Marx 034 switches and post war trains?

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April 8, 2012 10:49 AM

Does anyone have any first hand experience / sucess running Marx 034 switches with their PostWar Lionel trains.

 

I'm considering them for a new layout I am building and want to be sure they will work smoothly with my roster. 

 

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April 8, 2012 2:18 PM

I ran some a number of years ago. The trains ran through the switches rougher and lumpier than I would have liked.

 

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April 8, 2012 4:45 PM

My last layout and my next will rely heavily on Marx 034 curves/switches, along with a limited # of low profile 042 K-Lines.  The Marx can be a little bumpy, but IHMO not near as bad as Lionel 1122's (and no sparking, since they aren't auto non-derailing).  Being powered separate from the track you won't burn one out parking a train on it, and they don't require a massive amount of juice to operate reliably.

One "must do" item is to add a guide rail on the turnout side, or derails will be constant occurrences.  I use Atlas controllers in place of the original tin or plastic controllers.

034 switch w/ guide rail added



027 switch w/ guide rail added

The 27" switches are great to use as well - no clearance issues as with Lionel 1122's or K-Line's with the big honkin' switch covers - as long as you can live without auto non-derailing.

 
 
 
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April 8, 2012 7:04 PM

Warning - shameless promotion: I have a manual pair for sale that I've added guard rails to - postwar Lionel goes through reliably and fairly smoothly.  $18 shipped.

 

Central Virginia, the crossroads of the Southern, C&O, and N&W.

 
 
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April 8, 2012 8:46 PM

Thanks but I'm looking for powered switches.

 

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