I decided to go ahead and purchase some test Altas #8 Code 80 switches, and I like what I see! Good electrical design. They feel solid. The metal frog looks better as is to me rather than the black void of the old switches. Of course any of them would look better painted.
I think these may quickly become the switch of choice for N-Trak mainline activities, like crossovers!
The back of the switch shows the electrical jumpers they have added which are a nice touch.
They are about 7.5" long overall, with an Atlas #6 Code 80 to compare:
Here's the whole family, a #4, #6, and #8.