My Z-Scale SD45

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by SmolderZ, Sep 27, 2003.

  1. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    Great news folks! :) I recieved all the roadbed I need for my modules! Right now I have enough MT flex track to finish both arrival/departure tracks at the first modules. If I succeed in finding some time this week then I might weather the new switch and lay some track. Hopefully I can post some new pictures very soon!

    I also recieved a small box from Zthek with 11 little fall trees. Expect them to show up in the new pictures. ;)
  2. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    Nice work, I love those SD45's!
  3. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    Thanks Mike :)

    As promised, I updated the low resolution pictures in my earlier post with new high resolution ones, enjoy ;)

    I also made a picture of the box containing the trees from Zthek
  4. Dominique

    Dominique New Member

    Nice work Smolder Z! About Marklin switches, as I definitively hate thes f&#@in' lateral mechanisms and black boxes, I've removed them, and put Tortoises under the benchwork to power them. I'm happy with the result. If you want to see more about this, go to:

    Dominique fro nearly neighbour France
  5. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Thanks for the link Dominique. Lots of good stuff there. Will have to do something about my marklin switches too.
  6. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    I'm going to sell most of my Marklin switches and wait for Micro Trains to release their switches :) The MT's will look better on my layout since I also use MT flex track.

    This is a picture of the new layout, it differs a little bit. I'm starting all over again, hopefully this is the last time!


    I bought all the necessary wood for the 2 end modules. Hopefully I can start putting them together tomorrow.


    I really want to get it right this time, but with The Gauge forum at hand this shouldn't be a problem :D
  7. pray59

    pray59 Member

    I like your trackplan, the layout for the roundhouse is real cool. It's always nice to start construction on a new project.

    I have not seen any samples of the new MTL switches, but I have seen samples of the sectional track, and it looks pretty good.

    The new GP-35 that MTL is coming out with looks to be good too. We get to run the prototype sample Saturday at our Z-Bend Track club's spring meet. A guy from Oregon is coming down with the prototype GP-35 wearing the new gold painted shell, and another secret new MTL release that we get to play with. They want us to run the heck out of it, so we will.

  8. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    Robert, could you do me a little favor? Make some shots of that GP-35, I'm really interested in that model. I seen the chassis and it looks very promising, I wonder how it looks with the shell on it.

    I also wonder what the other secret MTL model will be, could you give me a hint? :)

    I guess you have to run the heck out of them to test the reliability, they will probably run flawlessly ;) You might write down the number of minutes it ran over the modules.
  9. pray59

    pray59 Member

    I'll take some pictures and post them for sure. I don't know what the suprise release is, but I'll take secret pictures of that too!

    Yes, we will run the heck out of the GP and see how many cars it can pull too.

  10. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    how did i miss this thread, Robert do you work for a z scale company?
  11. pray59

    pray59 Member

    No, I don't work for one of those companies, however I do have a small laser cutting hobby, and produce some Z Scale as well as N and HO craftsman kits to help fund my hobby.

    One of the Z Scalers who lives in Medford Oregon (Loren Snyder) knows somebody who works for Microtrains, (Joe D'Amato) and Joe has let Loren (an authorized MTL Dealer) take the GP-35 loco to a couple shows and meets to give it a workout before releasing it on the public.

    Since they have no local Z Bend Track club in Medford, Loren drives 4 hours up to Portland, or 6 hours down to San Francisco, to meet with Z Scalers and run his trains. Loren came down a few months ago when we had our first show at the GATS in San Francisco. Our club, The San Francisco Bay Area Z Cooperative or "BAZ" for short has just started building Z-Bend Track modules, and this weekend we are having a BBQ, where we will run trains. Everyone who can make it to the SF Bay Area was invited to attend.

    The Z Scale crowd is like one big happy family, and although spread worldwide, it seems everyone knows everyone in Z Scale.

  12. pray59

    pray59 Member

    Well, the BBQ was fantastic, however MTL decided to keep the secret under wraps, and all we got to see was the GP-35.


    We did push it a bit though. I made a page with a quick review here:

  13. Livesteam

    Livesteam Member

    that is nice, did you make that yourself? How long does it noramlly take to build one?
  14. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    Great review Robert! The shell looks awesome :eek: I'm really surprised to see it have that much detail, it's beyond my expectations. I'm also glad it runs so smooth, can't wait to run one myself :)
  15. SD90

    SD90 Active Member

    It's hard to believe that it is Z scale! Looks great, and 47 cars, wow! I have an N scale Atlas GP38, and it won't pull 47 cars!
  16. Pete

    Pete Member

  17. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That's a nice looking engine.
  18. pray59

    pray59 Member

    I was really happy with it's performance, as were all the guys. We can't wait till they start shipping this fall.
  19. SmolderZ

    SmolderZ Member

    I finished the biggest frame of the 2 end modules today. It's very rigid and will make the perfect base :)

    Tomorrow I got the day off, so hopefully I can finish the other end module then.

    (pics soon)

    I'm looking at this layout kit to start learning how to make scenery. Because I'm a complete newbie at this I thought it would be nice to start practicing on this layout kit from Woodland Scenics before applying anything on the real layout.


    My local hobby shop has them, and they're pretty expensive. $95 usd for the N-Scale version. Have to think about it first...
  20. Xaniel

    Xaniel Member

    This is really nice.The fisrt time I see some actual layout photos of some Z engines.

    Really cool. Keep up the good work! (SD-45 on UP color are a must!!!)


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