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Z (1:220 Scale)

A History

Introduced by the Marklin Company in Germany in 1972, Z scale is the smallest commercially available model railroad scale. Considered a niche market for the majority of its existence, Z scale is today considered a mature scale, with the availability of a large selection of European and American trains, buildings, scenery and more.

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  • Choosing Your Track and How to Power it

    Choosing Your Track and How to Power it

    So you’re getting started in model railroading. You have a basic idea of what you want, and you might have even started buying some rolling stock. But what type of track should you choose, and how do you power it? Contrary to what you might think, there are actually multiple ways to go about this.

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  • Five Essential Elements for Modeling the Age of Steam

    Five Essential Elements for Modeling the Age of Steam

    There’s little doubt that steam locomotives have a certain romanticism to them. More than half a century beyond their final days in revenue service, they still remain integral to railroad imagery in popular culture today. If you’ve experienced them in action, whether at a museum or in service, you’ll understand why.

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  • Celebrating Speed on the Rails

    Celebrating Speed on the Rails

    Speed, despite the varying differences that defines, the word is used constantly in our culture. We are bombarded with the word to the point we subconsciously believe anything less is substandard or totally inferior. But the ability to move faster took root well before 1900 on the rails.

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