Z Scale 2-8-2 Mikado Locomotives

AZL 50007-1 Z Scale Locomotive CN Mikado 2-8-2 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.



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