Great Northern Z Scale Trains

Growing up in MN, seeing a freight Burlington Northern train rolling by was a common site. I was always excited when I would see a Billy Goat mixed in for Great Northern. If you are a fan of Great Northern and a new comer to z scale, you may wonder how well GN is represented in z scale. Well good news, as time goes we are seeing more and more choices.

Great Northern Z Scale Locomotives

While a train usually has one or two locomotives and a bunch of cars, locomotives still they are our favorite. Your z scale Great Northern locomotive selection isn’t huge but again as z scale grows, so does the variety. For steam locomotives, you can find a Glacier Green 2-8-2 Mikado from AZL. Your best bet may be the after market but you may still find a new one on a dealers shelf. They are tender drive and a real work of art. Marklin made a Great Northern Mikado as well. Not as detailed but still a fine representation by the manufacture who started it all. For diesel power, MTL offered a GN Sky Blue F-7 A/B and a GP9. AZL has an SD45 and a F-3 A&B. You will also find a few custom painted options around as well.

Great Northern Z Scale Rolling Stock

For Great Northern freight, most of the current manufactures in z scale feature Great Northern. One of my favorite z scale manufactures is Full Throttle. This small company continues to churn out unique offerings and have z scale GN hoppers, wood chip cars, covered hoppers and small reefers. AZL has a nice choice of Great Northern freight including my favorite some small 2 Bay Hoppers. MTL continues to sprinkle in some z scale freight including a 10 car GN Circus Care Set. So named for their variety of color. More choices pop up every few months.

great northern z scale freight cars

Great Northern Z Scale Passenger Cars

Even passenger cars have become readily available in z scale. MTL released as Sky Blue Set that you will have to shop the aftermarket for as well as a few Empire Builders. AZL has released a stunning collection of the Great Northern Empire Builder in z scale. They really are impressive! I fear they will sell out fast!

Great Northern z  scale passenger cars

Marklin Z Scale U.S.Cabooses

Over the years Marklin has produced a variety of z scale cabooses from American railroads that have become quite collectible. Some were available as individuals and others in sets. You can find Marklin z scale cabooses in CB&Q, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Santa Fe (some of which are the most collectible) Chessie, Burlington Northern, Santa Fe, New York Central, Texas & New Orleans, Northern Pacific, Milwaukee Road, Pennsylvania, Southern, Baltimore & Ohio and Central New Jersey. I think that is the majority of them! So where can you get these great little Marklin cabooses? Your best bet is to check out ebay and be patient, they come and go. I have been able to find some great buys on them. They tend to hover around $35 to $60 range for the most part while the blue AT&SF can trend higher. Some of these cabooses came in sets so you may have to buy a kit and break it up if you really want that one.

You will also find some used Marklin cabooses that have LED lighting added which is a really nice feature. I have seen both interior and end lighting on the caboose. Most of them are done with a flicker free system. What a nice little detail to add to your z scale layout. I have a few favorites like the Burlington Northern and the Northern Pacific that I like to keep on display in my office. Whether you collect, hoard or run z scale, the Marklin z scale caboose is a great addition.

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