I get the sense he's ordering Atlas turnouts (not just switch machines) that include the electrically controlled machine. Exactly the standard sort of thing a beginner would use on a basic layout.Migbait, I would order only one or two of those switch machines to try out. Are you mounting them under the table?
You might soon find you need something a little more robust. Just sayin'...
Migbait;I am about to order turnouts. What is the button-like feature on the attached picture of an Atlas snapswitch? Is that a manual switch throw, such as a way to use the switch before I wire it?
cv_acr;I get the sense he's ordering Atlas turnouts (not just switch machines) that include the electrically controlled machine. Exactly the standard sort of thing a beginner would use on a basic layout.
The switch machines for the snap switches are mounted on the side of the switch, they're not designed for under-table mounting.
Oops. I've aleady ordered the Atlas. I'll study that improvement document. Thanks.Migbait;
The Atlas "Snap Switch" Is not the best choice for turnouts. Peco would be much better "right out of the box." Pecos are noted for mechanical reliability, rugged construction, and few, if any, derailments.
That said, if you prefer to use Atlas snap switches, they can be made pretty reliable using the information in the file "Improving Atlas turnouts" attached below. Most of the problems the Atlas snap switches have are due to that twin-coil switch machine in your photo. It's quite weak, and many things on snap switches like the rivets, and "loosey goosey" point rails, are there to let that weak switch machine move the points.
Twin-coil switch machines are also easy to burn out. Holding the button down more than two seconds can do it. Also the Atlas blue button control for that switch machine, has been known to short out internally and fry the coils in the switch machine. All these electrical disasters can be prevented by using a simple circuit called a Capacitive Discharge Unit (CDU)
Good Luck & Have Fun;
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What isn't? The thing he posted the picture of? It certainly is. It's Atlas's standard remote Snap switch machine.That is not a turnout control.
Actually, its not a turnout control. It is an Atlas #200 snap relay. Most commonly used for frog power.What isn't? The thing he posted the picture of? It certainly is. It's Atlas's standard remote Snap switch machine.
Unless you are nit picking about the need for a separate remote switch to operate it remotely.
Or were you making a joking reference to their quality?
CTValley;I'll take your word for it. I haven't touched an Atlas turnout in 15 years, and have no plans to go back.