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original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
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
- 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
Sub-Z-Scale Model Railroad
Continuation Page 1
Datsun/Nissan Z cars
If somehow you got here in error while looking for Datsun/Nissan Z cars, go away!
No, really, you are welcome, but you need to look elsewhere;
you might start at the Z Car Home Page.
On the Z-Scale Continuation Page 5
(a page for the Third Millennium):
Even More Z (all the latest!)
Microscopic Z Accessories.
Z-Scale Continuation Page 6
(a page of the Third Millennium):
V 32 001 Diesel Pneumatic in Z.
Yet More Z (all the latest!)
BEDT #14 in Z.
8800 vs. 8805.
Freudenreich Z-Scale page:
(concentrating my Freudenreich-Feinwerktechnik material in a single reference source)
Freudenreich's Z Boxcab Diesels,
Freight Cars, and other Z products.
You may also wish to see how I take the detailed photographs on the these pages; see my model RR page 4.
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, was started in 1972 by Gebrüder Märklin (Maerklin Brothers - der site ist auf Deutsch) in Göppingen, Germany, as "mini-Club". It is now handled in the U. S. by Märklin, Inc., in New Berlin, Wisconsin, and their site has a Z page. The renowned N-Scale manufacturer, Micro-Trains Line Co., in Talent, Oregon [itself a brotherly spinoff from equally-renowned Kadee Quality Products Co., the coupler manufacturer in Medford, Oregon], now has a large line of Z-scale locomotives, cars, and accessories. (30 Jan 2011)
BUT - there are smaller sizes and scales! Wherefore this page.
The leading U.S. manufacturer of Z is still Micro-Trains; they had a trio of Z-scale SP 2-6-0 Moguls that were truly scrumptious! They were, however, based on Nn3 models.
Here's a teaser:
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!
HO is a mix of metric and English measurements in a scale of 3.5mm to the foot or 0.138" = 1', which is about 1:87.1. HO-gauge rails are 16.5mm or 0.650" (<3/4") apart. T-SCALE (1:450!) (30 Jan 2011)
Although Bandai in Japan made ZZ scale (1:300) with a standard gauge of only 4.8 mm (0.189"), they were more toys than scale models. Z was the smallest production scale available, but - - -, along came Eishindo of Japan with T-Scale at a microscopic 1:450 scale (slightly under half of Z scale and they have motors and gears, working turnouts/switches, catenary, and a big line of accessories)! T stands for the track guage - 3mm! There are two standard radii track sections, 120mmR and 132mmR (~4¾" and 53/16") and two new ones, 145mm and 152.5mm (~5¾" and 6"); straight sections are 30mm (~13/16"), 60mm ("~2½"), and 120mm (~4¾") long, and there's flex track at 1m (39"). Also new in 2011 are 30° and 90° crossings. Rather than import them from Japan, you might contact Tom Flippin at TF Train & Hobby of Denville, New Jersey (973-784-4220), who does.
Eishindo finally came out in 2010 with working turnouts/switches and now has a wide range of microscopic new equipment, including a road switcher and airport equipment (with a Boeing 777-300
with blinking navigation lights AND jet sound and two types of landing gear), and accessories. They even offer T-scale set up as a garden railway for 1/32!
(01 Jun 2013)
There is a famous 1900 Fabergé Egg that represents the Trans-Siberian Railway! While the scale is not really known (to me, at any rate), it is small! The whole thing measures 10¾" (273mm) high, so the diameter must be about 4" (102mm) in diameter, leaving perhaps 1¾" (45mm) inside for a maximum track radius. I can't find a picture of the inside but this is the whole egg:
This turns out to be all wrong for the train, itself - there IS no track at all; the set is merely folded up inside the egg for storage. Keith Wills, writing on
pp. 110-111 in the Apr 2005 Railroad Model Craftsman "Collector consist...", "Easter eggstravaganza", says that the set is a replica of
the Czar's Imperial train on a gauge of about ¼" or very nearly Z scale and the whole train measures 1511/16" long.
See the SCALE and GAUGE and the SCALE CONVERSION TABLE: on the main Z-scale page.
You might also like to look at José Lopez, Jr.'s The Scale Card, for a most extensive discussion of scales. I have a write-up and photo of his Z-scale Scale Card and Scale Rule on my Z-Scale page 2.
Long Island Sunrise - Trail Chapter
(National Railway Historical Society)
Sunrise Trail Division
(National Model Railroad Association)
The Newsletter for Z Scale Model Railroading
Long Island Live Steamers
Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad
Degnon Terminal Railroad
Marion River Carry Railroad
A sampling of some of the finer (and tinier) Z accessories can be found at Microscopic Z Accessories on Z Scale Continuation Page 2; Miller Engineering material formerly here has been moved there.
Z-Scale continues on the Z-SCALE CONTINUATION Page 1.
For the story of the Berlinerwerke-Z (my layout), see the Berlinerwerke-Z Saga page, et. seq.
For tall tales of the BW and its equipment and such, visit the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha page.
Should you run across a Z-Auction (I found it on the HotBot search engine), it has nothing to do with Z-Scale; it is an electronics, computer, and Beanie Baby (really!) auction!
Oh, Hell! Wouldn't you know! Amazon.com now has some feature called zShops, whatever they might be (I can't find any explanation on their site).
Best regardZ, S.B.,III
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To tour the Z-scale pages in sequence, the arrows take you from the first Z-scale page to the Z-Scale index, then to this page, continuation pages 1 and up, the Z articles page, the 6 BW-Z saga pages, and, and finally to the current Ztrack page.
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