S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com Sub-Z-Scale Model Railroad Continuation Page 3 keywords = IDL 1:1000 Teeny Trains Lopatinsky linear radial Z scale 1:220 miniature model rail train Connectable Track "

Updated:   23 Jan 2017: 23:35  ET
[Page created 27 Oct 2015
    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
URL:  http://sbiii.com/zscal_z3.html

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

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


Sub-Z-Scale Model Railroad
Continuation Page 3


S. Berliner, III's


Model Railroad
Continuation Page 3


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

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.


The internal links, which work fine on my home page and others, don't seem to work here!  I'm working on it, but haven't a clue; I even just copied the working links over and they don't work here.  So, scroll away!

The Z-Scale Index Page:

On the main Z-Scale page:

    Z-Scale (follows)
    Z-Scale Narrow Gauge (really)
(moved to this page 13 Nov 01)
    Scale and Gauge
    Scale Conversion Table
    Z-Scale Miscellany
    Z-Scale Wiring Conventions
    Z-Scale Repair and Hobby Shops

Sub-Z-Scale Page:

    Z-Scale Narrow Gauge (really)
    Z-Scale Meter Gauge
    Half-Z Scale - 1:440 Tiny Trains!
        (moved from Page 2 to page 3 to this page)
    1:900 Scale - Tiniest Trains!
        (moved from Page 2 to page 3 to this page)

Sub-Z-Scale Continuation Page 1:

    T-SCALE (1:450!) (30 Jan 2011)
    Fabergé Egg (moved from Sub-Z-Scale Page to this page on 24 Mar 2005)

Sub-Z-Scale Continuation Page 2:

    IDL ~1:1000 Teeny Trains   new (03 Jan 2015)
    IDL Modular Track   new (31 Jul 2015)

On this Sub-Z-Scale Continuation Page 3:

    IDL ~1:1000 Teeny Trains Update - Connectable Track (27 Oct 2015)
    IDL ~1:1000 Teeny Trains Update - More Connectable Track   new (23 Jan 2017)

Z-Scale Continuation Page 1:

        Zictionary - lotZ of wordZ.

On the Z-Scale Continuation Page 2:

    Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal RR in Z
    Z-SCALE DIMENSIONS (with how to approximate a mile of track).
    Scale Card and Rule.
    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!
    MT SP Moguls - the absolute top of the Wish List!

On the Z-Scale Continuation Page 3:

    Z-Scale Vehicles and Märklin Rubber Autos
    Half-Z Scale - 1:440 Tiny Trains!
    1:900 Scale - Tiniest Trains!
    Power - Volts, Amps, Watts for Z.
        [This is critically important!]

On the Z-Scale Continuation Page 4:

        Some More Z (all the latest!)
            including new HomaBed Z roadbed.

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.

On the Z-Scale Articles page:

    Z-Scale Hell Gate Bridge

Ztrack page:

    Ztrack Magazine

On the first Model Railroad page:

    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 (now on its own page)

On the second Model Railroad page:

  Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model

You may also wish to see how I take the detailed photographs on the these pages; see my model RR page 4.

On separate pages:

    Berlinerwerke-Z Saga
    Berlinerwerke-Z Saga Continuation Page
    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, 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 continuation page and its predecessors.

IDL ~1:1000 Teeny Trains Update - Connectable Track - continuing from the introduction to ~1:1000 Teeny Trains on the previous page, Ed Lopatinsky and IDL have released Connectable Track (27 Oct 2015)

What was previously being developed as "Modular Track" has been drastically improved and can be seen in operation as "Connectable Track" in a Marcus Recommends video.

Here are the basic sets - CT-100, CT-200, and CT-300:

IDL-CT-100 IDL-CT-200 IDL-CT-300
(Photos courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

Up close and personal-like, here's the CT-100 trackage - but with skateboarding cows and such (if that's your thing - not for sale, though):

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

and with some neat cars and trucks (unfortunately, also not for sale):

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

Similarly, the CT-200 track, but with the regular steam loco and cars:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

Last but by no means least, the CT-300

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

and a detail of the CT-300 spiral:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

To see the individual track components available, take a look at the "Connectable Track Parts List":

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)
[Click on picture for larger image]

For those with an eye to layout design, the curves are of about 75mm and 150mm radius.

Now, we're really getting somewhere!

IDL ~1:1000 Teeny Trains Update - More Connectable Track - Ed Lopatinsky and IDL have released even MORE Connectable Track   new (23 Jan 2017) Billed as Connectable Track CT-400 (Omega), the CT-400 set contains one LT linear track section; one 90 PWC 90° right-hand curved power section, one 90 RC 90° right-hand curved section, three 180 RC 180° right-hand curved sections, one 90 LC 90° left-hand curved section, plus the locomotive and three cars, a controller with wireless remote control, a power supply, and mechanical and electrical hardware:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

and a detail of the CT-400 layout:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

In addition to the CT-400, there is also a listing for a Nano Mountain Transport set:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

and a detail of the Nano Mountain:

(Photo courtesy of IDL - all rights reserved)

    [The Nano Mountain is currently not available.]

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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.

BW Script

The BERLINERWERKE SAGA, the story of the HO Berlinerwerke pike,
is now on its own page with the Horseshoe Curve story.


The full BERLINERWERKE-Z SAGA, the Z-scale pike story
now appears on its own page (and continues onto two more).

Visit these courtesy and official home pages:

Long Island Sunrise - Trail Chapter
(National Railway Historical Society)

Sunrise Trail Division
(Northeastern Region)
(National Model Railroad Association)

Ztrack Magazine
The Newsletter for Z Scale Model Railroading

Long Island Live Steamers

Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal Railroad

Degnon Terminal Railroad

Marion River Carry Railroad

You may also wish to jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page,

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.


        (on Z-Scale page 3 as of 01 Jan 2000 - click on heading above to go there directly)

Z-Scale continues on the Z-SCALE CONTINUATION Page 1.

For Z-scale construction articles, see my Z Scale Articles page.

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

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


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


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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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