You can disconnect/cut the atlas turnout wiring if you/he likes. I love the atlas turnouts... they are smooth and precise with excellent conductivity ...they also look GREAT. On the other hand, the atlas switch machine... while it works well ...is very delicate and difficult to work on. I'm in the process of removing my atlas switch machines and installing tortoise switch machines. After installing my first tortoise I don't know why anyone would have any switch machine top-side.