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Apocrypha Continuation Page 9


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 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.


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.


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.

- - -

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 8 (03 Feb 2006):
  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 this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 9:   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).

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 10 (23 Feb 2006):
  More Apocryphal Miscellany, including the
  NPC/BW (4-4)+4 Cab Forward Articulated. (23 Feb 2006)
  Whiting Track Speeder with JAP engine. (03 Mar 2006)
  Vulc-Hand Crank-Pneumatic Handcar. (04 Mar 2006)
  Rhunian State Railways's 665A-001. (09 Mar 2006)
  PRR Zippo Hippo. (09 Mar 2006)
  Poppet Valves and Worse. (22 Mar 2006)

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.


APOCRYPHAL MISCELLANY

(10 Feb 2006)

Ira Ersatz had spells when things didn't go well for him at all; it made life very difficult for his brother, George, indeed.  One time, when George was away on an extended trip, the Pennsy asked if the BW (Berlinerwerke) could whip up a quick, inexpensive six-coupled grasshopper pusher to move those big leased Santa Fé locos at Renovo Yard.  Imagine George's dismay to return and find this monstrosity at work (10 Feb 2006):

HopperPusher
(Old postcard doctored 10 Feb 06 by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

You never knew with Ira!


When the PRR/LIRR/WIRR Z6s 4-2-2, and another obscure little loco we haven't located yet, were on their last legs, the Pennsy asked the BW about some really small, high-speed diesels to replace them, to pull the Piker and Oscar and the 007 hack and similar diminutive cars.  Ira got right on it and, with some help from ALCo, the BW quickly turned out two 150HP V-2 cowl units, the famed FA-0.1 and PA-0.1 (11 Feb 2006):

ALCoBW/FA-0.1 ALCoBW/PA-0.1
[11/17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger (FA-0.1) and S. Lytle (PA-0.1)
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]

[These images are based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".
There MUST be a limit to how much of this they can stand!]

You haven't lived 'til you've heard a 2-cylinder 244 burbling away (and seen one smoking it up)!  I understand that these were later upgraded to turbocharged 200HP V-2 251s and may still be in service somewhere.

Well, it didn't take long for the Pennsy to overload these little gems and they were rather embarrassed; it would have made more sense to just get an FA-2 and a PA-2 but they'd already invested in the silly FA-0.1 and PA-0.1, so they asked George to consult with Ira and suggest a way out.  The obvious answer was an FB-0.1 and a PB-0.1 (16/17 Feb 2006):

ALCoBW/FB-0.1 ALCoBW/PB-0.1
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger (FB-0.1) and S. Lytle (PB-0.1)
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]

[These images are based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

Paired up, the FA-0.1 and FB-0.1 and the PA-0.1 and PB-0.1 worked out just fine:

ALCoBW/FA/FB-0.1

ALCoBW/PA/PB-0.1
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger (FA/FB-0.1) and S. Lytle (PA/PB-0.1)
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]

[These images are based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger and Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

As far as is known, these magnificent little lokeys are still puttering away.


With the success of the FA/FB-0.1 and the PA/PB-0.1, the LIRR wondered if the same idea wouldn't work just as well with a variant on their Fairbanks-Morse opposed-piston CPA-20-5 and CPA-24-5 dual power C-Liners.  George was called in to Morris Park and posed the question and he ran it by Ira with the the now-famed CPA2.4-5 and CPB2.4-5 being the answer (17 Feb 2006):

FM-BW/CPB-2.4-5 FM-BW/CPA-2.4-5
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]
(Click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures)

[These images are based on the outstanding work of Jacques Bélanger on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

The Long Island, however, never ran either unit alone, buying and operating them in matched pairs, the CPAB-2.4-5:

FM-BW/CPAB-2.4-5
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]

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


Next thing you knew, along came the New Haven with the same idea, this time about their FL-9 dual powered diesels.  Ira came up with these FL-0.9A and B units (17 Feb 2006):

FM-BW/FL-0.9B FM-BW/FL-0.9A
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Bélanger (FA/FB-0.1) and S. Lytle (PA/PB-0.1)
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]
(Click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures)

[These images are based on the outstanding work of Stan Lytle on Joshua Moldover's
"The Railroad Paintshop".]

The NH, also, bought and operated the FL-0.9s in matched pairs, the FL-0.9AB:

FM-BW/FL0.9AB
[17 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after S. Lytle
on J. Moldover's "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]

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

Ira was dependable in one way, at least; he never failed to come up with imaginative solutions to odd problems.


One of the very first really large Ersatz locos was a conversion back in the late-'20s of a giant ALCo-GE Milwaukee Road class EF-5 semi-permanently-coupled, four-unit boxcab electric [(2-B+B)+(B+B)+(B+B)+(B+B-2)] from a straight electric to a dual-powered locomotive by the simple expedient of having GE rearrange the electricals to make room for two Ingersoll-Rand 300HP oil engines (diesels - right out of the early ALCo-GE-IR 100-ton boxcabs.  The huge electric body shells had more than enough room for this arrangement and GE provided generators that produced the same 3,000 volts DC that the pans drew from the pioneering overhead catenary.  GE also provided automatic switching gear so that the fireman could simply throw a switch to change over from pans to diesel.  Standard ALCo-IR air starting gear kicked over the engines.  Two I-Rs in each of four units gave a 2,400HP rating (as contrasted with the 13,760HP under maximum catenary power and the speed under diesel power was basically little more than a crawl.  The earliest AGEIR units were already capable of being fitted for MU operation.  The experimental four-unit loco was designated class OF-5 (Oil-Electric / Freight) (18 Feb 2006):

note-rt.gif  I seem to have outfoxed myself here -
the drawing is so huge (130Kb) that not much shows at 1-pixel line weight;
for your convenience, I added separate images of the A and B units, following.]

ALCo-GE-IR-BW MILW OF-5
[18 Feb 2006 image and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Moldover on his "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]
(Click on thumbnailed image for MUCH larger picture -
which will require considerable horizontal scrolling)

Here are the A and B units separately:

ALCo-GE-IR-BW MILW OF-5A ALCo-GE-IR-BW MILW OF-5B
[18 Feb 2006 images and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Moldover on his "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]
(Click on thumbnailed images, at ~40 and ~30Kb respectively, for larger pictures -
which will require considerably less horizontal scrolling)

Although the loco could start heavy trains and move them at drag speed under diesel power, the disparity between performance under wire and by diesel was simply too great to be worth reproducing the loco.  As soon as 375HP I-R engines became available in 1928, they were substituted (3,000HP total), followed by 400HP and then 450HP I-R engines in 1931 and (3,200 and 3,600HP total), but the incremental increases, however staggering per engine, were nowhere near adequate for full road service and the project was dropped before 900HP I-R engines came out in 1936 (not that even they would have been near enough at "only" 7,200HP total).


ALCo was requested to come up with a fully-waterproof RS-1 road switcher that could run safely in flooded areas.  GE's charges to develop fully-waterproof traction motors was more than ALCo or the customer were willing to bear and they called in George Ersatz, who was, quite frankly, stumped.  Then he remembered ALCo's interest in the diesel-pneumatic (compressed air) drive system, but how to fit that into a diesel chassis?  Leave it to Ira!  He grafted a big Heisler engine into the RS-1 where the electrical generator had been, ripped out the steam generator and used the small hood for a huge compressor, driven by a shaft running under the center-line of the cab directly from the diesel engine, piped the air to the Heisler cylinders under the seat boxes, and put stock heavy Heisler gearboxes on the inner axles and side rods outboard of the truck frames.  By using waterproof grease on all moving components below the level of the walkways, he thus gave the client an RS-1 that could easily and safely ford several feet of water (19 Feb 2006):

ALCo-BW-HeislerRS-1DPH
[18 Feb 2006 image and © 2006 S. Berliner, III, after J. Moldover on his "Railroad Paint Shop" - all rights reserved.]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

This odd contrivance worked well enough but the economy of the weird propulsion system was no better than the Russian Lomonosoff loco or the German V-32-001 and it was eventually converted back (with quite some difficulty) to a stock RS-1.


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


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 11.

[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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