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THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

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[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!]

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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.


RUHNIAN STATE RAILWAYS
APOCRYPHA

Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 5

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 the 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.

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 5:
  RSR/BW E2A 4-10-0 Mastodon.
  RSR/BW E44BHST Speeding Truck.
  RSR/BW C6B 4-6-2.
  RSR 2-4-6-8-10-12 Multiplex.
  RSR 2-4-6-8-10-12+2-4-6-8-10-12 Kidsome-My-Err.
  RSR 2-4-6-8-10-12+12-10-8-6-4-2T Unfairlie Double.
  RSR 2-4-6-8-10-12+12-10-8-6-4-2T Unfairlie Double Cab-Forward.
  RSR 2-4-6-8-10-12-14 Multiplex.

On this Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 6:
  CR 4-10-2+2-10-4 Garatt.
  CR 4-14-4+4-14-4 Garratt.
  RSR BB2 Mini-Garratt.
  RSR BB3 Articulated.
  RSR BB4 Articulated.
  RSR BB1G Articulated.
  RSR 1935 Articulated Diner.
  RSR CBB2 Hagans Articulated Tank Loco.
  RSR CCC1 Heavy Articulated Tank Shunting Loco.   new (19 Jan 2012)


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 5

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 by the Berlinerwerke.  However, it should be strictly noted that the material presented on these pages is in no way reflective of the work or opinions of the RSR or its management, nor does it enjoy their unconditional endorsement.


Our Aussie friend opined that the "Cab-Forward Double Unfairlie is just the sort of thing that the Commonwealth Railways needed back in the 1950's to run the trans-continental trains across the Nullarbor Plain."  In fact, he found "it very hard to understand why they wasted their money on GM diesel-electrics when they should have invested in some BW super power."  I couldn't agree more.  What he was unaware of was that George Ersatz, Jr., on a sales trip to Australia and New Zealand, realized exactly that on the train across the Plain and had Ira, Jr., work with Artur Gorote to come up with a joint RSR/BW cab forward version of the redoubtable Class 115A 4-10-2+2-10-4 Garratt for the Commonwealth Railways:

RSR/BW-CR115CF-Garratt
(27 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

As an added feature for the long run across the Plain, they added a condensing system to the tender.  The design being favorably received, they then went the extra mile and proposed a similar treatment for the huge Class 14105 4-14-4+4-14-4 Garratt:

RSR/BW-CR14105CF-Garratt
(27 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

As fine as these concepts were, the CR was unable to obtain funding at the time and nothing further came of the efforts.  George, Jr., tried his level best but couldn't get the South African Railways to buy either one, either together or separately, either.

Karen Parker suggested that these should have been double-ended; I scoffed at the very idea, remonstrating that "I considered that but even the NP has ends where turning loops or wyes could be placed (or exist).  Besides, when I tried that, they didn't look good to me and the BW Apocrypha is MY world and I decide what goes (as Norm does in Ruhnia)."  I raved on, "You also forget that, as with so many very-long RSR loco designs, by the time one runs these off the end of the NP line, the pilot has already circled the globe and the loco is back at the starting point, ready for the next run!"  Worse yet, I even reminded Karen that "as it says on every Apocrypha page, 'NOTE - Any attempt to inject an element of reason into this series of pages will be forcibly rejected!'!" and that her "attempt at injection has been rejected, albeit without undue force."

All that rant is well and good but further delving into the voluminous BW files disgorged, not only said double-enders, but they had, as requested by our Aussie, a "kangaroo catcher (in lieu of cow catcher)" on each end, "added on arrival in Port Augusta".  No, Phil, they were NOT "fitted with a BW sonic-scarer".

;Ě)  [How DOES one draw an evil grin on a text emoticon?]

Regardless, here they are, the RSR-BW CR115CFD and CR14105CFD:

RSR/BW-CR115CFD-Garratt

RSR/BW-CR14105CFD-Garratt
(27/28 Jan 2009 images by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for larger images]

If Phil says so, I guess the Commonwealth Railways must have taken these design proposals seriously.  Could they have actually been built and shipped?

If you really want to see a great Garratt (in 1:87.1), go to my Model RR page 7!

Were you aware that the RSR commissioned one of the smallest standard gauge Garratts ever made?  The BW built it for them, Class BB2:

RSR/BW-BB2-Garratt
(28 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Erroneously denoted BB1 (a Mallet) originally.]

Kinda cute (if such a term can be applied to a loco).


In an early attempt to investigate every drive arrangement, the RSR commissioned the BW to build two variants on the Class BB1 0-4-0+0-4-0T articulated.  The first, the BB3, with a boiler greatly enlarged over that on the BB1, was based on the Sinnemahoning Valley's 1892 Baldwin 0-6-0+0-6-0T #3, the Edward T. Johnson, with both pairs of cylinders facing to the rear:

RSR/BW-BB3-Artic
(29 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The second was based on the wheel and cylinder arrangement of the so-called Davenport Duplex (but NOT on its geared drive system, which had the cylinders inboard:

RSR/BW-BB4-Artic
(29 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Neither one of these experiments panned out; there were no significant advantages to either drive arrangement, although the big boilers were so successful they were used as stationary boilers in Bevice when the power plants there was leveled by a major boiler explosion.

Looking further afield, at geared locos, that Davenport "Duplex" caught the eyes of the BW and RSR staffs, with its geared, side-rodded trucks driven by jackshafts.  A BB1, with the bigger new boiler, was fitted with trucks on this principal (although RSR Maintenance had the cylinders face forward), becoming the BB1G:

RSR/BW-BB1G-Artic
(29 Jan 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Needless to say, the benefits of this schema, although it was much better than the BB3 or BB4, did not outweigh the complexities of the truck gearboxes and this development, too, was shelved.

Talking about articulateds, above, the big news is that a 1935 articulated diner has been found and renovated for regular service.  The RSR's exciting new "avant-garde" passenger stock for 1935 was designed by RC&W manager Jochann Dugehrie, somewhat similar to then-current "saucisson" stock of the French Chemin de Fer de l'╔tat.  The oval windows, however, did NOT find favo(u)r with the riding public; as it turned out, much of the 1935 stock was badly damaged during WWII and what remained was quickly scrapped.  Clubb records that one rake of carriages "has been preserved for posterity and is normally to be seen running between Kropčahne and Forihv".  What is little known, however, is that a Type RK12 12-Bay Composite Articulated Dining Car, built in 1935 by TFR Nevedov, Parvašč, Ruhnia, survived and was found in terrible condition on a siding behind a factory in Kropčahne by our girl Iris Ersatz.  The wooden framing of the oval windows had rotted away and the wet wood had caused severe rusting of the plating around the windows.  Rather than scrap such a rare and useful car, the RSR had the Bevice car shop rebuild it with the rectangular windows of the 1938-series of passenger stock:   new.gif (03 Mar 09)

35rk1202ArticDiner
(03 Mar 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Italy's il Duce, Benito Mussolini, for all his faults, is still greatly admired by the RSR operating staff; he made Italian trains run on time!  Thus, in spite of a great outcry from former Allied countries, the car is named in his hono(u)r and is, nevertheless, with all its former luxurious amenities restored, in great demand for fan trips, as well as for international tourist runs.

Oops!  I have been strongly reminded that "Ruhnia and its people suffered quite badly during the second world war from Nazi terror and arbitrary atrocities", so I investigated and it seems that an Italian expatriate was working in the Bevice paint shop and decorated the revamped diner on his own hook.  The painter has been reprimanded and the offending lettering since removed:

35rk1202ArticDinerX
(03 Mar 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Wow!  I no sooner posted all this about the articulated diner than I found out that it has been rebuilt under Iris's guidance!  Realizing that the drop in the world economy would reduce demand for long trains and large fan trips, Iris replaced the belt-driven generators under each unit with motor-generators and fitted pancake diesel electric power sleds under the bodies.  Roof mounted exhausts and radiators and control-cab ends completed the transformation into a self-propelled railcar set:

35rk1202ArticDinerMR
(03 Mar 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

What a neat way to tour the Ruhnian countryside whil(e)(st) dining in style!


Still on the subject of articulateds (articulated locos, that is), in hono(u)r of the 137th anniversary of Westinghouse's patent, the RSR had commissioned the incredible Class CBB1 4-6-4-4-2T Four-Cylinder Tandem Compound Hagans Articulated Tank Locomotive, q.v.  Always power-hungry, the RSR needed something even more powerful and with far-longer road service capability, so George Ersatz proposed making a heavier boiler and doubling the running gear to make a 4-6-4-4+4-4-6-4T, the Class CBB2, which was accepted by the RSR and designed by the BW's Ira Ersatz and produced at the RSR's Bevice-Akohniçe shops:

CBB2ArticTank
(05 Mar 2009 image by and © 2009 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

By switching to oil firing, the contents of the huge tanks could be pumped to assure even weight distribution of the liquids over the many driver sets.  This was another of those RSR locos which could ignore international boundaries with impunity.


Because of the free steaming capability of Karel Belčamin's CBB1, shown here:   added (19 Jan 2012)

CBB1ArticTank
(original 2009 image by and © 2009 N. Clubb - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

a related articulated development, also based by Ira Ersatz on the CBB1, was the CCC1 4-Cylinder Tandem Compound Hagan's Articulated Tank Shunting Loco, an enlarged 4-6-6-6-2T:   new (19 Jan 2012)

CCC1ArticTank
(19 Jan 2012 image by and © 2012 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

Again oil-fired, it was built by the RSR's Bevice-Akohniçe shops.


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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