If you own a garden train, you also have to clean the rails regularly. Here are our tips on how best to proceed with rail cleaning.Clean the rails of the garden railway regularly
Clean rails several times a year
You should clean the rails of your garden railroad regularly. This work not only ensures that all garden trains run safely at all times, but also ensures the durability of the tracks. The time intervals for this must be individually adapted to the system, but necessary several times a year. After all, the weeds have to be removed from the tracks regularly. You can avoid this work if you underlay the track with a fleece, stone slabs or a plastic film.
Prefer high quality stainless steel rails
High-quality stainless steel rails are usually much easier to maintain than brass rails. However, it is very expensive to purchase, which is why brass rails are installed much more in the garden. However, the latter unfortunately form an oxide layer over time, which hinders the contact of the trains to the track and must therefore always be carefully removed. Likewise, all weeds in the tracks and other rail impairments such as leaves, snails, pebbles, etc.
Garden train - 3 tips for cleaning the rails
Tip 1 - Remove weeds from the rails
The garden railroad tracks can be cleaned by hand on the one hand, but this is quite tedious. You can make this work easier if you first spray the weeds biologically effectively with a pump device. After a certain exposure time, the weeds can easily be removed from the garden track.
Tip 2 - Use garbage tongs
Small waste and other residues in the rails must be picked up and removed individually by hand. Garbage tongs simplify this work in that constant stooping is far less necessary.
Tip 3 - rail cleaning locomotive
On the other hand, there is also a so-called rail cleaner for cleaning the rail surface. It is a special rail cleaning locomotive that can be combined with a rail cleaning car. This rail cleaner keeps the surface of the rails free of weather-related oxide layers without damaging the rail profiles.
And this is how the track cleaner works:
Just like a normal garden railroad, the rail cleaner is placed on the rails and put into operation. Depending on the severity of the contamination, a corresponding number of laps must then be made with the rail cleaning locomotive.