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Apocrypha Continuation Page 12


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

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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 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 (partial)

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

On Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 0:
  PRR/BW DD3 Boxcab Triple-Power Diesel-Electric Locomotive 2-B+3-3+3-3+B-2.
  PRR/BW DD3 Boxcab Dual-Power   "Drei-Eis" Dry-Ice-Electric Locomotive 2-B+2-2+B-2.   new.gif (21 Jan 06)
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1 dual-powered B-C.   new.gif (14 Jan 06)
  Berliners Bessere Biffi und Biffisch (moved from main BW Apocrypha Page on 11 Oct 04).
  Genesis Redivivus!.
  BW-BLW-GE-WEC-PRR GG2.   new.gif (16 Dec 05)

On Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 1:
  GC&E #13 13-truck Shay!
  4-Truck Heisler V8
  Steam Motorcars

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 2:
  PRR V1 Rocky 4-14-2 {moved from preceding page 07 Mar 99}.
  BW V2 Hiss Bomb.
  PRR Genesis Engine (unlikely!).
  PRR Centipede Engine 4-D-D-4 (even more unlikely, but oh, 'tis true, 'tis true!).
  "Big Hooker" double-ended 250-ton Tunnel Crane

and new pix of NYC 2x120-ton prototype.
  Super Garratt, BW-UP Garratt Boy, and BW-UP Bigger Boy.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 3:
  BW Climaxiii (moved here from page 1 on 19 Apr 03)
  Double-Sided Shays.
  Piker and Oscar.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 4:
  Soviet Class AA20 4-14-4!
  Parker Parodies - loco research by Karen Parker

(moved to BW Guest Apocrypha Page 2 on 16 Jan 04).
  Pennsy Multiplex - the fabled Wopsononock Class YNOT 2-4-6-8-10-12.
  BW/Lima/C&O T-6 4-14-6 Doppelgänger.
  BW/PRR Zoo 4-14-6 Doppelgänger.
  BW-EMD F-45 and FP-45 Variations.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 5:
  BW/PRR ASS 0-4-4-0 Articulated Switcher.
  BW/PRR AA½ 0-2-2-0 Articulated Switcher.
  BEDT #1718 0-4-4-0T Articulated Tank Switcher
  BEDT #1920 0-6-6-0T Articulated Tank Switcher.
  BW/PRR GBBG1 4-C-C+C-C-4.
  BW/PRR E44, E22, and E11 Electrics.
  BW/EMD GM6c, GM4b, GM2a.
  BW/PRR RCCR1 4-D+D-D+D-4 "Millipede".
  BW/PRR BP120 4-D-D+D-D+D-D+D-D-4 "Millipede II".

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 6:
  BW/Baldwin/PRR Oil-Fired Turbine-Electric Class CCCC.

[Moved from page 5 on 11 Oct 04 and expanded.]
  BW/Baldwin/PRR Class T3 Oil-Fired Cab-Forward.
  BW/Baldwin/Virginian 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplex.
  The ELEGARNT (Elegant Energy-Efficient Elephant-Garratt)
  12,000HP SD90MAC2.
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 7:   new.gif (23 Jan 06)
  9,000HP GE-BW Turbine (B-B+B-B)-(B-B+B-B)-T.
  9,000HP UP Turbine (B-B+B-B)-T-(B-B+B-B).
  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.
  16,000HP GE-BW Turbine (C-C+C-C)-(C-C+C-C)-T.
  20,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D+D-D)-(D-D+D-D)-T.
  18,000HP GE-BW Turbine (D-D)-(D-D)-T.
  PRR S3 6-10-6 Turbine.
  PRR BH50T 2-D+D-2 Centipede Turbine #5821.
  PRR HH2 1-D+D-1.
  Shay Geared Handcar.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 8:

  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-4.
  CP/MLW/BW Super Selkirk 2-10-10-6.
  CP/BW Super Duper Selkirk (Auld Kirk) 2-4-6-8-10-12.
  PRR/Baldwin/BW 8-8-8-8 Duplexii.

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

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

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 11:
  Ruhnian State Railways - con't'd..   new.gif (28/30 Apr 06)
  ALCo-BW DH-16220 "Big Time" A-B-C-D+E-F+G-H   new.gif (28 Apr 06) and rev.gif (08 May 06)
  ALCo-BW DH-16220 "Big Time II" A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H   new.gif (08 May 06)
  ALCo-BW DH-18240 "Big Time III" A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I   new.gif (08 May 06)
  BW 2-4-6-8-10-12 "Shayntipede" 6-TruckLogger   new.gif (09 May 06)

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 12:   new.gif (10 May 06)
  BW-Moldover A-B-C-D-E-F-G Scale Test Car   new.gif (10 May 06)
  BW 6-truck V8 Heisler 2-4-6-8-10-12   new.gif (13 May 06)
  ALCo-BW Centipede Scale Test Car   new.gif (13 May 06)
  BW-PRR RT1 Compound   new.gif (14 May 06)
  BW-Ingalls-GM&O Turret-Cabs   new.gif (15 May 06)

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 13:   new.gif (05 Jun 06)
  Erie #2800 Camelback 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone   new.gif (01 Jun 06)
  Erie #2900 Camelback 2-10-0-4   new.gif (05 Jun 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). (03 Oct 2006)


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.


YET MORE APOCRYPHAL MISCELLANY (10 May 06)

The Berlinerwerke Scale Test Car - far from being upset by what I've done with drawings from his fabulous The Railroad Paint Shop, Josh Moldover is egging me on (as is Stan Lytle).  I must say I am truly hono(u)red!

Josh suggested that I might check out a Scale Test Car with an A-B-C-D-E-F-G wheel arrangement, an arrangement I find of great note (it has a sort of musical ring to it).  Sure enough, in the voluminous BW Engineering files, there it was!  I gather that the idea was to have cars of various weights so that a test weight was always available for any size scale (I think this one is in the Catatonic Scale!).)

BW Scale Test Car A-B-C-D-E-F-G
(10 May 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and scroll away)

However, on a sour note, some yo-yo left the hand brake set on the B car, ran the string, and the wheels were flattened (B Flat) - you'll have to look very carefully:

BW Scale Test Car A-Bflat-C-D-E-F-G
(10 May 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and scroll away)

Scale test cars have no running brakes; the air pipe just runs through, so that wear on the brake shoes doesn't mess up the weight calibration, but THIS foul-up was never anticipated!  Although the B car's flat wheels didn't roll, someone's head sure did!  Bet it rang!

Oh, good grief, Charlie Brown!  Could THIS be what Josh meant by a B flat?

BW Scale Test Car A-Bflat?-C-D-E-F-G
(10 May 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and scroll away)

Hmmm.

This was a concerted effort.  Note that each car has a brake staff.  Please don't drum me out of the RR Paintshop when I'm on a roll or try to horn in on my act.  Where's the conductor when we need him?  I'd better make this the finale lest you think I'm harping on the subject and make me face the music.


Russ Hass, a mutual friend of Karen Parker's and mine, reacted to some of the foregoing by asking about a V8 Heisler and a centipede scale test car.  Well, the 4-Truck Heisler V8 had already appeared here back in 2003 (on Apocrypha continuation page 1) but that thought, together with all the stress on 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplexii, kicked off an old memory and off I went to search the BW files, with this result - Ira Ersatz's 6-truck V8 Heisler in that very wheel arrangement (13 May 2006):

BW 6-Truck Heisler 2-4-6-8-10-12
(13 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture - and scroll away)

I found no record of construction or disposition on THAT one, but rumor hath it that she is also still running off in the woods, somewhere.

As to the Centipede Scale Test Car, it seems that when the UP Challengers and Big Boys were being retired, they had wrought such havoc with track scales that many scales had to be rebuilt, with a resultant shortage of really heavy scale test cars.  George Ersatz heard of this and had Ira whip up a scale test car, made up from old centipede tenders, which could overload any scale made (the rumor that Fairbanks Scale subsidized their construction carries no weight; I heard that allegation with a very heavy heart) (13 May 2006):

ALCo-BW Centipede Scale Test Car
(13 May 2006 image, after L. Murchison and B. Johnson on Joshua Moldover's The Railroad Paint Shop,
by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
Click on thumbnailed image for slightly larger picture)

We really should hunt these down, if any survived; they'd make great canteens for restored Big Boys and Challengers (and the UP #9000 4-12-2).


The BW-PRR RT1 Compounder - Ira came up with a wing-ding of an idea for the Pennsy; they had been looking for a way to combine the drag speed capability of the endemic L1 class 2-8-2 Mikado and I1 class 2-10-0 Decapod with the high-speed of the famed K4s Pacific.  The M1 Mountain class just didn't have what it took at the far ends of its speed spectrum and the J1 never sat well with Motive Power, not being a Pennsy design.   George brought the problem to brother Ira, who did just that; he combined the K4s and I1sa!  By alternating 52" and 80" drivers and creating cranked cranks so that the two sets of drive rods cleared each other, and by having the cross head do double duty, having the heavy, low-speed rodding connected to the inner face and the lighter, high-speed rodding on the outside, with a slip coupling between the two halves, the engineer could effortlessly ease from drag freight speed to blue-ribbon passenger service en route.  Stretched Mountain fireboxes and boilers and 16-wheel tenders served to fire and feed the beast (14 May 2006):

BW-PRR RT1 Compounder
(14 May 2006 Bowserish image, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

A third cylinder centered in the saddle casting gave enormous boost capacity to the low-speed drive and prevented steam starvation at extremely high speed.  This compounded the compounding of the Compounder.  There were only two reasons that she didn't make it to production status; Maintenance had a fit when the loco arrived on the property and, even with generous application of ALCo lateral motion devices on the outer axles, she was a very stiff engine in turnouts and yard curves.

In addition, the debate on how to classify the RT1 Compounder under the Whyte System rages to this very day!  The official PRR solution was to call her a 4-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-4, which is totally misleading, as is Ira's idea that she was a 4-8/6-4 and George's that she was a 4-6/8-4.  My own opinion is that she was more properly a 4-14-4 with multiply-divided divided drive, but who at the BW ever listens to me?


Here's a response to a challenge laid down by Russ Hass to bug a mutual friend; he wanted to see what Ira had done with Ingalls Shipbuilding and the Gulf, Mobile & Ohio for a double-ended Ingalls Turret-Cab.  Naturally, I was more than happy to oblige and a few easy hours in the BW files turned up this real oddity; the GM&O #1901, a B-B double-ender with dual cabs and a really novel and unusual conductor's cupola perched amidships atop the cowl (15 May 2006):

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #1901 B-B Turret Cab
(15 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

That cupola was especially popular with enginemen's children but was often pre-empted by the road foreman of engines, who had quite a penchant for riding up there, where he could spy out misdeeds by his people.  This eminently-practical beast was often seen shoving cuts of steel plate and such in the Ingalls interchange yard and around the shipyard in Pascagoula.

I must admit that I at first misunderstood Russ's inquiry and was searching for a more powerful version; I found that as well, #9100, a B-C-B double-ender dual-engined road unit:

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #9100 B-C-B Turret Cab
(15 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Looking further, I found a photo of the GM&O #99, which had been built on a three-axle center truck to provide a small, powerful switcher for the Ingalls yard which could run out on car floats without swamping them (15 May 2006):

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #99 0-C-0 Turret Cab
(15 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

I've always wondered what eventually happened to those units.

Old buddy Dave McConnell asked about the Swedish version (meaning the immensely-popular rock group, ABBA), so I checked further and, sure enough, there WAS a lighter-duty A-B-B-A version of the Ingalls unit, GM&O #1909:

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #1909 A-B-B-A Turret Cab
(15 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

[Hey, at least I've HEARD of ABBA!]

Ohmigosh!  Could Dave have meant ABB (ASEA-Brown-Boveri)?  Chronologically unsound but there WAS an A-B-B unit, GM&O #1910 (15 May 2006):

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #1910 A-B-B Turret Cab
(15 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

"A, you're Adorable, B - you're so Beautiful, C - you're a Cutie full of charm - - -
 It's fun to wander through - the alphabet with you - - ."

Alphabet?  ABC?  Oh, no!  Oh, YES!  GM&O #1911; an A-B-C unit (16 May 2006):

BW-GM&O-Ingalls #1911 A-B-C Turret Cab
(16 May 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Well, if THAT doesn't drive friend Frank up the wall, nothing will!  That's all she wrote - for the Ingalls Turret Cabs, at any rate.

[All this is pretty good, considering that Ingalls only sold one exemplar (Model 4-s, GM&O #1900, in 1946)
of their projected line of five types of Turret Cab locomotives.]

To top all this off, it seems that the BW and Ingalls collaborated to compete with the ALCO C-415 mid-cab switcher; the clerestory roofline was to have imparted great visibility (unfortunately, no buyer agreed) (05 Jun 2006):

BW-Ingalls #1600 Mid-Cab
(05 Jun 2006 image, after C. Chamberlain's NE Railfan, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

There is no evidence that any RR, let alone the GM&O, wanted anything whatsoever to do with this one!  Oh, well; they had to chalk demo #1600 up to experience (bad).

{Poor Frank!}


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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