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Apocrypha Continuation Page 25


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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?):
    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.


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

The full BW Apocrypha Index is now presented in full on a separate Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Index page (including the BW Guest Apocrypha Index).

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 23:
  BW-BLW-PRR V3 Steam Turbine-Electric.

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 24:
  BW-Bayerische Gt2x6/6 Compound Articulated 0-12+12-0T.
  BW-Budd Five-Axle RDC Steamer (16 Feb 2013).

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 25:
Canadian GE ES44 USCG #8858.
  BW ACE 4000-1 (05 Apr 2011).
  BW RDC-2B (16 Apr 2011).
  BW RDC-2PO(18 Apr 2011).
  BW RDC-0PO (15 Feb 2013).
  RDC Burdick Business Car.   rev (23 Mar 2017)
  Modern Burdick Nightmares! (14 Nov 2011/22 Jul 2015)
  Camelbacks, Mother Hubbards,.Centercabs, and Dromedarybacks.   new (31 Aug 2012)
  Some Bizarre Boxcabs.   new (06 Oct 2012)
  Baldwin/BW Millipede.   new (30 Jan 2013)
  Baldwin/BW Millipede Switchers.   new (15 Feb 2013)
  Baldwin/BW Beslerpede Streamlined Besler High-Speed Passenger Steamer
    [(4-2-2-2-2+2-2-2-2-4)+(4-2-2-2-2+2-2-2-2-4)].   new (20 Aug 2013)

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:

For more about her and her family, see my EMD page.



This is ostensibly a picture of Canadian Pacific ES44 #8858 painted in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic scheme; that is pure FRAUD!  Clearly, it was photoshopped.  Anyone who knows anything about Canadian GE knows that they built #8858 for the United States Coast Guard:

(14 Jan 2010 photograph by and © 2010 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Doncha just hate phoney Web information?

BW ACE 4000-1

The ACE-3000-4 modern steam (4-4+4-2) project was so successful that the Berlinerwerke just HAD to come up with an ACE-4000-1 (05 Apr 2011):

ACE 4000-1
(31 Mar 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after Joshua Moldover's The Railroad Paintshop - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for MUCH larger image]

You'll note that the BW heeded the complaints of potential operating crews that the ACE-3000-series had too short a nose, with inadequate restroom (head), poor impact protection, no bunks, and too low a cab, so the prototype/demonstrator comes equipped with BOTH a Baldwin Shark nose AND an ALCo PA nose.  Customers can take their choice of two of the most popular retro diesel cabs ever built (or one of each like the demo.).

The lok also has extra fuel and water supply containers.

Even more incredible than the ACE 4000-1 itself, alone, is that the BW actually sold one (the demo unit, slightly modified), to the Ruhnian State Railways as the ACE-4000-1R!


The Berlinerwerke has a modern business car made from a modified RDC-2 (16 Apr 2011):

BW RDC-2B Business Car
(15 Apr 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for a 1:25 line drawing]

The baggage compartment has a small kitchenette built in, there are bunks for four, and the tail end is fitted obs. style for viewing the track.  The Ersatzes have an absolute ball zipping around the countryside in it, especially since the RDC accelerates like crazy (from rest to 60mph/100kph in under 60 seconds) and has a top speed of 85mph/135kph).  A duplicate was sold to the Ruhnian State Railways, as well (it was recently converted to a steamer!).

[The BW actually does run an RDC-3B (in HO, along with a similarly-modified old EMC Doodlebug) and I'm just now in the throes of chopping up a brand-new Z-scale (1:220) RDC-2 to make the RDC-2B.]

While I'm at it, here's the RDC-3B, as well (18 Apr 2011):

BW RDC-3B Business Car
(18 Apr 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for a 1:25 line drawing]

[Once again, my deepest gratitude to both Joshua Moldover and Roland Ruesch (and many confrčres) for the endless hours of delight they have afforded me with their The Railroad Paintshop and Engine Shop drawings.]

E-buddy Russ asked about a version of the RDC of which most folks have never heard - the one with a modern Piker and Oscar.  The BW worked that one up for short lines with heavily-curved trackage (18 Apr 2011):

(18 Apr 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

The ingenuity of those Ersatzes just never ceases to amaze me! (18 Apr 2011)

Actually, for REALLY heavily-curved trackage, there was this variation, the RDC-0, as well (15 Feb 2013):

(15 Feb 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

That's about as Ersatz as one can get, eh?

RDC Burdick Business Car - The Berlinerwerke tried its hand at a Burdick Nightmare in the form of a greatly-reduced Budd RDC Business Car, with big flywheels to keep it balanced gyroscopically:   new (23 Mar 2017)

(23 Mar 2017 drawing by and © 2017 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

It worked all right but no orders were forthcoming (so, what's new?).

Modern Burdick Nightmares! -

Z-scale wunder-kind Lájos Thek sent me this link to what is billed as the World's Shortest Train (14 Nov 2011):


It's kind of hard to see it whiz by what appears to be a Chinese or Japanese grade crossing but I managed to grab this screen shot at precisely the right moment:

(Unretouched 14 Nov 2011 screen shot by 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Wow!  Look at that!  It appears to be gas or diesel powered (I can't see any pan or third rail equipment) but, whatever provides propulsion, it is clearly a modern Burdick Nightmare boxcab, with only a single axle!  Thanks for the tip, Lájos.

Wow!  Dan Sawatzky, father-in-law of Jim Wells of Fantasonics fame, linked on all my Berlinerwerke Apocrypha pages, and grandfather of lucky Phoebe, built a fabulous 15" ride-in garden railway for her to enjoy, including this incredible critter, a real, working Burdick Nightmare (22 Jul 2015):

(Fantasonics photo courtesy of J. Wells and altered just a wee bit on 22 Jul 2015 by S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It is believed that those odd black balls down below have to do with maintaining stability.  Funny that neither Jim nor Dan recall any such masheen!

A class of steam locomotives with wide fireboxes to burn anthracite coal had their cabs perched on the top of the boiler; they were known variously as camelbacks", "Mother Hubbards", or "centercabs".  For long articulateds, they should also have had a "dromedaryback" class (31 Aug 2012):

camelback MotherHubbard centercab dromedaryback
(31 Aug 2012 photos by the Berlinerwerke Art Dept. - all rights reserved)

The humps carried the water; thus they had no water tanks, only fuel, allowing for shorter tenders (they fit better on short turntables).

Is there no end to this?

Nope; the beat goes on:

Some Bizarre Boxcabs - In line with the "Missed Expectations" on pages 17, 18, 21 and 22, here are four bizarre BOXCABS (06-07 Oct 2012):

box-cab box2cab bockscab

(ca. 17 Nov 2008 and 01-06 Aug 2012 photos by the Berlinerwerke Art Dept. - all rights reserved)

That first one (upper left) should have appeared on this site long ago but I can't find it anywhere.  The next two (upper center and upper right) are perhaps self-explanatory but the last one (above) really pleases me (and that's what this nonsense is all about); that loco boxcab was railroaded into switching to be a taxi and has since led a checkered career.

Baldwin/BW PRR Millipede - a new e-correpondent, one Cliff Smith, down Georgia way (the U. S. state, that is), wrote that, while looking through my Apocrypha section, he "saw the photo of the Baldwin Centipede but was disappointed to find no mention of the proposed , but never built, Baldwin Millipede".  "As {he has} been told by a former Baldwin employee, the plan was to take the basic centipede design and divide it into 1000 HP, single (large) truck, modules".  "These could be stacked(?) together to produce a locomotive with as much power as required".  "'So, you want 10,000 HP? No problem!'".  "Unfortunately no drawings have survived and {his} lack of drafting skills being what they are not, {he} can’t include a picture or drawing".  "However given a little imagination, such a drawing could be produced using the Centipede as a starting point"  "Can’t you just imagine the visual impact a passing Millipede would have had on the casual onlooker, in addition to scaring children, causing women to faint, and stout hearted men to tremble".  "(Actually the trembling is the result of all those driven wheels passing by at once)".  Cliff then thanked me "for indulging the whimsical side that is such a necessity in today’s world".  Well, I couldn't agree more and I was quite intrigued by the concept so I set Iris Ersatz into digging into the inexhaustible and ever-fruitful BW archives and, lo and behold, she turned up Ira Ersatz's concept drawing: (30 Jan 2013)

BLW/BW Millipede Concept Sketch
(29 Jan 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved)

Holy mackerel, Andy!  There might have really been something to this!  So, we had Iris keep digging and she came up with a Pennsy class drawing, the BP-1X:

BLW/BW Millipede Class Drawing
(30 Jan 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger picture]

Wow!  Who would'a thought?  Thank you, Cliff!

Oh, it gets better!  The BW files disgorged a full drawing (31 Jan 2013):

BLW/BW Millipede Drawing
(31 Jan 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger picture]

Wonder what else might turn up?

Well, as it happens, Cliff Smith suggested that, although "a complete Millipede was never built - - - it seems that two of the center units were built before the project was cancelled.  Rather than let them go to waste, each unit had some windows added along with a switcher control stand.  They were then used as switchers at the Baldwin plant."  Armed with this new information (thanks once again, Cliff), we set Iris to work and, sure enough, there were Ira's concept drawing, the PRR class BF-1X drawing, and the full drawing (15 Feb 2013):

BLW/BW Millipede Freight Concept Sketch BLW/BW Millipede Freight Class Drawing BLW/BW Millipede Freight Drawing
(14, 14, and 15 Feb 2013 drawings by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnails for larger pictures]

Chris went on to say, "I guess that would make them boxcabs of a sort".  Ayuh. The full units would be 4-D+D+---+D+D-4 and the switchers are D units (D+D as shown), with "shunting cabs".  According to Cliff, though, they were never actually used in multiple [I can really believe that - SBIII].   rev (16 Feb 2013)

Baldwin/BW Beslerpede - a streamlined Besler high-speed passenger steam engine
of a most-unusual configuration:

    [(4-2-2-2-2+2-2-2-2-4)+(4-2-2-2-2+2-2-2-2-4)] (20 Aug 2013)

BLW/BW Beslerpede
(19/20/21 Aug 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger picture (and scroll, baby, SCROLL!)]
{Minimal detailing changes 21 Aug 2013 - pops, drains, blowoffs, horn, etc.}

    [Now, first of all, a BIG thank you to Daniel McCoy, a.k.a. dinodanthetrainman, for this idea,]

Per one Bryan Porter, the 1937 B&O Class W-1 Besler Type was a "stillborn competitor for the Diesel".  Besler had two basic ideas here; one, he used separate steam engines, coaxially-mounted, on each driving axle, and, two, he transmitted the power of each engine to the axle via gearing.  These arrangements obviated the unbalanced pounding on the rails of rod locomotives and cut down dramatically on the stress in each drivetrain.  You can review the basic U. S. Patents, #2,044,767 of 23 Jun 1936, William J. Besler "Truck for Rail Vehicles and the Like" and the later patent #2,235,957 of 25 Mar 1941, William J. Besler and Stanley J,. Whitlock, "Geared Two-Crank Locomotive Unit".

By having four double-acting cylinders on each driver axle, the axles each get 32 power strokes per revolution (with the gearing, that comes to over 92 power strokes per revolution).  Thus, the driver is subjected to a virtually-continuous power stroke, much as obtains in an electric traction motor on a diesel- or straight-electric locomotive.

The engines were to have been of either horizontally-opposed or (later) shallow "V" configuration.

Since each axle is independently powered, the Whyte classification of each unit is NOT 4-8+8-4, as it appears, but, rather,


making the entire set a


Really - I kid you not!

Among the many advantages claimed for the Besler system are higher acceleration, smoother running, lower wheel augment, less likelihood of wheel slip, etc., etc., etc.

The B&O's projected Besler W-1 was to have been a 4-8-4 (4-2-2-2-2-4) with an Otto-Kuhler-inspired streamstyle boiler shroud hiding an Emerson water tube firebox.  Depression economics and the B&O's poverty prevented anything more than the buidling and testing of a single Besler engine.

Still, the W-1 would have been quite an interesting departure from the norm.  Oh, well; at least we have the Beslerpede to flutter our little hearts!

You can easily spot the Besler engines in the space between the engine truck frames and the underside of the carbody, one set for each driving axle on both engine trucks under each unit.

Taking the Besler concept one better, the Ersatzes added a condensing tender body to the B-unit chassis and the A-unit was fitted with steam separators

The A-unit contains two big oil-fired flash boilers, two APUs, the generators, and all controls; the B-unit holds all condensing gear and fuel oil and water tanks, plus two more APUs.

To assure that the weight stays constant on the B-unit's drivers, the Ersatses fitted the loco with a classic B-W canteen, the Ersatz System Multiplex tender, an auxiliary tender for make-up water and fuel oil.  The canteen has electrically-driven pumps controlled automatically by level sensors in the B-unit's tanks.  Because of the economy of the Beslerpede, the canteen allows coast-to-coast runs without the need for refueling or watering stops.  Since the loco was intended for high-speed mainline passenger service, a narrow, low passage was fitted centrally inside the auxiliary tender body, allowing sheltered on-train crew access to the passenger consist and en-route inspection of the fuel and water tanks, as well as providing a small head for crew comfort.

The popularity of the sharknosed cab modification on the baby-faced Centipede body and the hope that the Pennsy would buy into this project led George Ersatz to have brother Ira feature a shark cab.  It is not certain but (if a certain superb Photoshopper gets involved - Karen?), we just may be able to show you the actual Pennsy loco in 5-striped Tuscan livery instead of basic Baldwin blue.

Some additional features that may escape casual notice include (21 Aug 2013):
    !.  The B-unit is essentally an A-unit, reversed, with the head-end (housekeeping) equipment moved to the place of the cab.
    2.  The inner ends of the A- and B-units are foreshortened because of the removal of the head-end equipment there.
    3.  Steam and exhaust lines between the boiler and engines are routed through the former traction motor blower locations.
    4.  Steam, fuel, and water interconnections between units are routed under the floors of the vestibules, both for esthetics
        and to keep them in the temperature controlled body-shells.
    5.  The Besler system also minimizes bulky components (such as cylinder saddles).

As always, you know you can count on the BW to find totally-unbelievable info.

note-rt - Any attempt to inject an element of reason into this series of pages will be forcibly rejected!

{Stay tuned!}

[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?):
    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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