Just curious . . Who still buys/uses Lionel 072 Tubular switches?

Compared to all of the other choices like Fastrack, Atlas, MTH, these traditional tubular switches seem pretty expensive when new, up to $139 each.  I wonder how long Lionel with manufacture these??  

Dave

 

 

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Not one of your mentioned switches are compatible with O-gauge tubular track. Ross tinplate would be an alternative and just as expensive. RMT is less but does not really match. 

I have 2 lefts and a right if interested $225 for all three.

Jim C

 

F&G RY posted:

RMT is less but does not really match. 

RMT/K-Line SuperSnap switches match the "O" profile and mate perfectly. The connectors don't need to be used - they can be cut off if desired and track connections made with regular "O" pins. They are the same dimensions/footprint of a standard 711/721 O-72 switch.

Rob

ADCX Rob posted:
F&G RY posted:

RMT is less but does not really match. 

RMT/K-Line SuperSnap switches match the "O" profile and mate perfectly. The connectors don't need to be used - they can be cut off if desired and track connections made with regular "O" pins. They are the same dimensions/footprint of a standard 711/721 O-72 switch.

Another option is to move the tie on the section of track mating up to the RMT switch. Loosen the tabs and slide it back slightly and you won't have to alter the switch in any way. I've had good luck with them on my layout so far. 

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I use Lionel No. 711 Prewar O72 switches.  They work better than the modern ones and are now much cheaper.  You do need to be careful which variation you purchase, but you can get decent looking ones for $50 each these days.

Like most original Lionel equipment, they're pretty much built to last -- and work -- forever.

Steven J. Serenska

If I were buying these switches I would definitely get the older ones.  The newer switches that I have used and since gotten rid of, the frogs sat high causing a noticable bump and they also shorted with certain pickup rollers because of the small metal plate under each side of the frog that when the roller hit the frog and the center rail.

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