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In large scale you can cheat a little. track can have small gaps as the wheels are so big that a 1/16th gap will not cause a derailment. This is great for outdoors where the weather changes so much that gaps come and go on my RR. -10 degrees Fin the winter to over 100 degrees in the sun..
 

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I have 10 cars that have been outdoors here in Massachusetts for 20 years. LGB cars retain the color the best. Bachmann iron rails rust and fall off. LGB uses brass which darken in color like track but stay intact. Usa TraIns fade but take many years.
 

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You can use a 16-18 volt A/C bell transformer to operate the switches via the LGB control boxes. Available at Lowes/Home Depot, etc. I see 18 volt 30va units on Amazon for less than $20.00 LGB units is only 500ma, 30va is over 1.5 amps 1500ma).
 
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