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 Posted: Tue May 20th, 2014 08:02 pm
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From the Civil War era comes this jewel:

 and what seems to be the slip on the left. Any takers?. Jose.



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 Posted: Wed May 21st, 2014 12:00 am
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Jose, I don't see a slip so I assume you meant ship. Looks like two two-masted schooners anchored next to each other.

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 Posted: Wed May 21st, 2014 12:19 am
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The thing on the foreground left corner seems to have rails ending right at the edge. Jose



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 Posted: Wed May 21st, 2014 03:32 am
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Given that the railbarge seems to have the tracks cross ways, would the object to the left not be the "transfer" tracks to the shore? Perhaps mounted to a pier or a moveable element (like a loading ramp for a ferry) to accomodate differing tidal heights.
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Right.

The cars were rolled off the transfer tracks on to cross rails on the deck of the barge

What I have wondered every time that I have seen this picture is--how did they get the tracks even close to the same in the vertical? I think that having the whole platform with the land based rails mechanically movable up and down was beyond the mechanics of the day--so it must have been a floating arrangement  Imagine the first heavy car on to the barge. Barge lists into dock. Now rail on barge is tilted, car is pushing barge away from dock, and making it more difficult to push the car further on to the barge. Whole thing looks very top-heavy. And what are you going to pull it with? While there were paddle wheel steamers during the war, I think that most were commandeered and outfitted with guns for military use.

Some one in the upper ranks had a wet dream. Bet that that was the only barge load that they ever tried

A neat picture--have always liked it.

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Maybe there was an underwater structure that supported the barge in the proper position at low tide.

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Herb:
probably this is the reason it didn't catch on. Jose.



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If I remember correctly the guy who now runs Alkem scale models did a model of this some time ago - I think the original was at Alexandria.

I'm sure there is something about it on the Model Railroad hobbyist site - will try to find.

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 Posted: Sat May 31st, 2014 09:50 pm
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Herb,

As you say, 'the angle of the dangle' would initially be severe as each car moved onto the leeboard edge  -- they must have used tail & main winches from the outboard side, or a damn good nudge from a loco. Why didn't they do it conventionally by running onto the barges bow to stern rather than cross-beam ?.

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'Cause they were Damn Yankees !!

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