John H posted:
It is much easier to disconnect the wires from the switch. I extend the wires with 4 conductor phone cable using terminal strips in between. I have short pigtails of phone wire with a phone connector on each switch and use a double female phone coupler to connect to the extension wire. If the switch needs to come out I can just unplug it under the layout. The phone cable wire colors match the controller wire to make it simpler.
I'm going to store this trick in memory. In future if I need to lift a track switch I will install short phone cable leads with plugs to facilitate any repeat maintenance.