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Most store their garden railways in the garage in winter. This need not be. The garden railway can also be used in winter.The garden railway can also be used in winter
Snow plow for the garden railway
Many garden railways are resistant to all weather conditions - so you can easily leave them outdoors even in winter. However, if the garden train should make its rounds in winter without any problems, the rails must first be cleared of snow and ice. Most of them use a special snow plow, which does not, however, completely clear the associated switch positions from snow - carry out independent checks.
Individual elements (protective shields for locomotives) are available from specialist dealers, which can turn a conventional garden railroad into a snow plow. A little talent for handicrafts is of course an advantage when converting the locomotive. In addition, the use of the snow plow is primarily only suitable for fine powder snow. You should always remove thick layers of snow and ice on the rails by hand.
Tip: A snow plow can also be used all year round, for example to clear small branches of the railway line, e.g. in difficult to reach tunnels, etc.
Use lawn heating
Furthermore, instead of using a snow plow, an electronically operated rail heating system can also be integrated within the entire track layout. For this we recommend e.g. the use of lawn heating (hot water operation), which can remain below the rail guide all year round. This type of winter equipment can quickly turn out to be very expensive for a larger garden railway.
Somewhat cheaper: heating foils
So-called heating foils, which can be bought in electronics stores, are also excellently suited and a lot cheaper. They can only be spread out under the rails during the winter season. The individual elements must be tailored to fit the garden railroad and then connected directly to one another.
Rail heating generally takes 10 to 30 minutes to melt snow and ice on the tracks. Only then can garden railroad operations be resumed.