Fall is well under way here on the NY/Canadian border (happy Canadian Thanksgiving BTW). With shorter days and cooler temperatures comes the shutting down of the layout for the winter months. Today's picture is a special treat then:
Notice this track joint. One of these sections is fresh 'out of the box' and the other has spent the entire season outside! Which is which? The only way I can tell is by the fact that one is straight and one is curved!
This then is the final word on weather it is feasible to use RC/PF track for a 'permanent' shaded outdoor layout.
Unfortunately, the turnouts didn't fair so well. After a season outside, they are stiff to throw and sloppy at staying thrown! A bad combination. I have not dissected one but if there are metal parts inside the base that might explain this problem.