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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.


INDEX

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.   new (16 Feb 2013)

On the
Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 25:
  Canadian GE ES44 USCG #8858.
  BW ACE 4000-1.
  BW RDC-2B.
  BW RDC-2PO.
  BW RDC-0PO (15 Feb 2013).
  Modern Burdick Nightmare!.
  Camelbacks, Mother Hubbards,.Centercabs, and Dromedarybacks (31 Aug 2012).
  Some Bizarre Boxcabs (06 Oct 2012).
  Baldwin/BW Millipede (30 Jan 2013).
  Baldwin/BW Millipede Switchers (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)] (20 Aug 2013).

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 26:
  C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 (07 Dec 2013).
  C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 update.   new.gif (18 Mar 2017)
  PRR-BW JJ1 2-10+10-4 Ersatz Twin-Texas (05 Jan 2014).
  D&H 0-10-10-0 Malllet Articullated Lllocomotive (16 Dec 2014).
  GE 8,500HP Hybrid Gas Turbine Electric Locomotive (06 Feb 2015).
  1922/40 Plymouth Diesel (10 May 2015).
  Articulated PCC Car(19 Jun 2015).
  NYC Superpower 2-10-4 #3800 (20 Jul 2015).
  BW/EMD Dual-Power ESD90MAC (28 Dec 2015).
  BW/ALCo VGN "Big 12" 2-12-12-2-12-8 (28/31 Jan 2016).
  BW/ALCo NYC "Champlain" 4-10-6 (31 Jan 2016).
  UP 9090 BW/ALCo 4-Cylinder Super Union Pacific 4-12-4.   new.gif (04 Feb 2016)


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 EMDun them very long, though, page.


ADDITIONAL APOCRYPHA


C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8

Based on Karen Parker's C&O Super Allegheny 2-8-8-6, the Ersatzes came up with a rather elegant 2-8-8-8 Super Allegheny, C&O #1883, of considerably higher capacity (07 Dec 2013):

C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8
(ca. 07 Dec 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Although the end of steam doomed this unit, a version was built for the Ruhnian State Railway.

C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 update

The BW Art Dept. files disgorged these faded drawings of the Super Allegheny and of an update to the it:   new.gif (18 Mar 2017)

C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8

C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 Update
(ca. 18 Mar 2017 drawings by and © 2017 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It featured a bigger stack for better dra(f)(ugh)ting, bigger sand domes. extra sand lines, and a much bigger tender with a four-axle lead truck and a five-axle trailing truck.  This got us curious at the BW and a thorough search of the photo files turned up this pic:

C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 Uoate
(ca. 18 Mar 2017 drawing by and © 2017 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Pity; all that work for naught, essentially.  Diesel rules!  Still, the RSR did order an update for their version.


PRR-BW JJ1 2-10+10-4 Ersatz Twin-Texas

Iris Ersatz was back at the Berlinerwerke from her extended tour of duty at the Ruhnian State Railway for some research in the BW files.  As is her wont, she spent a good bit of her free time in the archives, where she usually can be counted on to ferret out litte-known gems form the Ersatz's ansd BW's past.  Well, she really did herself proud this time!  She found a copy of the Pennsylvania RR's class drawing of the fantastic JJ1 2-10-10-4!  Based on the exceedingly successful J1 and J1A 2-10-4s (and their wartime C&O "Texas" progenitors), all of which had superior steaming capability, Ira Ersatz had proposed this handsome articulated:   new.gif (05 Jan 2014)

PRR-BW Ersatz JJ1 Twin-Texas 2-10-10-4
(05 Jan 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved
drawing revised 06 Jan 2014)

[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Fitted with a Belpaire boiler to make it both more efficient and more attractive to PRR Engineering, the Twin-Texas type actually had two incredible predecessors.  As noted (and pictured) on my RR page 3, under Articulateds (and Duplexiii), both the Santa F and the Virginian built and ran 2-10-10-2 articulateds for drag freight service - they didn't run them for very long, though - all were soon cut up into two single-drive units each.

Pennsy management was so impressed with the JJ1 that they commissioned George Ersatz to work with Altoona and the BW to revise the JJ1 so that the steam piping for the front engine was buried deep inside the frames, protecting it from sideswipes and other dings.  The resultant model was the great JJ1A and we have the ever-resourceful Iris to thank for this very rare photograph of the elusive JJ1A:

PRR-BW Ersatz JJ1A (05 Jan 2014 photograph by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

How I would have loved to see this grand steed racing uphill on the Curve!

Further digging uncovered the class drawing for the JJ1A, as well:

PRR-BW Ersatz JJ1A Twin-Texas 2-10-10-4
(06 Jan 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]
{corrupted image replaced 19 Jun 2015}

In his waning years, Ira Ersatz came up with some truly loco ideas; one was a proposal for the Trans-Australian Railway for a NON-articulated version of the JJ1.  this rigid monstrosity was to run on the die-straight 297 mile (478 km) line directly across the Nullarbor Plain and to be turned on gigantc turntables at each end.  Needless to say, the Aussies promptly choked on their Wheaties when they opened their morning mail from Ira Ersatz.  This nightmare evolved while George was away on one of his long business trips to Ruhnia and resulted in his hurried recall back to the States.


D&H 0-10-10-0 Malllet Articullated Lllocomotive - The capacious BW fillles just disgorged this gem, a realll coalll haulller:   new.gif (16 Dec 2014)

D&H 0-10-10-0
(06 Jan 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Ira must have had an absolllute ballllll with this and George some sallles pitch to get the D&H to sign on!  That's alll, folllks!


GE/BW 8,500HP Hybrid GTEL:

When the Union Pacific decided to retire its fleet of huge GE 8,500HP Gas Turbine Electric Locomotives back in 1969-70, primarily because of their voracious appetite for oil at low-revs., George Ersatz had the bright idea that adding a shunting engine to each string would solve the idling and low-speed problem.  He was spot on and brother Ira came up with a brace of big Cat V-8 motor-generator sets mounted in a spartan body on a spare tender frame:   new.gif (06 Feb 2015)

BWGEGTELHybrid
BW/GE 8,500HP Hybrid Gas Turbine Electric Locomotive
(06 Feb 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

The hybrid concept was good and UP Motive Power considered it seriously, but turbines were on the way out, regardless, because Bunker C was losing economic advantage over diesel fuel.  The idea then bore fruit when they came up with their spectacular (if unsuccessful) Coal Turbine Electric #80 (later #8080), in which an ALCo PA-1 served the same function (as well as providing a control cab).

Oops!  Just as the Long Island RR a few years later bought a fleet of brand-new GP38-2s, only to find at the dedication ceremony that their air filter housings (just behind the cabs) wouldn't clear the platform canopies in bottleneck Jamaica Station, and as NASA and JPL used an unwitting combination of the metric and English systems of measurement to foul up the Hubble Space Telescope, so did the BW and RSR goof on the Hybrid Turbine.  See those angled ends on the tender?  Those were relieved to clear the searing exhaust from the turbine, exiting from a massive duct at the upper rear of the second unit.  The first time the set was tested, the forward top corner of the shunter body simply melted right off:   new.gif (11 May 2015)

BWGEGTELHybridX
BW/GE 8,500HP Hybrid Gas Turbine Electric Locomotive
(11 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Happily, no fire resulted and the fix was quite simple, tapering the upper forward edge and adding a stainless steel blast shield:

BWGEGTELHybrid2
BW/GE 8,500HP Hybrid Gas Turbine Electric Locomotive
(11 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

While the units were sidelined, the shunter tender trucks were replaced with powered C-C trucks from old ALCo RSD-4s for added tractive effort.

Thanks to Karen Parker for reminding me of all this.  Karen also pointed out that "the lead turbine unit was equipped with an 850HP Diesel engine for hostling" (this was fine in the yard but not adequate for a loaded train) and that "the main turbine, in the front of unit 2, was always started on diesel fuel and then switched over to Bunker C once it was running, then switched back to diesel before shutdown".  "That way you didn't have - - - Bunker C solidifying in the fuel lines, filters, and pumps after the engine was shut down and cooled off".  "Of course the UP just ran the turbines on diesel all the time in later years".  Thanks, Karen!


A 1922 Plymouth Diesel narrow gauge locomotive at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (CAMA) in Kent, Conncticut, suffered severe front end damage when allowed to roll free by vandals.  One of the CAMA volunteers had a 1940 Plymouth car that had been crushed when a big tree fell across its rear in August 28th during Hurricane Irene.  Ding!  Presto, chango!  And here's the fabulous result:   new.gif (10 May 2015)

1920/40Plymouth

(10 May 2015 picture by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Snaking the N.G. coupler pocket through the grille was quite a feat.  Strange that nobody at the Museum remembers any of this!


Articulated PCC Car - There supposedly WERE a few articulated PCC cars in Brooklyn and Chicago, and many Tatra and Dwag articulated PCC variants in Europe, but NONE like this monster designed late in Ira Ersatz's career:   new.gif (19 Jun 2015)

ArticulatedPCC

(19 Jun 2015 picture by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

It is eminently possible that one of these cars may yet turn out to have actually been built - stay tuned.

This smacks of the SW-13 and the GC&E 13-Truck Shay - uh, oh!   new.gif (19 Jun 2015)

13TruckArticulatedPCC
(20 Jun 2015 picture by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image (but why bother?]

Do NOT stay tuned just to see this gem running!

NYC Superpower 2-10-4 #3800 - I hadn't looked at Richard Leonard's fabulous Fantasy Steam site in quite a while and noticed especially the 1950 Lima-built New York Central Class Z-2a 2-10-2s, Nos. 3600-3611, on his NYC Collection.  Well, that betook me to the BW Archives and, sure enough, they disgorged this shot of the derivative NYC version of a 2-10-4 Selkirk:   new.gif (20 Jul 2015)

NYC3800
[20 Jul 2015 picture (after R. Leonard) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

With an elongated firebox and a four-wheel trailing truck to support it, and an extended tender on eight-wheel trucks, this beauty, unfortunately for Lima (and for us), was never put into production.

BW/EMD Dual-Power ESD90MAC - Ira Ersatz, III, came up with a clever way to get dual-power (BIG power) for use under wire in areas where diesel power is prohibited whil(e)(st) having diesel power for use elsewhere wiithout having to change engines.  He resorted to the simple expedient of adding a bi-directional version of a Faively pantograph plus the requisite electrical gear to an EMD SD90MAC:   new.gif (28 Dec 2015)

ESD90MAC
[28 Dec 2015 picture (after D. Thompson/W. Beavers) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Now, all George Ersatz, III, has to do is sell it.

Whoa!  Wait 'til you see up with what Iris, George, and Ira came me up for the RSR [click HERE]!  It was so radical that the BW offered a domestic version, the Triple-Power ESD90MTP:   added.gif (29 Dec 2015)

ESD90MTP
[28 Dec 2015 picture (after D. Thompson/W. Beavers) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]


BerlinerWerke/ALCo Virginian "Big 12" 2-12-12-2-12-8 - I'd heard of an incredible steam monster Ira cooked up for the Virginian just after WWII and before the demise of steam.  After an inordinate amount of work in the BW archives, I found it; a proposal drawing by Ira dated (apparently) Jun 47:   new.gif (28 Jan 2016)

VGNBig12Dwg
[28 Jan 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

There's a trailing truck to help hold up that massive firebox and an extended tender.  The drawing's marked that it was intended for the VGN's infamous Clark's Gap Hill.  You don't suppose - - - nah, too unlikely.

Well, one never knows, do one?  What with Ira's twisted genius and George's amazing salesmanship, stranger things have actually materiaized.  So, with another herculean effort, the archives disclosed an ALCo (NOT Baldwin)* builder's photo [OMG!]:   new.gif 30 Jan 2016)

VGNBig12BPh
[28 Jan 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

You'll note that it's equipped with the BW Multiplex System with an auxiliary canteen to keep weight constant on the third engine.

Funny, there's that same little ALCo employee (that guy who greases the tires and rails so the wheels of an engine can be spun to line up the rods)!

    [This one was a lot of work; hope you enjoy it as much as I did in "finding" it.]

If you'll look carefully at the trailing truck, you might note that ALCo cut corners on that (from the 2-10-10-2) and the firebox length,  Steaming tests out on the road showed this discrepancy as significant enough for the Virginian to reject the loco and ALCo had to eat crow and stretch the firebox a bit and substitute a heavy Delta trailing truck as Ira had specified:   added.gif (30 Jan 2016)

VGNBig12ModifBPh
[30 Jan 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

One can't help but wonder how that little clown with the tallow pot managed to get into so many ALCo builder's photos.

  [* - I shoulda knowed it was ALCo - check the shape of the builder's plate!]   added.gif (30 Jan 2016)


Whil(e)(st) rummaging in the BW archives, I ran across another BW-ALCo collaboration, the fabulous New York Central #8000 "Champlain" 4-10-6:   new.gif (31 Jan 2016)

NYC-8000
[30 Jan 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Expressly made for the Water Level Route, she sped along the Hudson so fast most folks never even saw her!  There's no end to all this, is there?



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!}


[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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