I have a post war brakeman car and am having some issues with it. The car came with the two sets of trip mechanisms, which seem to work fine. I purchased some reproduction trips and telltales recently. These don't seem as reliable as the originals. I am operating on "O" gauge track and have checked to make sure I purchased the correct contact strips.
I checked the spacing of the contact rails against the originals and they are a perfect match, as is the height. The only difference, and is it ever so slight, is in the gauge of the metal. The repress are just a hair thinner than the originals.
So as the car is moving on the track and hits one of the reproduction trips, it may or may not operate the brakeman.