I designed ZBF9, a Z gauge model railway micro layout, for short rural freight or passenger trains. This Z gauge layout has a tarmac effect station area and goods yard with the rest of the landscape modelled as rural scenery including a large ripple effect pond, scratch built trees, imitation rock formations, bushes and weeds. Countryside scenery is elevated in some areas and lowered in others to create a natural, realistic appearance.
The flat tarmac station area at one end of the model railway is a blank canvas to accommodate buildings, figures or other accessories. Similarly, the large flat tarmac goods yard area next to the sidings could accommodate a goods shed, storage building, or a variety of road vehicles and accessories. I created a scratch-built level crossing so that road vehicles may access the goods yard within the branch line oval.
I designed this Z gauge track plan as an oval to provide continuous run. The passing loop built into the circuit enables a locomotive to run around a short train of wagons or coaches in order to take it back along the branch line in the opposite direction. The V60 locomotive and two wagons in the photographs easily fit into the passing loop to allow a second short train to pass by on the branch line circuit. The two sidings enable a variety of shunting movements to be performed.
This layout is designed for small locomotives and wagons and has been built using minimum radius curves. Due to the nature of the layout, long locomotives and coaches are obviously very impractical.
This Z gauge railway layout baseboard measures approximately 80cm x 36.5cm.