5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts

Photo 1998 by J-E Nyström [[User:Janke]]  This work has been released into the public domain by its author

5 Great Z Scale Model Train Layouts

Photo 1998 by J-E Nyström [[User:Janke]]. This work has been released into the public domain by its author

Z scale is one of the smallest scales in model railroading, and the most popular of the scales that are smaller than N scale. It has a growing base among modelers and is becoming popular because a large model railroad layout can be created in a very small space. Today, we’ve got videos of 5 great Z scale model train layouts to show off what is capable in this small scale.

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Z Scale DCC Train Layout Tour The BAZ Boyz Modular

This 25-minute video gives a very detailed tour of a modular layout from the San Francisco Bay Area Z Scale Modelers – or the “BAZ Boyz”. Different members of the group build their own modules that are then connected together at a model train show to create a large Z scale layout. A couple of the members of the group give details on the various aspects of the layout, including rocks and water as well as the train engines and train cars.

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British Z Gauge Model Railway Layout Standen Watchett

This 4 ½ minute video highlights the “Standen Watchett” Z scale layout built by Graham and Damien Jones. The layout represents a fictional location along England’s famous East Coast Main Line. Because it is often hard to find Z scale models of the cars and engines one wants or needs, most of the model train engines and cars on this layout are custom made by 3D printing.

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Briefcase Layout

How small is Z scale? So small that you can build a working layout in a standard size briefcase, as evidenced in this short 2 ½ minute long video. The scenery is meant to represent the Bodensee area of Germany. If you are looking to model in a small space, this video shows how well it can be done in Z scale.

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Z scale Polar Express train layout

Another short, 2 ¼ minute video, but this is a nice one. A father and son built this small Polar Express Z scale layout. It has a lot of mainline track in a very compact space. But, I love the winter scenery and I love the fact that they incorporated a helix into the layout and didn’t hide it.

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Ron Vaz’s Brazilian Z Scale Train Layout (HD)

This 5 ½ minute video features a beautiful layout created by Ron Vaz of Brazil. It packs a lot of action and detail into a small space. There are beautiful stone trestles, streams, buildings, tunnels, and so much more. The scenery is based on small villages in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

I hope these 5 great Z scale model train layouts videos have inspired you. Whether you model in Z scale or another scale, we can always pick up tips and ideas from any place. And, if you are looking for a small scale to fit in your small space, Z scale just might be what you are after!

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Robert Thomson

Robert W. Thomson is a life-long railfan, the son of a former L&N Railroad B&B gang foreman, and an amateur photographer. He was born and raised in southeast Tennessee but now lives in Butte, Montana with his wife, Connie and cat, Charlie. Robert has worked as a park ranger, underground mine tour guide, freelance roleplaying game writer, and ran his own roleplaying game publishing company until selling it in 2012.

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