With Jérôme, we are looking at a way to upgrade our GP40-2W. Two choices: install Tsunami sound decoders into Atlas units or sell them and buy Athearn ones. Seriously, this is heart wrenching!
I recently said the Atlas cab bad look could be improved with some little paint touch up. Thus, I got Tim Hayman's excellent comparison photo and did some digital painting to illustrate my point. I hope Tim won't be mad at me because I defaced his pictures! Atlas locomotive is on left and Athearn on right.
|Tim Hayman's original picture from Flickr (2013)|
As you can see, once the cab nose paint is extended near a little bit near the round filler, the Atlas version isn't far to look as good as Athearn. What do you think about it? It doesn't address the wrong nose height and cab window, but at least the cab get a more bulky look.
|Photoshopped Atlas nose (black paint)|
If readers have had the chance to compare both locomotive running performance, I'd be really glad to hear about it. I only had the chance to see Athearn GP40-2W once, but couldn't operate them by myself at slow speed. As you know, train speed on our layout never go over 20 mph and most of the time we are crawling at 10 mph and less.