Re: [z_scale] Z digital
I'm not sure what your asking for but let me give it a try.
To start with you need some track ( a simple circle will do).
Next you need a DCC starter set (such as a Zephyr or Empire Builder
or a Chief - if you decide to go with Digitrax). You can buy these
online from a number of places (including Loys Toys or Tony's Train
Exchange). Next you need a power supply (your old train controller
will do or you can buy a new one). You put AC from a power pack into
the DCC booster. And lastly you need an engine. If it has a DCC
decoder in it it will run better but you can run 1 engine without a
DCC decoder (this is called analog mode). To put a decoder into a
Z scale engine you should use a small decoder like a Lenz 0521
or a Digitrax DZ143. You can use different brands of decoders with
different DCC starter sets. There is a FAQ on this list that tells you how
to put a decoder in a F7. Putting it in a Marklin is a little easier than
a Micro Trains but both are pretty easy.
Hope this helps
PS Marklin Digital is for their HO line and no part of it can can be
used for Z scale. What you want is NMRA DCC not Marklin
----- Original Message -----
From: "zoooctan" <zoooctan@...>
Sent: Sunday, August 04, 2002 10:22 AM
Subject: [z_scale] Z digital
> Hello all. I've been dabbling in z now for about 7 months and am
> about to complete my first layout. I think I have read sufficiently
> almost everything I could get my mouse on over the net on Z. But
> lately I've been particularly intrigued by Z digital and what it can
> do. I know a lot of people have written about it's advantageous
> and some have written about how in detail to solder a circuit
> board onto a loco, but I haven't had much luck finding out a true
> ABC on how to get started on Z. I mean, stuff like what
> decoders? can I use my old transformers? Can I use some of
> Marklin's HO digital stuff? Apart from getting the circuit boards
> (from Digitrax), what else is necessary? Sorry for rambling guys,
> it's just that I'm from Singapore and there really doesn't seem to
> be much knowledge in my region about the first thing about
> getting started. If anyone can help or you're willing to share or
> you're from Singapore( or nearby) that'll be much appreciated.
> But please don't point me to articles around the net like zscale or
> z220, etc...been there, done that. Really neat the nuts and bolts.
> Oh and if you know of any online shops that have almost "like a
> starter kit" for z digital, that'll be fantastic.
> Once again, really sorry for the long rant. Please contact me
> privately if you need to.
> Thanks very much for this space and in advance.
> Gavin Hall
> "Z" WARNING! HANDLE WITH CARE! Highly addictive in Small DoseZ!
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- Thank you so much for all the advice to everyone who's helped
and taken the time out to write to me here or personally. I've
definitely learnt a lot and will be soaking up more at the DCC
P.S. once again if anyone lives in South East Asia, please feel
free to contact me. There's a great z shop in Singapore and I
have a few addresses of shops in Tokyo (that I just go back