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.