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RSR Apocrypha Page 4


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

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This page sponsored jointly (lots of 'em) by the
National Railway Hysterical Society
and the
National Muddle Railroad Association.


(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 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), above, and the RSR Apocrypha Index.


RUHNIAN STATE RAILWAYS
APOCRYPHA

Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 3

Because the Ruhnian State Railways (RSR) had so much interaction with the Berlinerwerke, and especially with the BW's George and Ira Ersatz and their sons, George, Jr., and Ira, Jr., I decided to place any new BW-Apocrypha coverage of RSR loks on separate pages.

The RSR, and its cooperative competitor, the Kroplihne Railway (RK), under the successive directorship of Chief Engineers Giorg Maznicek (1839-57), Marek Luršimonš (1857-91), Karel Belčamin (1891-1919), Bela Šahlmeti (1919-29), Frihdrik Tešlov (1929-50 - in exile 39-45), Mikhail Rodnivacek (1950-62), Jochann Ketterik (1962-85), and Artur Gorote (1985-present), has presented to the astonished world some incredible examples of unique and pioneering locomotive design.

Thanks to the generosity of Norman Clubb, proprietor, we are able to show here some of the additional unbelievable adaptations of RSR lok types as developed jointly with the Berlinerwerke.


INDEX

The main Berlinerwerke Apocrypha Page.

 Earlier occurrences of joint RSR-BW efforts:

  Ruhnian State Railways's 665A-001.
  Ruhnian State Railways - con't'd.
  Rhunian State Rwys 465B Push-Pull.
  Rhunian State Rwys 465C V8.
  Rhunian State Rwys 465W Wankel.
  RSR 465H Heisler Beyer-Garratt.
  RSR 46.5 Heisler.
  RSR 164B 6-Cyl. Compound Beyer-Garratt Express Passenger Loco.
  RSR 815A 10-Cyl. Compound Beyer-Garratt Express Passenger Loco.
  RSR and PRR Meyer 0-4-4-0Ts.
  RSR T900-10r Super Tanker.
  RSR DD2 Banker
  RSR Dual-Service DD3 Banker
  RSR ABCDEF Super-Banker

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 1:
  RSR 863 Boosted-Tender Series.
  RSR RU94-15 Articulated 2-Unit Diner-Lounge.
  RSR/BW 323-2I Inspection Car.
  RSR/BW 523E2 2-10-6-10-2.
  RSR/BW 533F 4-10-6T.
  RSR/BW 675A 4-6-6-4.
  1st RSR Loco Found!  E24A 4-2-0 #1.
  RSR/BW 756A Garratt.
  RSR/BW 865A 4-8-8-8.
  RSR/BW C9x 1-1-1.
  RSR/BW Cat D8.
  RSR/BW 464A 6-cyl. 2-4-2+2-4-2 Garratt.
  RSR/BW 323-2B.

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 2:
  RSR/BW 460B Fireless Cooker.
  RSR/BW 460C Fireless Cooker.
  RSR/BW 460D Ersatz-Garratt Fireless Cooker.
  RSR/BW 1280 Ersatz-Garratt Fireless Cooker.
  RSR/BW E48D 4-2-2T.
  RSR/BW E24B 4-2-0 and E44B 4-4-0.
  RSR/BW 165A/B/C 4-2-2 and 4-2-4T.
  RSR/BW 161 4-2-2 Crampton.
  RSR 6-2-0 Crampton.
  RSR 6-2-0 Drippski.
    [Duplex coverage moved from RSR page 2 to this page 3 on 28 Dec 2008]
  RSR/BW 4-14-4+4-14-4 Garratt.

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 3:
  RSR/BW 4-4-4-4 Class 464 Duplex.
  RSR/BW 4-6-6-4 Class 664 Duplex.
  RSR/BW 4-8-8-4 Class 864 Duplex.
    [Duplex coverage moved from RSR page 2 to this page on 28 Dec 2008]
  RSR/BW 0-2-0T "Burdick Nightmare".
  RSR 121 0-2-0T "Burdick Nightmare".
  RK's First Loco.
  RK's Pre-Garratt Garratt.
  RK 2-2+2-2 Tank Twin.
  RK 0-4+4-0 NG Tank Twin.

On this Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 4:
  RK Vertical-Boilered NG 0-4-0.
  RK Vertical-Boilered, Oil-Fired NG 0-4-0T.
  RSR 6-2-0 Crampton High-Wheeler.
  RSR Three-truck O'Sheigh Geared Logger.
  RSR Three-truck Kleimachš Geared Logger.
  RSR Three-truck Heišchler Geared Logger.
  RSR Class DD2T Tracked Garratt.
  RSR _266-1r Goods Wagons.
  RSR _266-1rW and _266rS Wood-Tired and Ski-Equipped Goods Wagons.
  RSR Class 115AT Tracked Garratt.
  RSR/BW E24B 4-2-0 Model.
  RSR 1040A 0-10-0+0-10-0 Fireless Cooker.
  RSR 464A 4-8-4 High-Speed Doherty Passenger Loco.


Because the BW Apocrypha, RSR 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), above, and the RSR Apocrypha Index.


Before I start, I should note that all this (the BW Apocrypha) 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.


RUHNIAN STATE RAILWAYS
APOCRYPHA

Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 3

Because the Ruhnian State Railways (RSR) had so much interaction with the Berlinerwerke, and especially with the BW's George and Ira Ersatz and their sons, George, Jr., and Ira, Jr., I decided to place any new BW-Apocrypha coverage of RSR loks on separate pages.

The RSR, and its cooperative competitor, the Kroplihne Railway (RK), under the successive directorship of Chief Engineers Giorg Maznicek (1839-57), Marek Luršimonš (1857-91), Karel Belčamin (1891-1919), Bela Šahlmeti (1919-29), Frihdrik Tešlov (1929-50 - in exile 39-45), Mikhail Rodnivacek (1950-62), Jochann Ketterik (1962-85), and Artur Gorote (1985-present), has presented to the astonished world some incredible examples of unique and pioneering locomotive design.

Thanks to the generosity of Norman Clubb, proprietor, we are able to show here some of the additional unbelievable adaptations of RSR lok types as developed jointly with the Berlinerwerke.


Delving further into the meticulous records of the old Kroplihne Railway [RK - the cooperating rival of the Ruhnian State Railways (RSR)], Iris Ersatz has discovered even-earlier loco designs by Iosif Ruhkani, the RK's first General Manager (pre-Maznicek).  All this was before the RK (or the RSR) started numbering their locos.  Those very first vertical-boilered industrial meter (39" narrow) gauge teakettles had virtually no smokebox and dra(f)(ugh)ted poorly:

RK0-4-0Wood
(03/04 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Extending the smokebox and upgrading the tender to more-modern practice gave better steaming and longer runs:

RK0-4-0Tender
(03/04 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

That very early (possibly the RK's first) loco was rebuilt later with pannier tanks for water and oil and may well have been the very first oil-fired steamer, having been the test bed for Ruhkani's sintered burner mantles for coal oil service:

RK0-4-0TOil
(04 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

It was later upgraded with a longer smokebox:

RK0-4-0TOil2
(04 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)


Digging back in the files produces some rather-odd ducks; witness this immediate predecessor of that RSR Crampton #111, a giant-wheeled Crampton, #110:

RSRCrampton#10
(07 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Eminently impractical, it was withdrawn from service almost at once and speedily rebuilt as #111.


An RSR design engineer of Irish extraction working for Marek Luršimonš, one Šheamuš O'Sheigh (an ancestor of Ephraim Shay), came up with a most novel design for heavy logging in the vast Ruhnian forests, a three-truck geared side-winder with remarkably advanced features for its day:

RSRSheigh
(09/10 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

O'Sheigh developed an early form of Hypoid gearing to allow small, enclosed gearboxes on each inboard axle; standard side-rodding transmitted power to the two outer axles to save on expensive and time-consuming machining and maintenance.  Just like his predecessors, Iosif Ruhkani and Bela Šahlmeti, Marek Luršimonš couldn't be bothered with patenting novel RK/RSR developments - more fools, they!  O'Sheigh protested mightily but was easily over-ridden (he had a family to feed).

Mrs. O'Sheigh dutifully produced sons but no daughters; that was when the multi-talented O'Sheigh wrote the lovely, and now world-famous, ballad:

"O'Sheigh, can you she?"

O'Sheigh was quite inventive and he also tried other geared drive systems; one was a style which utilized canted cylinders driving a cross-shaft which, in turn, drove a right-angle gearbox which, in turn, turned a pair of centered longitudinal shafts which, in turn, drove right-angle gearboxes on the inner axles which, in turn, turned those axles:

RSRKleimachs
(09/10 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

What a weird drive-train!  Yet, it worked rather well.  For some reason unknown to me, it was termed a Kleimachš.  It utilized the O'Sheigh Hypoid-like gearing.

Another version, known as a Heišchler had a pair of cylinders arranged laterally in a "V" fashion, driving similar central shafts:

RSRHeischler
(09/10 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

This was a far simpler and more efficient drive train, although the ashpan had to be split to accommodate the shafting in both.  Yet again, over O'Sheigh's bitter objections, Luršimonš refused to even consider patenting these novel ideas; later generations of RSR chief engineers and the O'Sheigh family all regretted that short-sightedness!


During the First World War, Ruhnia, being allied with the Central Powers, armed for defen(s)(c)e against the Allies; as part of this effort, the RSR was asked to provide armo(u)red locomotives.  Afraid that long-range artillery fire or the new aerial bombardment might disrupt rail lines, Karel Belčamin adapted the tracked undercarriage and drive train of the first German tank, the A7V, to fit under his magnificent 1913-14 Class DD2 Garatt as the DD2T:

RSR-DD2T
(12/13 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

After the war, she soldiered on in heavy log skidding service until she slid off an icy hillside into a ravine and was wrecked.

Before the last series of 4-wheeled "bobber"-type goods wagons (freight cars), the post-war _290-10r classes, and before its even-shorter predecessor (between-the-wars) _266-10r series, the RSR ran a group of really-short wagons in the _266-1r series:

RSR-F266-1r RSR-L266-1r RSR-O266-1r RSR-T266-1r RSR-V266-1r
(13 Jan 2009 images by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Left-to-right: F266-1r flat car, L266-1r low-side gondola, O266-1r open gondola, T266-1r tank car, and V266-1r goods van (boxcar).

It was this series that was towed behind the DD2T (Tracked) loco, which could operate virtually anywhere without the need for rails, fitted with wooden tires around the flanged wheels for clear terrain and with skis for the snow, such as the following V266-1r vans (as class examples):

RSR-V266-1r RSR-V266-1rs
(13 Jan 2009 images by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

Left-to-right: V266-1rW (Wood-Tired) and V266-1rS (Ski) Goods Vans.

During the Second World War, the concept was renewed by those filling in for the exiled Frihdrik Tešlov, using an armo(u)red Class 115A Garratt and a pair of shortened chassis from the Karl/Thor/Loki-series of giant German mobile 60cm and 54cm cannon:

RSR-115AT
(13 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

The 115AT, whose turning radius was HORRENDOUS (that was a LOT of loco to skid-steer), hauled those same old _266-1r series cars left over from WWI at first but was intended to tow the newer and much larger _400r-10 series 8-wheeled wagons; however, the loco was destroyed by Allied bombs long before it ever saw significant service.


Rummaging around in the back rooms at Akohniše, looking for more historical material for the great 175th anniversary celebration in 2014, when the 1839 E24A 4-2-0 #1 will run from Kropčahne to Bevice and back, our indefatigable Iris Ersatz made an amazing find!  Under an incredible coating of dust and cobwebs, she uncovered a magnificent mahogany box containing, of all things, a presentation model of the then-new E24B "Racehorse", constructed with loving care in the shops by the workforce as a gift to their belovŔd monarch. King Šchmedrik I, who died just before the presentation was to be made.  Here it is, perched on a section of rail:

RSR-E24B-model
(15 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Naturally, everyone was thrilled to see this relic and it will be placed on prominent display in the works lobby at Akohniše, as well as being brought out for the celebration, when it will be steamed and run on a miniature track to be built for the occasion.


One of many attempts to build a heavy fireless cooker ("Thermos bottle" - see the Index for others) was this double-ended, articulated version of Mikhail Rodnivacek's 1958 Class 520A, the one-off RSR Class 1040A:

RSR-1040A
(16 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

The crews liked the roomy cab, articulated between the two tanks and separated from them, making it cooler in summer; for winter use, steam was vented from the tanks into radiators in the cab.  The 1040A form was nice enough but, as she was a shifter/shunter, her poor visibility for coupling taxed the crews.


George Ersatz, Jr., had seen the trials of the magnificent Class 364A 4-6-2 6-Cylinder Doherty Compound Express Passenger Locomotive series and suggested to Jochann Ketterik that Ira might expand the design rather neatly for a 4-8-4.  Because the 364A had too much grate area, there seemed ample steaming capacity for the larger drive.  Ketterick approved and the BW set to work with the result being this exceedingly-handsome Class 464A (not to be confused with the 464 Garratt):

RSR-464A
(17 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

This engine was entirely satisfactory in every way but was not placed into series production because of the continued development of Ketterick's superb older (but far simpler) Class 434D.


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!}


Because the Ruhnian State Railways (RSR) had so much interaction with the Berlinerwerke, and especially with the BW's George and Ira Ersatz and their sons, George, Jr., and Ira, Jr., I decided to place any new BW-Apocrypha coverage of RSR loks on separate pages.

[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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