Well as you can see from the photographs, the main housing was in two sections as was the base and the foundation boards. My daughter helped me to get the two housing sections out of the basement and into the garage and a neighbor help me to get it all outside for final assembly when it was complete. It had to get parked for the first winter and then moved into place after the snow had all gone. Typically here in central Alberta we don't concern ourselves with summer rains, but last year was an exception with it raining just about every day. I was pleased to see that everything inside stayed dry throughout the summer. I cover it over for the winter and right now it has about a foot of snow covering it all.
As mentioned previously the running time outside certainly increases when there is easy access to make up a train.