October 2016 – The Talargoch Tramway coal barge

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October 2016 – The Talargoch Tramway coal barge

by Nick Godfrey

I had already built a dock – albeit with concrete painted water – and a canal barge from scratch. But a new extension and dock have since been built, with real water. What was needed now was a barge that would float.

The first, scratchbuilt barge, carrying general goods, seen at the old dock.

The first, scratchbuilt barge, carrying general goods, seen at the old dock.

On a whim I bought a Sylvanian Families plastic canal boat. As it turned out, this was a good purchase from eBay, for just six pounds.

The Sylvanian Families barge, as purchased.

The Sylvanian Families barge, as purchased.

As you can see from the photos, all of the body work was removed and put to one side, then most of the interior was removed with a Dremel.

Removing the barge's bodywork.

Removing the barge’s bodywork.

Removing most of the interior.

Removing most of the interior.

Next a balsa wood floor was fitted, along with a small cabin using a cut down piece of the original roof.

New floor and cabin.

New floor and cabin.

Lastly, three removable bunkers were made, again with balsa, so that coal loads could easily be removed should there be a need for general goods.

The removable bunkers, and progress on the cabin.

The removable bunkers, and progress on the cabin.

Another view showing the bunkers and cabin.

Another view showing the bunkers and cabin.

The hull was sprayed with Halfords acrylic red primer and a wash of acrylic black to make the hull look old . The top of the hull was painted black with some grey emulsion for the interior and dry brushed with black . Finally a home made ships wheel and an original cut down door were glued on.

Painted and ready to launch!

Painted and ready to launch!

The finished barge, ready to launch.

The finished barge, ready to launch.

The best thing about this barge is that, when in the water, it rocks gently if the wind blows. I think that’s not bad for six quid!

The completed barge in the new basin.

The completed barge in the new basin.

Loading up the barge.

Loading up the barge.

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