Under Table Switch Machine, Atlas ????

Discussion in 'N / Z Scale Model Trains' started by ozzy, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. ozzy

    ozzy Active Member

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    ok, have anyone used these? are they more of a headache then there worth? at 10.49 ea, that would rack up the dollars for as many swithes im planning, but i dont want to see the black switch box that sits on top of the table.

    is there other brands thats work good but dont cost as much?

    i decided on atlas code 80 track.
  2. steamhead

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    Hi,

    I use ONLY under-mounted coil switch machines and probably have upwards of 25-30 installed now. I haven't checked lately, but I picked up a bunch on eBay a while back. Average cost $2.50 - $3.00 a piece. Not bad. These are good name brand machines: Kemtron, MJ's and such, and all (but one) in perfect working order. Check it out.

    Good luck!!!
  3. Peter Sardagna

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    Accessability

    They work very well -- just make sure they are easily accessable...
  4. EngineerKyle

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    I use them quite a bit... more like 5 or 6 bucks for new ones if you order online. They are also handy because the above the table type can present clearance issues. I like them.
  5. ozzy

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    where are you getting them online? 10.49 is the cheapest i seen them online.
  6. Jim Krause

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    Somebody had a thread here about converting the top mounted switch machines to under table about three weeks ago.
  7. Collyn

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    the undermount atlas are exactly the same as the top mounted withthe exception of a control arm at a 90 degree angle
  8. EngineerKyle

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  9. ozzy

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    wholesaletrains.com is where i shop most times, and there 10.49 for atlas, did not see any other brands, i looked at discounttrains.com, and its 12.99 there, so i guess they went up......lol
  10. EngineerKyle

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    You know Ozzy,

    There is a Under the Table Switch Machine and a Deluxe Under the Table Switch Machine. I do not buy the "deluxe" version. I just looked into both those sites and couldn't even find an under the table machine. Also, I am in HO not N, although I think it is the same for either scale.

    I checked in the Atlas website and they've got them (item ATL0065) for 8.25 and the deluxe (item ATL0066) for 15.50
  11. ozzy

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    i must of been looking at the deluxe then, there was only one on wholesaletrains.com, but it never said anything about deluxe tho.
  12. EngineerKyle

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    yep, do a search on ATL065.
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    Since this is an N Scale board let me point out that the Atlas undertable switch machines of which I am aware are based on the HO design, not the N Scale one. They are therefore relatively large with respect to the track. Something to be aware of if you need to mount these close to each other.

    I have used them once in construction of an HO layout many years ago and they worked fine, but be sure to adjust them precisely to ensure that they throw correctly in both directions. They are more finicky than the surface mount types.
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    Finicky

    Amen on finicky. But, if they are adjusted carefully initially, they last for years without maintenance.
  15. ozzy

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    ok, is there any kind of atlas switch that the switch machine WILL NOT work with? hate to order stuff that will not work togeather.