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I'm just starting my second layout, the first one (HO) was completed in 1970 before I left for college. I'm using Atlas track and wiring all my locomotives to operate as dead rail. So no wiring on any track or switches. The layout is small and I am tall, so reaching anything is not a concern. What is the best solution for manual switching? TIA

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Caboose industries makes two different versions of ground throws that look prototypical but might too large.    I use the HO size for my O scale layout.    some versions have contacts which you don't need.    Also some are sprung to hold the throw bar in place and they use have unsprung ones.   I like the sprung ones.  

Finally, these are not drop in,  you will need to do some minor work to install such as drilling a hole in the throw bar end, and perhaps installing a shim to raise the ground throw to the level you need.

The bullfrog control that Jackson linked is looking like a solution I would use. It has almost minimal visual on the layout and would allow a more proto stand from Right-O-Way that Greg linked. I found the original video that described the  "Hediger hook" using bent paper clips. Since these are not spring steel they would eventually require maintenance over time. I like the over center spring simplicity but I'm not sure if the Atlas turnout would require a replacement throw and tie (not plastic) to stabilize the spring over the long term. I have never seen an Atlas OS2R turnout but recently ordered two. Thanks guys.

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