Some time ago, Micro Trains or MTL produced a nice line of GP35 locomotives in z scale that featured many different road names. While they haven’t made these reliable little GP’s for a while, you can still find them readily available used. They are a fairly stable little locomotive so if you can find one that runs both directions, you should be in good shape. At this point Micro Trains (MTL) is the only ones that produced a GP35 in z scale. The GP35 was a very common locomotive for short line and regional railroads but even larger railroads like BNSF had them. A total of 1,335 were built during 1962 and 1967. You can see a nice breakdown of prototype GP35 locomotives produced at Wikipedia.
Micro Trains offered the z scale GP35 locomotive in a variety of road names including Union Pacific, CSX, CP Rail, BNSF, PRR, Conrail and more. They were equipped with the MTL magnetic couplers which mate with couplers from AZL, Intermountain, Full Throttle and others. The z scale GP35 was offer as set as well. You can still find them from time to time in the Micro Trains Table Top Train Sets with a selection of cars and track.
As interest in z scale trains continues to grow, hopefully we will see more of these popular locomotives come back on the market. All though more and more z scale locomotives are being produced, many modern selections. However, we are starting to see a little more return to earlier prototypes with even talk of more brass steam locomotives coming down the line in z scale. You can check out some of the current used MTL GP35 locomotives currently available one ebay.
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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 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
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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.