Mike, What about going small in a way? Backwoods has their own climax kit that is pretty neat.
But maybe not exactly what your after.
The idea of a smaller two truck loco is more flexibility on track design in a smallish space. Have you checked out Carl Ardents' wonderful site? If you haven't seen it there are lots of ideas for shelves and all sorts of things.
Also, the idea of doing a mini or 1:1 mockup of your proposed layout before laying track and "throwing dirt" really helps me when I am working on a project.
One of the other gentlemen here I saw using foam core to cut out mock-ups of his structures. I thought that was a great idea. He just draws out the walls, cuts them with a blade and then pins them together in place on the layout. He said he then uses them as aids in building the models themselves. I'm planning on giving that idea a try myself.
BTW, that two truck Climax is sweet...
Last edited on Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 01:33 pm by mwiz64
My wife got me a Climax with DCC/sound, will order the 3rd truck kit shortly. Might have to get that Climax kit if Backwoods still makes it, cute little Climax. I have used the cut outs before buying buildings as well to make sure it will fit and work on scenery around the building site while saving for the kit or building it. Mike