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And they are correct.  Truthfully, while they do have their issues, so do O22 switches, I fixed plenty of those!  The biggest issue I had with the 23010/23011 switches was the switch rail was too thick and would sometimes pick a wheel coming into the switch.  I ground a small depression in the fixed rail and slimmed the switch rail end a bit, problem solved.  They were perfect for the yard, small and allowed close track spacing.

This is an outstanding thread. My question is: Has anyone altered the housing on the O22 to allow for use with 18” or larger cars?

Thanks,

Jay

Jay, no reason that couldn’t be done. I have modded the housing on a few of mine to clear the hatch mechanisms on large hopper cars such as the Weaver ACF’s. It’s quite easy to do since the bakelite cuts easily with a hacksaw. Then I simply cover the resulting opening with a piece of black tape. Not fancy, but it works and its barely noticeable.

i think it depends a lot on how much you need to take off. If its major surgery then it might make more sense to design a new cover and 3D print it.
Rod

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