21 Jan 2014:
[Page created 03 Jan 2015
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
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 2
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.
[In some of the pictures which follow, you can see ~1:500 vehicles mixed in with the ~1:1000 trains.]
The concept is best shown in this patent drawing:
The latest developments allow climbing steep grades and sectional track is expected soon (as of 01 Jan 2015). Teeny Trains are "protected by: US 7623013; US 8421280 PCT/US2008/002969". Here's a screen shot from a video showing cars climbing and descending what appear to be 30° (possibly even 45°) grades:
There are two types of railroad-themed products offered by IDL - items suitable for moderately-serious modelers (the scale does limit one a bit) and novelty items with flashing light strings and such; we will only touch on the latter here, for informational purposes only. However, the ability to generate sound promises to liven up the possibilities quite a bit.
Just for example, here is the most basic miniature railroad sets (called "kits" by IDL), PS-100-A, with a steam loco and three passenger cars, and one of the wilder novelty items, a Christmas scene with two independent tracks, lights, and all the doodads:
There is an optional battery pack, Battery Holder PS-001, as well:
Two more of the novelty items are domed sets with a haunted castle and eerily-glowing train and a train running around a Christmas tree:
Finally! I finally got around to taking a macro snaphot of the steamer and a passenger car with a U.S. dime (10¢) and the proverbial Lincoln penny (1¢): (21 Jan 2015)
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(Photos courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)
More to follow - stay tuned!
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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