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Apocrypha Continuation Page 7


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 (partial)

On the main Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page:
  Eerie Multiplex 2-4-6-8-10-12, "Old 9999".
  PRR Z6s Arctic 4-2-2.

On Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 0:
  PRR/BW DD3 Boxcab Triple-Power Diesel-Electric Locomotive 2-B+3-3+3-3+B-2.
  PRR/BW DD3 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!
  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.

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 the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 5:
  BW/PRR ASS 0-4-4-0 Articulated Switcher.
  BW/PRR AA½ 0-2-2-0 Articulated Switcher.
  BEDT #1718 0-4-4-0T Articulated Tank Switcher
  BEDT #1920 0-6-6-0T Articulated Tank Switcher.
  BW/PRR GBBG1 4-C-C+C-C-4.
  BW/PRR E44, E22, and E11 Electrics.
  BW/EMD GM6c, GM4b, GM2a.
  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 from page 5 on 11 Oct 04 and expanded.]
  BW/Baldwin/PRR Class T3 Oil-Fired Cab-Forward.
  BW/Baldwin/Virginian 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplex.
  The ELEGARNT (Elegant Energy-Efficient Elephant-Garratt)
  12,000HP SD90MAC2.
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1.

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 7:
  9,000HP GE-BW Turbine (B-B+B-B)-(B-B+B-B)-T.
  9,000HP UP Turbine (B-B+B-B)-T-(B-B+B-B).
  12,000HP GE-BW Turbine [(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)+(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)]-[(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)+(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)]-T.
  16,000HP GE-BW Turbine (C-C+C-C)-(C-C+C-C)-T.
  20,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D+D-D)-(D-D+D-D)-T.
  18,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D)-(D-D)-T.
  PRR S3 6-10-6 Turbine.
  PRR BH50T 2-D+D-2 Centipede Turbine #5821.
  PRR HH2 1-D+D-1.
  Shay Geared Handcar.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 8:
  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-4.
  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-6.
  CP/BW Super Duper Selkirk (Auld Kirk) 2-4-6-8-10-12.
  PRR/Baldwin/BW 8-8-8-8 Duplexii.

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).


Before I start, 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.


9,000HP GE-BW Turbine (B-B+B-B)-(B-B+B-B)-T

The UP was not happy with their 8,500HP turbines; they were stressed to the limit and it was not deemed safe to try to push them any further.  George Ersatz suggested to Ira that they look into a way of getting a slight boost in power with much higher reliability.  Ira came up with two tried and true 4,500HP turbines back-to-back, trailed by a huge tender on 8-wheel trucks (funny that no one at the UP remembers this one):

GE-BW 9,000HP Turbine

22/23 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"; I was unable to contact Josh, Steve, or Stan.]


9,000HP UP Turbine (B-B+B-B)-T-(B-B+B-B)

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As it turned out (as I was gently reminded by Karen Parker), the UP found a similar way to upgrade power by hooking two 4,500HP turbines to either end of a standard oil tender; Karen found this on page 31 of Turbines Westward by Thos. R. Lee, published in 1975; a photo credited to the Union Pacific there depicts turbines X59 and X60, semi-permanently coupled with a common tender to make a 9,000 HP locomotive.  The UP made modifications to 59's air intakes and designated it as the trailing unit after experiencing difficulties in tunnels.  The pair operated in this configuration from Jul 1958 through the end of Nov 1958.  Ultimately, the decision was made to MU turbines with diesels when extra power was needed [thanks, Karen].

George and Ira knew all about this, of course, and were rather ticked, since it meant no income for them; here's what they were up against:

UP 9,000HP Turbine

23 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"; I was unable to contact Josh, Steve, or Stan.]


12,000HP GE-BW Turbine [(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)+(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)]-[((A-1-A)-(A-1-A)+(A-1-A)-(A-1-A)]-T

In an effort to better even that set, Ira cranked out this 12,000HP jobbie but George just couldn't get the UP Motive Power people to take it seriously (I can't imagine why):

GE/BW 12,000HP Turbine

23 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"; I was unable to contact Josh, Steve, or Stan.]

Ersatz ideas are not always appreciated, it seems.


16,000HP GE-BW Turbine (C-C+C-C)-(C-C+C-C)-T

Diligent searching in the BW files turned up UP Motive Power's reasons for rejecting the 12,000HP turbine; not only was it just "too damn long" but they didn't like the extra-long A-1-A trucks nor did they like the extra-large (and heavy) traction motors to spread the 12,000HP across "only" 16 wheelsets.  Never one to give up easily, Ira set to work and came up with a locomotive that utilized newer, lighter, and more-powerful turbines, higher-output traction motors in the standard frame, and the advantage of heavier rails being laid on the UP system.  Using a shorter C truck with three traction motors spread the grand total of 16,000HP across 24 axles, as well as shortening the overall length:

GE/BW 16,000HP Turbine

25 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]
{My thanks to Karen Parker for the trucks and ideas.}

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"; I was unable to contact Josh or Steve but finally heard from Stan.  More information on the status of the Paintshop should follow soon.]

Motive power was thrilled with this unit (their only concern was drawbar strength) and placed an immediate order with the Berlinerwerke for a prototype.  Unfortunately, turbine bucket technology still wasn't up to the task and the incredible reliability of diesel lcomotives soon led to cancellation of the whole project.


20,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D+D-D)-(D-D+D-D)-T
{the horsepower race proceeds apace}

Based on the favorable reception of the 16,000HP unit and the availability of even more powerful turbines, Ira went ahead and laid out a 20,000HP loco on D-type trucks (with radial steering - far ahead of their time):

GE/BW 20,000HP Turbine

26 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"

The disposition of this unit has proven difficult to ascertain.


18,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D)-(D-D)-T
{the horsepower race abates}

There's more!  When poor George Ersatz walked the 20,000HP in to the office of the UP's Chief of Motive Power in Omaha, the chief roared at George "No, NO, NO!", so loudly that his voice could be heard on both coasts, unamplified!  The Chief sure did like that huge tender, though.  Poor George beat a hasty retreat, came back to the Berlinerwerke, and screamed bloody murder at Ira, who was mortally offended.  Things eventually simmered down and Ira cranked out an 18,000HP design on single D trucks:

GE/BW 18,000HP Turbine

27 Jan 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Karnes and S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image.]

[This image is based on the outstanding work of Steve Karnes and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"

Unfortunately, by then the UP had had it with turbines and issued the specification for giant double-engined diesels that led to the GE U50, ALCo C-855, and, of course, the famed EMD DD-35 and, later, the DDA-40X Centennials.  That effectively froze the BW out of Omaha for a while but Ira had the satisfaction of seeing the basic D truck (without radial steering) used under the EMD DD-series.

To inject an uncharacteristic note of historical (rather than hysterical) reality here, Karen Parker reminded me that the GE U50s were built on the span bolsters and B-B trucks of some of the original 4,500 HP turbines, and the U50Cs that followed used trucks from some of the later 10,000 HP "Big Blow" turbines (thanks, Karen).  Further, lest you collapse scoffing at some of the above units, Marre notes that the 30 8,500HP turbines, 1 through 30, were actually upgraded to 10,000HP and sometimes were even run in pairs at 20,000HP!


PRR S3 6-10-6 Turbine #6106

When Altoona got wind of all this turbine activity, it called in George Ersatz to see if their S2 6-8-6 could be improved upon.  Ira got right on it, the PRR was impressed, and a prototype of an extended S2 with an extra driver, more heating area, heavier turbines and gearing, and ALCo lateral motion gear, was fabricated (and how) by the Berlinerwerke.  Since the Pennsy had no class for any such odd wheel arrangement, they stuck with the S-class and called it the S3, road number 6106:

PRR/BW S3 Turbine #6106
(27 Jan 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It proved to be quite a good runner but, as with the UP, turbines were no longer in vogue and a production order did not ensue.

Speaking of turbines, Karen Parker, impatient to see what I would concoct, came up with her own, a 6-6-6-6 duplex turbine!  This is a magnificent effort and I posted it to her section on my Guest Apocrypha but feel it deserves to be repeated here:

PRR Duplex Turbine
(27 Jan 2006 image by K. Parker - all rights reserved)

Ya gotta hand it to Karen; this is one of the best yet; magnificent!


PRR BH50T 2-D+D-2 Centipede Turbine #5821

I recalled that when Pennsy Class BH50 Centipede #5821 was due to be scrapped, George borrowed it and Ira installed twin (smaller) turbines; all I could locate was this grainy old photo:

PRR Duplex Turbine
29 Jan 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It really wasn't worth the trouble; fuel consumption was still horrendous and the unit ended up scrapped anyway.


PRR HH2 1-D+D-1

Long before all this, Altoona wanted a heavy electric drag freighter also capable of decent speed out on the road, and asked George if their L5 1-D-1 could be used as a basis.  George brought the question back to Ira, who quickly worked up an American version of the Swiss "Crocodile" 1-C+C-1, an articulated side-rodder with beefed-up L5 components in a 1-D+D-1 configuration:

PRR/BW HH2 1-D+D-1 #9300
(28 Jan 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on picture for larger image]

Like FF1 "Big Liz" and the ex-GN FF2s, the HH2 was one of the few Pennsy juice-jacks to run with BOTH pans up.  Putting the first driver axle outboard of the jackshafts and traction motors lengthened the truck wheelbase but gave better balance and riding.

The hoods were mounted on the driver trucks, which were articulated on a common pair of drawbars, and the cab rode between the hoods just like the Crocodile.  Pennsy blind inner driver tires and ALCo lateral motion gear kept the long truck wheelbase tractable and a prototype was erected and sent to the Altoona Test Plant, where it passed with flying colors.  It was quickly put out on the road as #9300 and, since the Swiss already used the name "Crocodile" and "Alligator" was the name of a steam crosshead (and a medium had told the Superintendant of Motive Power that there would someday be a long-snout ALCo RSD-15 of that name) and it had been designed and built so speedily, it soon became known as the "Insti-gator"!  Widespread acceptance of the GG1 as a dual-purpose locomotive and adoption of the E44 rectifiers soon left the HH2 an orphan.


Shay Geared Handcar

The Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario has a most-unusual (amazing, even) historical RR artifact and they aren't even aware of its significance!  Without knowing what they got, they acquired the only known surviving example of Ephraim Shay's original geared handcar!  Developed for mountainous logging country, it enabled two brawny loggers to easily crank their way up (and down) the steepest grades and still haul line cars with tools and supplies:

Shay Geared Handcar
(30 Jan 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It wasn't very fast, but could it ever climb and lug!

Uh, oh!  Those folks at Smiths Falls, in spite of their calling, have no regard whatsoever for historicity!  Look what they went and did to the Shay handcar!  Some yo-yo converted it to a tracklayer:

Shay Geared Handcar
(03 Mar 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

If you thought it was slow and had fantastic trac(k)tive effort before, you should see it operate now!

My apologies to Smith Falls; that was NOT a conversion.  They have a rotating exhibit of handcars (wonder why no one there realizes?) - see page 10.


More tales follow on the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 8.

[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.


 


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).


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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