During the past couple of days, I've taken on various switching duties at Oakville Subdivision and Peninsula Corridor, which have had me scratching my head over the handling of switches; so here are a few thoughts: 1. To refresh my memory, I started with some tutorials, several of which clearly stated that switches were to be hand-thrown: i.e., get out of that cab and walk! So I did that -- since I enjoy it anyway, but quickly found (again) that sometimes I had to switch to the 2D map to make sure whitch-es switch-es had to be changed. 2. Then I proceeded to the sessions or scenarios, none of which told me to leave the cab and throw those levers, although one instruction did note that switches might have to be checked. In numerous cases, getting from here to there required one or more switch changes but there was never a reminder that this had to be done. 3. Why do tutorials and activities present conflicting instructions? In a given yard, switches are either remotely or directly handled (since TSW doesn't hire ground crew members), but this task is not presented consistently. Conclusions: a. If passengers can be made to walk around and to enter or exit coaches, why can't brakemen* be made to move to a switch, the switch changed, etc.? Would such "behavior" be possible in TSW? b. If a is not possible, how about at least providing consistency: all switches to be set by the engineer or thrown automatically via programming; perhaps with an accompanying instruction such as, "Wait while your brakeman changes the necessary switches"? (If you don't care about or understand these thoughts, please just depart quietly; if you do, on the other hand, please feel free to leave a note. Thanks.) * While I realize that this term may offend some folks, I refuse to change it to whatever those folks might find acceptable.