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S. Berliner, III's

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Apocrypha Continuation Page 3


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

BW Key

This page sponsored jointly (lots of 'em) by the
National Railway Hysterical Society
and the
National Muddle Railroad Association.


(Lighten up - they're spoofs!)

[See also the HO (1:87.1) Berlinerwerke saga or the Z (1:220) Berlinerwerke-Z saga
    and Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha (for taller tales?):
    NORTHEAST CORRIDOR FREIGHT ENGINES.
    LEWELLEN NORTHERN GARRATTS.
    CSXT AC100CBW and NSC CB100W-10 10,000 horsepower locos!
    Also, see the fabled BW DDP45 and other EMD engines EMD may never have dreamed of!]

Insanity doesn't run in my family, it just sort of dawdles along.


Because the Apocrypha and Guest Apocrypha indices exceeded the capacity of the individual pages, they are now presented in full on a separate Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index (including the Guest Apocrypha Index).


INDEX

On the main Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page:
  Eerie Multiplex 2-4-6-8-10-12, "Old 9999".
  PRR/BW DD3 Boxcab Triple-Power Diesel-Electric Locomotive 2-B+3-3+3-3+B-2.
  PRR Z6s Arctic 4-2-2.
  Berliners Bessere Biffi und Biffisch.

On Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 0:
  PRR/BW DD3 Boxcab Triple-Power Diesel-Electric Locomotive 2-B+3-3+3-3+B-2.
    (moved from main BW Apocrypha Page on 11 Oct 04).
  PRR/BW DD4 Boxcab Dual-Power "Drei-Eis" Dry-Ice-Electric Locomotive 2-B+2-2+B-2.
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1 dual-powered B-C.
  Berliners Bessere Biffi und Biffisch     (moved from main BW Apocrypha Page on 11 Oct 04).
  Genesis Redivivus!.
  BW-BLW-GE-WEC-PRR GG2.

On Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 1:

  GC&E #13 13-truck Shay!   new.gif (19 Mar 03) and   rev.gif (moved to this page 23 Mar 03)
  4-Truck Heisler V8
  Steam Motorcars

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 2:
  PRR V1 Rocky 4-14-2 {moved from preceding page 07 Mar 99}.
  BW V2 Hiss Bomb.
  PRR Genesis Engine (unlikely!).
  PRR Centipede Engine 4-D-D-4 (even more unlikely, but oh, 'tis true, 'tis true!).
  "Big Hooker" double-ended 250-ton Tunnel Crane
    and new pix of NYC 2x120-ton prototype.
  Super Garratt, BW-UP Garratt Boy, and BW-UP Bigger Boy.

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 3:
  BW Climaxiii (moved here from page 1 on 19 Apr 03)
  Doubled-Sided Shays   new.gif (19 Apr 03)
  Piker and Oscar (moved from main BW Apocrypha page 12 Dec 03 and again to this page on 18 Jan 04).
  .
 
Burdick Nightmare.   added (23 Jan 2011)

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 2:

  Soviet Class AA20 4-14-4!
  Parker Parodies - loco research by Karen Parker
    (moved to BW Guest Apocrypha Page 2 on 16 Jan 04).
  Pennsy Multiplex - the fabled Wopsononock Class YNOT 2-4-6-8-10-12.
  BW/Lima/C&O T-6 4-14-6 Doppelgänger.
  BW/PRR Zoo 4-14-6 Doppelgänger.
  BW-EMD F-45 and FP-45 Variations.

For far more Berlinerwerke Apocrypha, see the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index.


Before I continue, I should note that all this started with a secret project that is still unfinished and the next major development of the Berlinerwerke was their fabled DDP45:

DDP45

For more about her and her family, see my EMD page.


Berlinerwerke Climaxiii (moved here from Page 1 on 19 Apr 03)

I finally located the original BW drawing of a three truck Climax; not only that but also one of a four-truck Climax:

BW 3-truck Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

BW 4-truck Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

As if that wasn't enough, the Ersatzs were obviously in prime form, because I also found a drawing of the long-lost, but rumored, V-4 Climax!:

V4 Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Not content with perpetrating the V4, the Ersatz brothers went on to design 13-truck and 14-truck V4 Climaxiii:

BW 13-truck Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

BW 14-truck Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Wait, you aint' seen nuttin', yet!  We're not through with Ersatz designs, not yet!  Just look at this one, a 14-truck CAB FORWARD Climax!:

BW Can Forward 14-truck Climax
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

There doesn't seem to have been any limit to what George and Ira Ersatz could come up with if not held back!  No wonder we had to sack them.

- - - · - - -

Mark Laundry sent me another pair of unauthorized copies of Ersatz drawings; I had to dig 'way back in the BW records to find the real McCoys; the BW-Ersatz 6-cylinder Climax and the EMC² Diesel-Electric-Steam-Mechanical Climax:

BW-Ersatz 6-Cyl Climax
[Thumbnail image - click on the image for the full size drawing.]
(18 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 M. Laundry, corrected by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

EMC² Dies-El-St-Mech Climax
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(18 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 M. Laundry, corrected by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

The former, the Climax 6, was unsuccessful because it proved impossible to beef up the frame sufficiently, while the latter was simply a maintenance nightmare, with its ludicrous propulsion system; a V2 567-diesel drove a generator, which powered an electric heater in a Doble flash steam boiler, which ran the two cylinders, which turned the drive-shaft!

Also, the Diesel-Electric-Steam-Mechanical loco was designed on BW time for the about-to-be-born Ersatz Motor Coach Corporation (EMC², later Ersatz Motive Corporation), and was one of the reasons the Ersatz brothers were canned.

Oddly enough, there actually WERE internal combustion conversions of all three major geared locos!


Double-Sided Shays

My friend Dave McConnell (of HO railduck fame - it quacks and turns its head) asked me about the double-sided Shays; well, I did some serious digging in the BW files and you just won't believe what turned up!  It seems that, while George was the big, flamboyant, flash-in-the-pan public figure, Ira Ersatz was the more serious and studious.  It was he who worked out the design concept for the double-sided Shay, a proposal that Lima rejected outright!  By making the boiler very high and narrow, a keyhole-shaped cross section, heavily staybolted, he could shift it back to the center and hang a second set of cylinders off the left side!  We know it was Ira because he very carefully initialled all his study drawings I.E., i.e.: Ira Ersatz (people's reaction was often AIYEEE!), and here they are (these were done by altering Lima patent drawings, as noted on the sketches); first is the rough layout, then a more refined version:

BW 2-sided Shay 1
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

BW 2-sided Shay 2
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Next we have the cross-section:

BW 2-sided Shay X-sect
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Notice anything odd about those Shays (besides the double-sided aspect)?  More on this below.

Here is a double-sided truck in plan and elevation:

BW 2-sided Shay Truck
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Again, that odd feature - did you spot it?  Lastly, a detail of a double-ended Shay axle and journals:

BW 2-sided Shay Axle
[Thumbnail image - click on the image for the full size drawing.]
(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Now for the oddities; that early sketch is of a Shay with four-axle trucks under the loco and the later study is of one with four span-bolstered two-axle trucks and four cylinders(!)!  Not only that, but the patent numbers are valid numbers actually on file in the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office (really!) and they were all filed variously by W. A. Austin, L. E. Feightner, G. L. Wall, and H. W. Snyder, and G. B. Thorburn, et al., assigned to Lima.  Oh, 'tis true, 'tis true!  And, especially in this case, truth is truly a thousand times stranger than fiction!

To make it easier, for anyone seriously interested in these real Shay drawings, to see what the original patents were, here are details of the two used for the studies:

1077580 Detail
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

0893041 Detail
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(19 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

and here are linked thumbnails for the whole set of full USPTO drawings:

1077580 893041 1826292 1075772 1839273
[Thumbnail images - click on the images for the full size drawing.]


Well, that was quite something; Ira wasn't so crazy, after all!  Or was he?  When the Ersatzs rejoined (were grudgingly allowed back to) the Berlinerwerke after WWII, Ira was definitely not with it, much.  Whil(e)(st) digging in the files, I came across the very design that led to his dismissal, a double-ended Shay with a very serious design deficiency; when Ira was called on the carpet about it, he steadfastly maintained he saw no problem with it at all:

Ira Ersatz Double-ended Shay
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(17 Apr 03 Drawing by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

Poor Ira!  George was distraught, but there wasn't much he could do about it.

Actually, things were far worse than we ever realized; tucked away in Ira's old files, we also found these drawings of two more double-enders:

Ira Ersatz Double-ended Climax
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Ira Ersatz Double-ended Heisler
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(28 Apr 03 Drawings by and © 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)


Oh, my Gawd!  Truth is a thousand times stranger than fiction, indeed!  Doug Self has both V2- and V12-engined steamers on his Steam Motor Locomotives page, apparently real.


Piker and Oscar

    [Moved from main BW Apocrypha page 12 Dec 03 and then from page 4 on 18 Jan 04]

Writing about the famed PRR Z6s Arctic 4-2-2, it had occurred to me that you might not really know the famed Walthers Piker or the lesser-renowned Oscar; they are (or were) Walthers's kit nos. 7812 and 7899, respectively, and I can't show you any photos since I still haven't built them (among so many unfinished and unbegun kits).  However, I can show you the side views from the Walthers instruction sheets (06 Mar 99).

A year later, I found the Piker and Oscar boxes, discovered the Piker instruction sheet missing (I'd probably taken it out to photograph), and shot the Oscar sheet (Walthers has reissued these two gems, so look in your catalog):

Oscar Plan View - Left Side
(Walthers Oscar Plan View - Left Side - from xerocopied Instruction Sheet - see below)
{missing image restored 18 Apr 2011}

The Piker is virtually identical but with both ends the same (no observation platform - AND no vestibules, either!)  Hey, on 10 Jun 02 I found BOTH plans neatly filed in my Pennsy models folder instead of in the boxes so here's the Piker:

Piker Plan View
(Walthers Piker Plan View - from original Instruction Sheet dated 1959)

The Oscar plan is strange; the original (now in the file) is all marked up in color to send to Walthers to describe two missing pieces (the obs. platform gates) and returned by them with the parts.  Reshot from the original (doctored to delete the markup):

Oscar Plan View - Left Side
(Walthers Oscar Plan View - Left Side - from original Instruction Sheet dated 1968)
[Image restored 17 Feb 04]

and both together:

Piker & Oscar Plan View
(Walthers Piker and Oscar Plan View)
[17 Feb 04 montage by S. Berliner, III]


DDP-45 Drawing

20 Apr 2004 - I found it!  After many years of fruitless searching, I stumbled on my ancient 11" x 17" Dietzgen drafting pad (with a 4x4 No-Print grid) and there, hidden under other RR drawings, was my final HO drawing of the DDP-45, dated 24 Jan 1974.  Elsewhere, I note that the final form consists of an FP-45 front section, a reversed F-45 body, and an FP-45 rear; this sketch differs slightly form the model in that it shows an F-45 front section.  Note the position of the rear door of front section and compare that to the photo repeated here:

DDP-45 Drawing

DDP45
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(24 Jan 1974 Drawing by and © 1974, 2004 S. Berliner, III and photo by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved.)

It appears that I never detailed the rear deck handrails.


Burdick Nightmare

Back in the '60s and '70s, the NMRA had a big thing going for Burdick Nightmares, 0-2-0 locos (literally) with no visible means of support; I'd love to post one of the original concept drawings.  I note one in the Fantasonics series on the main Berlinerwerke Apocrypha page as Ira Ersatz designed it:

IDHRR#020
(07 Apr 2005 "photo" courtesy of Fantasonics and the BW Art Dept. - all rights reserved)

Did you know that the C&O had a Burdick Nightmare running at the turn of the last century?  Neither did I, but Ira and the BW did make one up:

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

The BW is working on a Segway switcher (shunter), thus creating the world's first modern, practical Burdick Nightmare (thank you, Dean Kamen); so far, only a roadable version has been completed and you can see it here, hauling a hi-rail vehicle:

SegwayBurdickNightmare
(unprovenanced photo from the Net)

As soon as traction tests are complete and a 4' 8½" axle with flanged wheels is ready, a knuckle coupler will replace the towbar and we will actually have an 0-2-0.

Well, now; from the fabulous Loco Loco site of Doug Self comes the Arnoux Guide-Wheel System!  What Doug doesn't seem to realize is that chèr M. Arnoux also came up with an early Burdick Nightmare on this system for the notoriously sharply-curvèd, broad-gauge Chemin de Fer de Paris à Sceaux:   new.gif (23 Jan 2011)

ArnouxBurdickNightmare1
(drawing after D. Self)

Uh, oh!  You might have known; see whose initials are on the drawing?

That extra stack is for a steam transfer pump that moved water around to help balance the beast as fuel was consumed; it was later dropped as the regular injectors served the same purpose, as seen on this old photo:

ArnouxBurdickNightmare2
(photo after P. Jacobs/D. Self)

It's the usual old story; truth IS a thousand times stranger than fiction (although what we might know about fiction on this site eludes me).  If that guy at the back isn't careful how heavily he leans on the rear buffer beam, he might cause problems with the rear set of rollers, though.  There were similar Burdicks on the RSR.

For another modern Burdick Nightmare, go to Apocrypha Page 25!   new (14 Nov 2011)



See also the HO (1:87.1) Berlinerwerke saga or the Z (1:220) Berlinerwerke-Z saga
    and Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha (for taller tales?).
    Also, see the fabled BW DDP45 and other EMD engines EMD may never have dreamed of!


The Apocrypha exceeded the capacity of the original Apocrypha page
which you may wish to visit if you missed it, as well as the succeding Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation page 1 and page 2, and the Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha.


Have I ever told you that there are many Web sites and fora and chats and such that have very serious discussions about the relative merits of DDP-45, the Z6s, and these other loco locos vis-à-vis the Big Boy, etc.!  Doncha just love it!

More tales will follow.

[See also the HO (1:87.1) Berlinerwerke saga or the Z (1:220) Berlinerwerke-Z saga.]


If you like this sort of nonsense, take a gander at Jim Wells' incredible

and at the AW NUTS Magazine site, "A Publication of the A.W. N.U.T.S. Garden Railway Society".

If you are air-minded (take that as you choose), you must see the Lion Air site!  I'd be Lion if I didn't warn you to keep your tongue in your cheek on this one!

Take your tongue out of your cheek and visit D. Dickens' The Patiala State Monorail Tramway site; whooie (and it's for real)!


You may wish to visit the Railroad Continuation Page, et seq.


Because the Apocrypha and Guest Apocrypha indices exceeded the capacity of the individual pages, they are now presented in full on a separate Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index (including the Guest Apocrypha Index).

[See also the HO (1:87.1) Berlinerwerke saga or the Z (1:220) Berlinerwerke-Z saga.]

I always wondered at the incredibly tight security at the Berlinerwerke during WWII; now it can be told!  See, for starters, the wild site of Sig Case, Rails to the Stars - Steam in Space, files from the National Aeronautics and Steam Administration and the tie-in to the Berlinerwerke V1 on Apocrypha Page 2.


See also the HO (1:87.1) Berlinerwerke saga or the Z (1:220) Berlinerwerke-Z saga
  and Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha (for taller tales?):
    NORTHEAST CORRIDOR FREIGHT ENGINES.
    LEWELLEN NORTHERN GARRATTS.
    CSXT AC100CBW and NSC CB100W-10 10,000 horsepower locos!
  Also, see the fabled BW DDP45 and other EMD engines EMD may never have dreamed of!


If you like this sort of nonsense, take a gander at Jim Wells' incredible Whitby Locomotive Works; Jim's overall Fantasonics "Model Railroad Magic Website" has become too complex for me to navigate.  Unfortunately, the AW NUTS Magazine, site of the A.W. N.U.T.S. Garden Railway Society is no longer available, nor are Lion Air (I'd be Lion if I didn't warn you to keep your tongue in your cheek on this one!) or D. Dickens' The Patiala State Monorail Tramway site (whooie - and it's for real)!



LEGACY

  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.

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