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  • Rohmann’s Coast Guard Diorama
  • UP Lightweight Cars Releasing From AZL
  • Skyscrapers coming to Z
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  • Rokuhan to offer new C11 versions
  • Guide to Rokuhan turnout decoders
  • Ztrack offering Ztrains Grassinator
  • Micron-Art last look

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By Robert Kluz, Ztrack Editor
From the new issue of Ztrack Magazine

March 12, 2019

The cost of an article... circa 1986

Well the old clothes closet was way overdue for a good purge. Apparently some of the clothes I have been storing for the last few decades are no longer in fashion. I so don’t get that... But anyway, I did find one t-shirt that I have been storing for the last thirty-three years. What made this shirt so special you ask? It was payment for the very first article I every wrote on Z scale.

See, back around 1986, I submitted my very first article to Märklin in the hope it would run in their ‘Hot Tracks’ newsletter. For those of you who have been doing this for a long time, you may remember this publication. It was the pre-cursor of the Märklin club today. Well, Märklin elected to run my article. I was elated! Seriously folks, I was so excited.  And the best part? I got this great gift! It was an official Märklin T-shirt!

What a shirt it was. It was white, with red trim around the collar and sleeves, and the Märklin logo in red. I use to display it proudly by my...

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