Re: [EXT] Re: [RealSTMFC] Photo: Freight Cars On Barges

Bruce Smith

Kevin, Colin,


The tow is likely made up with all lines tight. There are additional lines out of sight to the other barge and potentially from the stern quarter of the tug to the barges as well. The goal is to make the tow fairly rigid so that any action of the tug is transmitted to both barges rapidly and without slack action. At the moment, the tug appears to be engaged and in forward.



Bruce Smith

Auburn, AL


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Engines in reverse?


Kevin Lafferty


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Interesting. The tug is churning along under power towards the bottom of the picture. Yet the cables off the tug's bow up to the barges have no slack. How does that work?

On 26/04/2021 9:58 a.m., Bob Chaparro via wrote:

Photo: Freight Cars On Barges

A photo from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Libraries:

Click on the arrows and scroll on the photo to enlarge it.

Bob Chaparro

Hemet, CA

Colin Riley
20-2500 Florence Lake Road
Victoria BC V9B 4H2

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