Hints & tips for model railway enthusiasts, miniature painters and model makers.

Z Gauge

Everything you want to know about Z scale – otherwise known as Z gauge – model trains; their size; who makes them; specialist techniques you’ll need to know for modelling in Z scale and reviews.

Z Gauge Vs OO Gauge

OO gauge vs Z gauge locomotives
OO gauge is the most popular UK model railway gauge, Z gauge is the smallest commercially available model trains. Both have strengths and weaknesses. Here's [...]

What size is Z scale?

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge size compared to OO model train
Z scale model train layouts are increasingly popular due to the small size and hence appeal for those with limited space but what are their dimensions? How [...]

Is Z scale smaller than N scale

N and Z scale are the two smallest widely available model train scales, but which is smaller? [...]

What to do if you don’t have space for a model railway

box-file layout
Don't have space for a model railway? Here are some suggestions that may help. [...]

What is Z gauge: Six things you’ll want to know before starting

Märklin Modellbahnen Z gauge
If you're itching to build a model railway but don't have space, Z gauge is the answer. Here's a quick primer on what you need to know to get started. [...]

Review Märklin 81701 Z Gauge Train Starter Set

marklin review z gauge
It’s happened again and I was powerless to resist. [...]
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