Re: Understanding the Atlas Turnout Diagram

Paul O

jtw37, (name please),

look in the ‘Photos’ section at “insulfrog1”; it shows the shorting problem with this type of turnout.

Cutting the gap is one fix. Another way is to use a cutting disc and widen the gap where the two point rails come together.

A third, ‘temporary’, quick fix is a dab of fingernail polish at the shorting point; works until it wears off.


Paul O


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Subject: [WiringForDCC] Re: Understanding the Atlas Turnout Diagram



I've looked at the diagram several times and thinking it don't apply to my Atlas turnouts. All my turnouts are old school Atlas from an old school DC layout. Snap switches. I guess what I think is, that the frogs are the plastic, so no way to power them other then the rail itself. So, with the frog being plastic am I to assume that it will not work with this type of turnout, or am I mistaken? I have to deal with them shorting out when some of my engines and some rolling stock pass over the junction at the point of the frog.

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