Using Woodland Scenics Layout Kit to build a different layout-How Hard Can It Be?
Famous last words no doubt. Heres a silly question to waste your time this morning.
A short time ago my wife came across a NIB unused Woodland Scenics Grand Valley layout kit at a local Goodwill Store (no kidding) along with the matching Atlas track pack and a blue box Athern GP60 and cars. Whole shabang $160. My wife whos NOT a train person basically made me come down and get it once she realized it was probably worth alot more that $160. Now the plan is she wants me to try and resell it for at least $400, if I can't sell it than I get to keep it
Trouble is, I really really REALLY dislike the basic track plan that comes with the Grand Valley layout. My plan is to build Linn Westcots "HO Railroad That Grows" based on the 1960's paperback book I got a while ago (at Salvation Army this time) I really like that track plan and it has more options for add ons. Before anyone says anything ...yes its a 4x8 and yes I know all about the pros and cons of 4x8 vs around the walls and no its not going into a spare room in the house, it will live in the garage which already has another G scale layout along the walls.
I already have some code 100 track for a smaller unbuilt switching layout I had planned, the GV Atlas is code 83, I plan to use the 100 in places less observable and use the 83 in the most visible areas, and then use the Grand Valley layout kit as my "supply box" use whatever instructions might apply to what I'm doing, but chuck the rest of the instructions regarding the GV layout plan. I'm also planning to add a couple more spurs to the Westcott plan and a couple other ops mods.
Now my silly question is, Is there anything I might need to consider if I move forward with this? Does this sound like a reasonably insane plan?
I'm as of right now thinking DC track power, a real 1960's layout so I can run old vintage stuff on it.
Of course this is conditional on me not finding someone crazy to buy the layout kit, I honestly don't think these sold very well but I dont really know what the real demand for it might be, especially if its local pick up as I think it would cost a small fortune to mail the box because it is humoungus!
The best part is even if I do sell it, I just go back to the original switching plan I already have a plan for, win-win either way.