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[Continued from the first Animated GIFs Page]

Starting with Dan MacKellar's Railroad GIF Roundhouse (http://www.trainweb.org/rrgifroundhouse/) and Tony Hill's Frograil http://www.frograil.com/gifs/gifs.htm, and using the instructions given by Dave Cooley at his Train GIF Railyard site (http://www.djcooley.com/rr/gifs2/traingif.htm) and holding Brian Clough's more-complex GIF Tutorial on Frograil in reserve for when I'm comfortable getting fancy, here's my first stab at animation (for railroads, they are known as Train GIFs).  I also found that Brian Clough, himself, a D&H fan, has a major Train GIF site, Banks of the Ssusquehanna, at http://www.banksofthesusquehanna.com/.

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I really should learn to animate these gizzies!

Continuing from the first Animated GIFs Page; what follows, above the horizontal rule, was moved from that first page on 15 Mar 2009.

I don't seem to be able to get away from this bottomless pit; I don't just love Schnabel cars but also all sorts of gigantic cars freight cars, the largest of which were, for quite a long time, the Pennsy's odd gigantic #470245 Class FD2 Depressed-Center Flat Car, the 123' 3" long Queen Mary (Altoona, Apr 52); I have her in brass and love her and her four huge 4F5T1 trucks salvaged from J1 tenders, arranged under two span bolsters to give her a conservative 250-ton capacity .  She shared her span bolster/truck sets with PRR #472048 Class FW1 Well Flat, the Queen Elizabeth, so, technically, you could never see the two together (but you can here!) .  The Queen Mary survives at the RR Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg but the Queen Elizabeth frame was scrapped long ago.  Oddly, the Mary is 1" longer than the Elizabeth, so the GIFs are one pixel different (really!)!  I also made up the world's biggest non-Schnabel flat car (perhaps any kind of one-piece car), 154' 6" long General Electric GEX80003 , which is 30' longer than the Queens and has a 40' clear flat center and a capacity of 500 tons, with 40 33" wheels; she had just been off-loaded when the 308-ton GE generator got away from the operators and the heavy-load ship Stellamare, into which the second of two was being hoisted, turned turtle on 09 Dec. 2003, in Albany, New York.

Working with David Epling's big hook, I created a GIF of my Big Hooker , the mythical double-ended 250-ton tunnel crane.  Along with my liking for such huge equipment, I also like the tiniest as well, namely the EMD SW-1 switcher and the even tinier EMD Model 40 , not to mention the miniscule Plymouth JDT , so we can shunt these monster cars with the teeniest locos, just for laughs:



That high shed on GEX80003 houses the offsetting controls and can be lowered by removing the top three feet, which I don't understand because it's only 13' 9" above the railhead as shown; that makes it the same height as the goosenecks, but into what mine adit do they have to fit?

The SW-1 is Dave Hersrud's and the EMD Model 40 is Dan MacKellar's, redecorated.

Speaking of cars, there are also automobile-type cars on the railroad and the Long Island Rail Road had a small fleet of some of the oddest; VW microbuses with high-rail equiment and a turntable underneath, on a hydraulic jack, so they could be driven to a crossing, lifted and spun 90°, dropped onto the rails, and driven off into the sunrise (LI was the "Sunrise Homeland" at one time).  I know someone who has saved one and the BW acquired it and so that's what you see whizzing along above, leading the parade.

Not content with all this, I sat down and drew up more minis, the old Long Island Rail Road's Morris Park battery-cum-third rail shop switcher #320 , which worked the transfer and turn tables) and their more recent GE 25-ton #398 and #399 (which only had cab doors on the right side); the #320 and #398/9 are so tiny that, at one pixel at a time, there isn't much I can show (the VW bus worked out much better), so here they are, with the #399 towing the empty current version of CEBX 800 (again for laughs):



O. K.; how about two of the oldest and smallest loco (I use the term advisedly) GIFs (old locos, NOT old GIFs!)?  Almost everyone knows of the John Bull , on display at the Smithsonian and steamed up and run for its 150th anniversary!  She was ordered for the Camden and Amboy Railroad, from Stephenson in England in December, 1830, and arrived in Bordentown, New Jersey, in August, 1831.  Not many know, however, of the C&A's ludicrous failure, the John Stevens , one of several weird Crampton singles from Norris (who should have known better) ca.1847, with gigantic 8' (96"/2.44m!!!) drivers that gave almost no starting effort whatsoever but great speed, a wild six-wheel leading truck (6-2-0), and a low, small-diameter boiler that couldn't get up enough steam to sustain the high speed!  Of course, we have to have the old-time truss-rod carriages they pulled !  Let's then go from the ridiculous to the sublime, for a change, with the famous Reading Class A-5 0-4-0 Camelback switcher , belovèd of all true Mantua HO freaks, and then to the huge ALCo diesel-hydraulic H-643 of 1964 , licensed from Voith, of which only three were built for the SP, one of which the Berlinerwerke just happened to restore:



I keep meaning to simmer down but the urge is overwhelming!  As long as I posted teeny, tiny Long Island Rail Road locomotives of various eras, how about their very first, the 1834 Baldwin Ariel 4-2-0 and a putative coach ?  I don't really know what tender or cars the Ariel (or her Baldwin stablemate, the Post Boy) pulled, but the 1834 LIRR seal shows a clunky 0-4-0 pulling a 4-wheel platform on wheels with a barrel and one-and-a-half horse-carriage-type coaches, so that's what I cobbered up.  Also, I have a photo of the #398 towing dead FA-2 #600, David and Goliath, which we can reproduce here in miniature in a unique way; I always wanted the BW to create an ALCo FPA-1, as ALCo's version of the EMD FL-9 or F-M CPA20-5/CPA24-5 B-C wheel arrangement, with third-rail shoes, but never got around to it.  Now we have it (and I don't have to chop up any Athearn and LifeLike models - but I will!)!  Since nothing is sacrosanct here, I can recreate it with the #398/9 towing my LIRR FPA-1:



[FPA-2 withdrawn and replaced by FPA-1 on 19 Nov 05.]

There are some things that should never see the light of day but that didn't stop me from creating a Train GIF for one of my favo(u)rite Berlinerwerke locos, the fabled Pennsy Multiplex Wopsononock Class YNOT, a gigantic 2-4-6-8-10-12 , described more fully on the main BW Apocrypha page.  Lets have it being towed by the BW Plymouth JDT):

[This loco was cobbered up from elements of Dan MacKellar's PRR M1a image.]

In addition, I couldn't resist this 860-byte gem (it's only 209 pixels - 7 pixels high) []:

All the more reason that I really should learn to animate these gizzies!

Of course, I just hadda add a speeder, eh? []   new.gif (18 Aug 2012)

Such fun!
Here's an example of what happens when you reduce a photo to Train Gif size, my Märklin Z-scale (1:220) 2004 Insider #88290 DRG cl 96 (Roy. Bav. cl Gt 2x4/4) 0-8-8-0T articulated steam locomotive  added.gif (13 Mar 09)

{redrawn 14 Mar 2009}

Then, here's my rendition of a heavy-duty 12-wheel heavy-duty drop-center flat car:
  added.gif (13 Mar 09)

I also created a large "bottle" (or "torpedo ladle") hot metal car like my Märklin Z #86200 10-8+8-10 car:  added.gif (13 Mar 09)


As long as I was playing with this page, I also created, from a photo, my Märklin Z-scale (1:220) #88053, the mythical Deutsch Reichsbahn Class 53.0, a planned prototype 2-6-8-0 heavy freight locomotive by Borsig-Werke in Berlin, with a condensing tender from Henschel in Kassel, the 2007 Insider model.  It is a true Mallet design, with high and low pressure cylinders and has a Soeise boiler water recovery system in the tender.  new.gif (14 Mar 09)


So, we might as well haul the bottle car with both German loks and the drop center flat:  new.gif (14 Mar 09)

As you can see in the two loco GIFs, they were done from photos taken at an angle; rather than rework the GIFs, it will be far easier to shoot new pix.

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It occurred to me that, with all the emphasis I have placed on the AGEIR oil-electric boxcabs on my site and on these pages, that I short changed the first U. S. high-speed mainline diesel, the B&O's August 1935 EMC 1,800HP Class AA/DP-1 oil-electric #50 (later the Alton's and GM&O's #1200).  So, I made up this rather neat 19-pixel high image:  new.gif (13 Mar 09)


Unfortunately for me, the cars I chose to run with her are only 15 pixels high, so I redrew her at 15 pixels height:


B&O #50 has been restored to her original appearance and is on display at the Museum of Transportation outside St. Louis.  She pulled the Royal Blue, so I figured I'd add a set of heavyweight varnish appropriate for 1935 or so.  The only problem was that I couldn't find any B&O heavyweights, or any heavyweights at all, for that matter, so I used Alex Shoshane’s Penn Central/Pennsylvania RR Rolling Stock GIFs (all, except the RPO, are 8-wheel FOM lightweights) and substituted 6-wheel trucks, removed the skirts and trainphone antennae, and doctored the monitor roofs to approximate clerestory roofs.  Alex "only" offers a PRR Railway Post Office (drawn 7 Mar 2001) and PRR 21-Roomette Sleeper, 12-4 Sleeping Car, 4-4-2 Sleeping Car, 10-6 Sleeping Car, Kitchen-Dormitory, Dining Car, Sleeper-Lounge, Lounge-Observation (all drawn 15 August 2000), so I invented a baggage and combine, as well, and parade them here behind my K5 as a phoney Broadway Limited (limited understanding of the consist - K5/baggage/combine/RPO/sleeper-lounge/21/12-4/10-6/diner/kitchen/4-4-2/obs):

Well and good, but how about an ersatz Royal Blue for #50?  Couldn't have been easier (however time consuming); I simply used Alex's B&O F7b gif for color guidance and redecorated the entire Pennsy fleet:

All this just to show off my B&O #50!

As long as we're on the subject of the earliest passenger diesels, how about B&O #50's successors, sort of crosses between railcars and locomotives, the UP M-10000 and the CB&Q Pioneer Zephyr?   new.gif (18 Mar 09)

UP-M10000  CB&QPioneerZephyr


These images are altered from those of UP M10001 and the Pioneer Zephyr by, and on the site of, Skytop45.

The M-10000:

And the Zephyr:

Pretty neat stuff, eh?

Well, that gigantic 880-ton Schnabel car CEBX 800 has been bought by Westinghouse, renumbered as WECX 800, and twinned by Kasgro in Westinghouse blue as WECX 801.  The new car is accompanied by a huge load platform (a giant tray or pallet) instead of jointed load arms, so, presto-changeo, we now have, of course, WECX 800 and 801 pulled most incongruously by a supposed BW GE 25-tonner and separated by BW supplies flats and preceded and trailed by BW rider cars:   new.gif (18 Aug 2012)

Hopefully, my hand has not yet lost its skill (such as it is).  Those are imaginary loads, though.

Whoops, dearie!  That blue car is NOT WECX 801; it's just WECX 800 with BLUE substituted for RED!  The cabs, platforms, and railings are different on each car.  Here's the "real" WECX 801:   new (11 Nov 2014)


I havent seen any pix or videos of WECX 801 with a load, yet.  Unfortunately, however, on 22 Jun 2014, WECX 801, already in deep trouble being returned to Kasgro for bad welds, lost BOTH load arms at a grade crossing just outside Charleston:


I'm particularly fond of the huge ALCo Century C-636, especially after having treated myself to a new Bowser HO demo #636-1 for my 80th, so, naturally, I hadda make a GIF of it:    new (21 Nov 2014)

It occurred to me in the wee hours that it might be fun to create an AnimGIF for that really-odd duck, the North Pacific Coast's #21, designed and built by William (Bill) Thomas, the NPC master mechanic, at the NPC Sausalito shop in 19.1 from the remains of wrecked 1875 Baldwin 4-4-0, the #5 Bodega.  #21 had to distinctive feature; it was a cab-forward (the very first) and had a downward-sloping boiler:    new.gif (21 Nov 2014)  added (21 Nov 2014)

Yup - it WAS fun!  Note the finely-detailed (at one-pixel resolution!) difference; the right side of the tender, which is basically just two large tanks on end, has two smaller vertical tanks on the center side while the right side has a vertical cabinet or toolbox with what appears to be a padlock on the door!    #21's really a narrow gauge engine but in 2D, who can tell?

While I'm at it, pulling the big Schnabel cars with a Plymouth JDT or GE 25-tonner is real cute but the BW-HO has a nifty yellow Whiting Trackmobil (from BLI), so let's have ua one of those lil' gems in GIF form:    added (21 Nov 2014)



Actually, Kasgro DOES use three (or more) Red 'n' Ready GE 25-tonners in their New Castle, PA, yard; presumably they shunt the Schnabels:  rev (16 Dec 2014)



Talk about fun!

Did anyone say "fun" (or "funny")?  Just as I posted this last paragraph, in came an e-mail from Vince Skibo with a picture of WECX 801, still sans load arms, being - no fair, you guessed! - being shunted by one of the Red 'n' Ready GE 25-tonners!  I kid you not:  new (21 Nov 2014)

Vince works nearby and has the opportunity (and courtesy) to take and share grabshots.  He caught "a great little interplant Caboose Hop Move to clear off the track next to the Paint Shop building but {he} was unable to get a photo".  "Yard Goat/3 Rider Cars/Yard Goat/2 Rider Cars/Yard Goat".  However, he did manage to get this one below (on Wednesday, 20 Nov 2014):

(20 Nov 2014 V. Skibo photograph - all rights reserved)
WECX 801 Light w/o Arms & Kasgro GE 25-ton Yard Goat leaving Kasgro Rundle Road Yard

"They were just knocking the hand brakes off of the 801"; it "was being pulled from the NCIR Interchange Track next to Kasgro roundhouse for a spot next to the Paint Shop building".  "The little Yard Goat makes for an interesting contrast not only to the size of the car but to the big power used to move the car over-the-road".  "It’s easy to see the centipede-like footing the car has over the slight undulation and curvature of the track".  "Once the car has cleared the switch, the man standing next to the car will throw the switch to have the car placed alongside the paint shop".  "Interesting to note that they are only using a single goat for this move, as when the car is complete, they typically use one at each end".

Thank you, Vince!

So-o-o-o - "Yard Goat/3 Rider Cars/Yard Goat/2 Rider Cars/Yard Goat", eh?



It's MY universe here, so I added a Red 'n' Ready KRL 075 rider car (sort of) and two imaginary KRL Green cars (091 and 092) to my two BW cars.

HA, HA, ha!  Wouldn't you know!  Truth is always sTranger than fiction!  Posting pix and information on my Schnabel Page 6, I discovered nothing less than a Trackmobile pulling (or pushing) giant 22-axle Siemens (ex-Westinghouse) Schnabel KWUX 102!  Nothing to do, then, but create an AnimGIF for KWUX 102 with its 40' load platform (pallet), eh?  Thus, here comes/goes my Whiting shunting KWUX 102:  new (15 Dec 2014)

In for a penny; in for a pound!  Might as well have slightly-smaller 20-axle Siemens (ex-Westinghouse) Schnabel KWUX 101 , too!  And, having done that, why not show them both with a generic (Berlinerwerke) 44-tonner while we're at it?  new (15 Dec 2014)


If you can tell this 44-tonner from a GE 45-tonner at one pixel (and with no flailing side rods, you're a better Giffer than I, Charlie Brown!

Those two KWUX cars don't look terribly different on the move but they really are different:


Of COURSE you can tell a generic 44-tonner from a GE 45-tonner new (16 Dec 2014)

The 45-tonner has its stacks inboard and those (non-flailing, for the nonce) side rods!

Stuff and nonsense!  I got myself confused looking at the 44- and 45-ton AnimGIFs!  After some research, it turns out that some 44-tonners had free-standing stacks and some 45-tonners had shrouded stacks and at least one 44 tonner (Sims #9911) has stacks well outboard of the cab ends!  Worse yet, some 45-tonners have no side rods, having the outer axles driven by inside chains from the inner axles!  Wanna make things even worse?  Some photos make the 44-tonners look like thay have straight hoods and some make the 45-tonners look like they have slanted hoods.  Go figger! added (20 Jun 2015)


I haven't messed with AnimGIFs in almost a year, now, being content with (exceedingly) enjoying my own efforts periodically.  That said, it occurs to me that I have overlooked anther giant flatcar, the recent Kasgro 204000-series.  204000 and 204001 are Kasgro's own cars, painted a sort of dark turquoise (last I noticed) but #204002 is dedicated for use by SRT (Specialized Rail Transport) and is painted in Kasgro's Red 'n' Ready red.  These cars have TEN trucks with 36" wheels, 40' flat beds, and are rated for 450 tons . new (22 Feb 2016) I guess we should crank these along with the Kasgro yard goat, eh?

How about a typical load for SRT's 204002?  Thats easy; we draw up a heavy-duty transformer

So, let's move the loaded #204002 car:

Currently, most of the action is down in the South, where Westinghouse is busily installing AP1000 1,100MWe pressurized water reactors (PWR) at the Southern Company’s Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant (Plant Vogtle - two units) in Burke County, near Waynesboro, Georgia, and at South Carolina Electric & Gas Company's Virgil C. Summer Nuclear Generating Station (two units) near Jenkinsville, Fairfield County, South Carolina.  The heavier loads come by barge to the railheads in Savannah and Charleston.

Westinghouse ["Big Blue"] wraps their loads (or has them wrapped) in blue tarps, so what you'd actually see is this (NOT with 25-tonners, though - let's loan them our BW SW-1):

Still just as much fun (although an amazing amount of work at one pixel at a time) as ever.

For 2018, let's see what my UP 4-12-4 and, while we're at it, the U 4-12-12-4 look like in AnimGIF:   new (23 Feb 2018)

That first one ccould have been vaguely possible but the second is just plain reedickledockle!

Oh, HEY!  Ya wants reedickledockle, ya gets reedickledockle - the UP 4-12-4 and 4-12-12-4 bracketing, triple-headed, the PRR 2-4-6-8-10-12 Pennsy Multiplex Wopsononock Class YNOT:   new (23 Feb 2018)

Now, THAT's REALLY reedickledockle!

Back to reality - HARSH reality - Westinghouse Nuclear declared bankruptcy in Mar 2018; when the dust had settled, Kasgro was in possession of BOTH WECX (ex-CEBX) 800 AND WECX 801!  800 was fading away (quite literally) on a siding in the port of Savannah but got a patch job renumbering her as KRL 3600 and finally just got under way again, reaching New Orelans on 25 Nov 2019 on her way to San Diego.  Meanwhile, WECX 801 appears to have been fully repaired and reassembled and is resplendent in Kasgro's Red 'n' Ready livery, renumbered as KRL 3601.  The only way now to tell them apart at any distance is that 3600 retains her white trucks and the old cabs, steps, and railings while 3601 has black trucks and the new cabs and railings.  So, here they both are (together for our purposes), with Kasgro 25-tonners doing the honors:   new (27 Nov 2019)


How's THAT for being up to date?

Up to date?  Let's jump from 2020 back to 1934, the year I was born, as long as we're playing with gigantic loks and cars, and re-create the one-and-only monster Soviet Stalin Class AA20-1 4-14-4 (my first animagif of this year/decade) - .   new (07 Feb 2020)

Yes, Virginia, there really was a 4-14-4 but it was no damn good, was stored useless, and ended up scrapped shortly after WWII.  Now let's see it run again:


Speaking of being up to date (NOT!), the MARQUEE tag is being denigrated and soon may not work at all!  I'm supposed to switch to CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), which I have yet to master - OOG.   added (27 Nov 2019)

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