• GS locomotive with tender: 1,296.40
• GS daylight passenger set with 4 cars: $1,595 - $1,664
• GS in black with 7 PFE reefers: $1,424.80 - $1,534.40
- All brass construction
- Locomotive with tender available separately or in train sets.
- Locomotives available in SP daylight color scheme for Daylight passenger trains or unskirted black for freight trains
- Passenger sets have 4 articulated cars
- Freight sets have 7 PFE reefers
- Daylight sets include decals to customize trains with either Morning Daylight or Evening Daylight road numbers
The prices of these quality AZL products are indicative of their brass construction. These are all-brass locomotives and cars are made for AZL by the Korean firm AJin, a respected manufacturer of brass model railroad trains.
The AZL offerings include GS locomotives in the Southern Pacific daylight color scheme with or without four daylight passenger cars. In this product line, AZL also offers their GS locomotives in black. The black GS is available separately or in freight train sets which include seven PFE reefers. The reefers aren't brass however, they are injection molded plastic construction made by Pennzee.
Clearly these trains are for serious collectors; with that in mind, the manufacturer includes decals with the passenger sets which allow modelers to customize their Daylight train with either Morning Daylight or Evening Daylight road numbers. The casual collector isn't likely to know or care what number locomotive pulled which train.
Though promotional images on the AZL and Reynaulds sites show only two passenger cars and three freight cars for their respective train sets, the text on the AZL site indicates that the passenger sets include four cars and the freight trains come with seven. It would be nice if Reynaulds indicated this in their product listings.
For 2008, AZL plans to release a 12 car Daylight passenger set. This will give Z scalers the means to have a full-consist Daylight train.
With today's tiny MRC M1 and Digitrax DZ125 decoders its likely that these GS locomotives could be converted to DCC. If not, AZL might do another run of these locomotives with DCC friendly wiring in the tender. I'd like to see them do another run of GS-3s anyway; I'd definitely start saving up for a set if they did... and I don't even model Z scale.