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Re: [z_scale] Re: Member introduction (Dominique)

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  • Howard Koch
    Bonjour Dominique, Merci beaucoup for your words of wisdom. They are very helpful for me, especially the web site you listed. Au revoir, Howard ...
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 30, 2001
      Bonjour Dominique,

      Merci beaucoup for your words of wisdom. They are very helpful for me,
      especially the web site you listed.

      Au revoir,


      >From: ddechamp71@...
      >Reply-To: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
      >To: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [z_scale] Re: Member introduction
      >Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2001 14:06:30 -0000
      >--- In z_scale@y..., "Howard Koch" <greenforest100@h...> wrote:
      > > Hi everyone,
      > >
      > >
      > > This is a great group- the best list on the net!
      > >
      > > My name is Howard Koch. I am an Accountant living in Toronto,
      > > Canada. I am new to model RR and know very little about it. But I
      > > had the bug in me since I was a kid, when my father had a Lionel
      > > train set he ran on the living room floor.
      > >
      > > I was thinking of getting into N scale, as I had heard very little
      > > about Z scale (space is limited in my apt). Then I went to the
      > > Model RR Show and met Jeffrey MacHan and his outstanding Val Ease
      > > Central - (I had never seen any thing like it)!! He told me about
      > > group and Z scale. That was a real eye opener for me. I have become
      > > fascinated with z scale, even though I am very wet behind the ears
      > > regard to all model RR.
      > >
      > > I am now in the planning and studying phase before a start on my
      > > layout. I will have to wait a little longer as I am short of money
      > > just now (between jobs). Just planning and dreaming is fine for now.
      > >
      > > If anyone wants to get in touch with me at my e-mail address below,
      > > feel free to do so at any time.
      > >
      > > I would also like to thank Jeffrey for promoting Z scale and for
      > > group.
      > >
      > >
      > > Regards,
      > >
      > >
      > > Howard Koch E-mail: greenforest100@h...
      > > Toronto, Ont.
      > > Canada
      >Welcome in the world of Z scale modelrailroading Howard!
      >About Z scale, which is I agree with you a wonderful scale, You must
      >be aware of one primary important thing: there is very few choice in
      >rolling stock, track and structures, in comparison with other scales;
      >it`s due according to me to the fact our favorite scale is very
      >marginal in the modelrailroaders world (ah, you are modelling Z, very
      >funny, ah, ah!). Well, no, our scale is not desk-top or Briefcase
      >scale, as other scales modelrailroaders think of it (cf.
      >Modelrailroader, april issue). So what do you want to model? Very few
      >choice, unless scratchbuilding.
      >Basically, you have choice between European and North American trains.
      >If you want European, only a main choice, Marklin Miniclub
      >(essentially German, a little Swiss, a little Austrian). Very good
      >products. Several small builders, who make beautiful brass models,
      >like Freudenreich in Germany (but more expensive)
      >On the other hand, if you want North American, one main choice:
      >Microtrains: very nice models, very accurate, very good running
      >characteristics, but few choice: essentially years fifties, F-units,
      >a small Mogul steamer,40' and 50' boxcars,gondolas and low-capacity
      >tankcars. No modern power,no double-stack, no autoracks, no TOFC.
      >Marklin makes some american models (same era than Microtrains), but I
      >think their shape is not prototypical. But modelrailroaders seem to
      >be very happy with them . And you have small builders who make modern
      >equipment, like Rogue Lines who release wonderful Dash9-44CW's (very
      >expensive, about $500 each, see with www.Ztrack.com ), Pennzee who
      >release coal hoppers of very good quality, and other like
      >Freudenreich, who release very nice brass models like the Gunderson
      >Husky car). I think that looking at all the site
      >www.creativelement.com/z will give you a full idea of what is
      >possible in Z. But, I think, if you want to model anything else than
      >above, only one choice: scratchbuilding. But, whichever your choice,
      >you will have fun. It`s according to me the only purpose in

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