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Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« on: October 22, 2012, 02:17:47 PM »
I've just started a layout in Z gauge....  :o

This was a spur of the moment thing, I was browsing on ebay as you do.... and i found a complete Marklin Z gauge starter set going cheap, put in a bid and got it for 65 !

Got bored of going round in circles so i splashed out on an inverted figure 8 of Rokuhan pre ballasted track and built a baseboard to fit. The layout is 36" x 18" which is a bit bigger than needed so i can do more scenery, the inclines are made from a pack of dominoes i found for 59p !

will start soon on the scenic stuff, i did consider trying nn3 scale (N gauge narrow gauge) but loco's are like hens teeth !!!

Anybody else a secret Z modeller ?

If it's got rails... you have my full, undivided attention - Steam, diesel and electric, 'tis all good !

Mike

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2012, 02:42:40 PM »
Hi Mike,

neat layout - make sure you post some piccies as you develop it. I'm not a closet Z gauger, I have enough trouble getting N gauge locos on the tracks correctly!

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 02:52:59 PM »
I've got various Z gauge bits from eBay as it's something I always wanted to try. Not had time to build a layout yet though.

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012, 03:08:31 PM »
I've got various Z gauge bits from eBay as it's something I always wanted to try. Not had time to build a layout yet though.
Always wanted to give it a go, but the cost put me off for years. They still produce new stuff but the prices are through the roof ! Luckily though the older stuff is really easy to fix - the build quality is brilliant and the only thing that seems to stop them is the oil turning in gunge and jamming up the gears, which is easily sorted.

Brand new US locos are reasonably cheap at about 70, but you can only get them from the US... :(  But i'm sure they won't have the build quality of the Marklin stuff.
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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2012, 04:32:59 PM »
I've got various Z gauge bits from eBay as it's something I always wanted to try. Not had time to build a layout yet though.
Always wanted to give it a go, but the cost put me off for years. They still produce new stuff but the prices are through the roof ! Luckily though the older stuff is really easy to fix - the build quality is brilliant and the only thing that seems to stop them is the oil turning in gunge and jamming up the gears, which is easily sorted.

Brand new US locos are reasonably cheap at about 70, but you can only get them from the US... :(  But i'm sure they won't have the build quality of the Marklin stuff.
The Microtrains Loco's are actually very good. Have a Santa Fe F7 converted to DCC . :doh:
I keep looking at which ones I have to see which will be broken down to make Nm3 Loco's. The F7 will fit perfectly in a US produced Shay body for N. :sorrysign:
Also have a Marklin US steamer converted to DCC.  :uneasy:

Don't use them now and have some Swiss and German stock as well.
Modelling stupid small scale using T gauge track and IDl induction track. Still have  N gauge but not the space( Japanese Trams) Excuse spelling errors please, posting on mobile phone

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2012, 04:56:57 PM »
I have a small Z layout but given the fact the prices for Z have gone silly it's unlikely to go further. Z was in the same ballpark as N but with less stock choices and decent mechanisms.

Now the prices are insane, the products are no better than 1980s N scale, DCC is a nightmare, a sound is a total fail. And the track is chunky and hasn't improved.

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2012, 05:11:46 PM »
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I keep looking at which ones I have to see which will be broken down to make Nm3 Loco's. The F7 will fit perfectly in a US produced Shay body for N. :sorrysign:

NOOOO !!!!!!  :o :o :goggleeyes: :goggleeyes: :'( :'(

I'm still looking for loco's.... hint hint nudge nudge....  :)
If it's got rails... you have my full, undivided attention - Steam, diesel and electric, 'tis all good !

Mike

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2012, 06:36:05 PM »
I'm not a Z Gauger, as like most folk, prices put me off. Also lack of any British RtR stuff put me off slightly too. If the prices were better I would have at least got a suitcase layout by now so I could use it when working away. (which seems more often than not these days >:()

I really admire z gauge stuff, especially the steam engines, they are true engineering marvels.

Good luck with the layout it looks great btw, can't wait to see it finished. :greatpicturessign:


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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2012, 06:44:41 PM »
I'm not a Z Gauger, as like most folk, prices put me off. Also lack of any British RtR stuff put me off slightly too. If the prices were better I would have at least got a suitcase layout by now so I could use it when working away. (which seems more often than not these days >:()

I really admire z gauge stuff, especially the steam engines, they are true engineering marvels.

Good luck with the layout it looks great btw, can't wait to see it finished. :greatpicturessign:
me too ! my record of finishing layouts is not good - ask elvinley !  :-[
If it's got rails... you have my full, undivided attention - Steam, diesel and electric, 'tis all good !

Mike

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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2012, 06:49:10 PM »
I've just started a layout in Z gauge....  :o

This was a spur of the moment thing, I was browsing on ebay as you do.... and i found a complete Marklin Z gauge starter set going cheap, put in a bid and got it for 65 !

Got bored of going round in circles so i splashed out on an inverted figure 8 of Rokuhan pre ballasted track and built a baseboard to fit. The layout is 36" x 18" which is a bit bigger than needed so i can do more scenery, the inclines are made from a pack of dominoes i found for 59p !

will start soon on the scenic stuff, i did consider trying nn3 scale (N gauge narrow gauge) but loco's are like hens teeth !!!

Anybody else a secret Z modeller ?



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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2012, 08:58:46 PM »


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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2012, 09:06:56 PM »
Z is something I need to delve into eventually as the next layout WILL be a Swiss Nm affair, already have some rolling stock for it  ;)


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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2012, 09:35:38 PM »
Shame this thread wasn't posted earlier, my mate had a whole lot of US style Z gauge stuff at his second hand train shop that sat there for ages, no one seemed to want it and I know he got next to nothing for it in the finish, it comprised of locos, rolling stock, track, signals and other stuff, would have only cost a few bob to post it to the UK.
If he gets anymore I will PM you.
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Re: Z Gauge - my other super expensive hobby....
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2012, 09:42:48 PM »
Z is something I need to delve into eventually as the next layout WILL be a Swiss Nm affair, already have some rolling stock for it  ;)
Paul
Already got swiss narrowgauge but Zm.  Buildings are swiss kits in Laser Cut wood. :help: Loco was serious money. Will post some pics of the rolling stock later.

Have Marklin 81530 Northern Pacific Freight starter set complete apart from track. Loco is 4-6-2 Pacific with 5 pole motor and DCC chip in top of the cab.
Swiss Sudostbahn  Electric Loco (5 pole motor)  with working overhead, and 2 Blue/Cream DB locos 1 Diesel,1 Electric both with 3 pole motor. stacks of german wagons and coaches, a couple of Modern swiss Coaches all surplus to requirements. Some of the wagon sets are as new, also a couple of collectors cars.
Set of 6 Marklin santa Fe Coaches with price of 122.95 on the box.
Modelling stupid small scale using T gauge track and IDl induction track. Still have  N gauge but not the space( Japanese Trams) Excuse spelling errors please, posting on mobile phone

 

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