Question: Marklin Z-Scale

Hello. I have been looking at Marklin Z-Scale sets. There is one on eBay I
am considering buying, but in doing some research on the set, I found (as
seen in the link below) that it uses AC to power the train. I am hoping
this is a misprint. Here is the link to where I found the info:
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Is this info correct? Is it possible that this is an older (2004) set and
they have changed since? Or are all Marklin Z-Scale sets AC? Any help
would be appreciated.
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alleydude
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alleydude skriver:
No, no, no, no. Z scale is DC, Märklin is only AC (and 3 rail) in scale H0, the rest is DC like all other manufactures.
Klaus
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Klaus D. Mikkelsen
alleydude skriver:
You're most welcome
Z-scale is way too small for me. H0 is more appropiate, here I can get the details of the trains and fix everything myself.
Latest puchase is a model of the first long distance steam engine in germany, called "Saxonia"
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Klaus
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Klaus D. Mikkelsen
That is very nice! I love HO as well, but I have a fascination with miniatures, and the smaller the better. I have purchased a Z-Scale set off eBay (haven't recieved it yet) and am looking at another. I want to do a small table top layout just for fun. We also do O-Gauge as well, but right now N is our primary focus. Thanks again for the help.
Ken
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alleydude
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Have you seen "Z-Track" magazine?
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Marklin Z Scale is dc, but is there a limit as to the voltage used? I recall seeing a MRC power pack adapted for use with Z scale that had a "stop" on the control knob.
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Maerklin Z is DC 2 rail, but the voltage is limited to 8-9 volts. At that voltage they run like scalded cockroaches, so (upper range) scale speeds are achieved at lower voltages still.
Until 5-10 years ago the motor armatures were 3 pole. Circa 10 years ago they started to fit 5 pole armatures to their most expensive locos and these have gradually been fitted throughout their range. The improvements in running standards with the new armature are worth having!
Regards, Greg.P.
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Greg Procter
I believe some Marklin HO info has leaked into that Zed page.
I've got both Marklin and Micro-Trains Line Zed setups and neither is AC, as I'm sure others will tell you as well.
Pete in Calgary, AB, CA
alleydude wrote:
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hoser
It's the MRC-1300 as modified by Micro-Trains Lines for use by Zedders.
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FYI, actual pics of a Micro-Trains Lines modified unit (mine) are found here in this directory: (1 Meg digicam pics)
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For your own piece of mind, run a DC voltage check on the unit if you pick one up. Just to be sure. I did, and then marked more info on the sticker that MTLines stuck on the face of the unit. Whether it needed to be done or not, I feel better about the testing. Just to be sure.
More info, do not use a regular commonly found DC controller such as a MRC Tech 4 220 for example. These have what's called "pulse power" and are (according to MTLines) not good for the little Zed Locos. I just took their word on that one, to be sure.
info pic re- above statement here:
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(on a side note, the Tech 4 220 I've got works just great with my N scale stuff. You can literally make an N scale Atlas GP-7 non-decoder "CRAWL" around a small 10 foot test line layout in 42 minutes if you try!)
Hope, some if any of this helps,
Pete in Calgary, AB, CA
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hoser
Thank you and everyone for all the help, it is greatly appreciated. I now have two Marklin sets on the way, and an expansion set. This is gonna be GREAT!
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alleydude

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