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Apocrypha Continuation Page 8


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.


INDEX

  [Truncated - see the BW Apocrypha Index.]

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

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On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 7 (23 Jan 2006).
  9,000HP GE-BW Turbine (B-B+B-B)-(B-B+B-B)-T (23 Jan 2006).
  9,000HP UP Turbine (B-B+B-B)-T-(B-B+B-B) (23 Jan 2006).
  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 (23/25 Jan 2006).
  16,000HP GE-BW Turbine (C-C+C-C)-(C-C+C-C)-T (23 Jan 2006).
  20,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D+D-D)-(D-D+D-D)-T (27 Jan 2006).
  18,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D)-(D-D)-T (27 Jan 2006).
  PRR S3 6-10-6 Turbine (28 Jan 2006).
  PRR BH50T 2-D+D-2 Centipede Turbine #5821 (30 Jan 2006).
  PRR HH2 1-D+D-1 (28 Jan 2006).
  Shay Geared Handcar (30 Jan 2006).

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 8 (03 Feb 2006/converted 25 Feb 2017):
  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-4 (03 Feb 2006).
  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-6. (03 Feb 2006).
  CP/BW Super Duper Selkirk (Auld Kirk) 2-4-6-8-10-12 (05 Feb 2006).
  PRR/Baldwin/BW 8-8-8-8 Duplexii (09 Feb 2006).

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 9 (10 Feb 2006):
  Apocryphal Miscellany, including the
  ALCo-BW FA/B-0.1 and PA/B-0.1 (11/16 Feb 2006), the
  FM-BW CPAB2.4-5 (17 Feb 2006), the
  EMD-BW FL-0.9 (17 Feb 2006), the
  ALCo-GE-IR MILW OF-5 (18 Feb 2006), and the
  BW-ALCo-Heisler RS-1DPH (19 Feb 06).

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.


CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-4 (03 Feb 2006)

The Canadian Pacific wanted a super-powered drag freight loco for the eastern foothills of the Rockies and asked Montreal Locomotive Works to build one.  MLW, in turn, called on the BW and George Ersatz.  One requirement was to use CP surplus; Ira found that there were some T-1c 2-10-4 Selkirks available and came up with this monster 2-10-10-4, the TT-1 Selkirk II (Super Selkirk):

SelkirkII
02 Feb 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger
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 Jacques Bélanger on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop"; I am unable to contact Jacques.]

Lengthening the T-1a Selkirk firebox and main courses, putting two chassis together, and making a giant tender out of old ones (on 8-wheel trucks) resulted in a perfect solution.  To keep the semi-streamlined look, Ira put the front of the walkways on the pilot.  When the CP dieselized, the unit went to the Ferrocarriles de Coulońesantos, where it is still running as far as I know.


CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-6

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The Canadian Pacific then asked MLW for a bigger firebox to match the drafting capability of that giant boiler, so they turned to the BW and George Ersatz once again.  Ira easily came up with another monster, the 2-10-10-6 TT-1a Selkirk III (Super Selkirk):

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

[This image is also based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

Lengthening the TT-1 Super Selkirk firebox and fitting a heavy 6-wheel trailing truck did the trick.

Well, Karen Parker sent me this supposed "photo" of the Super Selkirk and, while it is a beautiful job, it is NOT the TT-1 but a Canadian Pacific stylist's rendering, showing a lengthened boiler front and a stream-styled single stack and steam dome (05 Feb 2006):

ersatzSelkirkIIIphoto
04 Feb 06 image by K. Parker - all rights reserved)

There's no way that could ever have worked; that bullet nose would have hung half-way across the next track any time such a beast was on an inner track on a multi-track curve!  Now, that set me to thinking, though, and I tasked the BW Art Dept. to look for the original photo and, sure enough (they never seem to fail me), here it is (05 Feb 2006):

SelkirkIIIphoto
04 Feb 06 image by S. Berliner, III after ('way after!) K. Parker - all rights reserved)

However, don't let all this fooferaw get to you; there's much worse to come!


CP/BW Super Duper Selkirk (Auld Kirk) 2-4-6-8-10-12 (05 Feb 2006)

With all those Selkirks sitting around around and the TT-1a languishing after being displaced by multipled diesels on long-distance freights, CP Motive Power was wondering if the BW could do anything with that expensive boiler and all that running gear that would help them out on twisty branch line work where the 10-drivered lead engines just couldn't hack it.  George threw the problem to Ira the way you throw a bone to a dog and he responded quickly and impressively.  Knowing of the CP's interest in the Pennsy Multiplex - the fabled Wopsononock Class YNOT 2-4-6-8-10-12, Ira found that one would just fit under the Super Selkirk and, using some of the surplus Selkirks and their tenders, he came up with an absolutely-unbelievable loco, the enormous Z-1 Super Duper Selkirk, which the old Scots in Motive Power quickly dubbed the "Auld Kirk" for its use of so much old Selkirk equipment:

Z-1AuldKirk
04 Feb 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a VERY much larger image,
which will require quite a bit of horizontal scrolling!]

[This image is also based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

Ira stuck a wide-beam headlight in the middle of the front walkway on the pilot where the articulation of the lead engine truck gave the effect of a steerable headlight without the mechanism and complexity (CP Maintenance liked that) and dispensed with a trailing idler truck since the loco was rarely ever backed down (and never at speed) except to couple on to a train; switchers made up all the trains for long-haul work.  MLW (ALCo) lateral-motion gear eased the 5-axles through curves and pointwork.  The weight of the huge oil tender (cobbered up from two old Selkirk tenders) was carried on the 10-wheel engine truck, with the weight of the cylinder and saddle partially offset onto the rear of the 8-wheel engine truck.  Using the old Multiplex trick of having a canteen to automatically pump liquid into the trailing engine cistern kept the level (and thus the traction of that engine) constant.  However, since the cistern and the canteen were both for fuel oil, Ira gave the beast lots of water by the simple expedient of grafting four old Selkirk tenders together to create a huge water canteen; both canteens were semi-permanently coupled together and to the cistern/rear engine.

The Auld Kirk was quite a sight snaking through branch line reverse curves!


PRR/Baldwin/BW 8-8-8-8 Duplexii (05 Feb 06)

Dennis Becker, who is a great fan (no pun intended) of the Pennsy S2 turbine, asked me about the PRR's gigantic S1x 8-8-8-8 Duplex and I misunderstood, assuming automatically that he meant the S2x 8-8-8-8-8 Duplex Turbine.  Sure enough, the BW files disgorged PRR class drawings of both locos:

S1xDiagram
07 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

S2xDiagram
09 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

No streamling or streamstyling for these babies, though; both were styled after the well-received S2 turbine, functional, elegant, and accessible!

Dennis thought these ran into Penn Station but they could never have fit through the Hudson or Steinway tunnels; they had to come into Sunnyside yard by running up the Hudson on trackage rights and then down across the Hellgate Bridge on the NY Connecting RR .  However, in order to reach Manhattan when the tunnels were expanded (which never came to pass), all eight axles on their enormous tenders were fitted with traction motors and third rail shoes so they could come in from Manhattan Transfer and on to Sunnyside under their own "steam" (deliberate pun) without violating NY City's anti-smoke ordinances.

Both these designs relied VERY heavily on Ira's licensed adaptation of the ALCo lateral motion gear, giving extremes of curving capability on such incredibly long rigid wheelbases.

Dennis had heard that, instead of having a round boiler, the S1x had a much flatter profile.  The firebox was called a Beltrio (compaired to a Belpaire) and the loco had a side exhaust ("ck" standing for "cocked Kiesel") and a forward mounted cab that was so low, the engineer felt like he was dragging his butt on the ties (who knows, maybe he was!).  Damn!  All that secondhand smoke must really getting to Dennis.... !  That was definitely NOT the S1x; the BW Art Dept. is checking the files even as we speak for the S1ck, the actual unit to which Dennis referred.

Aha!  They found it!  It's WEIRD; you can look right into the four Kiesel star-shaped exhaust nozzles!  I sure wouldn't want to be a Pennsy track-walker caught up on a tunnel walkway or in a pass-by on the right (wrong!) side of the loco as it blasted by in one of the tunnels.  But, once the S1ck was equipped with tender traction motors* and third-rail shoes, that problem became a moot point:

S1ckDiagram
07 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

It had a full height cab, though, riding atop the air compressor housing.  The loco was an oil-fired unit and that system that George had devised for the PRR/BW T3 Shark, with a color video camera with a quartz lens shield to monitor firing in the firebox on a color TV screen at the fireman's station in the forward cab, as well as automatic remote sanding of the flues, was applied to this loco with the same outstanding results.  Maintenance of the boiler was expedited by the simple expedient of hinging the forward cab to give full access to the boiler front.

There is absolutely no question whatsoever that the unit Dennis had in mind was one S1ck loco!

PRR Motive Power, which had been looking into the diesel-pneumatic (or diesel-compressed air) concept pioneered (most unfortunately) by Krupp on the Lomonosoff principle, in which a diesel runs a huge compressor which sends compressed air to the cylinders of a steam engine, asked Baldwin if they could build such.  BLW turned to the BW for help just when the S1ck was finally ready to be scrapped with a bad boiler and the result was the incredibly-strange marriage of left-over Baldwin Centipede components on the S1ck chassis, resulting in the class S1dp (Diesel-Pneumatic):

S1dpDiagram
09 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

When Pennsy Marketing saw that flat front, like on the original SP cab-forwards, they threw a hissy-fit, so BLW and the BW scrambled to revise the nose with readily available Centipede components with this startling result (09 Feb 2006):

S1dpRebuilt
09 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

I'd completekly forgotten about this but the BW Art Dept. found a later revision to the S1dp class drawing which reminded me.  The rebuilt S1dp hadn't been out on the road very long with the Centipede cab when a runaway flat loaded with depleted uranium slabs clobbered her; the damage to the front end from the impact was minimal but the slabs cut loose and smashed the cab beyond repair.  The only cab readily available at Baldwin was from a Shark and the only metal shop that could stretch and shrink already-assembled sheet metal to fit a new cab to the existing body was up at Elmer B. Fuddle's place in West Thudpucker, Rhode Island.  He fiddled around some and came up with this (10 Feb 2006):

S1dpRebuiltII
10 Feb 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed image - click on the picture for a larger image]

Coincidentally, Dennis says he saw her there then (how could he NOT - she's bigger than the whole state!).

The Germans didn't like the Diesel-Pneumatics, the Russians didn't like them, and (surprise!) neither did the Pennsy.

[* - Does anyone know a recipe for tender traction motors?]

{Stay tuned!}


[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!


Because the BW Apocrypha, RSR (Ruhnian State Railways) Apocrypha, and Guest Apocrypha indices exceeded the capacity of the individual pages and the main Apocrypha index, they are now presented in full on separate pages; the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index (including the Guest Apocrypha Index) and the RSR Apocrypha Index.

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


As always, you know you can count on the BW to find totally-unbelievable info.


note-rt.gif - Any attempt to inject an element of reason into this series of pages will be forcibly rejected!


{Stay tuned!}


More tales follow on the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page .

[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)!

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)!



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