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Re: [Z_Scale] Ztrack, Plans for 2008

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  • Randall Smidt
    Well, tell John to hurry up and get the info onto to ZTrack Center then. ;-) Thanks, Randy ztrack@aol.com wrote: ... Randy, Yes, these are in addition to HTM
    Message 1 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
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      Well, tell John to hurry up and get the info onto to ZTrack Center then. ;-)

      Thanks,
      Randy

      ztrack@... wrote:

      In a message dated 12/31/07 10:47:19 AM, randy@... writes:

      > Can you tell us what two new product lines from Germany are being added (or
      > at least tell us when you CAN tell us)? Are these in addition to the
      > HighTech and Luetke lines that were added recently?
      >

      Randy,

      Yes, these are in addition to HTM and Luetke. Once we have the lines up on
      Ztrack Center, we will make the announcements. Stay tuned!

      Rob

      Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
      6142 Northcliff Blvd.
      Dublin, OH 43016
      phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
      http://www.ztrack.com/
      Distributor American Z Line

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    • Melissa Cull
      Hi Rob, I like the sound of the changes for 2008 especially the track plans (not my strong point), the European coverage means Ztrack is the only magazine
      Message 2 of 18 , Jan 3, 2008
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        Hi Rob,

        I like the sound of the changes for 2008 especially the track plans (not my
        strong point), the European coverage means Ztrack is the only magazine
        printed in English.

        I know I've promised you a couple of how to articles, I'll try and complete
        them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the ones I
        built earlier to photograph - at the moment I can't get in there as it's a
        mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....

        Kind RegardZ

        Melissa Cull
        UK




        With today being the last day of 2007, I thought I would share our plans
        and
        thoughts for 2008. First, I would like to announce that two long running
        columns will be ending. Jeffrey MacHan's Last Spike will end with the
        January/February issue. This long running column has chronicled Jeffrey's
        VEC and travels.
        Over 40 articles have appeared in Ztrack during the past 7 years. It has
        been
        an amazing run.

        John Bartolotto's Z Web Search column is also ending. At this time, it
        appears the November/December 2007 column will be his last. John has been
        sharing
        amazing Z scale-oriented web sites in every issue of Ztrack. John is moving
        on,
        as is his column. Of course both will live on in our back issues!

        We are sorry to lose these outstanding columns, but we are very grateful for
        the work Jeffrey and John have done. Thank you to you both!

        With one door closing, another opens. I feel there are areas of the Z scale
        community and interests that we need to enhance our coverage on. The first
        area
        is track plans. We have been trying to increase track plans in Ztrack, but
        with little success. We are looking for track plans of Marklin track,
        Micro-Trains track, flex track and even module configurations. Ztrack is
        also looking to
        add a column for someone who can help us create track plans, associated art
        and graphics as well as conceptual plans. If you are interested, please
        contact
        us off-line.

        The second area we would like to focus on is module clubs and modules. We
        would like to see at least one article in every issue of Ztrack dedicated to
        modules. This would include club news and a featured module of the issue. I
        think
        modules are one of the most exciting aspects of Z today. I think it is
        important we share the work of module builders with the Z community. The
        November/December 2007 issue of Ztrack will feature Robert Ray's Time Saver
        Module. We
        hope this article will be a kick off to regular module features.

        The third area is increased coverage of European Z layouts. About 40% of our
        readers are interested in European prototypes. We need to increase our
        coverage of these areas. Finally, we are looking for more how-to and
        instructional
        articles.

        We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is amazing. I
        do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to Ztrack. A
        large portion of our readers do not follow the forums and we would love to
        share
        your creations with our complete readership.

        Ztrack is also working to increase our page count and content. Deane Shepard
        is working extremely hard to bring in new advertisers, which will allow
        Ztrack
        to grow and increase our content. This is not necessarily an easy task, but
        Deane is already doing an exceptional job. Thank you Deane!

        The last area I want to talk about is the web. John Cubbin has created two
        outstanding websites for us. Ztrack.com is a beautiful site that promotes
        Ztrack
        incredibly well. We are planning to increase content on the site. John has
        visions of creating an HTML newsletter and we will be working on that in the
        new
        year.

        Ztrack Center is our new retail web site. Look for new products to appear in
        2008. Ztrack is in the process of bringing in two new lines from Germany,
        which will add almost 200 more products to the site. Thank you John for all
        of
        your hard work and dedication!

        Ztrack will continue to offer subscriber specials on AZL new releases and
        spec
        ial imprint cars from FR. We are also looking to continue special car runs
        with Micro-Trains.

        As we move into 2008, it looks like another exciting year for Z scale.
        Ztrack
        is growing and adapting as the scale grows. It is a wonderful time to be in
        Z!

        Happy New Year!
        Rob Kluz

        Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
        6142 Northcliff Blvd.
        Dublin, OH 43016
        phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
        http://www.ztrack.com/
        Distributor American Z Line


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      • ztrack@aol.com
        In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@mlcull.demon.co.uk ... Melissa, LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
        Message 3 of 18 , Jan 4, 2008
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          In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@...
          writes:


          > I'll try and complete
          > them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the ones I
          > built earlier to photograph -- at the moment I can't get in there as it's a
          > mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....
          >

          Melissa,

          LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
          have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up to do.

          Best,
          Rob



          Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
          6142 Northcliff Blvd.
          Dublin, OH 43016
          phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
          www.ztrack.com
          www.ztrackcenter.com
          Distributor American Z Line



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        • John Mui
          Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning specialist, Randall Smidt. :D John ... From: To:
          Message 4 of 18 , Jan 4, 2008
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            Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning
            specialist, Randall Smidt. :D

            John
            ----- Original Message -----
            From: <ztrack@...>
            To: <z_scale@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Friday, January 04, 2008 11:47 PM
            Subject: Re: [Z_Scale] Ztrack, Plans for 2008


            >
            > In a message dated 1/3/08 10:47:45 AM, melissa.cull@...
            > writes:
            >
            >
            >> I'll try and complete
            >> them this year once I've tided my model workshop out and can find the
            >> ones I
            >> built earlier to photograph -- at the moment I can't get in there as it's
            >> a
            >> mess of baseboards, boxes, tools and books....
            >>
            >
            > Melissa,
            >
            > LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
            > have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up
            > to do.
            >
            > Best,
            > Rob
            >
            >
            >
            > Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
            > 6142 Northcliff Blvd.
            > Dublin, OH 43016
            > phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
            > www.ztrack.com
            > www.ztrackcenter.com
            > Distributor American Z Line
            >
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          • Melissa Cull
            Hi Rob & John, I don t have a basement:-( Just a tiny box room for my modelmaking room. I ve made a start over the seasonal holiday to dig a path to my
            Message 5 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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              Hi Rob & John,

              I don't have a basement:-( Just a tiny box room for my modelmaking room.

              I've made a start over the seasonal holiday to dig a path to my workbench,
              might get there by Easter:-(

              If I let my Mom loose in there she would clear it in a day but her method
              would be just hire a skip and chuck everything including my
              models.....eeeeeeeeek!

              I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
              again.....

              Kind RegardZ

              Melissa
              UK




              Melissa and Rob, you need enlist the help of the basement cleaning
              specialist, Randall Smidt. :D

              John



              Melissa,

              LOL! I had have to do the same thing. Before I can work on the layout, I
              have to dig a path to it. It is getting better, but I have more clean up to
              do.

              Best,
              Rob



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            • ztrack@aol.com
              ... Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the layout. These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
              Message 6 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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                In a message dated 1/5/08 5:00:20 AM, melissa.cull@... writes:


                > I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
                > again.....
                >

                Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the layout.
                These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
                for storage.

                Rob



                Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
                6142 Northcliff Blvd.
                Dublin, OH 43016
                phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
                www.ztrack.com
                www.ztrackcenter.com
                Distributor American Z Line



                **************
                Start the year off right. Easy ways to stay in shape.

                http://body.aol.com/fitness/winter-exercise?NCID=aolcmp00300000002489


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              • Melissa Cull
                Hi Rob, Perhaps the Z scale community should commision IKEA to do dedicated pine Z scale storage systems as many of us use there products for either storing or
                Message 7 of 18 , Jan 5, 2008
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                  Hi Rob,

                  Perhaps the Z scale community should commision IKEA to do dedicated pine Z
                  scale storage systems as many of us use there products for either storing or
                  mounting out layouts on??

                  IKEA seem to like storage and getting as much into as small a space as
                  possible so would be ideal or perhaps they would like to sponsor a Swedish Z
                  scale train (preferably steam) - even better:-)

                  My modelmaking room got in such as mess also because I had brought new
                  furniture for it which is just the right height for me to put the larger Z
                  scale layout on I'm building but was to be temporaily used for my bedroom
                  until I found a nice pine wardrobe and a couple of chest of drawers for that
                  but they stopped the range I was collecting before I completed the set as
                  IKEA have a habit of doing so am still awaiting replacing my bedroom
                  furniture so the modelmaking room furniture can go in the correct room.

                  Kind RegardZ

                  Melissa
                  UK





                  > I think I need a bit more IKEA storage systems then I can get it tidy
                  > again.....
                  >

                  Same here! I use the Ikea three drawer cabinets for storage under the
                  layout.
                  These have been great. Since I expanded the layout, I may need a few more
                  for storage.

                  Rob


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