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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.


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

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.


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).


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 the 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.

On this Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 7:   new.gif (24 Jan 2011)
  Breuer Steam Shunting Tractors for the RSR.   new.gif (24/27 Jan 2011)
  RSR-BW ACE 4000-1R   new (05 Apr 2011)
  RSR-BW RDC-2B Business Car   new (15 Apr 2011)
  Type CK07L Gangwayed Composite Compartment Coach - Modified   new (03/04 May 2011)


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 6

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.


Breuer Steam Shunting Tractors for the RSR   new.gif (24/27 Jan 2011)

Long before Breuer AG, of Hochst am Main in Germany, built some incredibly tiny (only 9½' and 11' long) petrol and diesel rail tractors in 1929 and 1931 which served as shunting tractors for Swiss railroads, Breuer, in conjunction with the Berlinerwerke, had built similar tractors for the RSR:   new.gif (24 Jan 2011)

RSR/Breuer/BW-ShuntingTractor
(24 Jan 2011 image by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

These very early shunters were steamers, powered by two miniature Giorg Maznicek Class A boilers feeding two pair of miniature Class A cylinders.  Their disposition is unknown; they may well have been left behind some bushes and forgotten long since (Iris, take note!).

That isn't quite right; Iris did just that and discovered that there were at least two further attempts to upgrade the Breuers before they were revised with internal combustion engines; the first was with a pair of reduced-size vertical boilers from the 0-4+4-0 twin design:   new.gif (27 Jan 2011)

RSR/Breuer/BW-ShuntingTractor2
(25 Jan 2011 image by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The second was more modern, utilizing the small boiler of the RSR's 121 Burdick Nightmare, reduced still further:

RSR/Breuer/BW-ShuntingTractor3
(25 Jan 2011 image by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

A very poor coat of RSR "black" paint (really a very dark gray) was slopped on sparsely; clearly the shop force didn't hold out much hope for the success of this beast.


RSR-BW ACE 4000-1R   new (05 Apr 2011)

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.  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:   new (05 Apr 2011)

ACE 4000-1R
(05 Apr 2010 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after Joshua Moldover's The Railroad Paintshop - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for MUCH larger image]

Our indefatigble (and unstoppable) Iris Ersatz convinced RSR Chief Engineer Artur Gorote to go to the U.S. to witness ACE 4000-1 trials and he was (uncharacteristically) so impressed that he arranged on the spot for pilot beam modifications (to accomodate buffers and screw couplings) and bought the demo unit otherwise "as is"!

The BW had heeded the complaints of potential American 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 came equipped with BOTH a Baldwin Shark nose AND an ALCo PA nose.  Customers could take their choice of two of the most popular retro diesel cabs ever built (or one of each like the demo).  Gorote has a great love for both cabs, as evidenced by other retro designs he has put forward, so he took the unit with the two different cabs and had it shipped right over.

There is no problem of compatibility; the many giant loks already used by the RSR have so neatly straigtened Ruhnian trackage that this relatively-short-wheelbase lok handles any RSR curvature with ease.  The lok has extra fuel and water supply containers so it can cruise all over Europe on a single servicing.  In addition, Gorote had the suspension retuned slightly for staggered rail joints (American practice has them parallel), not that that is particulalry critical since most mainline trackage now uses welded rail on both continents.  RSR fans will probably have noticed that an experimental retro livery was applied, combining favo(u)red elements of several eras.


RSR-BW RSR-BW RDC-2B Business Car   new (15 Apr 2011)

Horror of horrors!  A stinkpot on the RSR?  Yes, Virginia; there is actually an internal combustion device running on the august Ruhnian State Railways!  It seems that when RSR Chief Engineer Artur Gorote was in the U.S. to witness the ACE 4000-1 trials; he rode on the Ersatz's private RDC-2B self-propelled business car:

BW RDC-2B Business Car
(15 Apr 2010 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]

and was so entranced with its comfort and convenence that he ordered one for himself.  Iris was hysterical at the very idea but couldn't let Gorote know how funny she found this gross breach of RSR rigidity.  To make matters even worse, the BW paint shop went bananas and added its own little touches to the RDC:

RSR-BW RDC-2B Business Car
(15 Apr 2010 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

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.  Diesel or not, Gorote has an absolute ball zipping around the countryside, especially since the RDC accelerates like crazy (from rest to 60mph/100kph in under 60 seconds) and has a top speed of 85mph/135kph).

Well, now!  At his age and position, ol' Art should have known better, but he decided one day, soon after the RDC-2B arrived, to take the throttle himself; not having any experience with regulation of such a mettlesome steed, he thereupon managed to over-rev the engines with catastrophic results.  One engine threw a main rod through the crankcase and, even though an RDC can run well on one engine, the resultant sudden overload blew the control system of the second, allowing it to overspeed and ruining the pistons and cylinders.  In their search for suitable steam power before Gorote had settled for diesel, the Ersatz's had located a pair of huge, flash-boilered, six-cylinder Doble industrial pancake (horizontally-opposed) engines based on the highly-successful Doble automotive steam engine.  When Iris found out what Gorote had pulled, she immediately contacted cousin George and the Dobles were acquired for a song and shipped right over to Ruhnia.  Working with the RSR shop and BW staffers, the RDC was quickly converted.  A huge water tank was fitted underneath with fill ports centered in the sides, and the roof-mounted radiators modified to serve as condensors, with a second set fitted to double capacity (thus allowing longer runs on a single fill - and making the RDC look much like an SPV-2000), steam blowoff cocks were added under the engines, and, much to everyone's amusement, the RSR crew made up classic RSR brass-mounted exhaust stacks.  The air horns were revised to become wet steam whistles, similar to a single-bell K5L, and were they ever sweet!   added (15 Apr 2011)

RSR-BW RDC-2BS Business Car
(15 Apr 2010 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after R. Ruesch's Engine Shop - all rights reserved)

Thus, even though it happened purely as a result of an accident, the RSR reverted to all-steam operation.  The re-powered car was redesignated (most appropriately) the RDC-2BS.


Type CK07L Gangwayed Composite Compartment Coach - Modified - when George Ersatz saw the last version of the Type CK07L Gangwayed Composite Compartment Coach as designed by Bela Šahlmeti in 1902 and rebuilt in 1904 by the RSR Works at Bevice-Akohniçe, with its central aisle (gangway) and diaphragms (gangway connections), he was appalled.  Outside doors and steps were simply archaic, as well as dangerous, in his view.  He told brother Ira about it and Ira quickly fired off a revised version, recommending that the doors be sealed shut and the steps and door handles removed, thusly:   new (03 Apr 2011)

BW/RSR CK70L Mod.
(03 May 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after N. Clubb - all rights reserved)

It is not known what resulted; the three cars preserved were NOT so modified (Šahlmeti often did not take kindly to what clearly criticized his work).

Aha!  Iris Ersatz, digging further in the BW/RSR files, uncovered why her grandfather's design was rejected outright!  It had nothing to do with Šahlmeti's ego; Ira had forgotten to allow for vestibules and stepwells and George had missed that little detail!  Iris found the corrected drawing:   new (04 Apr 2011)

BW/RSR CK70L Mod 2.
(04 May 2011 drawing by and © 2011 S. Berliner, III, after N. Clubb - all rights reserved)

The omission had been rectified but, by the time the revised drawing had been submitted, it was far too late to be considered.


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!

Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 6

 


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).

[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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