Z Scale

#6 Code 40

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Another turnout from our NMRA Train Show display. With a set of HO scale wheels for comparison, this Z scale code 40 turnout is very tiny.

z scale fast tracks

The tip of an X-Acto blade sitting on the guard rail of the Z scale turnout. The PC board and wood ties are a mere .040″ (1 mm) wide and are the smallest we produce.
z scale fast tracks

The pieces of ballast on the side of the rail just past the wing rail look like boulders in this shot, but they are actually no larger than a speck of sand. The frog is dwarfed by the HO scale wheelset shown here.

z scale fast tracks

I would love to build a Z scale layout one day! Maybe at this years Train Show I will pick up some Z scale locomotives and tinker a bit. There really is some exquisite stuff available in Z scale.

z scale fast tracks

The lack of a switch stand on this piece is a glaring omission! Will have to see if I can find some in California.

z scale fast tracks

Believe it or not, this isn’t the smallest piece of trackwork on the display!  There is one smaller.


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I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 06-30-2008 | 08:06 PM
Posted in: 2008 NMRA Train Show - Anaheim | Latest Posts


  1. That’s just incredible! I thought the Z-scale were too tiny for any work by hand! I can’t see any difference between this turnout and a H0 code 100 turnout. Maybe just the size of the rail’s head.

    /Anton, Sweden

    Comment by Anton Torstensson — July 7, 2008 @ 5:40 pm
  2. How about financially committing to having some custom rail and track developed? Paul

    Comment by Paul Lubliner — November 19, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
  3. Seriously, have a custom drawn code 35 rail in a good grade of nickle-silver as has Peco code 55 N. That is have .010″ buried in the tie strip leaving a scale .025″ high functional rail. I’d be happy to do all of it for you, flex track, switches, crossovers etc!

    Comment by Paul Lubliner — November 19, 2009 @ 2:53 pm

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