My N scale atlas remote snap switches have a built-in electric actuator that uses a momentary current that moves the switch points. There is also a mechanical trip pin you can push with your finger to change the switch manually.
The snap switches don't look very realistic because of the black box that houses the actuator.....but mine function very well. The custom line switches require the use of manual ground throws or switch motors, (bought separately).....and they look more prototypical.
When I say mine work well.....I'm only using the trip pin manually. I've yet to try the remote hook up.
Last edited by railfan; 10-18-2012 at 08:41 PM.
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