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Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Passenger Set

| July 2, 2014
Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Passenger Set

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 Rob A. Some information about AZL’s Southern Pacific Sunset Limited Passenger set: Before the start of Amtrak® on May 1, 1971, the Sunset Limited was operated by the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Sunset Limited is the oldest named train in the United States, operating since November 1894 (though originally named the […]

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Big Boy May 2014 Update

| May 8, 2014
Big Boy May 2014 Update

Thursday, May 8, 2014 Hans As communicated earlier, we will manufacture 50 more brass Big Boys in 2014. The base price for the Big Boys will remain unchanged from the first release. To set this run apart we will produce seven new roadnumbers. We will also offer the 4014 again, this time with an oil […]

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DIY Centerbeam Lumber Load

| October 15, 2013
DIY Centerbeam Lumber Load

October 15, 2013 American Z Lumber is excited to offer free Norwegian Spruce lumber loads for 73′ center beam flat cars. These loads are specifically designed to fit AZL’s 73′ center beam flat cars. They are a great way to add a little extra detail to the cars. Just down load the PDF and print […]

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AZL Visits Hong Kong And China

| May 25, 2013
AZL Visits Hong Kong And China

Friday, May 24, 2013 Hans Our policy is to make at least one factory visit a year, but last time was over 2 years ago. Currently, AZL products are made by AFFA and SDK in China. A small portion is still made by Bowser in Pennsylvania. This trip was to AFFA who made our recent […]

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Some Fun Facts About The Heavyweight Cars

| April 25, 2013
Some Fun Facts About The Heavyweight Cars

Thursday, April 25, 2013 Rob A. While the individual railroads almost always owned their Coach (or Chair Car in the case of ATSF) rolling stock, up until the breakup of the Pullman Company in 1944 (enforced in 1947), Pullman owned and operated virtually all of the sleeping cars in America. The vast majority of these […]

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A Pair Of UP Big Boys

| April 6, 2013
A Pair Of UP Big Boys

Saturday, April 6, 2013 Hans Scranton, PA. Big Boy 4012 One of the best preserved Big Boys I know. There are 8 in existence. 3 of the photos were taken exactly two years ago during a visit to Steamtown National Historic Site. My first visit to Scranton was back in 2002 and the photo that […]

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Long Term Testing

| July 5, 2012
Long Term Testing

Thursday, July 5, 2012 Rob A. With our GP38-2 locomotives arriving any day now, some people have asked about the quality of a $100 Z scale locomotive. Traditionally locomotives in Z scale have cost from about $150 to over $200, so what corners do we cut to produce motive power for so much less? There […]

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Phase 2: The Forums

| June 7, 2012
Phase 2: The Forums

Thursday, June 7, 2012 Rob A. Welcome to the next feature of the new AZL web site. We wanted to have our own place where we could talk about all things related to Z scale, not just AZL. While there are other great places to have these conversations, there is no place like home. It […]

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Welcome To The New Site

| May 2, 2012
Welcome To The New Site

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Rob A. This has been a work in progress for a long time, but we have finally entered the 1990s and commissioned a proper web site. John Cubbin, designer extraordinaire and Z scale enthusiast has been working night and day (mainly nights) at our new look. We hope that you enjoy […]

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