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RE: Real Life "Drop-In" Sectional Switches?

It only makes good sense, not only from a construction aspect, but economicaly also. Having spent more than a few summers working on a rail & tie gang on the ICG I can tell you from personal experience that building a switch on site is a labor intensive colossal pain in the *** . By pre manufacturing a switch in the shops the Railraods can use jigs and some automation to produce the turnouts more quickly with far fewer manhours involved. For the total labor cost involved in on site construction they can probably produce six or seven switches in the shop AND transport them to the site. By producing them in a controled environment they can also build them to better tolerances and produce a better quality product that should be more durable and operate more efficiently as well.
 
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