I'm hoping it was a typo, but your list of roadnames for the upcoming SD60 did not include Oakway Leasing.
Oakway Leasing History Lesson 1. Oakway Leasing = Burlington Northern. BN worked a deal with EMD's Leasing division to develop the first major "power by the hour" program whereby BN only paid "when the meter was running". So while they did not wear BN or BNSF colors, they were 100% identified with those railroads over the course of their TWENTY YEAR lease. 2. BN's Oakway roster was second only to Norfolk Southern for the LARGEST ROSTER of SD60's. They had One-Hundred of them. 3. After their arrival in 1986, the Oakways were THE anchor of motive power on BN's massive coal hauling business. The sales pitch was that three SD60's would replace five of the traditional coal motors, almost exclusively SD40-2's and C30-7's. That didn't quite work out, but it still gave BN massive flexibility and an important injection of power into the fleet when it was needed most. (and followed by the tri-clops SD60M's in late 1989 and the more common 2-window SD60M's throughout the early 1990's.) 4. As the revolutionary SD70MAC deliveries reached a certain level, most of the SD40-2's, C30-7's, and SD60/M's were gradually shifted to other service. It seems that the Oakways gravitated to unit grain trains, but were found in a variety of roles during their time with BNSF.
Summary: The Oakway Leasing scheme is top 2 for SD60's, belonged to two different large Class 1 railroads, and were BEAUTIFUL LOCOMOTIVES. I don't think you want to skip this one.
And don't believe me...here is a post on this forum from someone else wanting these, and one well-known custom Z builder has shown this scheme several times on his FB page as a customer request. azlforum.com/thread/1592/oakway-sd60
An interesting suggestion. I would buy one - or two ! Further to this, EMD had some interesting liveries on demonstrator locomotives over the years, and these would surely prove a good sell for AZL, since modellers could run them with a wide variety of others, no matter which area or road they prefer, adding interest and variety to their layouts. Classically, the high-nose GE U25B demonstrator set toured widely, and the accolade for the “most travelled” must surely go to the FT set #103. How about a dynamometer car to go with it ?
Last Edit: Sept 28, 2023 8:11:27 GMT -5 by oldgrog
THe Oakway SD60's were not demonstrators, even though they carried the EMD demonstrator colors and (for the most part) scheme.
The reason that is important is, there were 100 of these units in service, versus less than a handful for most demonstrator locomotives. I don't know what that might suggest about sales, but it would make sense that the Oakways might sell in larger numbers than a demonstrator. (although I do recognize that demonstrators are popular as well, in other scales. Not sure if AZL has done a demonstrator of any sort in Z.)
And I'm not suggesting anyone here was saying they were demonstrators, but that confusion was apparent in conversations I've had outside of this post. And there was mention of demonstrators here in comparison.