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Z-Scale Model Trains

Z-Scale is a dimensional relationships of 1/220. All share in common a railroad gauge of 6.5mm (0.256 in). Z-Scale Train Modeling is a hobby concerned with the recreation, display and operation of railway equipment in miniature. Z-Scale is sometimes also referred to as Z-Gauge. Z scale (1:220) was introduced by the Märklin company in 1972, and is one of the smallest commercially available model railway scales.

Z scale trains operate on 0-10 volts direct current and offer the same operating characteristics as all other two-rail, direct-current, analog model railways. Locomotives can be fitted with digital decoders for independent control. Model trains, track, structures, and human/animal figures are readily available in European, North American, and Japanese styles from a variety of manufacturers. Originally running on 8 Volts DC, track voltage was increased to 10 Volts DC around the year 2000. Accessory power has always been 10 Volts AC.

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 970 01 092 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40-2 - Santa Fe - 5039
Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 970 01 091 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SD40-2 - Santa Fe - 5036
Z Scale - Märklin - 88184 - Locomotive, Steam, 4-6-2, BR 18 - Deutsche Bahn

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Diesel Diesel 2
Steam Steam 1