Z Museum / History of Z scale ?
- Hello Everyone,
In the message shown far below ("Re: [z_scale] American Z Museum"), Rob Kluz
of Ztrack Magazine mentions the "history of Z scale" which makes me wonder,
what is the history of Z scale? I realize Rob is speaking about the idea of
a display for Ft. Lauderdale that would show a "brief history of Z scale",
but I am wondering about the WRITTEN history of Z scale.
Does anyone know any good web sites (or other resources) that tell a good
(detailed) history of Z scale?
Or would anyone care to repspond to this message with their own details of
what they know to be the history of Z scale?
Thanks in advance,
PS Did Z scale only start in 1972 with Marklin or were there small models
before that? The reason I mention it is because I thought N scale started
in the 1960's until I saw on the N.M.R.A.'s web site where they have a
videotape clinic that discusses N scale as far back as 1903. See:
http://www.nmra.org/library/avvids.htm (about 1/5 down the page) there is a
listing for "Jim Fitzgerald & Ben Davis
N-Scale & NTRAK - VV500 VHS, 68 min." which says, "This interesting and
informative clinic traces the history of N-Scale, from as early as 1903!"
So were there Z scale models BEFORE 1972? If not, I would still be
interested in hearing about the start and development of Z scale. Any
information you could provide would be genuinely appreciated. Thank you!
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>Subject: Re: [z_scale] Re: American Z Museum
>Date: Thu, 2 May 2002 09:37:34 EDT
>I had to think about this one. I would love to put a display together for
>Lauderdale to show a brief history of Z scale. I know though that time is a
>factor and I must be realistic. Fortunately, Ft. Lauderdale is going to be
>showcase for Z scale. A lot of everything will be there!
>As for the potential of Z scale, well, the module groups and their assembly
>of the world's largest Z layout will sure show the extremes Z scale can go.
>Other efforts from David George and Terry Sutfin will definitely show the
>more realistic side of Z scale. No matter what your Z interest my be, Ft.
>Lauderdale will have it!
>As for a permanent Z museum, well that is in the thought process. Ztrack is
>accumulating quite a collection of Z scale items from a variety of
>manufacturers. We would love to put many of these on static display with
>running layouts showing off the trains. We are even looking into putting
>together a not for profit organization to start the ball rolling for the
>It is fun to dream, and as you know, dream can come true!
>Ztrack Magazine, Ltd.
>6142 Northcliff Blvd.
>Dublin, OH 43016
>Phone/Fax (614) 764-1703
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