Loading up the car float

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by Ralph, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Here's a picture of my fairly new car float scene with a Pennsylvania switcher pushing the last of a string of grain cars onto the barge for their trip across the bay. Now that I'm out of the hospital I hope to soon feel up to adding details to this scene based on some excellent comments by other members and, most recently, an article in the November issue of TRAINS that profiles a still operating car float in the Chesapeake Bay! It has excellent pictures and a good description of what its like to float a train.


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  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Don't forget to load them alternately, or you might roll it over...! ;):D

  3. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    if you don't load them alternately, please post pictures of the result :D
  4. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Very nice.. :thumb: I never modeled a dock scene but,think they look cool. :D
  5. Union Pacific

    Union Pacific Member

    that could be some neat animtion if you cut a slot in the water and ply you can stick a nail in there as a gude and activate a motor to drive it accross the stream :D :D :thumb: just a though looks good:thumb:

  6. Sir_Prize

    Sir_Prize Member

    Looking awesome!
  7. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    Looking good, Ralph!
  8. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Yes it does look great Ralph. I had read and always believed that bit about loading the car floats alternately, but read in a book on the New York Harbor railroads that that wasn't the case. The floats had three tracks, and the center was the first filled and last empied, but other than that there were no concerns. Perhaps the alternate loading concept sprang from two track floats?

  9. CSX

    CSX Member

    Ralph, I love that scene. Keep up the great work!
  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I haven't seen railroad floats loaded, but I work on refrigeration units for a company that runs trailer loads of freight to Santa Catalina Island by barge. They load the trailers three wide on the barges, and I've noticed that they load a trailer in the center, then one on each side, then one in the center, etc.
  11. sumpter250

    sumpter250 multiscale modelbuilder

    A couple more carfloats, and you have "portable staging!" :wave: :D
    Very nice!
  12. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    You know, I thought about doing that, making a couple of barges that could be interchanged like "cassettes" loaded with cars, but instead I permanently mounted this one car float on the scene. I either fill it before operating sessions as a staging area or leave it empty with the understanding that a car float run is coming to load it up.

  13. PRR 6750

    PRR 6750 New Member

    That is a really nice looking car float ralph. Great Job & Great Picture.
  14. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    Ralph, the float looks GREAT. You sure did one fine job on it.:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    A challenge for the next person that builds one:
    Put a rod down the middle and some springs under the sides so that it tips a little when the cars are loaded on it. Not enough movement so that it actually capsizes, though.
  16. MCL_RDG

    MCL_RDG Member

    Once again...

    ...another "Atta Boy" for you Ralph.

    I don't believe you've posted pics of this side of your railroad before (or I just missed 'em).


  17. siderod

    siderod Member

    Thats a good idea, and could add a lot to an operating session....roll the carfloat, and have to call in a couple big-hooks and some emergency crews!

    Lookin good! Did you scratchbuild the float? styrene or wood? How large is the float, anyway? It looks like it could run a long way in that picture, but it's sorta hard to tell for sure.

  18. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

    Lookin good! Did you scratchbuild the float? styrene or wood? How large is the float, anyway? It looks like it could run a long way in that picture, but it's sorta hard to tell for sure.


    I did scratch build the float. Its made from a 1"X6" pine board and some strip wood, and is 3 feet long. It has two tracks and can accomodate ten 40 foot box cars or eight longer cars like the covered hoppers shown.

  19. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    Took a look thru the book I mentioned talked about loading/unloading car floats and while I did not find the paragraph I was looking for as i thumbed thru it, I did see these two photos I scanned to show you. These are from the book New York Harbor Railroads in Color, Volume 1, a Morning Sun book, which I recommend highly to anyone interested in the history of carfloats and barges of all types, obviously loaded with quality photos. Both of these shots show entire cuts of cars being pulled from floats, one of which is a station float, one which has just two tracks with a platform in the center. Quite a list too!

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  20. jimmybeersa

    jimmybeersa Member

    My Train float

    A few years ago I spent a very enjoyable holiday with a fellow modeler who live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, He was an Engineer for the Eastern Shore RR, and was responsible for unloading The Car barge at Cape Charles some pictures of this operation can be found at http://gelwood.el.wny.org/eshr/eshr.htlm look for the Cape Charlels car float I modeled this on my layout useing some modelers licence

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