Reply to "Sunset SD40-2's"

luvindemtrains posted:
Rich Battista posted:

I just ordered a couple 2-rail Chessie SD40-2 from Sunset.  These are my very first true 2-rail engines.  I hope they get enough orders.  I've got time though, I'm planning to tear down the Black Diamond Railway and rebuild a new 2-rail layout with one 3-rail upper level.   I'm working on the layout design now.  


Are you demolishing the Black Diamond or are you going to sell it? If you are demolishing will you use most of the buildings, etc. on the new project? When do you think you will begin the project? The Black Diamond is such an inspiration to us 3-railers. 

I'm sure your new project will be just as inspirational and am glad you plan to document everything.



  I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with my layout yet.  Its likely I will just disassemble it and use what I can then sell the rest.  If anyone is interested, I may remove the urban section (elevated subway) and make a smaller layout from that and sell it.  The problem is I would like to use most of those building in the new layout since some of them are very nice and hard to find.  It really depends on the new layout design.  I plan on designing the layout completely on the computer before I start any construction so I will know what I'm will keep and and sell.  Here is a sneek peek of the layout.  I'm thinking I'll put a large road and buildings in the front left area so it will take a while to work out.  I'm guessing I will not be done for months.  This screen shot is from SCARM.  The cool thing is that I can run simulated trains on it.  I can operate the layout and see what I like and don't like long before I start construction.   Notice I'm going to remove the wall and doorway so I can double my view of the layout.


I can even see what the CP Rail SD40-2 looks like on this new layout!






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