Self propelled barge traffic up and down the Rhine is among the heaviest in the world. These three barges are on the larger size of the range. The models have a one-piece cast resin hull that shows the reinforcing ribs for the holds, precision-cut styrene superstructure, brass railings, and masts, captain’s skiff, and other deck details to make convincing small scale replicas for river or harbor scenes. These can also been seen in the USA inland river system and harbors, but are far outnumbered by “trains” of standard non-powered barges pushed by a towboat.
The Big Rhine Barge operates on Class V waterways and measures 95 m x 11.4 m x 2.7 m in height. On the model this translates to 43.18 cm x 5.2 cm x 1.22 cm in height, or 17 inches x 2 inches x .5 inches. It has five holds of about 5.8 cm each. The prototype is rated for 2160 tonnes, or about 2380 American tons.
The R.H.K (Rhine-Herne-Canal) operates on Class IV waterways and measures 80 m x 9.5 m x 2.5 m in height. On the model this translates to 36.4 cm x 4.3 cm x 1.13 cm in height, or 14.3 inches x 1.7 inches x 0.44 inches. It has four holds of about 5.8 cm each. The prototype is rated for 1378 tonnes, or about 1519 American tons.
The D.E.K. (Dortmund-Ems-Canal) operates on Class II or III waterways and measures 60 m x 8.2 m x 2.5 m in height. On the model this translates to 27.27 cm x 3.7 cm x 0.44 cm, or 10.7 inches x 1.46 inches x 0.44 inch. It has three holds of about 5.8 cm each. The prototype is rated for 968 tonnes, or about 1067 American tons.
All three are available as kits or completed models. N scale models are available with built-up styrene hulls. Kit prices in $ USD are as follows:
100 M Barge $69.00
80 M Barge $67.00
60 M Barge $65.00
Completed models are $250.00 each. Shipping charges are additional and range from USD$ 7.00–15.00 in the US and $15.00–40 internationally. They may be ordered through Paypal at firstname.lastname@example.org.