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Most garden railroaders leave their track outside year round, but heavy rains (or melting snow) can cause problems if you don't allow for good drainage beneath and to the sides of the track. After some washouts during last year's heavy rains, I've raised my trackbed by packing extra gravel under the tracks, then re-ballasting between the ties.
We haven't had any heavy rains yet this year, so I don't know how successful my "fix" will be. But as a precaution, I have some "weed cloth" strips ready to lay over the track when heavy (pounding) rain is forecast.
"Some will argue, but aluminum track, i.e. Bachmann track, will rust and warp very quickly in the elements."
HMMM!! This is the foirst time I have ever heard of Aluminum rusting. Maybe you meant corrode instead of rust? When steel and aluminum come in contact with each other a chemical reaction occurs and the aluminum will decinerate into mush. I know this because the back bumper on my 77 pontiac fell off from this chemical reaction.
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