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S. Berliner, III
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Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher

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 8


NOTE:  Page size was limited by HTML to some 30kB;
thus, I was forced to add new pages just for Z-Scale, more Z-scale, and articles about Z-scale.


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 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 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 Z-Scale Continuation Page 5:

(a page for the Third Millennium):
Even More Z (all the latest!)
    including more on Freudenreich's Z products.
Microscopic Z Accessories.

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!)
    including more on Freudenreich's Z products.
BEDT #14 in Z.
8800 vs. 8805.

On the previous Z-Scale Continuation Page 7

And More Z
    8620 Well/Depressed Center/Schnabel Cars
Will Wright's Full Throttle

On this Continuation Page 8

Z Beech BonZana.
Z-scale UP Veranda Turbine?

On the succeeding Z-scale continuation page 9.

Z-scale VehicleZ - continued.

On Z-Scale Continuation Page 10

Z-scale VehicleZ - continued
  Z-Panzer     new (22 Jul 2019)

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 model railroading, at an incredible 220 times smaller than life size, or slightly under half the size of the familiar HO scale, with rails only 6.5mm (~¼") apart, continued ...

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 -

Z Beech BonZana

You'll have to read (or have read) the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha, et seq., to follow all this; basically, the Berlinerwerke had a rather-odd designer named Ira Ersatz, who came up with many strange and wonderful locomotives and rolling stock.  His ghost must be still prowling the halls of the BW Engineering Department because, when I issued orders to restore an ancient Beech BonanZa to serve as the BW corporate and executive aircraft, things went a wee bit awry.

So there'd be no mistaking what I wanted, I sent over my precious find, my pre-teen model (ca. 1945) of a 1:48 VEE-tailed StromBecKer Beech BonanZa; what I got back instead was a ZEE-tailed Beech BonZana:

ZBonanza ZBonzana
(27 Sep 2005 "photos" by S. Berliner, III and BW Art Dept. and © 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The tailplane(s?) rotated horizontally for maximum control.

Well, I was so wild over the despoiling of a rare antique airplane that no one dared take time to photograph the foul-up, but the BW Art Department created the dummy picture from the model.

One wag at the BW-Z, risking my wrath, suggested calling the thing the "Zorro"!  Oddly enough, though, she handled remarkably well in initial flight tests, although the FAA inspector flatly refused to even think about certifying her.

Happily, a hangar queen was located and the plane was quickly restored to its original configuration.  No heads rolled at the BW-Z, but some VERY stern warningZ were issued.

Hey, if anyone ever makes a Z-scale Bonanza, please let me know;
I'll want TWO (one guess why!).

A UP Veranda Turbine in Z scale?  Yup!  Well, sort of (09 Jan 2007):

(08 Jan 2007 photo by and © 2007 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Hallmark Cards came out with the die-cast turbine and the mating oil tender as their 2006 Christmas tree ornaments, by Lionel, actually, and and they really fit on Z tracks!  Look again and you can see the hanging ring/loop I carefully yanked out (I twisted it most carefully but a tiny patch of paint came off around the hole - just abaft the "P" in "Pacific") ahead of the pilot:

(08 Jan 2007 photo by and © 2007 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Not only is it in reasonably, if not exact, Z scale, it can be modified to run by machining away the insides and fitting a severely chopped Micro-Trains&tm; F-7A mechanism!  Rick Tyson reports on page 4 of the Nov/Dec 2006 Ztrack Magazine that he did just that, chopping the F-7A chassis in half and fitting the Veranda's sideframes to the MTL trucks and adding an MTL coupler to the rear end of the tender.  The two ornaments listed for $18.50 and $12.50, respectively, but I found the loco for only $5 after Christmas; now, all I had to do was find a tender (12 Jan 2007)!

Well, the hunt was endless; it seemed as if all Hallmark stores in the western Long Island area were out of tenders until I found two at $6.50 each and grabbed them.  Then, I hot-footed it back to the store with all the locos and they were all gone!

So, there I was with only one loco and two tenders and (guess what?) the monster looks good with two, so I'm keeping them; here they are on a length of M-T flex track:

(12 Jan 2007 photo by and © 2007 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

" long - that's 174' 2"!  The hanging loops eased out of the tenders with minimal effort and no damage.

Doen't it figure?  The lettering on one tender is higher than on the other!  No matter; that actually happened surprisingly often in real life.  It's O.K. on the other side, though, so I'll just have to run the string one way only - suuuure I will!

With all that truly-elegant die work on the turbine roof and frame and the tender bodies and on all the truck frames, and the fine details added on both the turbine and tender, especially on the latter, why did Lionel do such appallingly-poor work on the integrally-cast veranda railings?

[Material briefly here on Z VehicleZ has been transferred to Z-scale continuation page 9.]   new.gif (23 Jan 07)

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.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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