AZL Z Scale GS-3 Locomotive

AZL Z Scale Locomotive GS-3 4-8-4 2Very 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

AZL 61011 Z Scale Locomotive ATSF SD75M Red War Bonnet
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

AZL 61015 Z Scale Locomotive SD70M CSX Dark Future

AZL 61015 Z Scale Locomotive SD70M CSX Dark Future #4678AZL 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 Z Scale SD70 Locomotives

AZL Z Scale SD70 LocomotivesAZL has been beefing up their z scale locomotive line with a series of SD70 locomotives.  As of today, they have the following: Conrail SD70,  Illinois Central SD70,  Norfolk Southern SD70, CSX SD70M and  Canadian National SD70.  Very sharp z scale locomotives.  All feature the following:

  • Directional controlled LED lighting
  • Traction tires
  • Prototype specific details
  • Separately applied add-on parts
  • Optional add-on plow
  • Dual flywheels
  • Brass handrails and side panels
  • Maintenance free can motor
  • AZL AutoLatch couplers
  • Can be upgraded to DCC with Digritax’s DZ123Z0 decoder

These are very well done examples of a very popular locomotive in z scale.  Most come in  3 or 4 different road numbers so you can make up a nice consist of these sharp locomotives.  Easy to add DCC and if you choose you can have it factory installed and ready to go for you.  AZL is always offering new releases.  Like us on Facebook not only to catch each one but Facebook is where we offer any promos that we have running.  Check them out at our site, Zguage.Com

Super Detail Kit For AZL GP38-2

Super Detail Kit For GP38-2 1The AZL GP38-2 locomotives have been billed as an entry level locomotive to z scale. While that may bay true, many, many have been sold. When you look back at the start of z gauge, these really are great little locomotives, especially with such a great price point. Now Micron Art has made it easy to take the detail up a notch. Kit contains .010 photo-etched stainless steel components and drilling guides for handrails and grab-irons; also a complete list of recommended tools, glues and paints. There are illustrations for forming, drilling and inserting the new handrails. Find the Micron Art 1038 Super Detail Kit for your AZL GP38-2 here.  Check out the image below for list of details included in the kit.  I like the fact that they added the drilling guides.  Let’s face it, it takes a steady hand as it is to work on z scale.  The drilling guides will help you make sure that your grab irons and handrails end up  just where you want them.  Recommended tools include the usual tools you already have like tweezers, magnifying glasses, emery board etc.  The recommend drill size is an .017 or a #78 or #79.  Priced under $25 this is a great little kit.

Super Detail Kit For GP38-2 Micron Art 1038

AZL Z Scale Southern Pacific GP-9 Locomotive

AZL Z Scale GP9 Southern Pacific Locomotive

AZL Z Scale GP9 Southern Pacific Locomotive

Just released the new AZL z scale Southern Pacific GP-9 locomotive in bloody nose paint scheme.  The SP GP-9 locomotive features details specific to the prototype including long range tanks.  The locomotive features directional lighting, powerful can motor, auto latch couplers, brass handrails, traction tires, separately applied details, prototype specific details and easily upgrades to DCC .  The recommended Digitrax decoder is the DZ123Z0 and can be installed with no wiring or soldering.  Included optional pilot packed away under the tray if you so desire.  The GP-9 locomotive was  widely used across North America and was produces from 1954 to 1963.  I found the available road numbers, 3004, 3005, 3006 and 3007 as accurate listed on the roster at espee.railnet.net .  I like the fact that more and more of the z scale locomotives including the AZL Southern Pacific GP-9 are so easy to set up with DCC, especially when no soldering is necessary.  Soldering on such small parts always make me nervous.  This is the second new locomotive added to the AZL line this month and there are more to com!  Make sure to like us on Facebook to find coupon codes on new releases and more.  Visit our website Zgauge.com, dedicated exclusively to z scale products.  You can also find it on our ebay store along with used and close out z scale items.

AZL Z Scale SD70 Locomotive

AZL Z Scale SD70 Locomotive

AZL Z Scale Illinois Central SD70 Locomotive

AZL Z Scale SD70’s are back! Just released and in stock the Illinois Central SD70 locomotives in z scale. Great features on this standard cab SD70 in Illinois Central Death Star colors with four different road names. Great details and features in a locomotive that easily upgrades to DCC.  A total of 122 SD70 locomotives were built over the years for  Norfolk Southern, Conrail, Illinois Central, CSX, Southern Peru Copper and Canadian National.  They first came into service back in 1992 and continue to operate today.  The SD70 locomotive continued to evolve over the years with safer more comfortable cabs, more horsepower and other upgrades in variations.  The AZL Z Scale SD70 locomotive is based on the standard cab version and offers many standard features that create a beautiful locomotive in the Illinois Central Death Star paint scheme.  You can find some excellent reading on the variations of the locomotive at Wikipedia.  You can order the AZL z scale SD70 locomotives and a complete line of z gauge locomotives, rolling stock and more online at Zgauge.Com  Make sure to like us on face book for any current coupon code offered and further releases of more road names for the AZL z scale SD70. You can also find it on our ebay store along with used and close out z scale items.

AZL Z Scale Milwaukee Road GP38-2 Locomotive

AZL 62511 Z Scale GP38-2 Milwaukee Road Locomotive

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-