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Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TEP 60, May 25, 2012.
Does anyone produce any car float (and towboat/ tugboat for it) in H0?
Actually, there are several, although locating the manufacturers on-line seems to be rather difficult.
Only the one occasionally produced by Walthers (currently OOP, but sometimes popping up on eBay) is made of plastic. All the others I've encounter are cast resin, which is quite different to work with as compared with plastic.
Frenchman River offers a 169', 2 track, float kit, along with an approprate tug. Model Tech Studios has listed two, one being a very short, 2 track, example capable to carrying only 4 cars and another modest-sized 2 track affair that fits 6 cars. Several others of larger capacity (some variable is size depending on the number of ship sections employed) can be located from other manufacturers if one cares to really search hard and long enough.
I posted this earlier but must have forgotten to hit submit! This one goes for $125.00. The company is located in the U.S..
What about barge slips for these?
Beats me, maybe they have some at the website? It took me 2 minutes to find that on Google.
Thank you very much!!! I have found those car floats as well!
It would be nice to see a pic of what your making, if you didn't mind.
I enquired Frenchman River yesterday and have been informed, that they are currently working on a float bridge for their car floats.
Walther's runs their barge, apron and waterline tug boat from time to time. if one is interested in scratchbuilding, there is a book on scratchbuilding with styrene, offered by Evergreen, that showcases the construction of an S scale 3 foot gauge car float, and those techniques could easily be used in HO. I have also seen an article on scratchbuilding car barges.
I have seen an article where the barge apron was fixed to the layout, and there were several roll around carts with barges on them, so the loaded barges could be rolled away, and others could be brought in for loading, making loading the barge an integral part of the operations...