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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by J. Steffen, Mar 20, 2007.

  1. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

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    Just got through wiring the track and the switches. I ran one of my engines around the track to test the switches but when I ran it in reverse. The snow plow hit the snapswitch and came to sudden stop. I laid the two turn outs to close to the radius and it doesnt give the engine time to straighten out. I could have sworn I checked this before I glued the track down but I guess I didn't...

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  2. stuart_canada

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    is your locomotive catching on the switch machine itself? if so there is a piece that comes in the package with the turnout and it moves the control over a little to avoid this, will save you having to cut it and solder
  3. J. Steffen

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    Now that I read the fine print. Unfortunatley, Atlas failed to include the nuts in all of the packages of Snap Switches that I bought.
  4. JR&Son

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    I just purchased 8 switches total.
    None of them had nuts

    Ron
  5. J. Steffen

    J. Steffen Member

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    They do say they're included right?
  6. stuart_canada

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    you can get replacement screws at a local hardware store, they not anything special, take the switch machine into the store and get replacement screws a few cents a piece is my guess
  7. Russ Bellinis

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    The screws may be smaller than the hardware store stocks, but any hobby shop should also stock small hardware. Generally hardware stores don't stock anything smaller than a #4-40 size screw, but a hobby shop would stock #2-56, #1-72, & #0-92. I'm not sure which size the screws are for the Atlas switch machine, but it shouldn't be too difficult to match them up.
  8. J. Steffen

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    I emailed someone at Atlas. They said they would send some extension nuts out and look into it in the mean time. That's more than I expected them to do...
  9. YmeBP

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    They aren't 2-56 i've tried those not sure about 1-72's though.

    I'll email them too :) dunno why i didn't think to do that ahhaahah