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Most stow your garden rail in winter in the garage. This need not be. The garden railway can also be put into operation in winter.
Snow plow for the garden railway
Many garden railways are resistant to all weather conditions - so even in winter without problems to leave in the open. However, if the garden railway in winter turn around easily, the rails must first be freed from snow and ice. Most of them use a special snowplough here, but they do not release 100% of their course settings from snow - they carry out their own control.
In the retail trade individual elements (protective shields for locomotives) are available, which can transform a conventional garden railroad into a snow plow. For the remodeling of the locomotive, of course, a little crafting talent is an advantage. Moreover, the use of the snow plow is primarily suitable only for fine powder snow. Thick layers of snow and ice on the rails should always be removed by hand.
Tip: A snow plow can also be used all year round, for example, to rid the railway line of small branches, 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 complete track layout. For this purpose, e.g. the use of a lawn heating (hot water operation), which can remain year-round below the rail guide. Whereby this type of winter equipment for a larger garden track can quickly turn out to be very expensive.
Somewhat cheaper: heating foils
Also very suitable and much cheaper are so-called heating foils, which are available to buy in the electrical retailer. They can only be spread under the rails during the winter season. The individual elements must be tailored to fit the Gartenbahn and then connected directly.
Generally, rail heating usually takes 10 to 30 minutes to melt snow and ice on the tracks. Only then can the garden railway operation be resumed.