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Apocrypha Continuation Page 11


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.

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On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 10:
  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).

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 11:
  Ruhnian State Railways - con't'd..
  ALCo-BW DH-16220 "Big Time" A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H
  ALCo-BW DH-16220 "Big Time II" A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H
  ALCo-BW DH-18240 "Big Time III" A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I
  BW 2-4-6-8-10-12 "Shayntipede" 6-TruckLogger

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 12:
  BW-Moldover A-B-C-D-E-F-G Scale Test Car.
  BW 6-truck V8 Heisler 2-4-6-8-10-12 (13 May 2006).
  ALCo-BW Centipede Scale Test Car (13 May 2006).
  BW-PRR RT1 Compound (14 May 2006).
  BW-Ingalls-GM&O Turret-Cabs (15 May 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.


EVEN MORE APOCRYPHAL MISCELLANY


Ruhnian State Railways - con't'd.

The RSR's Marek Luršimonš page is now done, but it is GROSSLY inaccurate as to the Class K 2-Cylinder Fink System Articulated Locomotive #303!!!  That locomotive and it's odd engine were redesigned by no less than Ira Ersatz himself when he was VERY young (people tend to forget just how old the Ersatzs really were)!  This was one of Ira's very first European commissions and even one of his earliest commissions from any client.

Ira was quite fluent in Ruhnian and drew up the modification in Ruhnian; some clod in the Kraußwerke mistranslated it into schweres Deutsch such that the resulting drive system was the appalling Rhät-Fink drive; no wonder it didn't work correctly!  When they used two Dereks to hoist the chassis, they replaced the elements incorrectly, including some of the original, instead of the Berlinerwerke replacement, elements!

Needless to say, it didn't take me very long to find Ira's original drawing:

RSR #303 RSR-BW #303
(left image by B. Clubb/RSR | right image 24 Apr 206 by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after B. Clubb/RSR - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures]

As one can readily see, Ira specified concentric hollow layshafts and his very first radial steering bogie for the rear two axles.  By crossing the drive through the layshafts, all would have worked out magnificently on reverse curving had the job been done correctly!

Sorry to throw a monkey wrench (spanner) into Marek's otherwise magnificent œuvre!

Incidentally, Ira also had a go at an RSR Unfairly Bogey, sticking two of Marek Luršimonš's K units together and utilizing Ersatz radial steering bogies to allow the two chassis and the tender to articulate on curves - RSR #808 (07 Jun 2007):

RSR-BW Unfairly Bogey #808
(06 Jun 07 image by and © 2007 S. Berliner, III after B. Clubb/RSR - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture]

It is not known if the fool thing actually worked or not.

The BW reworked an RSR Beyer-Peacock Class 115a Beyer-Garrett 2-5-1+1-5-2 (4-10-2+2-10-4) for heavy goods working on steep grades and stiff curvature by moving the boiler to the left and fitting a huge 4-cylinder Shay engine to create the RSR/Beyer-Peacock/Berlinerwerke Class 115š Beyer-Garrett šay (Shay).  It should qualify as few others ever have for an award of some sort (let us not dwell on just WHAT sort)!

RSR-BW-BP115s [Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture]
(28 Apr 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after B. Clubb - all rights reserved)

With that giant boiler offset to the left, even the huge 4-cylinder Shay engine couldn't balance the loco, so Ira plonked four WABCO #5026 cross-compound air pumps along the right side where the 115a's cylinders had been (I used actual photos of 5026s but they don't show all that well at that reduction).  Note that the trim on the boiler front was removed and the cistern extended back as close to the boiler front as possible to increase water capacity (the front plate is now radically radially hinged for access in such a cramped location - for retubing, it is only necessary to split a switch, throwing the boiler front off center) (29 Apr 2006).

{More RSR info. follows}


ALCo-BW DH-16220* A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H Diesel Hydraulic Loco - Inspired by the success of the earlier 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplexii steamers, George Ersatz asked his brother Ira if they could propel EMC² and the Berlinerwerke to even greater fame and fortune with a gigantic diesel version.  Ira cogitated on that for a while and came up with a most-ingenious locomotive, the stupendous ALCo-BW DH-36220 Diesel Hydraulic.  With all major components drawn from the proven C-855 Diesel Electric and DH-643 Diesel Hydraulic "ALCohaulic" and licensed by Voith, Ira predicated an A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H wheel arrangement under a huge integral fuel tank inside a hollow frame and even inside hollow span and truck bolsters, thus keeping the center of gravity as low on the rails as possible while enabling close spacing of the wheelsets.  The idea took fruit and caught on and the resulting demonstrator was quickly dubbed the "Big Time" and toured the U.S., Canada, and Mexico; unfortunately, not even the UP or a consortium of the Pennsy, Central, and New Haven, could afford the beast and she was rented out to power-hungry railroads as necessary before meeting an ignominious end.

In concept, the locomotive was basically a heavily-modified set of four C-855 and C-855B bodies (from the UP's #60-61 B-B+B-B series), each housing the usual pair of ALCo 251C 2,750HP 16-cylinder engines, for a resultant 22,000HP total, driving Voit hydraulic pumps, sitting on a series of span-bolstered trucks with 36 axles (72 wheels).  Each axle carried its own Voith hydraulic motor so that the entire underframe and bolster volume was available for fuel tankage.  This novel approach, combined with quite-comfortable, capacious, and commodious on-board crew quarters (at the rear), allowed the Big Time to run non-stop coast-to-coast with a three-man crew rotating shifts at the throttle.

ALCo-BW 'Big Time' A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H
(28 Apr 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III
before S. Lytle and J. Moldover (see legend on drawing) - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and be prepared to scroll, and scroll, and scroll!)
[Will Stan Lytle (or Josh Moldover) ever forgive me?]

As with the C-855, there was no room under the crammed hoods for sand boxes, so they were placed externally, ouboard of the handrails, making for an exceptionally "bus" (cluttered) look.

However, after two crewmen froze to death in the Rockies, and then one starved to death out on the Great Plains, trying to work their way between the two cabs, Ira had a cowl body fashioned from old PA-PB units:

ALCo-BW 'Big Time II' A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H
(29 Apr 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III
before S. Lytle and J. Moldover (see legend on drawing) - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and be prepared to scroll, and scroll, and scroll, again!)
[I really doubt Stan Lytle (or Josh Moldover) will ever forgive me, now!]

The outer skin just fit over the external sand boxes, so they were retained as fitted.

This history was a bit out of whack; one K. Parker sent me an ersatz Ersatz drawing of a supposèd DH-12140* Big Time III:

ALCo-BW 'Big Time II' A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H
(30 Apr 2006 image by K. Parker in violation of © 2006 S. Berliner, III
after S. Berliner, III after S. Lytle and J. Moldover (see legend on drawing) - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and be prepared to scroll, and scroll!)

In trying to debunk it, I found all sorts of new information in the inexhaustible BW files.  It seems that the Big Time crews, both BW demonstration staff and client RR men, refused to share the cab and accomodations (nor to lose the shower!) and that configuration never saw the light of day.  Double-ended cabs also meant more expense and that idea was also nixed (especially as it was not necessary - the Big Time could turn on any wye that could accomodate a UP Big Boy or 4-12-2, SP Cab Forward, Pennsy Duplex, or any other long-wheelbase loco).

The Big Time III DH-18240* - what really DID happen was that BW Engineering found a way to tweak the 16-cylinder 251C a wee bit more, without sacrificing reliability, from 2,750HP to 3,000HP, and that kind of pushed the limits of adhesion and wheel loading more that just a wee bit, so a new configuration of trucks was tried.  Thus, the Big Time III actually had an A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I truck arrangment, or 45 axles (90 wheels)!  Tbe idea that Tri-Mount trucks had to have the assymetrical spacing of a diesel-electric C truck is assine; BW hydraulic motors were quite compact and were mounted coaxially, so equi-spaced axles (as on A-1-A trucks) were quite acceptable (in fact, the spacing was dictated by loading, not motor size).

ALCo-BW 'Big Time III' A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I
(08 Apr 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III
after S. Lytle and J. Moldover (see legend on drawing) - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and be prepared to scroll, and scroll, and scroll!)
[I don't know about Josh Moldover but Stan Lytle seems to have forgiven me - what a great sport!]

* - ALCo counted HP and wheels per truck (maximum in these cases).

The Big Time that was lost was thus actually the Big Time III; when she fell off a bridge into the Mississippi River, she spanned the whole river and the Corps of Engineers then used her as the underwater foundation for a new bridge.

The inquiry into her loss showed that, although ALCo lateral motion devices on the last (E, F, G, H, and I) trucks were more than adequate for normal curving and grade changes, those last trucks were woefully sensitive to bad rail alignments and they derailed on a faulty expansion joint as she entered the bridge.

Incidentally, even Ira's best efforts could not tame the 251's famed penchant for earning the sobriquet "honorary steam loco"; if she had not been lost, the client RRs and the BW would have been slapped with many summonses for the prodigeous amount of black smoke she emitted under load.

The BW always claimed the Big Time was the world's biggest and most powerful single-unit locomotive; as far as is known, there is no challenge to this claim (except for the SD-90MAC's power).  She was probably also the only loco a hostler could con in reverse from an easy chair, a comfortable bed or a kitchen sink (I'm not sure about the shower)!

This investigation has been perhaps the most exhaustive (and exhausting) of all those done to date and it is earnestly hoped that the hard facts uncovered are well worth the author's (and the reader's) effort.


For shayme, I'd completely forgotten about Ira's attempt to break into the logging market!  Yup, the 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplex referenced above triggered the flurry of activity that uncovered his old drawing of the BW's six-truck "Shayntipede" 2-4-6-8-10-12 Shay logger:

BW 'Shayntipede' 2-4-6-8-10-12
(09 Apr 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III
after B. Johnson and J. Brandt (see legend on drawing) - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and scroll away)
[Lytle did Brad or Jobst know to what depths their excellent work would lead!]

Although the boiler is a tad shorter than preferable, jacking the pressure and the superheat temperature 'way up easily overcame this "short"coming and, with its big four-cylinder Shay engine, the Lytle monster could outpull anything in the woods.  Unfortunately, it could also straighten out any curves and collapse any bridges loggers could erect, not to mention snapping knuckles and ripping out draft gear all over the place, so it was not exactly a commercial success.  As for disconnects (paired disconnected log bunks, on which logs were chained and formed the "car body"), fuhgeddaboudit!  Rumor hath it that she's still working away out there, somewhere; let me know if you spot her, please (I can always use a good laugh).


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 .

[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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