. I have seen them selling for around $75 US to close to $200. As with many of the classic Marklin cars, it’s supply and demand. Unfortunately, this is just one of those rare ones that not many people want to part with! The cheapest car may not be the best buy especially on these that you will likely hold for some time. The nice thing I have noticed about man of the classic cars including the Z Scale Marklin Mini Club 8778 Orient Express SNCF Salon Bar Piano Car is most are kept in excellent shape in the case.
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.
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.
The Marklin 8998 Z scale turntable is another one of those Marklin classics that is hard to come buy. The turntable is remote powered, a controller comes installed and came pre assembled ready to use. Here are the dimensions from the factory: External turntable diameter 170 mm / 6-11/16*. Deck length 132 mm / 5-3/16*. Flush mount installation requiring 145 mm / 5-3/4* diameter hole. Unit will shut power off to tracks not being in contact with the deck. Released in 2000 and just available for a few years, they are hard to come by. You can find the Marklin 8998 z scale turntable here and there on the net, your best bet is probably ebay. Fortunately, owners of Marklin z scale appreciate quality pieces and the can still be had in really nice or even unused condition. Click to check ebay for the Marklin 8998 Z scale turntable. There is no question a turntable is one of those details that really adds to the main yard. The Marklin 8998 z scale turntable really is a cool little piece, I actually think many were purchased and just kept in the box. If you are looking to add details to your z scale layout, check out the new buildings, vehicle and detail section added to our store at Zguage.Com.
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.