Z or N?
- I echo Bill's statements and add a few.
It also depends on whether you wish to shunt/switch your wagons/cars. I
bought a small collection of decent, reasonably priced N-scale
locomotives and rolling stock. However, I discovered too late that IF
you are modeling European trains, you're either stuck with the Rapido
couplers OR do purpose built/custom MicroTrains coupler conversions on
each and every piece! A daunting task given European buffers, though
small in N-scale, are not accomodated by anything MicroTrains offers.
Even finding commercial "uncoupling ramps" for N-scale is very difficult
(none appear in the telephone book sized "Walthers N & Z Scale Catalog").
On the other hand, though they're much larger than 'scale', the standard
Marklin couplers not only have a somewhat decent uncoupling track but
they can be modified in 2 ways to work like the magnetic MicroTrains
Consequently, I've switched to Z-scale for to get my 'fix' of European
trains...and I have those N-scale European trains for sale if you're
Hope this helps,
Joe Krepps (in the U.S.)