Japanese Z gauge Series 489 set
Within 5 days of ordering I received The above From Hobby search.
The set is now beautifully packaged And is very neatly and well made
and is a great improvement over the RealZ sets.The couplers are
similar in apperance to AZL couplers. They are free swinging and
mounted to body with a single screw. The all metal Wheels appear to
be smaller and have small very sharp flanges. Power car runs very
quietly and smoothly.
All is very good until you try to make up a train.
Couplers must be hand centered and then hooked together by "eye".The
car must then be lowered onto rails. Some have a knack for this but I
find it to be extremely difficult and it took me almost 1/2 an hour
to get the seven cars coupled. The train then ran very smoothly for
about 4 feet when the last 4 cars uncoupled. The immediate cause was
the loss of a wheel set caused by the breaking of a side frame.
I removed the defective car and laboriously coupled up again. The
train then derailed at the first switch (a new MTL).and after nany
attemts to run through a switch I gave up.The sharp flanges seemed to
be picking the points. The power car ran very well by itself and
negotiated the switches most of the time.
ProZ 6 car trains ,coupled up in seconds, negotiated the same
track forwards and backwards/
There must now be quite a few of these sets around as Hobby Search
sems to be shipping quickly and I would very much like to hear from
anyone who has run them.
It is a good looking train but at this point I will pack it up
and pile it on top of the RealZ boxes and chalk the $100 cost up to
Incidentally there are NO lights.