American Z Line F3A & F3B

zfuture Jun 1, 2015

  1. zfuture

    zfuture TrainBoard Member

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    We are finally ready to release our first F3 set. We have chosen the D&RGW F3A&F3B Phase II as our first F unit release. As many of our locomotives, expect a lot of unique details like:
    -Tall Roof Fans vs Low 36" Roof Fans
    -Passenger or Freight Pilots
    -Steam generator Option
    -Dynamic Brake Option
    -One or two Headlights
    Both A and B units are powered. A drawbar for close coupling is included. More details and photos on our web site.
    Sincerely, Hans (AZL)
     
  2. minzemaennchen

    minzemaennchen TrainBoard Member

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    Looks good, waiting for some Eastern RR, any release schedule you want to share?
     
  3. Loren

    Loren TrainBoard Supporter

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    I'll second that request, but one road name in partricular.....hoping Northern Pacific is on the horizon.
    Money in fist waiting...........
     
  4. zfuture

    zfuture TrainBoard Member

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    Chech AZL forum for more details like road names.
     
  5. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

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  6. ztrack

    ztrack TrainBoard Supporter Advertiser

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  7. GimpLizard

    GimpLizard TrainBoard Member

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    Hans, I have two words for you...

    Great Northern

    :)
     
  8. GN-Z-phile

    GN-Z-phile TrainBoard Member

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    Oddly enough, Hans, I have the *same* two words for you! :)
     
  9. alert

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    Well I went to the AZl forum and the search feature couldn't find anything on the EMD F3! I seem to remember reading something there in months past. I too am interested in what railroads will be released and when. Looking for UP and CB&Q.

    Terl
     
  10. zfuture

    zfuture TrainBoard Member

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    UP is part of our first run. CB&Q is included in our 2nd F3 run. Sincerely, Hans (AZL)
     
  11. z.scale.hobo

    z.scale.hobo TrainBoard Member

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    In checking AZL forum, searching "F3A" leads to a lot of results. Strangely, their search feature will not allow a query with 2 characters (such as "F3") and not everyone types in EMD when they post about the F3's. Actually, looks like nobody used EMD with F3!

    Frank Daniels
    z.scale.hobo
    www.zscalehobo.com
     
  12. alert

    alert TrainBoard Member

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    OK thanks guys. Terl
     
  13. zscaler

    zscaler TrainBoard Member

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    ATSF F-3s in video section
     
  14. jlundy46

    jlundy46 TrainBoard Supporter

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    I usually model GN/SP&S, but the AZL Santa Fe F3s look great. They are listed as DCC ready - anyone know which decoder(s) are drop-ins for the F3?

    John
     
  15. SJ Z-man

    SJ Z-man TrainBoard Member

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    You can use either:

    Digitrax DZ123Z0 (that's a Zero) 2 function decoder (http://www.digitrax.com/products/mobile-decoders/dz123z0/)
    TCS's AZL4 (http://www.tcsdcc.com/Customer_Content/Products/Decoders/Z-Scale/Z Series.html)

    Since there is essentially only the single forward light, either decoder will work. I prefer the Digitrax, as the BEMF function (load and poor running loco compensation) is *far* less overcompenstating and, you only need essentially the Forward (F0F) light function.

    Both program the same for standard running functions and can be programmed with any DCC system or jmri programmer.

    I am modifying my forward light pipe into 2 separate pieces and remoting the rear light (F0R) to an LED placed below the built in. This will give me the MARS light on top and the standard light below.
     
  16. jlundy46

    jlundy46 TrainBoard Supporter

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    Jeff,

    Thanks for the information.
    John
     
  17. Jean-Eric

    Jean-Eric TrainBoard Member

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    do you need one decoder in F3A AND in F3B?
     
  18. markm

    markm TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yes.
     

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