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This is an image of his original site as a tribute to Joe Brown who has passed away.

Contact information is no longer valid and has been deleted. I'll try to keep the links updated.

Posted with Joe's permission while he was still with us.

2015 update: Location link for many drawings, photos and plans that have been collected from those who knew Old River Bill and Towboat Joe at RCGroups:


Please contribute any related documents you have to that forum as no other sources appear to remain available.

Please feel free to browse.

Welcome to my site focusing mainly on modeling inland river work boats, aka towboats or push boats. I build primarily in 1:48 scale so items modeled are referenced in that scale unless otherwise noted.

There are many pages with lots of info on towboats and techniques for modeling them.


Great place for all your modeling needs.



Plans for riverboats and tugs has got a new catalog with some new additions

Send $7.00 for U.S. mail or $9.00 for Canada and other countries to:

John L. Fryant, 7672 Crystal Cove Pointe, Maineville, OH 45039-7008

Tell John, you saw his ad on Towboat Joe's site.


Join my Yahoo Group for Tugs & Tows Click here to join tugsandtows

t-shirts, caps, and other novelties? visit tell Sharon I sent ya.

Like to see how a towboat is built? go to http://www.riverway.com/

Like to have a shelf tow? visit Cherokee Boat & Barge



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