I bought a pair of American Flyer switches (#720) from a reputable source and they arrived today.
Aside from the fact that one of the bulbs was burned out in one of the switches, the switches don't seem to be working properly.
Let me begin with a simple question. If the button on each switch is set to Regular Operation, shouldn't there be power on each leg of the Y at all times? In other words, if I understand the Regular Operation correctly, there will always be power at each end of the straight track and at the end of the diverging track. Unfortunately, there isn' always power at each end of the switch.
When both switches are set to run an engine straight through, the diverging track of the left hand switch has no power, but the two ends of the straight through track of the left hand switch have power and all three legs of the right hand switch have power.
When both switches are set to run the engine through the diverging track, there is no power on either diverging track.
There are other configurations where power is lost, but I will stop here to get some feedback.
Incidentally, the power routing feature of the "2 Train Operation" seems to be working properly, but I have a question about that setting. When I first tested the switches, I had the wire terminal set up in such a fashion that when I flipped one switch setting to divergent, I lost power on the mainline. So I needed to move the wire terminal to a point on the mainline where power would not be lost. In other words, the wire terminal needed to be placed "below" the switches, not "above" them to prevent loss of power to the engine. Does that make sense? What would happen if I wired the mainline both above and below the switches which I would like to do to maintain full voltage to the engine at the far end of the layout.
I hope this all makes sense and that someone will have some advice. I am wondering if I am going to have to return the switches as defective. Or, am I doing something wrong?