Forgot this one! Bought this prewar 021 manual switch with bulb and casing.
Thought that it would allow my prewar electrics to go over it without hopping or derailing. The partially restored Lionel 254e wasn’t liking it. Ives 3250(no restoration) went over it and USUALLY didn’t hop without like it and other prewars locos or engines do on postwar switches. However, there was too much sparking for my liking unless I’d really slow it down and when I ran it at higher speeds it would “hop”, also had a tough time if the switch was set to turn. Any suggestions on a fix? I’ve scoured the internet and saw something about a bit of foam or bulsa wood being placed in the gap but i didn’t really understand it. Would like to put this on my main layout to replace a 042 but don’t trust it even with postwar or modern trains. Any advice is appreciated!
I replaced all the switches that will run tinplate with Merkur 900mm switches. They’re basically O72. Even my Marx and Flyer engines run through them. I do need to lock the Flyer 3300 in forward, or it will reverse or stall on the switch. I still have one Ross #4 switch on a modern loop. I haven’t decided whether it’s staying or going on the new layout yet.