Jeff Stanton wrote:
> I'm building a model of a car float for my HO scale layout, and I
> need a way to anchor the rails, so I bought a set of Eastern Car
> Works Car Float Toggles. Guess what? That's not what they appear to
> be used for. I have two questions:
> 1. What ARE they used for?
To secure the carfloat to the apron when docked.
> 2. How do I anchor my track on the float?
I haven't built a carfloat, but I do need to secure rails to something
similar. I'm using tieplates from:
(usual disclaimer applies)
I've also had some success with modified sections of the Peco inspection
pit. This is available for either code 75 or code 83 rail.
If you're building a car float, you may already be aware of these sites,
but if not, here are two related to car floats and rail-marine operations.
The Rail-Marine Information Group may also be of interest.
Incidentally, a comment was made about locomotives not being permitted
on the car floats. I've seen numerous photos showing switchers on car
floats that were under way. Many of the NY area railroad float yards
were isolated from their main systems, and the only way to get the locos
there was by float. Elsewhere, the C&O yard in Norfolk Va. and the AT&SF
yard in Oakland were similarly isolated. No doubt there were other examples.
All the best,