What's the difference between a remote and manual Atlas snap switch?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by mikebalcos, Nov 8, 2008.

  1. mikebalcos

    mikebalcos Member

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    Please pardon me for the ignorance. What's the difference between a remote and manual Atlas snap switch? I'm getting some code 100 switches, and I'm using Atlas track.
  2. eightyeightfan1

    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    Remote switch has a device attatched that when a button is pressed, will automatically, move the switch points.
    Manual, you have to use the old "armstrong" method , by doing it yourself. Atlas has a different "control" for both. The manual one has a pin, that you have to move yourself to align the track. The automatic has the same, just in case.
    Maybe someone can post a pic of the difference, as I usually buy the track with out the "throws" on them, and add ground throws from Caboose Industries.
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  4. mikebalcos

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    Thanks for the info. :) What kind would you recommend for an 8'x4' layout? Btw, I'm on a budget, so if there are less costly turnouts that I could use for my Atlas track, I'll consider them.
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    eightyeightfan1 Now I'm AMP'd

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    If you're planning a layout with a yard or passing siding out of reach, or where you're afraid of damaging scenery, I would go with the automatics. Keeping the budget down though, I would plan all switching in the front, then you can use the manuals.
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    To keep costs down and have ease of use you can use the remote operated switch machines on turnouts that are out of reach and use the manual switch machines where you can easily reach them. When I was using Atlas track back in the 80's the cost difference between the manual and remote switch machines was only a couple of dollars so I went ahead and got all remote machines. Those that were close at hand I just operated manually.