OK... Finally I have assembled the layout after 4 long months over the Christmas weekend. God these 4 months were suffocating! Trains are running again and I took the first opportunity to see my new additions in action. Atlas covered hopper, a couple of MT flat cars and the thing I was most anxious about, the Bachmann SD-45. But all of them have shown satisfactory performance.
The SD-45 has definitely changed my opinion about Bachmann, this $24 loco has very nice details (as you can see in the photos above) and it runs pretty good too. Though performance wise, I would still keep my Life-Like GP-38 on top, but I am happy with this Bachmann loco. I just hope it keeps this level of performance for a good amount of time.