Anyone having a problem with Atlas Snap Switches coming apart?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by gregbva123, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

    Anyone having a problem with Atlas Snap Switches coming apart? My Snap Switches are coming apart and now do not work properly. How can I solve this problem?

    Can you buy more snap switches from Atlas or a dealer?

  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    Hi Greg define snap switches.
    I posted my problems last year with there turnouts.
  3. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

    Atlas Snap Switches, I believe are Item #540 and #541 in the Atlas catalog. These switches snap when the atlas button is thrown and switch back and forth.

  4. interurban

    interurban Active Member

    OK electric throws are you using under floor or ones that fit on top attached to the switch:D
    Last ? honest;)
  5. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I have not cared for any of the Atlas switches that I have seen. I haven't looked at code 83 from them, but the switch points on both Snap Switches and Custom Line code 100 are stamped sheet metal, and all of the ones I tried to use on a previous layout would "lay over" after a little use, and go wide causing derailments. I even tried soldering filed down pieces of rail to the outside edges of the points. That solved the problem, but it took close to 3 hours of hand filing and fitting per switch to get it to work!
  6. gregbva123

    gregbva123 Member

    How do I replace the snap switches with the tortoise switches?

    Is this a great ordeal or is it somewhat easy to cahnge over?

  7. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    The tortoise is not a switch, it is a motor used to move the points. I guess for clarity, we should refer to the Atlas snap switch as a turnout, and then the tortoise is a switch machine. The tortoise comes with instructions for installation, and Rix makes a nice mounting bracket for the tortoise machine to change the mounting position if you want to.
  8. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Hi Greg,

    Have you solved the problem yet?

    If not, and you intend to upgrade the "switch machines" to Tortoise, you may want to change the actual turnouts as well. Atlas "Snap Switch" turnouts are ok (I used them with sectional track to make my layout), but there are significantly better turnouts out there.

    I don't understand if it is the switch machine or the turnout itself that is coming apart.

    I have a good article on tuning up the Atlas turnout itself. If you would like it, send me a PM and I will email it to you.

  9. Freelancer

    Freelancer Member

    I too had a problem with the switch machines falling apart. After a while of fiddling with them I figured out how they went back together, and now they work fine. Once they were mounted on the board I didn't have any more problems with them falling apart. Make sure that you have enough power going to them, at first I couldn't get mine to switch right, but after some help from the Gauge geniuses, I was able to get more power to them, and they work fine. Hope this helps.


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