N Scale 110′ Towboat

This 110′ by 34′ towboat represents the smaller end of the short- and medium-line haul towboats in the US. The design is drawn from many photos of actual boats by various manufacturers, and can be easily modified to represent any of a class of towboat that served from pre WWII to today.


Powered by twin diesels often derived from locomotive engines, supplying about 3000 hp, these boats can be seen along the entire length of the Mississippi River system.  It is at the smaller end of towboats that can handle a 15-barge lashup on the upper Mississippi river system, and had crew accommodations for a small, short-term crew.

The model has all the features and details of the bigger towboats such as custom railings and stairways, precision cut styrene parts that allow interior views, and all the small precise details that N Scale Ships has become known for.


This small gem is a perfect complement to the 195′ Standard River Barges and their covers. They are often seen on the vast Mississippi River system pushing one to a full lashup of fifteen barges, depending on current, or handling barges between docking facilities and their final destinations.

Precisely cut styrene and the boxy style make them easier to construct than ocean-going ships, and are an ideal introduction to building ships. Shipped in a flat envelope for economy.


110′ long x 34′ beam = 8.25″ x 2.55″ or 210 mm x 65 mm

River Clearance 41.25′ = 3.1″ or 71 mm


Kit: US $95. plus shipping.           Built-up: $325

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