I have been buying a lot of used Postwar O22 switches lately. Most of them work well, after I go through the great Servicing instructions that are posted here in the old Search categories.
But, a few of them have been duds, for one reason or another. Bent lantern holders, bent upward internal contact tabs that won't re-bend down flat, internal solenoid rod that has become separated from the thin copper operating rod which hooks onto the switch gear pin. etc.
(Yesterday, I installed one, powered it up, and the bayonet lamp bulb wouldn't make contact. I pushed down hard on the bulb and re-turned it. The light flickered on, and then smoke poured out of the motor and it was fried. A tough lesson at $35 a switch !)
I need to buy a few more switches, and have seen for sale several of the later versions of the switches, bearing parts numbers 6-14062 (Right) and 6-14063 (Left). Many of them seem to look excellent, with little use.
What is the general consensus on this newer version? Are they as good as the original Post War? Are there any known problems? The only mechanical difference I see compared to the Post War is that the Post War had one short false rail (not electrified) in the middle of the switch to protect the plastic housing from the train wheels, and the newer version has a small diagonal of false rails in the center for the same purpose.
Thanks for all info, experiences and advice.