FAQ:For my large scale layout, what items should be brought it since after use?

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In general, the rolling stock should be brought inside when not running. Any fragile items or items that don't like the sun for long periods of time should be brought in.

If you don't bring them in:

  • Your models will be "weathered!"
  • Plastics tend to age in sunlight-- colors fade, plastics become brittle
  • Wood will weather to a silvery gray unless stained or painted.
    • You'll have to add building maintenance to your layout maintenance!
  • Things will drip on your layout from above
  • Animals and small children may make off with your trains, or walk around on your layout
  • Electrical items don't normally do well when wet
  • Do you want your trains rained upon and weathered?