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SA10-HO - Car Float Fittings Kit 54 pc. total - 1 set
[SA10-HO]
$29.95

White Metal & Resin-54 Piece total

Fits HO barge

49 detailed metal parts include: 3 carstops, 8 manholes, 8 cleats, 8 double bitts, 20 pc. toggle bar assembly (= 12 toggle pockets/4 toggle bars/4 racks) , 1 life ring, 1 smoke stack

Resin: 5-pc. cabin assembly

Toggle bar assembly is deck equipment that allows the barge to connect and stay secured to the dock or pier

SCALE: HO

(1 set) in pack

Who used Car Floats to move freight? Just to name a few: the NYNH&H, NYC, B&O WM. ERIE, CP, Cross Harbor RR, PRR. Some RRs used Car Ferries but that's another story.

Car Float operations were used whenever a railroad had to cross a body of water and bridge construction, for whatever reason, was impractical.

FLOAT CONSTRUCTION

Real Car Floats came in many sizes. I won't pretend to be an authority on the subject, there's just too many variations. I've seen pictures of old wood Floats that could just about hold three 40' cars lengthwise. I assume it was double tracked, therefore holding six cars. Generally speaking, smaller Floats range around 150' to 180' then up to the 225' range - from there to big league 350' or more. Unless you are modeling a specific prototype, you can basically custom build your Float to fit available space allow-for on your track plan. Two or three tracks, it's up to you, larger Floats generally used three tracks. In prototype practice, if a Float had three tracks, they were brought down to two at the apron. A "Gauntlet" was often used for this purpose. For model railroad use, the three tracks could be run straight through the apron and turn-outs used at the approach to the apron. Width of the float would depend on the number of tracks. Generally around 40' for a float with three tracks. Free Board (how far does it stick out of the water): on a real Float it would depend on how it's loaded. For model use, about 6 or 7 feet 3/4" or 7/8" would look okay.

For Reference: HO scale approx. 150' = 20-3/4"; 180' = 24-7/8"; 200' = 27-5/8"; 225' = 31"; 300' = 41-7/16"; 350' = 48-3/8".

Note: .138" = 1' in HO scale.

This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 02 October, 2008.
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