Adventures in Z Scale: The First Locomotive

I’m doing a little bit of catch-up here, because this actually happened a couple of months ago: I got my first Z scale engine!

This is a German Federal Railroad Class 64 steam locomotive made by Marklin, model number 88744. A 2-6-2 passenger train tank engine, its prototype was built in Germany between 1928 and 1940, and 20 of them still exist today.

That picture doesn’t really give you a sense of how small Z scale is. Maybe this picture will help:

It’s so small! Coming from HO these Z scale locomotives are just so tiny, about 2.5 times smaller than their HO scale equivalent.

I had the engine for a few weeks sitting in a box because I was waiting for track to arrive. But more about that in the next post!