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Updated:   03 Jan 2020; 14:50  ET
[Page created 11 Dec 2019; first poeted 03 Jan 2020
    original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]

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note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.


S. Berliner, III's

sbiii.com

Model Railroad
BURDICK NIGHTMARE
Page



Addendum to SB,III's MODEL RAILROADING Pages

[The first new page of 2020!]


NOTE:  It appeared that my pages were limited by AT&T, without warning, to 30kB!  Thus, I was forced to add continuation and separate pages to fit the lengthy Berlinerwerke saga in HO and Z scales.


INDEX

[To conserve space, this index has been truncated by removing some detail links;
go to the pages indicated - they are each indexed fully.]

On this Burdick Nightmare Page: (03 Jan 2020):
  The Burdick Nightmare.
    The articles:
    Original Burdick Nightmare (Jan 1970 NMRA Bulletin, pp. 26-27).
    N-Scale Burdick Nightmare (Nov 1973 NMRA Bulletin, p. 36).
    Mort's Monstrosity - or A Burdick Nightmare Under Wire (Aug 1971 NMRA Bulletin, p. 9).
    Great Britain's answer to the "Burdick Nightmare" or the vertical boiler Shay Jan 1971 NMRA Bulletin, p. 26).
  Burdick Nightmare Bibliography (really!).
  Previous Appearances of the Burdick Nightmare in the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha,
    with representative images.

On the MAIN mrr page:
Sunrise Trail Division (STD) of the
  Northeastern Region (NER) of the
    National Model Railroad Association (NMRA)
Long Island - Sunrise Trail Chapter (LIST) of the
  National Railway Historical Society (NRHS)
Long Island Live Steamers,   and model railroading miscellany at the end.

On MRR Continuation Page 2:
Vest Pocket Railroads You Can Model
etc.

On the Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Page:
    nbsp; Great Northern/Western Fruit Express Reefers

On Z-Scale pages:
Z-Scale
etc.


Visit the courtesy and official home pages listed in the index on the main MRR page.


You may also wish to jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page.



BURDICK NIGHTMARE PAGE
(Addendum to SB,III's MODEL RAILROADING Pages)

The BURDICK NIGHTMARE

The Burdick Nightmare appears throughout my railroad and model railroad pages, especially at Burdick Nightmare on my Berlinerwerke Apocryha Page 3, q.v.  Well suited for working such legendary industries as the Improbabilium Mine, the Burdick Nightmare is an 0-2-0, a locomotive with no visible means of support.

Throughout all of my long life, most of which has been involved with railroading in various avocational, historical, and educational pursuits, I have often noted, or referred to, the Burdick Nightmare without being able to cite source information.  An Internet search did reveal an N-Scale (1:160) article from 1973 but I was quite certain the the original appearance of this fabulous loco (literally) predated that and was in HO (1:87.1).  Further, as I recalled, it was a "creation" of the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA).  Finally, appealing to the NMRA directly, upon renewing my membership for the 50-somethingth time, I elicited images of the actual articles (let's hear it for the The A. C. Kalmbach Memorial Library!

Original Burdick Nightmare Article (Jan 1970 NMRA Bulletin, pp. 26-27):

The origin of the Burdick Nightmare goes back to late 1968, and was apparently first documented in the Jan 1970 NMRA Bulletin when a dentist, John B. Puckett, D.D.S., wrote it up, crediting one Doc Burdick of the Old Dominion (Virginia) with the idea.

Here, then, thanks to the great generosity of the then-current (late-2019) NMRA management and the incredible help of the organization's A. C. Kalmbach Memorial Library, is a xerocopy of pages 26 and 27 of the Jan 1970 NMRA Bulletin with Dr. Puckett's article, The Burdick "Nightare":

Jan70BurdNight1 Jan70BurdNight2
(Jan 1970 image courtesy of and © 1970/2020 NMRA - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

I can not locate that issue in my old files so, if anyone out there has a clean copy, please forward it to me to replace these images.

Moving forward chronologically, we come to Great Britain's answer to the "Burdick Nightmare" or the vertical boiler Shay from page 26 of the Jan 1971 NMRA Bulletin:

Jan71BritBurdNight
(Jan 1971 image courtesy of and © 1971/2020 NMRA - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Next comes Mort's Monstrosity - or A Burdick Nightmare Under Wire from page 9 of the Aug 1971 NMRA Bulletin:

Aug71BurdNight
(Aug 1971 image courtesy of and © 1971/2020 NMRA - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

And then, lastly, we have the N-Scale Burdick Nightmare on page 36 of the Nov 1973 Bulletin:

Nov73BurdNight
(Nov 1973 image courtesy of and © 1973/2020 NMRA - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Again, we must profusely thank the NMRA and the Library for their courtesy, helpfulness, and permission to bring you these inestimable bits of model railroad history back to life!


Burdick Nightmare Bibliography

  {Please don't laugh - this is every bit as serious as the Burdick Nightmare itself!}

The Burdick "Nightmare", by John B. Puckett, DDS, Jan 1970 NMRA Bulletin, pp. 26-27.

Mort's Monstrosity - or A Burdick Nightmare Under Wire, by Ken Mortimer, NMRA Bulletin August 1971, p. 9.

Great Britain's answer to the "Burdick Nightmare" or the vertical boiler Shay, by Les Holland, NMRA Bulletin January 1971, p. 26.

"Burdick Nightmare" in N Gauge, by James FitzGerald, Nov 1973 NMRA Bulletin, p. 36.

"S. Berliner, III's sbiii.com Burdick Nightmare Page (this page).


In line with the Bibliography, here are previous appearances of the Burdick Nightmare in the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha, with some representative images:

SBIII's Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 3 -

C&O22BurdickNightmare#22
(08 Apr 2005 photo from the BW Archives. - all rights reserved)

SBIII's Berlinerwerke Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 3 -

RSR/BWBurdickNightmare
(30 Dec 2008 image by and © 2008 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

plus TWO from the SBIII's Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 25 -

RDC Burdick Business Car:

BurdickRDCBusCar
(23 Mar 2017 drawing by and © 2017 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

Modern Burdick Nightmare:

ShortestX/Burdick
(Cropped but unretouched 14 Nov 2011 screen shot by 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Don't forget to check those links; there are more Burdick Nightmares from whence those samples came.

Then, there's always Stan Mott's Apr 2009 GM (Caddy?) version of an automotive Segway-cum-Burdick Nighmare:

StanMottGMSegway
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]
(Apr 2009 image by, and courtesy of, and © S. Mott - all rights reserved)

If you wish further information (and, possibly, other images), please feel free to avail yourself of the page links furnished therewith thereon, thereby.



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