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GG1 Apocrypha Page 2


THE BERLINERWERKE GG1 APOCRYPHA

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This page sponsored jointly (lots of 'em) by the
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and the
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(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).  Similarly, I can logically expect that the GG1 Apocrypha will get out of hand and so have created separate pages for it.


INDEX

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

For the rest of the BW Apocrypha, see the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index Page.

On Berlinerwerke GG1 Apocrypha Page 1:
  GG7hi
  GG16 dome-lounge
  Peter Cornéer's Original GG1 (Tuscan Red)
  GG1 in DGLE (Dark Green Locomotive Enamel (so-called "Brunswick Green")
  DD4
  Z2wtf
  Z2 with a pan
  Z2 Boxcab
  BW version of GG16 dome-lounge
  InGGalls Turret Cab - An Ersatz Ingalls!
  Prototype #4899-cum-4800 GG1 boxcab
  Self-Propelled GG1 Schnabel
  Queen Mary (PRR 47025) GG1
  GG1 Bi-Level
  Self-Propelled GG1 Schnabel (Tuscan)
  P7 Set
  Pennsy Dual-Service Heavy-Freight Triplex
  GG1 Steam Turbine
  FF3 Lil' Liz
  II3 Big Liz II
  II3 Big Liz II Articulated
  GG1-Based Electric 250-ton Crane
  Electic Rotary Plows
  G10a with Wedge Plow
  Pennsy Self-Propelled LCL Unit
  GG1 Variant for Mine Service
  2-4-6-8
  2-4-6-8-10
  2-4-6-8-10-12
  Stacker High-Speed Branch-Line Container Delivery System
  BW Ersatz E10i Inspection Car
  RSR Class 323-2i Inspection Car
  Ingalls/Raymond Loewy/Brooks Stevens Inspection Car
  Philly Stepped-Seating Open GG1
  Viewliner Two-Car Electric MU Set "Kittaning View"

On this Berlinerwerke GG1 Apocrypha Page 2:
  E10.
  E10 Engineer Training Locos.
  Super-InGGalls.
  Narrow Gauge GG1.
  Franco Crosti.
  GG1 Steam Turbine.
  GG1 Electro-Steam Shay.
  BW GG1 Big Boys.
  Army-Navy GG1s.
  GG1-based Centipede.
  PRR-BW DD5.
  GG1 Jack Shaft Side-Rodder.
  DD6 Jack Shaft Side-Rodder.
  E10 with Oscar and Piker.
  D17 with Oscar and Piker.
  X4 with Oscar and Piker.
  X5 with Oscar and Piker.
  II4 Jack Shaft Side-Rodder.
  PRR-BW Walking Shoe Locomotive.

On Berlinerwerke GG1 Apocrypha Page 3:
  X4 with Hopper.
  MP21A-series Cars.
  MP21 Inspection Set.
  Stacker II.
  U. S. Coast Guard GG1.
  DD7 V-8 Heisler.
  DD8 Climax.
  DD9 Climax II.
  2-4-0+0-4-2 Side Rodder.
  2-4-0+0-4-2 Electric.
  GG1 Track Layer.
  Holman Speeding Truck Locomotive.
  GG-Whiz - oops!


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.


THE BERLINERWERKE GG1 APOCRYPHA


Well, the whole BW Apocrypha may have started with the secret project and the DDP45 noted above but an e-mail dated 02 Apr 2008 at 01:50 (AM) and with the catchy subject: "Bizarre GG1 Derivative images" did indeed catch my eye and Jeff Delhaye (http://www.wideopenwest.com/~cbq9911) started me off on a whole new series of bizarre/strange derivatives of the PRR GG1 locomotive.  Jeff's include steam turbine, gas turbine, and Diesel versions, in wheel arrangements from 0-4-0 to well, - totally ridiculous; we'll let you, the reader, decide what to call mine.

For Delhaye fans, Jeff's "What's New" page is a must-see!

[The E10 and E10 training locos were moved here from GG1 Apocrypha page 1 on 29 Apr 2008.]


Not many are familiar with the PRR's excellent little E10, from which the E10i was derived:

e10
(26 Apr 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Ira got George to convince Pennsy brass to try this engineer's training car (left), in which he grafted a second cab to the front of an E10, but it didn't work out - the view was not the same as on a GG1, so he tried again, removing the front cab and enlarging the rear of the regular E10 cab for instructor's use (right):

e10train e10trner
(26 Apr 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The Pennsy so liked the InGGalls Turret Cab unit that they asked George for a bigger version, although they had no desire to repeat the turret cab aspect, so Ira got busy and the result was this Ersatz Super-InGGals:

inggals2
(29 Apr 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Model RR buddy (and top N-scaler) Dave McConnell felt this version "may be a more practical arrangement"; I'll let you decide:

Inggalls2a
(15-16 Jul 2008 image by D. A. McConnell, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The lettering leaves a bit to be desired, though!

For a while there, it looked like the Pennsy was going to electrify its narrow gauge lines in Pennsylvania; Ira created a narrow gauge GG1 for the purpose:

gg1-naga
(30 Apr 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Of course, as we all know, electrification never flew.


The Franco Crosti boiler was designed in the 1930s by two Italian engineers, Attilio Franco and Dr. Piero Crosti, and first used in Belgium.  Boiler water is preheated by exhaust gases in a special feedwater heater and fed at full boiler pressure into the main boiler, thus utilizing remanent energy in the exhaust gas.  Jeff Delhaye came up with a GG1 variant on this scheme but the Pennsy's Engineering Department rejected it because two sets of cylinders were rearward facing and they'd had it with that idea back with the Q1.  Essentially a semi-permamnently coupled double-ender, the PRR decided that, since it could be turned on any wye that could accommodate an I1 or J1, it could be single-ended:

francros
(02 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed long image for larger one]

The regular rear cab was simply too far away from the rear buffer beam for safe yard work so a hostling cab was tucked into the back end.


One of many attempts to introduce a modern steam turbine into the Pennsy's ranks was this novel design by Ira Ersatz of the Berlinerwerke.  After all the failures elsewhere , notably the UP, the N&W (Jawn Henry) and the C&O, to utilize pulverized coal, Ira went for oil firing.  Based on the tried and true GG1 chassis, with its proven electrical system, Ira fitted a GE Medium Steam Turbine Department unit with a flash boiler from the Doble Steam Motor Corporation (makers of the luxury Doble steam auto).  He imported an extended Henschel condensing tender refitted to hold oil instead of coal and riding on standard BW GG1-derived trucks.  Because of the fatal propensity of turbines to gulp fuel at alarming rates when idling or running slow, a diesel engine-generator set was tucked in the nose for such service, spooling the turbine up to speed before steam was admitted when running fast:

gg1sturb
(07 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
{slightly revised 09 May 08}
[Click on thumbnailed long image for larger one]

With all its advanced features, George had no trouble convincing the PRR's Motive Power folks to give the beast a try, but it never saw volume production.


Jeff Delhaye came up with a huge 4-truck GG1 boxcab Shay, built for the Pennsy by Union Locomotive Works, but he seems to have missed Ira Ersatz's amazing chef d'œuvre on the same chassis, the PRR Electro-Steam Shay:

ulbwshay
(08 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Intended for the proposed electrification of the PRR's logging operations in north-central Pennsylvania, it heated a pair of big Doble flash boilers with resistance elements fed from the pan (a flash in the pan?).


Jeff added a GG1 Big Boy 4-8-8-4 steamer which the BW just HAD to doctor; the BW converted her for oil firing and upgraded the tender to an Altoona-style Centipede; the PRR had turntables big enough to obviate the need for an UP/NYC type of ALCo rear overhang):

bwbigboy
(10/11 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed long image for larger one]

Not content with that, George Ersatz II jumped on the idea and convinced Motive Power to try an electrified version for the Pennsy's wide-ranging oil fields; Ira, Jr. fitted a battery of big Doble flash boiler elements into firebox and converted the tender to all-water, with this electrifying result:

bwelbigboy
(11 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed long image for larger one]

Like the ex-GN FF2s, this was one of the few Pennsy e-loks to run with both pans up.  The idea flew, as did the loco, but not for very long; I can find absolutely no evidence of her in the PRR disposition papers.


Jeff sent along this info.: "It’s a little known fact that Altoona produced a prototype of an armed, armored, GG1 for the U.S.Army, for possible defensive use on the Northeast Corridor.  Locomotive saw little use, and all trials were at night, so no publicly available photographs exist of the locomotive.  Locomotive is rumored to still exist, somewhere deep inside the grounds of the Aberdeen Proving Grounds".  Well, it wasn't there when I worked there in the '50s and there was no sign of it there when I visited the Ordnance Museum on 10 Apr 2008, but the image looked more to me like the Navy's version.  So, in my usual fashion, second-guessing Jeff, here are the WWII (Altoona, December 1941) Army-Navy Game locos:

GG1-Army GG1-Navy
(20 May 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

There may be more to this story but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you.


Elsewhere, there's a so-called GG1 electric Centipede; that's no Centipede!  Now, THIS is a Centipede:

GG1Centipede
(21-23 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger one]

This unit is just great on really twisty mountain branches; one just must have a VERY light hand on the throttle!


George Ersatz didn't particularly care for the DD4, so he put Ira to work, with this result, the DD5:

DD5
(23 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

I think Ira succeeded in coming up with an elegant-looking loco.


One of Ira's most successful adaptations of the GG1 was a jack shaft and side-rod drive, which George had no trouble selling to the more conservative brass at Broad Street for a trial:

gg1siderod
(28 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

While it was a sweet runner, it offered little advantage over the quill drive and added dynamic augment, so there were no follow-on orders.

That GG1 jack shaft side-rodder only logically led to a twin eight-wheeler, the DD6:

dd6siderod
(29 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The comments about the GG1 jack shaft side-rodder applied equally to the DD6; good as they were, neither was the BW's most successful effort.


Some of you may remember Walthers' original HO-scale Oscar and Piker, as shown on my Berlinerwerke Apocryphapage 3 (they are again available, but now in plastic).  Well, George Ersatz liked the concept so much that he had Ira translate it to 12"=1' for use behind the Pennsy's little E10 in tortuous branch line service:

E10/Oscar/Piker
(29/30 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)
{minor revisions 31 May 08}

Cute lil' buggers in PRR livery, ain't they!

The E10 was far too long for such service, so the D17 was tried instead:

D17/Oscar/Piker
(31 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Even the D17 was too long so Ira came up with a special loco, the X4:

X4    X4/Oscar/Piker
(31 May 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The X4 was far too extreme, unable to pull on hills, so Ira went back to the drawing board and came up with the highly-successful X5:

X5    X5/Oscar/Piker
(31 May 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Actually, all four of these mini-locos were rebuilt with rear diaphragms for a smoother look and easier, safer access between the cabs and the cars and designated E10P, D17P, X4P, and X5P:

E10p/Oscar/Piker
D17p/Oscar/Piker
X4p/Oscar/Piker
X5p/Oscar/Piker
(16 Jul 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)


Those jack shaft side-rodders looked so good on paper that Broad Street authorized the BW to build a heavy 2-E+E-2 freighter, Class II4:

II4Green
(30 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Although intended for high-speed Main Line use, she ended up in hump service in electrified yards.


The power of the II4 notwithstanding, there were circumstances where the Pennsy needed more tractive effort than steel wheel on steel rail could handle; George Ersatz came up with a solution that Ira and the BW brought to fruition - the Walking Shoe Loco, a derivative of the DD6, in which the drivers were omitted and rail-head grippers on side rods substituted, such that the locomotive pulled itself along at crawl speed, with its tractive effort basically limited only by drawbar strength and rail/roadbed integrity:

WalkingShoe
(30 May 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Extra weight was placed in the frame to keep the loco from "hopping" as the grippers actuated and a three-axle truck added to carry the weight out on the line.  The center axle on the middle truck was fitted with a small traction motor to allow the loco to move at speed under its own power on main lines and in yards.  Motive Power was unable to come up with a Whyte System classification for this one; in desperation, they termed it a 4-X-6-X-4, PRR Class X6.

You really had to see this beast in operation; ludicrous as it looked, it could pull anything from stumps to entire trains derailed inside single-track tunnels.

- - - * - - -

That's it for the nonce.

{more to follow}



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 GG1 tales precede on Berlinerwerke GG1 Apocrypha Page 1.

[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 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
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)!



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