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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

S. Berliner, III's


Z-Scale Model Railroad Continuation Page 5


Some internal links, which work fine on my home page and others, may not work here!  I'm working on it, but haven't a clue; I even just copied the working links over and they may not work here.  So, scroll away, if necessary!

On the main Z-Scale page:
  Scale and Gauge
  Scale Conversion Table
  Z-Scale Miscellany
  Z-Scale Wiring Conventions
  Z-Scale Vehicles and Märklin Rubber Autos
      (moved to Z-Scale page 3 on 01 Jan 00)
  Z-Scale Repair and Hobby Shops

On the Sub-Z-Scale Page:
    Z-Scale Narrow Gauge (really)
    (moved from the main Z-Scale page 13 Nov 01)
  Z-Scale Meter Gauge
  Half-Z Scale - 1:440 Tiny Trains!
    (moved from Z-Scale page 3 on 13 Nov 01)
  1:900 Scale - Tiniest Trains!
    (moved from Z-Scale page 3 on 13 Nov 01)

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 1:
  Zictionary Part 1 ("A" - "M") - lotZ of wordZ
    (moved from Page 4 on 31 Jul 00 and split on 28 May 01)!

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 1a:
  Zictionary Part 2 ("N" - "Z") - lotZ of wordZ!

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 2:
  Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal RR in Z
  Z-SCALE DIMENSIONS (with how to approximate a mile of track).
  Overton Coaches, Bobber, Crane and a Boxcab in Z! - plus other neat items.
  Wish List - some goodieZ I'd like and some I have,
      like Freudenreich's Z Boxcab Diesel and GN/WFEX Reefer
      and Larry Hoff's Bobber Caboose and Crane!
  M-T Z SP Moguls - the absolute top of the Wish List!*

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 3:
  Z-Scale Vehicles and Märklin Rubber Autos
  Power - Volts, Amps, Watts for Z.

On the previous Z-Scale Continuation Page 4:
  Some More Z (all the latest!)
    including more on Freudenreich's Z Boxcab Diesel and new HomaBed Z roadbed.

On this Z-Scale Continuation Page 5
    (a page for the Third Millennium):

  Even More Z (all the latest!)
  Microscopic Z Accessories.
  Anhalter Bahnhof in Z.
  Hermaphrodite (Conversion Coupler) Cars.

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 6:
    (a page of the Third Millennium):

  V 32 001 Diesel Pneumatic in Z.
  Yet More Z (all the latest!)

On the Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik Z-Scale Page:
  FR Boxcab Oil-Electric Locomotives.

On the Freudenreich-Feinwerktechnik Z-Scale Continuation Page 1:
  FR Freight Cars.
  Other FR Products.

On the Ztrack page:
  Ztrack Magazine

On the Z-Scale Articles page:
  Z-Scale Hell Gate Bridge

On the first Model Railroad page:
  Schnable Cars
  Sunrise Trail Division (STD) of the
      Northeastern Region (NER) of the
      National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
  Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter (LIST) of the
      National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)
  Long Island Live Steamers

On the second Model Railroad page:
  Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model:
    Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad (but see below)
    Degnon Terminal Railroad
    Marion River Carry Railroad

On separate pages:
  Berlinerwerke-Z Script   Berlinerwerke-Z Saga
    Berlinerwerke-Z Saga Continuation Page
  Berlinerwerke Script   Berlinerwerke Saga (HO, included with Horseshoe Curve info.)
    Berlinerwerke Apocrypha (tall tales of the BW and its equipment and such).
    Schnable and other Giant RR Cars.



Z scale is about 2½ times smaller than HO!  In Z scale, a scale ¼-mile is exactly (and only) 6 feet; in other words, a mile is only 24 feet!

Because much information about Z scale is in German, you might find Chris Ozdoba's Eisenbahn- und Modellbahn- Wörterbuch - Deutsch-Englisch / Railroad and Model Railroading Dictionary - German-English of value.

Ztrack Magazine

The Newsletter for Z Scale Model Railroading

Ztrack now has a separate page of its own - ztrack.html.

{This page was especially hard hit by image loss;
I will see what I can do.  Some images restored 14 Mar 2003}


(added to that on the preceding page)

On various other Z-scale pages, I refer to der Herr Harald Freudenreich, who makes the most incredibly fine brass Z-scale locomotives, cars, signals, and catenary under the name Freudenreich Feinwerktechnik; to conserve space on my many other Z pages, I have moved nearly all FR material to a new FR page.

Since the "Some More Z" pages overloaded, I will show you a pair of his latest jewels here (Zm Narrow Gauge!):

FR-Zm Gons
FR-Zm Gons
(photos by Freudenreich 2002 - all rights reserved)
[Instead of a thumbnail image, I give you both scale (on my 14' monitor) and enlarged images.]

Now, not to favor Harald Freudenreich exclusively, let us feature Ztrack editor Rob Kluz's American Z Lines (formerly Rogue) PA-1 on his home layout.  My favorite loco in my favorite colors in my favorite scale (Z):

R.Kluz' Z PA
(Photo from Ztrack by permission)

Actually, the PA-1 is available in six road names:



(Photos from Ztrack by permission)

AZL also makes the big GE C44-9 (hardly my favorite of the new power - give me an EMD SD90MAC any time) in seven road names:


AZL C44-9 CNW AZL C44-9 SP


AZL C44-9 NS AZL C44-9 UP
(Photos from Ztrack by permission)

Microscopic Z Accessories

{Disclaimer - This section shows lacy, delicate items that catch my fancy, which are shown solely at my discretion; many other tiny accessories are shown throughout my Z pages.}

Miller Engineering has a line of jewel-like etched brass structures, a business block, Victorian houses with gingerbread, a bank, a hotel, a movie house, even a stainless '40s diner and a microscopic telephone booth, be sure to visit the site!  [Also in HO and N Scales and 1:144 Collector's Scale.]  Here's a preview:
  (Moved here from the main Z page and Z page 2 on 01 Mar 01)

Parkway Diner Phone Booth
Parkway Diner Phone Booth
Parkway Diner and Phone Booth
(photos from Miller site)

Now, to celebrate the Third Millennium, and to sit alongside the Z diner or phone booth shown above, here's a trio of Ford Model Ts in Z!  µart (MicronArt), which makes elegant brass structures, has released a 1911 Touring Car (#1021, with removable cloth top!), a 1913 Van (#1017), and a 1923 Stake Bed Truck (#1019):

µArt 1911 T touring/13 T van/23 T stake

µArt 1911 T touring/13 T van/23 T stake
(Images courtesy of, and by specific permission of, Micron Art - all rights reserved to micron Art)
[These are thumbnails, but are a little different than usual;
click on the photos to bring up larger images
with the etched sheets from which each kit is assembled.

These kits come two vehicles per sheet/kit - anyone want to split a pair of trucks (one van, one stake) with me?

In addition, but never shown here before, µA makes elegant, microscopic baggage carts (#1007, 4 per kit) and a hand car in Z (#1013?, 2 per kit) , as well:

µArt hand car kit/µArt baggage cart<BR>µArt hand car/µArt baggage cart/µArt hand car<P>µArt bag. cart kit/µArt bag. cart
sheet/µArt hand car kit
(Images courtesy of, and by specific permission of, Micron Art - all rights reserved to micron Art)

Neal's N-Gauging Trains has branched out from N to Z and offers etched brass kits of a carousel, bandstand (gazebo), gravestones, bicycles, phone booths, trucks and handcarts, benches, platform accessories, tips, and horse carts; here are two as teasers:

Neal's Bandstand/Neal's Horse and Wagon
(Images courtesy of, and by specific permission of, Neal's n-Gauging Trains -
all rights reserved to Neal's)
[01 mar 01 - Neal's site does not yet show the Z items, but will soon.]

Neal advises that he is adding trees, an Amish buggy, a summer house (Euro prototype), Victorian Carriage, and a Hansom cab.

While not a Z product per se, but rather a very useful measuring tool for Z (or any scale), here is a tiny, folding pocket magnifier with calibrated scales, that I found unused and unrecognised.  It appears to be made of nickel silver, is German, and is probably fairly old.  The scales, on the "x" and "y" axes, measure 10mm x 10mm and the magification is a full 2.5x because the scales appear to be 1" (25.4mm) when seen through the glass.  The inscription reads "Küttner Viskose u. Kupfer - Kunstseide", "Küttner" being a name, "viskose" meaning viscose, and "kupfer" meaning copper, while "kunstseide" is artificial silk (rayon).  A firm, Küttner GmbH & Co. KG, in Essen, exists, in the iron, steel, and copper business!  What viscose has to do with anything beats me.  I have inquired to see if they can identify this instrument; my guess is that it was used to count or measure strands of spun viscose polymer.

Küttner Mag.
(photos 16 Jan 01by and © 2001 S. Berliner, III -all rights reserved)

I wonder just how old this magnifier is.  Lest you wonder, the top and bottom rotate 270° to fold flat and unfold.

Now, this is not microscopic, but the Märklin #8999 track nails come close, and the standard nailers for HO and N have been revised to handle the Märklin nails.  They are magnetized to hold the nail and are well made:

Laster Z Nailer 10301/Laster Z Nailer use (Images courtesy of Laster Hobby Tools - all rights reserved)

They are available as Item #10301 at $12.00 (as of 24 Oct 01) + $5.50 per order shipping from:

Laster Hobby Tools, 4 Tupelo Lane, Langhorne, PA 19047
Toll free number (for orders only):  1-888-469-0404

Marvin Laster attends the major shows (Greenberg, Amherst, etc.) and sells an outstanding line of tools suitable for Z work; he has a catalog available for $1.00 refundable with first order.

  [Please note that Laster Hobbies now has its own Website, as linked, above.]

How about the diametral opposite of a Z phone booth?  At Oddities on RR page 3, I mention the Anhalter Bahnhof (Deutsche URL) in Berlin, the largest trainshed in existence (an HO model is 6' long!), and that there was an HO cardstock model of it as it stood before being blasted into a hulk in WWII (even more at ANHALTER BAHNHOF on RR page 4, with both a large-scale model, perhaps 1:10, and an HO model).  On 30 Mar 01, I found where I saw that:  Modelle-und-Spielhaus on the north side of the Friedrichstraße a few blocks west of Checkpoint Charlie (ca. 27 Sep 1987).  Now, wouldn't THAT make a dandy model in Z (ca. 28½" = 72.4cm!)?  Bigger than many layouts!  Does anyone have actual dimensions and plans for this station?  MIBA Magazine suggested doing it in HO.

Seems rather unlikely; it turns out that "MiBa" is Michael Baier, the RR ('bahn") part of whose fantastic German-language site covers, among many other things, both RR Schnabel cars and equivalent Road Loads!

YEE-HAH!  Märklin went and did it!  #89200 ist die Anhalter Bahnhof (noted 14 Mar 2003) AND I now have it!  See my Berlinerwerke-Z Saga page 7.   rev.gif (10 Nov 2011)

From the Märklin description, the #89200 Z Gauge Building Kit for Anhalter Station gives you a model with the concourse with three entry portals (they neglected to mention that each has two tracks), the head building with lobby, waiting room, and service and administration buildings at the sides, and many details.  Märklin describes it as a "challenging kit"!  The base measures approximately 34" x 18" (87.0 x 46.0 cm) {"approximately" - at THAT size?} and the imposing edifice is approximately 7" (18.0 cm) high.

Since it is actually a stub-terminal, not a through-station, trains have to be backed in; what a great shelf layout this could (nay, WILL) make!   rev.gif (10 Nov 2011)

If you think about it, it's really rather funny that such a gigantic terminal only services six tracks; compare it to to Philadelphia's or New York's giant old Penn Stations, with well over twenty tracks in the sheds, not to even mention Chicago's or St. Louis's or Washington's huge Union Stations, just to name a few.  Anhalt is an area, not a specific town, roughly 50-100Km (30-150 miles) southwest of Berlin, around Dessau.

Some of the Allied bombers that did in the Anhalter Bahnhof were escorted to their target by Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and I found this one at the Mar 01 Greenberg show (several vendors had it):

[20 Oct 05 grab-shot (to substitute for Mar 01 photo) by and © Copyright 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

It was also available in silver/alumin(i)um and measures out to exactly 1:227; more than close enough for Z!


Speaking of microscopic, nothing beats the Märklin and Micro-Trains coupler springs; changing or fitting them in coupler conversions is the world's worst chore!  Some of you may well be intrigued by the cars placed behind the P-38; they are "hermaphrodite" cars, a prototypical term for cars with different couplers at each end.  I have made them from Märklin #8610 flat cars (or equivalent) but the conversion is a bugger!  I opt for the easy way out, using a pair of Micro-Trains #14500-series flats (#14504 in this case), removing the Märklin-style couplers from one end of each car, drilling (there's a dimple) and tapping 00-90, and fitting a pair of M-T #905 (assembled #903) couplers to the cars.  Lą, voilą:

[20 Oct 05 grab-shot (to substitute for Mar 01 photos) by and © Copyright 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Note the fantastic difference in appearance between the Märklin-style coupling distance and appearance and the M-T Magnematic® version.  However, that is not the intended use; these cars allow coupling up in any variety of any kind of car to any other kind of car or loco.  By using them alone, a stock Märklin loco can pull M-T equipped cars and v.v.; using them in pairs allows a mismatched car (or cars) to be inserted into a train without conversion.

 [I could be prevailed upon to make up other sets.]

Well, now!  Harald Freudenreich keeps on amazing me!  He just made up a little cog railway boxcab electric loco but the writeup filled this page and I had to put up yet another Z page (6) and move it!

RHB Cog DZeh2/4 dwg/shop/show
(Images Apr-May 01 by H. Freudenreich - all rights reserved)

One of my off-line industries (unless I can find a space to cram in yet another) is Dehydra Ted - Dehydrated Water, Theodore A. Queous, Prop. - operator of the 20,000,000 gal. tanker!
  [We owe the basic concept to (blame it on?) George Johnstone, at Emmaus, PA - 21 Jul 01.]

Dehydra Ted 20M Gal Tanker
Dehydra Ted 20M Gal Tanker
(Photo by and © 2001 S.Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Hey!  I SAID it was dehydrated water!

Hey, again; it could be just a small office with a big sign and a bunch of skinny tanks tucked in the near left corner, alongside the dummy spur into the Restinghouse plant!  Another trick to save space would be to have BIG horizontal ¾-tanks overlapping the inner edge of the layout front framing.

I noted the M-T 14500-series 40' flat car above; it's now the 525 00 000-series 40' Flat Car and it caught my eye recently (02 Oct 2008) when a new release, 525 00 141, a D&RGW 40' flat with a boiler load came out:

MT52500141a MT52500141b MT52500141c
(Photos by and © 2008 S.Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed photos; click on pictures for larger images]

Note that it is a return-flue boiler, with the stack over the firebox.  The boiler load is loose on the car (as you can tell if you look closely at the third picture) and has sticky tape under it intended to hold it on the deck, with the release paper still in place; I think I'll remove the tape and bury a tiny magnet in the underside of the boiler and a matching one in the car's underframe.

Best regardZ,  S.B.,III

Someone else signs off, "Be Z'ing you!"

You may wish to visit the Railroad Continuation Page, et seq.

of this series of Railroad pages.


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