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Apocrypha Continuation Page 5


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).


    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.


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 1:
  GC&E #13 13-truck Shay!

(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 the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 3:
  BW Climaxiii (moved here from page 1 on 19 Apr 03)
  Double-Sided Shays.
  Piker and Oscar (moved from main BW Apocrypha page 12 Dec 03 and again to page 3 on 18 Jan 04).

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 4:
  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.

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 5:
  BW/PRR ASS 0-4-4-0 Articulated Switcher.
  BW/PRR AA½ 0-2-2-0 Articulated Switcher.   new.gif (23 Oct 05)
  BEDT #1718 0-4-4-0T Articulated Tank Switcher.   new.gif (24 Oct 05)
  BEDT #1920 0-6-6-0T Articulated Tank Switcher.   new.gif (25 Oct 05)
  BW/PRR GBBG1 4-C-C+C-C-4.
  BW/PRR E44, E22, and E11 Electrics.
  BW/EMD GM6c, GM4b, GM2a.
  BW/Baldwin/PRR Oil-Fired Turbine-Electric Class CCCC.

[Moved to page 6 on 11 Oct 04 and expanded.]
  BW/PRR RCCR1 4-D+D-D+D-4 "Millipede".
  BW/PRR BP120 4-D-D+D-D+D-D+D-D-4 "Millipede II".

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 6:
  BW/Baldwin/PRR Oil-Fired Turbine-Electric Class CCCC.

[Moved to page 6 on 11 Oct 04 and expanded.]

On the Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha Page 1:
  NORTHEAST CORRIDOR FREIGHT ENGINES.
  LEWELLEN NORTHERN GARRATTS
  CSXT AC100CBW and NSC CB100W-10 10,000 horsepower locos!
  EMD SW-13 Switchers

On the Berlinerwerke Guest Apocrypha Page 2:
  Parker Parodies - loco research by Karen Parker

(moved from this page to the BW Guest Apocrypha Page 2 on 16 Jan 04).

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).


Here's a 1935 Berliner nameplate given to me on 28 Jun 2004 (it's actually a 50x35mm (~2"x~1¼" minature replica); it's from the Berliner Maschinenbau AG (Berliner Machines Builder, Inc.), a firm that was formerly (vormals) the firm of L. Schwartzkopf of Berlin:

BerlinerMaschinbau

Does anyone know from what model it came (the Märklin HO and Z-scale (1:220) stamping press on the 2001 Museum Cars were from Firma Schuler AG)?

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 and BW-EMD F-45 and FP-45 Variations, on Apocrypha page 4.


BW/PRR ASS 0-4-4-0 Articulated Switcher.   new.gif (28 Jan 04)

The PRR Motive Power Department was looking for a quick fix for the ever-increasing loads in the port and warehouse districts of New York City and Philadelphia before making a serious committment to dieselize and needed something much more powerful than the A5 0-4-0 and yet every bit as agile in the tight curves around these areas.  At their wits ends, they casually mentioned the problem to George Ersatz of the Berlinerwerke, a frequent visitor; George immediately hit on an idea he ran past his brother, Ira, and the result was instantly accepted by the Pennsy people and set to work at the BW.  Motive Power found two old A5 engines, the boiler was taken from C1 0-6-0 #6556 (no, it was NOT scrapped), and a tender scrounged from a B6sa on the scrap line; all these were put in a box and shaken - well, not quite, but the two A5 engines were modified with an articulation joint, the C1 boiler was minimally altered with the addition of steam lines for an extra set of cylinders, and the generator and first stack were moved forward to make room for the stack for the second engine.  The result was quite an attractive little single-expansion articulated with double the tractive effort of an A5 at almost no significant cost to the PRR and with minimal delay:

BW/PRR ASs 0-4-4-0 Artic Sw
(28 Jan 04 image by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

As a special version of a Class A, the loco was given a special Class Number, ASS, Class A, Special, superheated, and kept the C1's road number (6556).  Immensely popular with switching crews, the loco was nicknamed the Burro and labored mightily in late wartime service but it's eventual disposition is unknown; it is rumored to be on the bottom of New York's Outer Harbor, having supposedly fallen off the end of a PRR Marine Division car float on it's way down to Meadows Yard for service and not deemed worth the salvage cost, pioneering 0-B-0 diesel A6 #3905 having come on the scene by this time.


BW/PRR AA½ 0-2-2-0 Articulated Switcher.   new.gif (23 Oct 05)

Looking for ways to make the Pennsy A5 switchers even more flexible without sacrificing power, Ira hit upon a novel way to articulate the loco and persuaded poor old George to get Motive Power to have a go at it.  Incredibly, they agreed and tired, old A5 #913 and a scrapped twin were requisitioned, cut up, and reassembled with Ira's novel inside main rods (connected from the inner sides of the crossheads directly to the driver cranks) as PRR Class AA½, a most-unusual 0-2-2-0:

BW/PRR AA½ 0-2-2-0 Artic Sw
(23 Oct 05 image by and © 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The weirdest part of this story is that, not only did Motive Power try the fool thing, it WORKED!  Puttering around the maze of dock, warehouse, and factory leads around the Philadephia waterfront, #913 (as rebuilt) lasted well up to the end of Pennsy steam.


BEDT #1718 0-4-4-0T Articulated Tank Switcher   new.gif (24 Oct 05)

This is decidedly odd; I am supposed to be rather knowledgeable about both the BerlinerWerke and the Brooklyn Eastern District RR (BEDT) but it seems there were two even newer locos on the BEDT!  Not only that, but they survived, in miserable shape, and the Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum in Parrish, Florida, which is restoring #12, found the pitiful remnants of both.  They were #17 and #18, typical BEDT Porter 0-6-0T tank switchers, and, with the inestimable help of the BW, the FGCRM has reassembled them into a single 0-4-4-0T which is now up and running:

BEDT #1718 0-4-4-0T Artic Sw
(24 Oct 05 image by and © 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

I can't imagine how this unit ever got by me but, whatever you do, do NOT contact the FGCRM about #1718 - for some strange reason, they would deny all knowledge of it - and do please remember on what pages you saw this!).


BEDT #1920 0-6-6-0T Articulated Tank Switcher   new.gif (25 Oct 05)

No sooner did word get out about the old BEDT 0-4-4-0T #1718 than I started getting rumors of yet another oddity at Parrish; sure enough, it seems there were another two BEDT Porters lost to posterity until the FGCRM guys found them (they sure are a close-mouthed bunch down there).  Seems that #19 and #20 had also survived, but in excellent condition (except that one had a rusted-out backhead).  The two were grafted together, very much like #17 and #18, but as an 0-6-6-0T, #1920:

BEDT #1920 0-6-6-0T Artic Sw
(25 Oct 05 image by and © 2005 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It's simply amazing what turns up if you just know where to look (but the same caveat about the FGCRM very much applies, however).



BW/PRR GBBG1

The Northeast Corridor Freight Engines noted on Guest Apocrypha page 1 are a direct rip-off from the famed Berlinerwerke special heavy dual-service electric engine George and Ira Ersatz worked up during WWII for the Pennsy.  How Bob Ellsworth thought he could get away with this is quite beyond me, although I had quite forgotten about the GBBG1.  Utilizing components rebuilt from worn-out GG1s, the BW cobbered up this heavy hauler:

BW/PRR GBBG1
(28 Sep 04 image reworked by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after K. Parker - all rights reserved)

Two pans were required to assure full current draw; this loco was quite a sight running full tilt through reverse curves or crossovers pulling long troop trains or massive loads of armor and other heavy materiel.

I found the original drawing:   (restored 04 Oct 04)

BW/PRR GBBG1 Side Elev.
(RR Paint Shop image reworked 28 Sep 04 by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after J. Bélanger - all rights reserved - based on artwork from Joshua Moldaver's The Railroad Paint Shop)
[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image;
the full image will require significant horizontal scrolling!]

[I was unable to get through to either Jacques Bélanger or Josh Moldover for permission to post this drawing after over a week of trying.  Josh and his contributors have always been most accomodating in the past, so I have risked their displeasure and posted this anyway; if they object, I will have to remove it and apologize.]



BW/PRR E44, E22, and E11

Poking around in the old BW files, I ran across these PRR class diagrams of the standard E44 electric and Ira Ersatz's smaller versions, the E22 and the E11:

PRR E44
(PRR image reworked 29 Sep 04 by S. Berliner, III
courtesy R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

BW/PRR E22
(29 Sep 04 image by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after PRR/R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

BW/PRR E11
(29 Sep 04 image by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after PRR/R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

[My thanks to Rob Schoenberg for the use (and abuse) of the PRR E44 locomotive diagram from his fabulous and comprehensive PRR pages.]

Rob thought that the E11 would look great pulling the ancient Pennsy two-axle dynamometer car diagrammed on his site but I thought it would look better with a late-model scale test car; you decide:

E44 Dyno
(PRR images reworked 29 Sep 04 by S. Berliner, III
courtesy R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

E11 Scale Test
(29 Sep 04 image by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after PRR/R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

I found lots more but am awaiting permissions to post them.



BW/EMD GM6c, GM4b, GM2a

Poking around on Josh Moldover's The Railroad Paint Shop) site, looking for E-33 or PRR E44 drawings (none there that I could find), I ran across the GM6c electric; AHA!  I seemed to recall that one of Ira's last gasps (or that of an acolyte using his initials, since Ira died before the GM6c really got going) was related to this unit.  Sure enough, some diligent searching unearthed the base drawing and the smaller GM4b and GM2a:

GM6c
(RR Paint Shop image reworked 28 Sep 04 by S. Berliner, III
- all rights reserved to The Paint Shop)
[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image.]

GM4b
(RR Paint Shop image reworked 28 Sep 04 by S. Berliner, III
- all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image.]

GM2a
(RR Paint Shop image reworked 28 Sep 04 by S. Berliner, III
- all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image.]

Ira was simply the most prolific and amazing guy!  You name it; he worked on it.

[Apparently the 1975 GM6c (and the 1976 GM10b) demonstrated on Conrail but were never put into production; I think I got it confused with the Muskingum Electric's E-50c and other similar GE units.]



BW/Baldwin PRR BW/Baldwin/PRR Oil-Fired Turbine-Electric Class CCCC

[Moved to page 6 on 11 Oct 04 and expanded.]



BW/PRR RCCR1 4-D+D-D+D-4 "Millipede"

Poor Ira Ersatz was so volatile and erratic that he was quickly declared Persona Non Grata at Broad Street and at Altoona; George did all the negotiating with Pennsy management and the Chief of Motive Power and was well liked and respected.  When electrification was to be extended beyond Harrisburg to Pittsburgh, George was called in about a super-power electric engine capable of pulling any train then in service uphill around the Horseshoe Curve unassisted.  Brain-storming with Ira, he hit on a super-GBBG1, a monster 4-D+D-D+D-4; since it could easily be designed and assembled from existing GG1 drawings and hardware, Motive Power gave the Berlinerwerke the green light and the fabled "Millipede" was constructed:

BW/PRR RCCR1 Millipede
(RR Paint Shop image reworked 03 Oct 04 by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after J. Bélanger - all rights reserved - based on artwork from Joshua Moldaver's The Railroad Paint Shop)
[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image;
the full image will require significant horizontal scrolling!]

[I aam still unable to get through to either Jacques Bélanger or Josh Moldover for permission to post this drawing after over two weeks of trying.  Josh and his contributors have always been most accomodating in the past, so I have again risked their displeasure and posted this anyway; if they object, I will have to remove it and apologize.]

This unit was extensively tested on the complex trackwork in and around Zoo Tower in Philadelphia in the dead of night and was found to be eminently tractable and was soon certified for road service.  Unfortunately, as we all know, electrification did NOT proceed beyond Harrisburg and the unit never saw main line service and was apparently scrapped out.



BW/PRR BP120 4-D-D+D-D+D-D+D-D-4 "Millipede II"

What with competing roads coming up with all sorts of diesel super-power (UP's DD35, etc.) and with the downgrading of the BP60 "Centipede" fleet to BH50 pusher service, the Pennsy was getting antsy for something to outclass all other power.  The Berlinerwerke's George Ersatz had long felt that Baldwin had a true winner in the Centipede and that the Pennsy simply hadn't utilized it properly, so he invited the top design engineers from Baldwin and closeted them for a long weekend at Cresson with Ira Ersatz and the BW's design team; the result, with vastly-improved turbochargers and liberal use of chrome and Stellite facing, was a 4-D-D+D-D+D-D+D-D-4 behemoth capable of outpulling anything ever built.  In fact, just as it had been with the "Big Liz" FF1 electric of 1917, the only KNOWN limit was drawbar and draftgear strength.  Motive Power jumped at the idea and the Class BP120 was commissioned and quickly executed:

BW/PRR BP120 Millipede II
(03 Oct 04 image by and © 2004 S. Berliner, III
after PRR/R. Schoenberg - all rights reserved)

[Thumbnailed - click on the picture for a larger image;
the full image will require significant horizontal scrolling!]

[My thanks to Rob Schoenberg for the use (and abuse) of the PRR BP60/BH50 locomotive diagrams from his fabulous and comprehensive PRR pages.]

[Here we go again with weird graphics; sorry.  My drawing, the thumbnail of which which doesn't even show on my own screen, definitely is on a white background but sometimes comes up against a dark blue background here!]

Dubbed the "Millipede II", this locomotive far exceeded all expectations.  However, early one morning, pulling an enormous unit train of Pennsylvania farm manure headed out to the midwest westbound through the Horseshoe Curve, a newly-qualifed engineer, still inexperienced with the raw, brute power of this beast, overcompensated for the resistance of curvature as the engine entered the right-hand curve up at the crest above the Curve, even though he was out on Track 4, and pulled the throttle just a bit too far out.  The result was spectacular and disastrous and Altoona stank for weeks afterward; the whole train pulled inward at the center and tipped over, spilling thousands of tons of ripe manure onto Tracks 3, 2, and 1, and almost wiping out K4 #1361 on display in the park in the process!  The Pennsy immediately withdrew the engine from service and returned to using pushers and mid-train helpers.  The BP120 was split into two more manageable BH60a units but, as more and more BH50s were scrapped out, parts became harder and harder to find and the units were also cut up (as far as we know).


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).   new.gif (03 Oct 06)

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!


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-ŕ-vis the Big Boy, etc.!  Doncha just love it!


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)!



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