Ferry Slip

Discussion in 'Freelance' started by trainchaser007, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    What materials can I use for scratch building a "simulated/freelanced" ferry slip surface (I mean the boards directly underneath and perpendicular to the rails)? Matches, craft sticks, square dowels, etc.? I need something about the same thickness as HO cork + ties. The ferry slip will be only 3" long. Also, how can I keep the track in gauge after removing the ties (code 100)? The ferry slip is shown at the bottom right inside corner. The radius will be a little tighter than shown (flex track) to get a 3" straight on the ferry slip.
    AT&N Plan 12.GIF
     
  2. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    I'm no expert or master model railroader but here's what I would do. Use either scale lumber or Hobby Lobby stuff for the deck. The thickness will be trial and error or use a shim to get the correct height. Stain the wood. Paint the underlying surface flat black. Use an NMRA track gauge tool to maintain correct rail alignment and super glue the rail to the decking. I'm sure there's a more professional method but that's what came to mind for me. It's the kind of stuff I love to do the most. Good luck.
     
  3. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I'm no expert on ferry slips, but why remove the ties? They could be buried in the dirt or covered by wood decking.
     
  4. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017


    I'm no expert either but I've looked at images of ferry slips and I've seen no ties on top of the surface of them. Here are some examples...

    Actual AT&N/Frisco/BN ferry slip - (Bottom right photo: zoom in)
    http://www.frisco.org/vb/attachment.php?attachmentid=27586&d=1410041933

    Santa Fe ferry slip in San Fransico, CA
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferry_slip#mediaviewer/File:RRBargeApron.JPG

    Current CG ferry slip at Alabama State Docks:
    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/CG+...105607735d69!2m2!1d-88.040001!2d30.693239!1m0
     
  5. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

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    Okay, how about the one directly above? Perhaps, use Goo to hold the rails in place and plank on either sides of the rails?

    My search was on railroad ferry aprons.
     
  6. Jim James

    Jim James Staff Member Staff Member

    Oops. I was thinking of the planks going perpendicular but it will be easier to bury the rails doing it lengthwise. Maybe use a sheet of styrene for a base. Glue rails in place and paint the base flat black. Add stained planks.
     
  7. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    Thanks for the "parallel board" pics. I have some ideas now. - Brandon
     
  8. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

  9. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

    Thanks for bringing that picture to my attention, Keith. That helps a lot. One more question for anyone... Was the ramp attached to the pier or the barge? I think it was attached to the pier and that the barge end of the ramp fit the ramp end of the barge like a puzzle... but I could definitely -be wrong. - Brandon
     
  10. Oldguy

    Oldguy Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Typically, the ramp was attached to the pier. Also realize that with the tides, it had to be able to move up or down to connect to the ferry, so it had to be hinged on the pier end. Look at the carry ferry contact sheet that Keith referred to; bottom right hand photo. That set of pilings and hoist, one each side, did the raising/lowering.
     
  11. trainchaser007

    trainchaser007 Passed away September 22, 2017

  12. nvrr49

    nvrr49 Member

    Cool find
     

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