Mark’s Carfloat



Last year, almost to the day, I borrowed a carfloat from Mark to use to determine if the water levels were right on the layout (which they weren’t).  Well, after a year I suppose I should return it to him, there is probably a back log of float traffic on his layout….

In return for using the float, I added some rail to it and give it a bit of weathering (Mark asked it I would), which I did this week.  I will be returning the float to him tonight.

I had a small window of time to take some pictures of two finished floats on the layout, so I snapped a few, which I will post here.

I have another carfloat to build for the layout, but I have a bit of float bloat, so I will wait a while before building another one….












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I'm your host, Tim Warris, a product developer in Port Dover, Ontario. Since March of 2007 I have been documenting the construction of the former CNJ Bronx Terminal in HO scale. For my day job, I design track building tools for Fast Tracks, a small company I own and operate. Fast Tracks makes it fast and easy to hand lay your own trackwork. Stop by our website to learn more!

Posted by: Tim | 04-09-2009 | 10:04 AM
Posted in: Latest Posts | Weathering


  1. Tim,
    What kind of spikes you used for the rails? They look different and very prototype for the float. Beautiful work and outstanding job on the weathering.

    Comment by Nick Biangel — April 10, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
  2. No spikes. The Walther’s carfloat comes with moulded on rail chairs that keep the rail in gauge. It was glued in place using Pliobond.

    Comment by Tim — April 10, 2009 @ 9:29 pm
  3. Wow…great job on the car floats…I am finally gettin around to building mine…Just finished 2 tugs (an Erie Lackawanna and Jersey Central)…I’m at an impass…what color did you paint the car float…I really like the naval gray…is it a polly scale or some other company such as Model Master’s Military series…any painting and weathering tips would be much appreciated…especially the colors you used
    Dwight Healy

    Comment by Dwight Healy — October 16, 2010 @ 7:25 pm
  4. What a web site this is! The whole Bronx Terminal project is a fine work both of art and of engineering. Congratulations!

    Comment by Denis Cullinan — June 11, 2015 @ 8:20 pm
  5. In a past post you wrote: “Last year… I borrowed a carfloat from Mark to use to determine if the water levels were right on the layout (which they weren’t).” What is the correct height from waterline to float deck and also from waterline to the float’s railhead? In another blog page, you wrote that this figure can be found at the link, but I couldn’t find it on the landing page of that link.

    I first came across your layout in Bernard Kempinski’s “Waterfront Terminals and Operations” before finding this site. Outstanding modeling! Thank you for the information!

    Comment by Mike Stokes — June 10, 2017 @ 9:58 am

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