Scale Pontoon Float Bridge
This kit represents a through girder pontoon type float bridge commonly used in many locations around New York Harbor. The land end of the bridge rested on pivoting bridge shoes allowing the water end of the bridge to rise and fall with the tide. The pontoon that the outer end of the bridge floated on could also be raised and lowered using water pumped into or out of it as ballast. This would allow the crew to adjust the bridge to match the floating height of the carfloat. The crew would use the winches to align and draw together the carfloat with the bridge. Once aligned the toggle bars would be extended from the bridge through the toggle pockets on the bow of the carfloat locking them together to facilitate loading or unloading rail cars.
This design uses a gauntlet type track arrangement with the actual switch located on the land before the bridge. The included instructions show how to cut a standard #6 Switch to match up with the bridge rails.
Kit consists of a one piece cast resin bridge with the girders as well as Micro Engineering nickel silver rail cast in place. Highly detailed with rivets, wood planking and decking and toggle assemblies all cast in place. Also included is a cast resin pontoon and cast resin bridge abutment with integral bridge shoes. Detailed winch assemblies including lead-free pewter winch drums and laser cut gears and hand wheels make this a super detailed foreground model you’ll be proud to display.
Please note: This Float Bridge is designed to match up with Frenchman River Model Works 3 Track Carfloat Kit as well as the 2 Track Station Float Kit. We do not guarantee compatibility with any other kit manufacturer’s carfloats due to differing interpretations of blueprint dimensions.
Approximate dimensions of the bridge, not including abutment and pontoon are: 9” long, 4.75” wide and the girder height is 1.175”. With the abutment and pontoon, the height from the “water” to the top of the rail is approximately .915”. Additional item needed, but not supplied is a #6 right hand switch.
Additional items shown in photo, but not included in kit are: 4 Piling Seawalls glued back to back used as approaches and short pilings available from Frenchman River Model Works.