Atlas Switches and C Trucks

Donstaff Feb 16, 2021

  1. Donstaff

    Donstaff TrainBoard Member

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    I have noticed that my older six-axel diesel los tend to pick points with my newly installed Atlas Switches, both manual and remote. These same locos have no problems with the 20-year-old sections of my layout. The switch points on the new switches don't seem to close tightly. Has something changed with the new Atlas Switches?
     
  2. Massey

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    Got the NMRA Gauge? You will be able to check the locos as well as the points on the new switches. And by older... how much older? Pizza cutter wheel older or ...
     
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  3. Donstaff

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    No, the old switches are 20-20+ years old, not the locomotives. The locos are all modern era models with modern wheels that work fine on code 55 track, although the layout is all code 80. The problem, as stated above, is with the switches. The old Atlas Switches present no problem with the 6-axel locos. Only problem is with new switches purchased in the last couple of years. All of the wheels spec out ok on the NMRA gauge.

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    then in that case, do the switches spec out? The gauge also helps with switch settings too.
     
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  5. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

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    Atlas did have an issue with some of the China-made switches with gauge in the point rail area. The point rails were much too thick and caused tight gauge. The USA-made ones were always OK and they did get the China-made ones corrected, eventually but some are still on the market on eBay and such.. Check the gauge in that area.

    Do your packages say "Made in USA" on them or China?

    Whenever i bought any off eBay, I always looked for the "Made in USA" in the black background box on the front of the package.

    Doug
     
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