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Apocrypha Continuation Page 13


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

BW Key

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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.


INDEX

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.
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1 dual-powered B-C.
  Berliners Bessere Biffi und Biffisch (moved from main BW Apocrypha Page on 11 Oct 04).
  Genesis Redivivus!.
  BW-BLW-GE-WEC-PRR GG2.

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:
  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:
  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..
  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.
  ALCo-BW Centipede Scale Test Car..
  BW-PRR RT1 Compound.
  BW-Ingalls-GM&O Turret-Cabs.

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 13:
  Erie #2800 Camelback 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone.
  Erie #2900 Camelback 2-10-10-4.
  ALCo RS-415 and RSC/RSD-615.
  ALCo FA-1P with pony trucks.   new.gif (30 Oct 06)
  ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1/PFA-1.   new.gif (14 Nov 06)
  ALCo-GE-BW PFA-1.5.   new.gif (14 Nov 06)
  ALCo-GE-BW PFABC-1.   new.gif (17 Nov 06)

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 14:   new.gif (30 Jan 07)
  12,0000HP GEVO.   new.gif (30 Jan 07)
  8,800HP GEVO.   new.gif (30 Jan 07)
  Very Early GEVO Boxcab.   new.gif (30 Jan 07)
  8,800HP AC88CW.   new.gif (31 Jan 07)
  12,0000HP AC12CW.   new.gif (31 Jan 07)

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.


YET MORE APOCRYPHAL MISCELLANY

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Erie #2800 Camelback 2-8-8-4 Yellowstone - by George, we may have found a photo of George Ersatz!  After posing alongside the other Erie giants noted herein, he posed alongside Ira's masterpiece, a rework of the Erie #2600 L-1 0-8-8-0 design into the enormous L-2 #2800, the only 2-8-8-4 Camelback Yellowstone ever created (01 Jun 2006):

BW-ALCo Erie #2800 Yellowstone
(01 Jun 2006 image, after G. Krebs, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Working with BW and ALCo engineering, Ira more than amply satisfied the Erie's insatiable thirst for greater power at higher speed with this one, with a 2-wheel pilot truck for guidance at higher road speeds and a 4-wheel trailing truck to carry the greatly-enlarged Wooten firebox, plus a bigger tender.  The loco required two firemen working two big firedoors (nothing new about that!) but supplied enough steam to pull enormous trains of Anthracite through the Allegheny mountains without helpers.  There's a story going around that wags named her the "Carstens Creeper" but that's simply apocryphal (and you KNOW how much credence we place on apocrypha).


Erie #2900 Camelback 2-10-10-4 - that gigantic firebox far exceeded the capabilities of the combustion chamber, as instantly noted by several of my friends, and so I set forth on another diligent search of the BW files and turned up the logical extension of the design, with George proudly posing alongside brother Ira's masterpiece, Erie #2900, a whopping Camelback 2-10-10-4 (05 Jun 2006):

BW-ALCo Erie #2900
(05 Jun 2006 image, after G. Krebs, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The sheer length of the monster required an interphone between the two cabs; by the time whistle signals made it back to the firing deck, it could have been too late, otherwise.


ALCo RS-415 - George was very much aware of the dislike in which so many RRs held the ALCo C-415 mid-cab switcher and so he put Ira on the case and Ira quickly came up with a very elegant solution, the ALCo-BW RS-415 (14 Jun 2006):

ALCo-BW RS-415
(14 Jun 2006 image, after J. Belangér, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Melding the excellent low-hooded two-way visibility of the C-415 and the classic lines of the RS-1, with far more power, Ira created an amazingly-successful replacement; it almost saved ALCo.

While I don't like the appellation "cute" for a locomotive, this æsthetically-pleasing and immensely-popular little switcher was definitely "cute".

Further delving into the old files turned up six-axle versions for light trackage, the RSD-615 with two-motored A-1-A trucks and the RSC-615 with three-motored C trucks (16 Jun 2006):

ALCo-BW RSD-615
(16 Jun 2006 image, after J. Belangér, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

ALCo-BW RSC-615
(16 Jun 2006 image, after J. Belangér, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The added weight of the two extra traction motors made the RSC-615 quite an attractive powerhouse for logging and industrial service.

Karen Parker found this old photo of the ALCo RS-605 transfer loco in her Pixel Magic files; it doesn't look quite right - probably a later photo after the TVA (the Truck Verification Association) diddled with the unit to use it as a truck test bed (16 Jun 2006):

ALCo RS-605
(15 Jun 2006 image by K. Parker - all rights reserved)

She thought is was the smaller RS-615 transfer jobbie but you can readily see the differences in these BW file drawings of both the RS-605 and its baby brother, the RS-615:

ALCo RS-605
(16 Jun 2006 image, after J. Bélanger, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

ALCo-BW RS-615
(16 Jun 2006 image, after J. Bélanger, by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)


ALCo FA-1P - A few of us were e-mailing about a proposed ALCo export model for South African Railways, with pony trucks on the outside of each driving truck, a 1-C-C-1 arrangement to spread the load on light trackage.  General Steel Castings was to build the C truck with an extension on the top equalizer frame for the pony truck, which appeared to have a center pivot like a steam engine trailing truck, with 30" dia. wheels for the pony truck and 36" on the main truck.  The pony truck axle was to be 5' 10" from the axle of the C truck.  That reminded me of Ira's version of an FA-1 with pony trucks for similar service, the (B-A-B)-(B-A-B) FA-1P (30 Oct 2006):

ALCo FA-1P
(30 Oct 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after 1998 image © J. Belangér - all rights reserved)

In spite of George's best efforts, Ira had gone and done it again!


ALCo-GE-BW FPA-1 vs. PFA-1 - from the earlier sections on the FPA-1 on BW Apocrypha page 0 and page 6, one might think the BW and the Ersatzes got a bit confused on this but that's simply not so; the LIRR decided that the FPA-1 was more impressive (to the public) as a passenger engine than a freighter and the designation FPA-1 was changed at their behest to PFA-1.  Here's a scan of the Athearn model (14 Nov 2006):

Athearn ALCo PFA-1
(02 Nov 2006 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

This novel unit led Ira to go even further:


ALCo-GE-BW PFA-1.5 - for its smallest branch lines, with really tight-radius curves, the LIRR wanted an even-smaller version of the dual-powered PFA-1, along the lines of the ALCo-BW FA/B-0.1 and PA/B-0.1, so Ira cooked up the PFA-1.5 for them (14 Nov 2006):

ALCo=GE-BW PFA-1.5
(12 Nov 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after 1994/1998 images © S. Lytle - all rights reserved)

Again, there's an Athearn model and here's a scan of it:

Athearn ALCo PFA-1.5
(12 Nov 06 photo by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It was suggested to me that it would be appropriate to show a typical consist for the PFA-1.5 (16 Nov 2006):

ALCo-GE-BW PFA-1.5 Train
(16 Nov 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after 1994/1998 images © S. Lytle - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on picture for larger image.]

{Any resemblance between the LIRR's Speonk and Higbie Avenue and Walthers' Piker and Oscar is purely deliberate.}


Ira Ersatz was really on a roll when he designed the PFA-1.5 for the Long Island Rail Road, so the LIRR then commissioned him to design a powerful, high-speed, dual-service locomotive for those exceedingly twisty branch lines.  George wasa bit dubious about this one but Ira persisted, using all the components of the 2,000HP PA-1 on an permanently-coupled articulated B-A-B chassis to achieve all the LIRR's requirements, the PFABC-1 (17 Nov 2006):

ALCo-GE-BW PFABC-1
(17 Nov 06 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after 1994/1998 image © S. Lytle - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on picture for larger image.]

By splitting up and moving the fuel tank into available spaces in the car bodies, the FA B trucks and the PA C truck could be readily accomodated in this novel and highly-successful concept.

Karen Parker tried to pull off a fast one here; she sent me this purported BW drawing of the "real" PFABC-1 but anyone can plainly see it's a fraud.  Ira's design for the BW and LIRR was the PFABC-1, with a B A-unit, a C B-unit, and a B C-unit (following this?) while this is a supposèd PABC-1, with an A A-unit, a B B-unit, and a C C-unit (how silly can one get? - note that the bottom of the B-unit ladder is on the center axle of the C-unit truck) (20 Nov 2006):

Purported BW PABC-1
(19/20 Nov 2006 image by K. Parker after S. Berliner, III after 1994/1998 image © S. Lytle - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on picture for larger image.]

Not even Ira at his very worst was THAT dumb!  Nice try, Karen.

Speaking of Ira at his worst and the PABC-1, a drawing surfaced in the BW files that is evidence of just how far off Ira could get at times; it is his PABSee-1.  He completely misunderstood George's instructions, putting the third truck under a large fuel tank located in the space under the raised dome floor (23 Nov 06):

ALCo-BW PABSee-1
(23 Nov 2006 image by and © 2006 S. Berliner, III after 1994/1998 image © S. Lytle and 1999 image © J. Moldover - all rights reserved)
[Thumbnailed - click on picture for larger image.]


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 14.

[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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