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Barge - NYC Open •••• In the early part of the 20th century railroads were transportation companies operating Tugs and Barges along with their trains. The New York Central had 139 barges in their fleet in 1949. Open barges would carry; coal, grain, gravel, salt, sand, stone, and mulch such as wood chips etc. Scrap iron to scrap yards and steel mills. Construction illustrates how to build this barge plank by plank just as they were built 100 years ago, for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-Set include: 5) 13" x 19" super B, and 2) super size sheets, full size hull templates with a material list for finescale modeling.
Plan-Sets offered to construct a waterfront area.
Footprint - Wharf Area Layout •••• includes; Boats, Lumber Yards, Packing Plant, Piers, Ramp, Stockyards, Grain Elevator, RR terminal, Urban Street Buildings, and a Warehouse. Plan is a super B size drawing.
Plan-Set only $12
Barge - B&O Covered •••• Also referred to as a House Barge. In the early part of the 20th century railroads were transportation companies operating Tugs and Barges along with their trains. The B&O still had 64 barges in their fleet in 1949. Covered barges hauled people (many people were afraid to ride Steam Boats in the early days due to many boiler explosions), lumber & construction materials, oil, ice, live stock and other perishable freight that required sheltered transportation. As with most Covered Barges this plan-set shows a Captains Quarters where his family also lived. Foamboard construction is illustrated for indoor or outdoor railroad gardens. Plan-Set includes: 7) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, and 3) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets, full size hull templates with a material list for finescale modeling.
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Wharf Vignette located at the Taltree Arboretum & Gardens in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Plan-Set only $15
click on Wharf Area Footprint Layout to view and/or download free .png
This page was last updated October 16, 2017
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Wood epoxied barge under construction.
Barges could be found around navigable waterways 100 years ago and at marine terminals today.
RR barges were part of the RR Navy which also consisted of Tugs and Ferry Boats. Barges were typically 80' to 100' long and 30' to 40' wide with some Car Floats over 300' long and 45' wide. These three barges are shown at 100' long and 30' and 32' wide. There is no "one design" for RR Barges.
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Three Barge Booklet & Plan-Set being offered; have different details and show different types of construction for the modeler. Purchase all three spiral bound Plan-Sets, 16) super B size plan-set sheets plus the below 14) page booklet to select details and construction methods that suit you. AND save $21Again, keep in mind there was NO "one design" for barges.
Barge - PRR Car Float •••• A railroad Car Float or Rail Barge is a barge with rail tracks mounted on its deck. It is used to move railroad cars across water pushed by a Tugboat or towed by a Towboat. As such, the car float is a specialized form of a train ferry. Car Float service was provided by more the 10 railroads at pier stations and waterfront warehouse facilities around 1900. The Pennsylvania Railroad plan-set gives the option of 3 track configurations depending on the era you model. Bridges and truck service eventually eliminated the need for  Car Floats. Though such service is still available in NY. NY. Construction illustrates epoxied impregnated wood and acceptable woods for railroad gardens. Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super sheets with full size hull templates and a material list for finescale modeling. Booklet also includes 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size sheets.
$32
Warehouse - Three Story •••• This warehouse could be built with as many stories as you have room for. The length can also be modified by increasing or reducing the number of bays. Large warehouses have always been found in an urban environment. End doors are large enough for trains to enter for operations or use this structure for storing trains in a RR Garden. Footprint as designed is 80ʺ x 15ʺ. 
Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 6) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, 16) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D illustrated construction renderings and photos, adhesives, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 8) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets only, with an indoor and railroad garden material list.
Plan-Set ONLY $11
Booklet with Plan-Set $16
3-Story Warehouse options:
to pens and up a ramp (not shown) to enter the second story by the clock tower/elevator shaft.

Another RR spur is located behind the plant for shipping the meat products in Reefers to markets across the country. You can see at the corner of the factory behind the Clock Tower the whitewashed (reflects the suns heat) Ice House for supplying blocks of ice to the Reefers

This 3-Story Factory was originally built with a masonry power house and a clock tower. Clock Towers were designed into many large factories so employees could see what time it was from a distant, and get to work on time for a 10-hour work day! This factory had many additions over the years which include; a bridge, a lean-to, an office building, and a penthouse that can or not built by the modeler. 

The footprint as designed is 68ʺ x 19ʺ.

Booklet and Plan-Set includes: 9) super B, 28) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets which include 3-D illustrated construction renderings and photos, adhesives, painting, UV stabilization and weathering instructions.
Plan-Set consists: of 9) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, and 2) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ super A size, sheets only, with an indoor and railroad garden material list for foam board and textured styrene for indoor or outdoor RR gardens.
3-Story Slaughterhouse options:
Slaughterhouse/Packing Plant with stock pens and ramps •••• As shown in the urban center wharf vignette to the left.This factory was designed as a Slaughterhouse plant.

Cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, etc. arrived on a RR spur in front of the plant in Stock Cars. Herded in-
1:24 scale plan sets include printing and dimension conversion factors to other popular scales.
House - Ice with icing platform •••• This is a freelance standalone building which can be use with the “Three Story Generic Factory” to supply ice for reefers shipping products across the continent. Also included in the Plan-Set is an Ice Platform. Ice houses were found near a water supply where the ice could be cut into blocks in the winter. Since this was before “refrigeration” the insulating values of Ice House walls was very important. Studs were placed on the outside of walls because studs didn’t have the insulating value of the state of the art insulation of the day, saw dust. Also note, no windows, small doors and a cupola to let summer heat out. Footprint is 9 ½ʺ x 12ʺ with a 27ʺ long Icing Platform. Plan-Set includes: 5) 13ʺ x 19ʺ super B, and 4) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ A size sheets which includes a material list and a 3-D construction rendering.
Plan-Set ONLY $16
Booklet with Plan-Set $26
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Purchase the Factory and Ice House and save $10.
Factory and Ice House Plan-Sets as described.  $32
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Building Large Scale Barges Booklet ONLY (NO Plan-Set included) •••• This 14) 9-½ʺ x 13ʺ page booklet with 35 construction illustrations and pictures of the above three (3) different methods to build a barge for a garden pond. Includes: VCLCo Rules for painting and weathering barges, text and drawings for a "Patented" Transfer Apron Float Bridge for loading rolling stock onto a Car Float Barge.
Booklet ONLY $13
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Click        to view pictures of Wharf, Warehouse & Packing Plant.
Plan-Set only $12
Plan-Set $11
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