The ML-18C is the newest leap in innovation brought to the industry by ARS. The ML-18C resolves glaring safety and security issues with current outdated mainline switch machine technology. The ML-18C is trailable, just like the other ARS switches, which further reduces the risk for injury and machine damage in the event of a run-through. The broken rod with overthrow monitoring for both of the rods makes the machine the safest available. With power supplied by the 12-volt battery, it allows much more flexibility in using alternative charging methods and will save thousands in expensive back-up battery systems that are currently being used. The ML-18C requires minimal maintenance, just like the other ARS switches. It is also trailable, which further reduces the risk for injury and machine damage in the event of a run-through.