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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!
Have an idea, comment, or concern? Z Central Station has a Contact us link under "My ZCS" menu option.
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!
10,000+ Z scaled image gallery open for all to enjoy. Home Page Shout Box.
13,000+ Forums Postings. More than 200 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.
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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.
Z Central Station Private Messaging
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.
Free Online Magazines
Here is a online source for free magazines from various railroad related historical societies!AC&Y Modeler Nickel Plate Road Modeler
Z Central Station has now adopted a Forum/Chat Disclaimer, effective as of July 31th, 2011.
Z Central Station Mission Statment
|NHRS||1867-09-18||Delegates from at least 29 railroads meet in Altoona, Pennsylvania to form the Master Car Builders Association.|
|MICHRR||1872-09-18||The Patterson Railway Co. is complete for 2 miles, from Patterson Mills (later called Belding) to the DL&LM at Kiddville. The line is immediately donated to the DL&LM. This line was operated as a branch line until the Grand Rapids, Belding and Saginaw Railroad came under Pere Marquette control in 1900.|
|NHRS||1873-09-18||Jay Cooke & Co brokerage fails because of problems financing the Northern Pacific. Failure of Cooke and 57 additional brokerages and banks precipitates the Panic of 1873. New York Stock Exchange closed for 10 days. Five-year depression follows.|
|MICHRR||1873-09-18||Panic of 1873. Stock prices fall on news of investment banking firm Jay Cooke & Co.'s failure; begins depression that lasts through most of the decade.|
|MICHRR||1886-09-18||Highland Park electric streetcar begins operating on Woodward Avenue from Baltimore to Manchester.|
|NHRS||1906-09-18||A hurricane damages the Key West extension of the Florida East Coast Railroad during construction, killing at least 75 workers.|
|NHRS||1926-09-18||Virginian completes 134 miles of electrified main line from Mullens, West Virginia to Roanoke, Virginia|
|NHRS||1936-09-18||In an emergency brake test, a Canadian Pacific 4-4-4 type locomotive and four cars traveling at 112.5 mph comes to a stop in 7,905 feet.|
|ColinCRP||1937-09-18||On test a new lightweight streamlined passenger train attains an officially recorded speed of 112.5 mph on the Canadian Pacific Winchester Subdivision near St. Telesphore, Quebec, with 4-4-4 locomotive no. 3003.|
|ColinCRP||1999-09-18||Trillium Rail takes over operation of 41 miles of industrial trackage in Ontario's Niagara Peninsula comprising sections of the Cayuga sub. and the Thorold, Canal, Grantham, Fonthill, Town Line and West Welland spurs. The lines will be operated by a Trillium subsidiary, the Port Colborne Terminal Railway.|
Z Central Station is looking to add more photos, articles, and kit instructions.
Z Central Station has 270+ documents in our library with 45+ kit instruction documents. We want to add more for future references. We would also like to add any articles from a simple kit build, train car repaint, anything to do with Z scale modeling.
For more information or if you need help uploading images and files to ZCS, click on the 'Contact Us' Page.