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Welcome to the Z Central Station!  A model railroad site dedicated to 1:220 scale model trains.

Z Central Station was created to provide Z Scalers a full featured online community.  Members can share their Z Scale experiences via our discussion forum, photo gallery, classifieds, videos, chat room and more!  Membership to Z Central Station is free!

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24 x 7 Active Chat for up to 20 members. Regular scheduled times are Sundays 1PM EST and Wednesdays 9:00PM EST.  Chat is open to any member. Stop in and say Hi!  8,000+ Z scaled image gallery open for all to enjoy.   Home Page Shout Box.  13,000+ Forums Postings.  More than 70 free downloads in our Library containing Instructionals, decals, paper/cardstock models, paintchip charts, modeler pad, and more!  Ever wanted to create your own Blog?  Here is your chance to create a Blog on your Z scale layout, modeling project, or even contest entry!  You can add photos, videos, and links to show in your blog.  This is one of the latest modules, I wanted to be sure to re-introduce this powerful  tool for our members use.  Free membership!

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Free Z scale community banners are provided for individuals or groups looking to expand their current Z scale modeling group, starting a Z scale modeling group, or just to create a Z scale awareness in their area. Community banners are displayed on every Z Central Station page. For more information use the 'Contact us' form.

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Z Central Station has now adopted a Privacy Policy, effective as of July 30th, 2011.

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ZCS always had the ability to allow private messaging between members but now it is functional for you to use.  When you log in you will notice a PM Notifier just under the search box on every ZCS web page.  When you go to your profile page you will notice several new PM modules.  Here is where you can have ZCS email you when you receive a new PM, compose a PM to another ZCS member by using their screen name.  You can also review sent, received, and deleted private messages.

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Latest Product Posts

garthah's Avatar
Posted by garthah
17 Oct 2014 12:47
new arrivals for 2015 500 Shinkansen, turntable Hobby Search is taking reservations for Shinkansen 500 initial 3 car set 140.00, 5 car add on 173.00 and full 8 car set 310.00 lighting units are 7.00 a car with 2 types one for head end car and one for mid train cars. In addition they are showing turntable...
GNFan's Avatar
Posted by GNFan
16 Oct 2014 12:14
AZL October New Releases 2 Some day, someone will produce a batch of Western Fruit Express (Great Northern's successful answer to PFE) cars. You make 'em, I'll buy 'em. (I missed out on the Penzee run years ago.) Of course, I'm not holding my breath....
ztrack's Avatar
Posted by ztrack
16 Oct 2014 08:20
AZL October New Releases 2 AMERICAN Z LINE October 2014 New Release – Part 2 It mid-October already! Sante-Fe fans, we have something for you! ATSF EMD GP7: Image Link 62001-1 ATSF GP7 2724 1960´s Blue & Yellow - MSRP $169.00 62001-2 ATSF GP7 2733 1960´s...
Pete Nolan's Avatar
Posted by Pete Nolan
10 Oct 2014 21:47
Z Scale FitzGerald-class Great Lakes Bulker The Fitzgerald-class Algosteel freighter is here in Z Scale! I've decided to go ahead with this model, and make improvements over time. This model represents the Algosteel Great Lakes freighter as it was before 1990, when a self unloader was added. The...
stonysmith's Avatar
Posted by stonysmith
01 Oct 2014 21:12
Shapeways Price Changes Shapeways is changing their pricing structure for WSF and Steel. Good or bad, that doesn't affect much of my shop. It's a new, complicated pricing model that is affected by the number of individual parts. If the model has a lot of (hard to find) parts, the...
ztrack's Avatar
Posted by ztrack
01 Oct 2014 20:35
AZL October New Releases 1 AMERICAN Z LINE October 2014 New Release – Part 1 October is the time for Pumpkins! The BNSF SD75M Heritage II ‘Pumpkins’ are back! BNSF EMD SD75M: Image Link 61014-1 BNSF SD75M 8259 Heritage II - MSRP $189.00 61014-2 BNSF...
GreatLakesModels's Avatar
Posted by GreatLakesModels
29 Sep 2014 23:42
Z Scale Boxcar Grain Panel Door Boxcar Grain Panel Door Z Scale 010 002 810 006 $4.52 18 Panels Image Link Add just the right amount of detail to more than just your layout! Your rolling stock has a part to play in your miniature empire. Boxcar grain doors have been...

Latest Forum Posts

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Posted by southernnscale
Yesterday 00:33
Shapeways new project I could do that but I tried to keep it proto type even in size most of the Cracker Barrel resturants have 10 windows so I did only do eight windows. But I'm still working on the price may be do the signs separate. here are two more Saw Mill Building just got...
Heavy-Equipment-Designer's Avatar
22 Oct 2014 15:09
Shapeways new project Walt, make it flat, four sides and a roof that you have to put together. It might cut the cost down.
Fred's Avatar
Posted by Fred
21 Oct 2014 20:04
Shapeways new project Walt- you cease to amaze with all your projects--- Possibly by sort of cutting back from 8 to 6 window/door sections, just make sides and signs-- no roof-- not sure if that helps but it's my too cents :woohoo: That looks like it would have a big footprint, ...
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Posted by southernnscale
21 Oct 2014 19:23
Shapeways new project In progress not printed yet Cracker Barrel Resturant may cost too much but trying to get it down! any one for Dinner!!!!! :lol: CrackerBarrelresturant.jpg
southernnscale's Avatar
Posted by southernnscale
20 Oct 2014 23:33
Shapeways new project Just received some lumber stacks 20ft and 10ft 2x12 Lumberstacks20ft10ft.jpg
ztrack's Avatar
Posted by ztrack
20 Oct 2014 17:33
Steve Van Til Tribute I am very sorry to hear this. Steve was an amazing talent. He will be missed. Rob
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Posted by z-bahner
20 Oct 2014 01:42
2. US Z-Meeting 2014 in Zell im Fichtelgebirge Hallo Leute, einige Daten zur Modellbahnanlage 71 Module, etwas über 160 Meter Streckenlänge (ca. 35 Echtkilometer). Längste Zuglänge über 5 Meter, maximale Maschinen auf der Anlage knapp 50 Stück, Waggons ungezählt, vermutlich an die fünfhundert, da...

Buy/Sell/Trade Posts

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Posted by Mr.JA
18 Oct 2014 22:48
New sale! Please follow the link to the photo album. Multiple photos of every item (does not mean I have multiples of that item). I can provide details and pricing on the items you are interested in. Z FOR SALE Videos of the locos on test runs... follow the...
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Posted by Mr.JA
18 Oct 2014 22:34
REAL ZJ JAPAN RAIL (JF) EF81 Electric Loco Not a lot of these were made. Long out of production and extremely difficult to find. I have two available. Like-new, with the exception of testing both of them. They both are perfect... in their original boxes with the original paperwork (in Japanese only)....
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Posted by pm-ger
13 Sep 2014 13:13
If you are looking for Marklin stuff If your looking or search for Marklin stuff, I have a lot of buildings, tracks and rolling stock for sale. Feel free to contact me michalik.pete@googlemail.com
Socalz44's Avatar
Posted by Socalz44
05 Jul 2014 16:07
Marklin D&RGW Mogul and Diamond Special Set Looks like good stuff to me. Good luck. Jim
Stonebridge Models's Avatar
Posted by Stonebridge Models
21 Jun 2014 20:42
Assorted Z For Sale! Most of our Z scale rolling stock is now up on ebay with huge discounts and FREE Shipping!! Lots have flown out of here already but I have added tons more. Check it out! Much of it is out of production...

Latest Contest Posts

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Posted by southernnscale
22 May 2014 22:01
Re: Choo Choo room complete. Contest Results so where are all the finished work with all the trainz! The post is here and just wasting space it would be nice to see some completed Photo's for those of us who never gets down there to see it in person! work shop and out side with all the yard work you did...
thomasc600's Avatar
Posted by thomasc600
14 Dec 2013 18:13
Re: Choo Choo room complete. Contest Results looks great kids we still don't have tree up yet just back Disney boat

Rollingstock Club

Heavy-Equipment-Designer's Avatar
14 Aug 2014 17:24
Rolling Stock of the Month Club Entries Two 1931 Caterpillar Sixty track tractor with a LeTourneau cable operated blade DSC00571.jpg