I admit it, I'm not the most patient person in the world. Many years ago I found myself in trouble when I just couldn't wait
for Christmas morning to open the new train set I knew Santa Claus had delivered. I was 'busted' at about 2:00 a.m. But over
the years I have learned the benefit of looking before you leap. Especially when it comes to Z scale.
Model railroading can be a major investment of time and money, and Z is not the cheapest scale to work with. A little
time spent in research and planning will pay off in a big way! A few hours scanning websites can both fuel your imagination
and help you avoid some frustrating and costly mistakes.
If you're new to the hobby, then two good sites to visit are the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) and The World's
Greatest Hobby. Although not heavy on Z stuff, they do have some helpful advice for beginners, as well as a host of useful
and interesting links for all scales of modelling.
There are also several good starting places specific to Z. Having read several back issues of Ztrack magazine, I recently
became a subscriber and can wholeheartedly recommend it! Ztrack is currently the biggest English language magazine I know
of dedicated to this scale.
The Yahoo Groups Z Scale Forum is also a fantastic online community and resource for newbies and old hands alike. The
folks are very friendly, encouraging and willing to share from their vast pool of knowledge and experience. I posted my first
cry for help and received a handful of responses within just a few hours.
Do It Yourself in Z Scale is one of many sites run by enthusiastic Z-heads who are ready to share articles and links on
just about any railroading topic you can imagine. I'm sure your own web-surfing will uncover many more.