Last question, do the current run of turnouts from China correct any of these problems?
Robert, I would also like to know the answer to this question! I picked up the handout pictured below from the Atlas folks at a train show last January. As you can see, it highlights all of the planned changes to the design and production of the Atlas switches, most of which were supposed to address the known "issues".
Well, the switches are finally starting to arrive here in the States...and I would love to know if any or all of these improvements were in fact made. I'm really hoping that as the latest batch of switches start to make their way onto the layouts of some of our fellow Forum members, they will be kind enough to post their opinions, comments and reviews here! I will be building a new layout in the near future and still haven't decided on what track I'm going to use yet.