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GG1 Apocrypha Page 3


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

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[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

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
  Pennsy Dual-Service Heavy-Freight Triplex II   new (05 Jul 2017)
  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 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 this 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!.
  GG1 Burdick Nightmare.
  GG1 JJ1 and JJ1A (08 Oct 2012/06 May 2014).
  GG1 MM1 Double Mountains.   new (04 Jul 2017)


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.

Jeff's work (mania?) started with a site put up by a Swedish gentleman named Peter Cornéer, http://hem.bredband.net/petcor/.  Peter's site is simply amazing and well worth your while to visit.   aded (04 Jul 2017)

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


You may recall from the preceding page that the D17 was too long and the X4 was far too extreme, unable to pull on hills, BUT what you may NOT know is that the poor little X4 was kept in service west of Philly on the nearly-level electrified Main Line, stationed with a loaded coal hopper to refuel any steamer the engineer and fireman of which were foolhardy enough to run out of coal in that area:

X4w/Hopper
(02 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The Pennsy's punishment was swift and sure; the offending crew had to HAND-shovel the coal out of the hopper into their tender!


MP21A-series Cars - Jeff Delhaye found drawings for a whole series of PRR MP21 passenger-service cars for "service to an exclusive, secluded, resort on an electrified twisty mountain branchline".  Based on the M21 Oscar and Piker cars, "ULW built the MP21 MU cars and they were retrofitted with diaphragms after a few years of service.  While the well-to-do resort clientele appreciated the convenience of the MP21 cars, they also expressed a desire for a more 'Deluxe' service, with dining cars, observation lounge cars, and Pullman sleepers.  Checked baggage, express shipments, and mail were carried in a variety of head end cars".  "After a switching accident, which damaged three MP21's, ULW rebuilt them into a three-unit articulated coach".

Here are two original cars, the MP21 (without diaphragms) and an MPO21 observation-lounge:

MP21 MPO21
((Images courtesy J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved))

This was the three-unit articulated coach:

MP21X3
(Images courtesy J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Here are the two head-end cars:

MB21 MBM21
((Images courtesy J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved))

Well, that was then and all seemed well, but, well, all was not well.  After a while, passengers, who loved the service in all other ways, began to complain bitterly of the choppy ride of the bobber-style underframes and the PRR Passenger Service Department asked George Ersatz if the Berlinerwerke could help.  The upshot was that Ira Ersatz came up with miniature two-axle trucks and the entire fleet, with the exception of the baggage and baggage-mail cars, was rebuilt with two four-wheel trucks:

MP21a MPS21a
(05 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

MPB21a MPO21a
(05 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

In addition the three-unit coach set was modified:

MP21ax3
(05 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The service became so popular that the little diner couldn't handle the demand and the BW came up with a new articulated diner:

MPD21a
(05 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Even that unit didn't have enough capacity, so a two-unit diner was built:

MPD21b
(05 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

For heavy freight too big for the baggage car, a Mini-Mite flat car was provided, as was a Mini-Stack car for the occasional 20' container:

Mini-Mite Mini-Stack
[06 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer (barely) - all rights reserved

Jeff Delhaye discovered a two-unit MP21 electric inspection set (on six-wheel trucks); the Ersatz take on them was a bit different:

MP21InspSetII
[07 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer (barely) - all rights reserved

The brass might as well enjoy themselves while working, eh?


In addition to the regular Stacker, the PRR had the BW develop an ultra-high-speed well unit, the Stacker II, for special movements:

StackerII
(06 Jun 2008 images by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)


Jeff has added a Military page to his site.  In line with that and the Army-Navy GG1s on the preceding page, I cooked up (roughly) this U. S. Coast Guard GG1:

USCG-GG1
(06 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

In another attempt to provide an electric locomotive that could operate in flooded areas, without the traction motors shorting out, Ira came up with the DD7, with two big electric motors coupled to air compressors which in turn ran a huge V-8 Heisler engine driving gearboxes on the four driver axles:.

DD7HeislerV8
(06 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Although an eminently workable locomotive, Maintenance was not very happy with THAT rig!

Jeff no sooner saw the DD7 than he ransacked the files of the Union Locomotive Works and found the Climax equivalent, the DD8:

DD8Climax
(06 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The Heisler wasn't meant as a challenge to Jeff but, in hindsight, I realize it was not something he could resist.

Similarly, I no sooner saw the DD8 than I ransacked the BW files and found the Climax II, the DD9, which the Pennsy commissioned to get more power and to go back to an all-electric power source:

DD9ClimaxII
(06 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

A request to provide a smaller jackshaft unit led Ira to put forth this 2-4-0+0-4-2 (2-B+B-2) Side Rodder:

240042SideRod
(06/07 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Whoops, dearie!  The 2-4-0+0-4-2 side rodder image got corrupted and, in correcting it, I realized that there was a predecessor loco, the straight electric version:

240042Electric
(07 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

For operations off the end of track (rail), especially in their logging operations in north-central Pennsylvania, the Pennsy needed a locomotive capable of pulling any log train and Ira Ersatz came through with a GG1 sitting on the tried and true WWII chassis (two of 'em, reduced in size) of the German Mörser Karl, a huge tracked siege mortar that was slung between two giant railcars in Schnabel fashion for long-hauls.  Since it was far easier to string wire than to lay track, even temporary track, a track layer made sense.  It wasn't fast but could it ever pull:

GG1TrackLayer
(07 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

The motto of the Track Layer's crew was "HAVE WIRE - WILL TRAVEL!".

Back in 1887, the Holman Locomotive Company of Philadelphia built what can only be described as a deliberate stock swindle; a locomotive so ludicrous as to defy all logic.  It did, however, get past the U. S. Patent Office, which issued Patent No. 597,557 to W(illiam). J(ennings). Holman on 18 Jan 1898, a small excerpt of which is shown here:

HolmanPatentDwg
(Excerpted from U. S. Patent No. 597,557)

The basic idea was to be able to run a loco faster without over-speeding the engine; this was to be accomplished by placing a "Locomotive Speeding Truck" under each pair of drivers, reducing the driver speed by putting a pair of medium-sized idler wheels under each driver and a pair of small contact wheels between each idler and the rail.  The whole concoction raised the loco "'way up in the middle of the air".  Not only was an actual example built, but Baldwin then built another one for the Holman Locomotive Speeding Truck Company in 1897; was Baldwin part of the swindle?

In his waning years, Ira Ersatz became interested in the Holman schema and figured he had a better way; by using much smaller wheels, and spreading them so as to "wedge" the drivers between the idlers and the idlers between the contact wheels, the chances of slippage were greatly reduced, the load could be spread, and the overall height of the whole rig drastically dropped.  George, trying to humor his failing brother, persuaded (conned) Baldwin and the Pennsy to sacrifice an old GG1 for the project with this appalling result:

HolmanSpeeder
(07 Jun 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Driver size was reduced to keep the monstrosity within vertical gage.  For more on the origin of this "idea", see Doug Self's Holman Horror page.

A photographer happened to be in the right place when a supercharged GG1 was being tested; this was quite recently and the PCB transformer oil had been flushed out and replaced and the unit put back in service during development of the high-power, high-speed GG1 derivatives noted herein.  When the throttle was slammed home, the front truck accelerated like crazy while the brakes on the rear truck jammed tight.  The tires on the rear truck wheels rapidly overheated and welded themselves to the rails with this appalling result:

GG-Whiz
(06 Oct 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Once the elastic limit of the components was exceeded, this was the sad fate of the historic locomotive:

GG_Whiz
(06 Oct 2008 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

You can bet heads rolled on the test crew and at the museum!

Inspired by the Ruhnian State Railways (RSR) 0-2-0T Burdick Nightmare, Ira Ersatz, Jr., had a hand in this abberation:   new.gif (06 Jan 09)

GG1-BurdickBNightmare
(06 Jan 2009 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Double-shelf Tightlock couplers were a must!


GG1 JJ1 and JJ1A - I just (07 Oct 2012) realized that the JJ1 boxcab shown on Jeff's site is not the right unit.  It's a double Prairie 2-6-2+2-6-2; now that wheel arrangement was not normally used on the Pennsy (although there may have been an earlier J-class Prairie ca. 1880-90).  The J-class which most people associate with the PRR was the huge Texas type 2-10-4 based on the WWII C&O design.  Checking the volumious BW files disgorged the true JJ1 boxcab:
  new (08 Oct 2012)

GG1-JJ1
(08 Oct 2012 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Wonderful as the JJ1 was, it was a bit stiff in curves and the BW rebuilt it as an articulated unit, the JJ1A:

GG1-JJ1A
(08 Oct 2012 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Oh, TOO funny!  Look again!  Those two aren't JJ1s (2-10-4+4-10-2) at all, they are double Berkshires (2-8-4+4-8-2)!  Although the PRR DID have M1 4-8-2 Mountains, it never had 2-8-4 Berks.  Leave it to the resurceful BW Art Dept.; here are the correct versions (06 May 2014):

GG1-JJ1
(06 May 2014 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

and:

GG1-JJ1A
(06 May 2014 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Regardless of configuration, those ARE handsome beasts!  Best of all - no one ever caught this!


Its three years later but the Berk-Mountain question preceding caught my eye once again and a quick check of the Berlinerwerke Art Dept. files revealed that of course there were double Mountain MM1s!   new (04 Jul 2017)

GG1-MM1
(04 Jul 2017 image by S. Berliner, III, after J. Delhaye, after P. Cornéer - all rights reserved)

Did you really expect there NOT to be?


- - - * - - -

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 and Berlinerwerke GG1 Apocrypha Page 2.

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

 



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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