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Apocrypha Continuation Page 29


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 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 the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 26:
  C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8. (07 Dec 2013)
  C&O Ersatz Super Allegheny 2-8-8-8 update. (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)

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 27:
  UP 9090 BW/ALCo 4-Cylinder Super Union Pacific 4-12-4 (04 Feb 2016).
  Steam Business Car (24 May 2016).
  SF 5050 4-10-10-6 (25 Oct 2016).
  The Hearseler Geared Loco (16 Dec 2016).
  Deltic II Locomotive.(02 Feb 2017)
    and a major rebuild! (23 Jun 2019)
  17 Miles Back from Nowhere. (09 Mar 2017)
  Hot Air Tank Car. (20 Mar 2017)
  BW-PRR UU1 2-D+D-2 Electric Box Motor. (10 Jun 2017)

On the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Continuation Page 28 (12 Jun 2017):
  BW-PRR DD5 2-B+B-2 Electric Motor. (12 Jun 2017)
  BW-ALCo PABC-III. (12 Jun 2017)
  BW-ALCo PFA-1. (13 Jun 2017)
  ALCo 5-Axle DL-104 Black Maria II. (04 Jul 2017)
  ALCo Three Truck DL-500-3. (04 Jul 2017)
  ALCo Two Truck DL-500-2. (04 Jul 2017)
  UP 4-12-4. (04 Jul 2017)
  BW-Altoona PRR Q3 4-6-6-4 Duplex. (22 Apr 2018)
  BW-Altoona PRR Q4 4-8-8-4 Duplex. (22 Apr 2018)
  PRR T1 Garratt with Multiplex-System Canteen. (10 Jun 2018)
  Julian Ackerman's Ideas (20 Oct 2018):
    CEBX 1600 1,760-ton Schnabel Car.
    Krupp 31-axle Torpedo Ladle Car.
    Double Whale Belly Tank Cars. (21 Oct 2018)
  ALCo-BW C855WCP. (28 Feb 2019)

On this Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page 29:   new (14 Nov 2019)
  The Baldwin-Berlinerwerke Decapede Locomotives.   new (14 Nov 2019)
  BW-EMD FP70MAC and FP90MAC Cowl-Unit Locomotives.   new (29 Nov 2019)
  BW-EMD FP88MAC and FP89MAC Cowl-Unit Locomotives.   new (29 Nov 2019)


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).


The BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA
(unbelievable RR tales, pix, and hystery)

Before I continue, 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


THE BALDWIN-BERLINERWERKE
DECAPEDE
LOCOMOTIVES

Baldwin-Berlinerwerke 2-x+x-2 Decapede Diesel-Electric Locomotives - the 91' 6" (27.9m) Baldwin "Centipede" 2-D+D-2 (4-8+8-4) locomotives are legendary, both for their uniqueness and their unreliability - built by hand in the same way as Baldwin had always built steam locos, they were a maintenance nightmare (no two were quite alike) - but they sure were.impressive:

centcurv
[Centipede on the Horseshoe Curve]
(Undated, unprovenanced photo)

[That's an undecipherable-numbered pair on the PRR's Horseshoe Curve - look at the angle of the two units, and that on a 9° (604.7' nominal radius, 83.3"R in HO, 45.3"R in N, and 33.0" in Z) (upper} curve!  The engine pair are more or less at the midpoint, the juncture of the upuper curve and the lower curve, on a 1.45% grade, changing to a slightly easier 9° 25' of curvature (637.3' nominal radius, 87.8"R in HO, 47.8"R in N, and 34.8" in Z).]

Per Wikipedia, "The Baldwin DR-12-8-1500/2 (known informally as the Centipede) was the Baldwin Locomotive Works' first serious attempt at a production road diesel locomotive.  The Baldwin type designation was 'DR-12-8-1500/2,' meaning Diesel Road locomotive, with 12 axles (8 of which were driven), and two engines of 1,500 horsepower (1,100 kW) each.  The trucks were configured in a 2-D+D-2 wheel arrangement.  The nickname came from the numerous axles set in a nearly unbroken line, much like the legs of a centipede."

CentTrucks
[Centipede Trucks on Shop Floor]
(Undated, unprovenanced photo)

Again per Wikipedia, "in 1943 Baldwin built an experimental 6,000 horsepower (4,500 kW) 'Centipede' as a demonstrator unit, which was assigned road #6000.  The uniquely styled unit, with its upright, aggressive prow, also utilized the 2-D+D-2 wheel arrangement, but was to be powered with eight V8 diesel engines, though only four were actually installed.  The lone unit was scrapped soon after production, and its running gear was used for the Baldwin 'Centipede' demonstrator also numbered 6000".

Also from Wikipedia: "Given the locomotive's numerous wheels and extremely heavy weight (593.71 tons) it probably comes as little surprise that it offered the highest tractive effort of any diesel locomotive in history; 205,000 pounds starting and 105,600 pounds continuous."

Some sources say the demo unit was a coupled pair, 6000A and 6000B, but I tend to doubt that the second unit was ever completed and run on the road since the first unit never got beyond it's first four (of eight) transvere V-8 engines, and I've never seen any photo with a trailing unit.  Fred Westing's compendious The Locomotives that Baldwin Built sheds little light on the first demo 6000.

Here are the primary drawings from Baldwin's Patent No. US2317849 of April 27, 1943 - filed Jan. 30, 1941 by Max Essl, assigned to The Baldwin Locomotive Works:

CentPat1

CentPat2a CentPat2bp
[1943 Baldwin Patent Drawings]

The major components of interest for this page:
   17 - internal combustion engine - preferably a Diesel engine - vertical or of the V form
   19 - electric generator
   80, 81 - blower
   84, 85 - compressor
   99 - heating boiler (oil-fired)
  100 - water tank
  109 - {not mentioned but presumably compressed air tanks}
  110, 111 - Auxiliary Generator

Not being overly impressed by the patent drawing, I looked for an elevation view to no avail; so, I took someone's colorized version of the demo, unit, first 6000, apparently from Will's Train Art and painstakingly doctored it to match the demo. unit as closely as I could@ with only two photos as reference (and both ¼-front views, at that).  Talk about a "make-work" project - but it was great fun:

Cent1stProtoDwg
[16/17 Nov 2019 drawing detailed by S. Berliner, III, after {???} (livery) after W. Anderson (outline) - all rights reserved]

@ - I freely admit that I just wasn't up to creating the stretched pony trucks of the actual first demo unit.

There seem to be very few photographs available of the first [(supposedly)eight-engined] prototype; here are the only two I could find:

Cent1Demo Cent1Dem1
[First 6000 - First Prototype]

Not so, actually; here's a third pic - 6000 (first) being assembled on the shop floor:

Cent1Build
[Construction of First 6000 - First Prototype]

You can readily see the modular construction.

Whoa!  Some details, especially of the panels and portholes, shown on the construction photograph don't at all match those on the other two pix, nor those om my renderings; I'm sticking with mine, which were drawn per the two ¼-left front views..

Whil(e)(st) looking for more background on the BW/PRR RCCR1 4-D+D-D+D-4 "Millipede" and BW/PRR BP120 4-D-D+D-D+D-D+D-D-4 "Millipede II" (both covered on BW Apocrypha Page 5), as well as on BW Apocrypha Page 25 (gross overkill), our indefatigable Iris Ersatz ran across a whole "new" line of Baldwin-BW locos, the "DECAPEDE series.

It seems that railroads, ever hungry for more power in the immediate post-WWII period, but unable to afford or handle the immense Centipedes, turned to the Berlinerwerke for ideas, which George Ersatz instantly realized offered a huge field of opportunity. With the help of his inspired, if erratic, designer brother, Ira, he teamed up with Baldwin Engineering to develop the "Decapede" line of multi-engined Diesel-electric locomotivess.

Basing his concept on the prototype 2-D+D-2 (4-8+8-4) Centipede, Baldwin's first #6000 (the production Centipede prototype, built on the first one's chassis, was also numbered 6000), with its modular design, George reasoned that smaller versions could be offered to smaller railroads, with tighter curves and shorter trains, with pairs of V-8 engines and drivers thusly: 2-C+C-2, 2-B+B-2, and 2-A+A-2.  In addition, for those with a hankering for FIVE-axle {links} units á là EMD's FL-9 and Fairbanks-Morse's CPA/B-16/-20/-24 C-Liners, there was even a 2-B+C-2.  As the number of prime movers and axles decreased, so did the need for dual air compressors, so the 1-A+A-1 was added to the line.   new.gif (16 Jun 2019)

Decapedes
[16 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

You might notice the 0-A+A-0 down at the bottom - NO, neither Baldwin nor the BW ever offered it for sale!  Thats a Double "Burdick Nightmare", an 0-2-2-0 in Whyte System classification parlance; the earliest reference I could find to date is in the NMRA Bulletin for Nov 1973 on page 30 or 36, N Gauge-"Burdick Nightmare", by Jim FitzGerald, but I was enamo(u)red of the original 0-2-0 Burdick Nightmare (a locomotive with no visible means of support) which well predates that.  (I)(E)nquiries have been made; we shall see.

Should you be curious enough to bother looking, here are links to at least two instances of my Burdick Nightmare coverage: Burdick Nightmare and Modern Burdick Nightmare!.

Being me, I HAD to "find" the 2-D+D-2 Centipede A-A sets:

Cent1A-A
[First 6000/6001 - First Prototype A-A Set]

Cent2A-A
[Second 6000/6001 - Second Prototype A-A Set]

Now, George Ersatz knew that the larger western railroads, with their ample turning facilities, wouldn't want to spring for extra cabs and controls, so he also had Ira cook up a B unit for A-B sets:

Cent1A-B
[17 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

That so impressed Baldwin that they even touted a B unit for the production Centipede:

Cent2A-B
[17 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

[Interesting backgrounds, eh?]

Had enough?


BW-EMD FP70MAC and FP90MAC Cowl-Unit Locomotives

Along with the DDP45 and all those other cowl units I dreamt up (shown on the EMD page, you may have noticed mention of an FP90MAC.   new.gif (29 Nov 2019)

[There really is such; I started an HO model based on the Rail Power Products (PPW/A-Line/Arrow Hobby) version of an Athearn-;ike SD90MAC chassis with kit-botched resin SD90MAC and SD90MAC-H shells and -2 truck sideframes, but never finished it because the sideframes somehow caused the trucks to bind (more's the pity).]

On the EMD page, I freely admited to being torn between adding such nonsense there or here on my Berlinerwerke Apocrypha pages.  Marking a sea change, I'm mentionng the FP70MAC and FP90MAC series there and detailing the story here.

First of all, the SD90MAC locomotive, introduced in 1995, as was the SD80MAC, featured the then-new 6,000HP (4,470kW) 16-cylinder H-engine; the SD80MAC used a 20-cylinder version of the older 4,300HP (3,200kW) 710G engine.  We won't delve into the nightmarish complexities of the inital failure of the H engine to meet requirements and the substitution of the 4,300HP engine.  In addition to technical problems, only the largest railroads, notably the UP and the CP, could aford to put all their eggs in one basket by relying so heavily of such a large power unit.  Suffice it to say the that EMD DID perfect the H engine.

Growing demand for luxury tourist train travel was the impetus for George Ersatz to envision powerful cowl units pulling long strings of "varnish" and so he enlisted brother Ira to come up with a novel solution, the FP90MAC:

FP90MAC1st
[28 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

FP90MAC - First Version

This locomotive used the H engine from the get-go.  The original intent was to relocate all accessories out to the cowl walls, utilizing the vents and and grilles and such from the hood shells but with fewer and longer one-piece access doors, since the doors were no longer limited by walkway width.

For smaller railroads not requiring head-end power, Ira came up with an FP-70:

FP70MAC1st
[28 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

FP70MAC - First Version

[Just in case you weren't aware, the SD70 has the dynamic braking compartment up forward of the engine whil(e)(st) the SD90 has it at the very rear of the body, behind the traction motor cooling equipment.]

Several customers objected to the raw, functional look of the shells, pointing out that there was ample internal access for servining, as there had been on the EMD FP40 and FP45, so Ira used the panel design from those older locos to smooth out the look of the newer units:

FP90MAC2nd
[28 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

FP90MAC - Second Version

FP70MAC2nd
[28 Nov 2019 drawing by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed image for larger picture)

FP70MAC - Second Version

Just for comparison, here are all four together:

FP70MAC1st FP90MAC1st
FP70MAC - First Version || FP90MAC - First Version

FP70MAC2nd FP90MAC2nd
[28 Nov 2019 drawings by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures)

FP70MAC - Second Version || FP90MAC - Second Version

The BW and EMD also offered a lower-power version of the FP90MAC, with a 12-cylinder H engine, called the FP89MAC but there were no takers.


BW-EMD FP88MAC and FP89MAC Cowl-Unit Locomotives

The "inexhaustible" BW files turned up Ira's proposal drawing for that FP89MAC; there was also a version without head-end power, the FP88:

FP89MAC  FP88MAC
[29 Nov 2019 drawings by, and © 2019, S. Berliner, III, - after images by the late Stan Lytle © 1991, 1993, 1998
and by Kyle McKerrow © 1999, as noted - by permission - all rights reserved]
(Click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures)

FP89MAC || FP88MAC

As with so many BW offerings (and so many of those of EMD, ALC, Baldwin, etc., as well), nothing came of this ventrure.


- - - * - - -

More to follow.



[Are you SURE you know what "APOCRYPHA" means?]


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)!



LEGACY

  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.

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