Atlas Code 55 or 80?

in2tech Jun 9, 2019

  1. in2tech

    in2tech TrainBoard Member

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    Can anyone tell from these pictures if these are code 55 or 80 Atlas track? And is $8.00 each a good deal? Appears to be to me, but I have always bought standard code 80 in the Atlas package.

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    Thanks for your help.


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  2. Ike the BN Freak

    Ike the BN Freak TrainBoard Member

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    Code 80
     
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  3. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Yeah, code 80 and the last one you picture is the remote version where you supply your own wires, although I think Atlas supplied some with them new, and they are the only ones which automatically disconnect the current after thrown so the coils can't be burnt out if the controller switch sticks closed.

    The others are Atlas Custom Line switches, without switch machines, for those who don't want the switch machine there right next to the switch and install their own under table or whatever.

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  4. in2tech

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    So since they are Standard code 80 switches, if I can find more with the remote part but no wires that's the best deal right. Plus I am gonna offer them $5.00 per switch which I think they will take. If not I think they are worth the price for sure. My old ones are really old and wearing out. I plan on going back in the next week or so and buy 4 -6 of them if there are that many I want in that stack of them.

    Thanks for your help! They are Standard code 80 right?
     
  5. Joe Lovett

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    Yes, Code 80.

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  6. Doug Gosha

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    Yes, standard Atlas switches which is their terminology for their "smaller" ones vs. #6. Many people call them #4 switches but they aren't really that as the curve through them is 19" radius. They are actually closer to #5 or maybe even a little higher.

    If you look closely at an Atlas standard switch and a #6, there isn't really THAT much difference between the frog angles on them although there IS a difference and the #6 switches look much better on mainlines in crossovers and such.

    Oh, and the second Custom Line one you show is from a later era as it has the very slim, blade-like point rails where they meet the stock rail. Operation is very smooth through them. The first Custom Line one shown appears to be earlier as the point rails look more like the ones in the remote switch shown, which is from the early eighties, I believe. All good with some tweaking and with the latest ones, I didn't do any tweaking with my #6 Custom Line ones. Just installed them with under table machine and they are perfect.

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