Thanks RT I really felt they can't be all that bad as the NJ Highrailers use all Atlas Track Sw's & Motors with out much problems & that dam Layout is the size of a football field.
As Rthomps says above, "I really prize consistency in the track and track work.", I think track work is the most important thing for any track system. And personally, I like the consistency of everything being the same as well. I also think all the track systems are good and with some tweaking here and there can all be made to work well. IMO, it's a personal choice of what one likes as far as track system type used.
I think Atlas track, switches and switch machines are just fine and would make the same choice of using Atlas if I was starting over. I have been very happy with it. I have not had any problems with any of my switch machines either. I did have some bad ones that I got with some of the used switches, but I replaced them with new ones and they work fine now.
Some of the used ones were quite weak for some reason? Never did figure out why, bit the new ones were only about $14 I think, so I just replaced them. The DZ-1000 switch machines are very nice as well, but are now somewhere around $25 or so each, I think. I used one where I couldn't get an Atlas to fit. I really do like them also.
Yes, the NJ HiRailers have an excellent layout!! I imagine they have experienced every problem you could think of and more with a layout that large. Keeping all that going has to be a real challenge. Maybe someday I can make a trip to see it, that would be a neat experience.