I agree, Jeffrey really did a great job on his " 'Z' Year in Review". His
report is accurate and interesting.
My predictions for 2002 are based on what I know and what I've been hearing
from the grapevine.
1] American Z lines will continue to release high quality locomotives that
even if you are not a "collector" will satisfy any "runners" needs. You know
that in the early days of stamp collecting the enthusiasts were a small
group of folks not unlike ourselves. Anyway, once stamp collecting caught on
with the larger population...
2] Cottage industries will continue to make more good things for us,
structures, accessories, rolling stock and electronics. For instance, Harald
Friedenreich makes some beautiful operating trackside signals that can be
actuated with Marklin's 8589 function track and relays.
3] Some very small steam locomotives with real motors in them are on the
drawing board but I have no idea when they will be offered.
4] Aspen Model's and Halwa's fine code 40 turnouts will continue to make
inroads with those who enjoy building carefully detailed trackwork.
Finally, as for Micron Art's contributions, we will be releasing new
railroad support structures in both Z and N scale this year, as well as more
motorized vehicles, horse apparatus, and urban structures.
Have a bright and happy new year!
Rob Kluz wrote: Jeffrey,
Wow, really nice report. It is amazing to see how much the scale has
accomplished is just one year. In many ways, this is more then had been
gained in the first 15 years! Of course, this report reflects primarily the
North American market. We have also seeing gains on the European front with
companies like Artitec, Live-Miniaturen, and Heico releasing some very nice
Z items. Plus, Märklin has really increased their diversity and quality of
their European line. It is an exciting time for Z scale and I can't wait to
see what 2002 has to offer.
By the way, Micro-Trains has announced a new body Z scale body style for
January. It is a 50' straight side gondola. The first version is lettered
for Western Maryland.
Happy New Year!
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