I saw the 5-way at the ECLSTS. Nice switch. I don't think it would be that great outside. The rails are fixed at one end then attached to a slide that lets them move along the different switches. It has spacers between the rails to keep the guage. The rail rides along the black base so you can't ballast it. Also ballast would get caught in the slide. I think this switch would be perfect for a storage yard though. It is strong and very well built. Just not real suitable for outside.