Railroad ferry models?

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by TEP 60, Sep 13, 2006.

  1. TEP 60

    TEP 60 Member

    Perhaps, anybody produces railroad ferries for sale in H0? A railroad ferry may also be simple, single- decked, for instance, for industrial purposes.
  2. LoudMusic

    LoudMusic Member

    Is this something like what you're talking about?


    I've seen them in Model Railroader magazine before, custom built by people with VERY large layouts. But I've never seen a kit.
  3. TEP 60

    TEP 60 Member

    Yes, this railroad ferry is just an example of what I mean.
  4. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Walthers used to make a carfloat model but it is out of production--some hobby shops or online retailers might have some in stock.


    If you found one it wouldn't be too hard to add some marine-kit parts to make a powered ferry, like the Solano or the Ramon.
    Here's the Ramon, which plied Suisun Bay along with the Solano. The difference is that the Ramon worked for the Sacramento Northern, an electric interurban, rather than a steam railroad.
  5. b28_82

    b28_82 Member

    I doubt they make a model of this one but here is the S.S. Badger that went across Lake Michigan for the Pere Marquette and later the C&O. Now it is strictly a carferry which is still pretty cool!

  6. TEP 60

    TEP 60 Member

  7. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

  8. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I looked at the site, Ralph. The barge shown as a car float is some sort of floating passenger station. I can't imagine it being of much use to an American prototype modeler, but the plain barge shown next to it could easily be kit bashed into a car float.
  9. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

  10. Russ Bellinis

    Russ Bellinis Active Member

    I didn't really look at the description when I posted before so I didn't see that it was out of production. It just didn't look like something that could be used for American prototype. The standard barge is still available and looks like it could be used if someone didn't want to scratch build. I looked at your model, and I would scratch build. I like your model!
  11. TEP 60

    TEP 60 Member

    Is any marine single- decked railroad ferry available currently in H0?
  12. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    One of the Kalmbach trackplan books has an article on Cubicle railroads which includes one with a carferry. There are elevations and plans (though they are fairly small), but they acn be scaled up with a photocopier - I have a set of them for HO somewhere
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands

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