I've been designing a modular HO scale model rr, and I've come up with an idea for manual switch control that I'm so excited about, I can't believe I haven't seen it done already, and i like your comments. Automated and dispatcher-controlled turnouts will be actuated by under-the-layout switch motors, but I've been searching for a method of controlling manual turnouts that meets the following criteria: Nothing out of scale visible on the layout - I'll be using Details West SP-style single tie switch stands, linked to the throw bar so the targets rotate; No reaching onto the layout to throw the switch - as is done with locking style switches where you can just pull or push the points into positon; Convey a sense of "railroadmanship" when operating - I want something more than pulling a simple knob on the fascia. I've been toying with the notion of fascia-mounted levers made by Hump Yard - Home, but they're still not quite right (if I was modelling an operational old-style interlocking, I'd use them in a heartbeat). Then the idea struck - large scale operational switch stands, mounted on a rail running the length of the layout. I've seen shelfs like this before - they're useful to hold car cards & waybills, drinks, etc. Wherever I have a manual turnout, I'll builde a little niche to mount a fully detailed switch stand, 1/20.3 scale or so, mounted on a scale tie, ballasted, etc., with the linkage running through a hole in the fascia where it can tie into the switch and control power routing, as in my sketch (attachment). These can be bought here Llagas Creek Railways as shown in the picture, but I think I'll scratch build my own, each a faithful model of it's fullscale counterpart. What do you guys think?