Once a common sight on big city harbors, the Railroad Tugboat was a specialized version of the familiar tugboat. In order to improve visibility over freight cars on the deck of a car float, the Railroad Tugboat was built with a taller pilot house. Starting in the 1920s, many railroads began modernizing their fleets with diesel-electric tugs. Not only did they use similar technology to the then-new diesel locomotives, many were painted in the same colorful schemes. These newer tugs remained in service for years, with a few serving new owners yet today.
Ready to handle chores in any busy HO harbor, Walthers Railroad Tugboat builds into a detailed replica of the later diesel-electric designs. It features the tall pilot house, along with various roof details, towing bitts, masts and a host of other details. Complete instructions simplify construction and decals are also included. The kit builds into a waterline model with no lower hull detail, so it's easy to add to your new or existing scenery. Your completed model is perfect for use with the Railroad Car Float (933-3152, sold separately), or any of the other facilities in the Waterfront series.