30 January 2008
A Scale Model Of The Pennsylvania Railroad Tugboat Harrisburg and a Railroad Car Barge
Fine Art Models; American, ca. 1991
in 3/8in. scale and built with a fiberglass-reinforced resin hull with black painted topsides, red cabin structures and planked wood decks. Detailed with pilot house and cabin, complete internal pilot house detail; opening doors and windows; bow and side fenders, the bulkheads and fittings are brass. Along with a PRR 100-foot carfloat which can accommodate up to four Gauge 1 freight cars on two tracks with a wood-planked loading dock between them. The barge is built up with a fiberglass-reinforced resin hull and brass superstructure and details, plus a canvas loading dock roof, hand-laid rails, removable wheel chocks and other details. Also included with this lot are a pair of Pennsylvania Railroad flat cars in yellow livery, and all the R/C components including receiver, transmitter, batteries, motors, weighted keel and instructions (not tested).
23 x 39½ in. (73.7 x 100.3 cm.) the tugboat; 9½ x 37¾ in. (24.1 x 95.9 cm.) the barge.
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The tugboat Harrisburg operated in New York Harbor from 1900 until 1963. It was one of a class of 100-foot steam-powered tugs used by the Pennsylvania Railroad for ferrying carfloats around the harbor. She is accompanied by a 100 foot car float.
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