I sent an email to Sommerfeldt inquiring if they considered offering their product in Z scale. They responded that they only offer it in HO and N scale. I also read somewhere that NOCH also offers catenary, but in HO and N scales, have you read anything about this?
No I haven't read anything about it. That N scale Sommerfeldt catenary looks very nice (at least in the catalogue), but unfortunately out of scale for Z trains.
I disagree that electrics do not have life. I think that they have as much life as diesels. When you listen to a train about to leave the station, at first you hear the circuits being connected, then the hum gets louder, as the radiators kick in as well as proper rectifiers, etc. Then, the sound gets louder as the locomotive starts rolling. Yes it is no-where as much fun as a steamer, but prolly as much life as a diesel IMHO.
Yes, I agree with that. I wonder too if just a little of the enthusiasm shown for diesels is related to the amount of noise they make. Electrics tend to be quieter, although an ICE can really make its presence known!