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RSR Apocrypha Page 12


THE BERLINERWERKE APOCRYPHA

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This page sponsored jointly (lots of 'em) by the
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and the
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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.

  For earlier occurrences of joint RSR-BW efforts and more recent pages, please refer to the RSR Apocrypha Index.

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 11:
  Early RSR 4-12-4{?} "Feculent"
  RSR-BW Class 324 0-6-0T
  Class 875AA Streamliner (30 Sep 2012).
  2-4-6-8+2-4-6-8(!) (01 Oct 2012).
  Another 2-4-6-8-10-12-14(!) (02 Oct 2012).
  BW-RSR Clss 115D 4-8-8-4+4-8-8-4 (02 Oct 2012).

On this Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 12 (23 Oct 2012):
  A BW/RSR Oil-Electric? (23 Oct 2012).
  BW/RSR Steam Oil-Electric (12 Jan 2013).
  RSR/BW Class 695A 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive (15 Dec 2012).
  RSR/BW Class 695AA 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive (16 Dec 2012).
  BW/RSR Class 455AC 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound 4-8-4 (07 Jan 2013).
  RSR-BW Class 895 4-8+8-8 9-cylinder Lok (09 Apr 2013).
  RSR-BW Class 895A 2-4-8+8-8 (or 6-8+8-8?) 9-cylinder Lok (09 Apr 2013).
  RSR-BW Class 845A [(2-2+2-2)-(2-2+2-2)] 8-Cylinder Triple Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt General Purpose Locomotive
    (20 Apr 2013).
  RSR-BW Class 735 4-14-0 3-cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive (21 Aug 2013).
  RSR-Ersatz C&O 2-8-8-8 Super Allegheny (07 Dec 2013).
  RSR-Ersatz C&O 2-8-8-8 Super Allegheny Update.   new (18 Mar 2017)

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 13:
  BW/RSR Class F1 (644) Heavy 4-Cylinder Compound Goods Locomotive(2-12-2)   new.gif (03 Jan 2014)


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 11

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.


A BW/RSR Oil-Electric?   new.gif (23 Oct 2012)

This is a very sad tale, indeed.  In 1924, a bright, promising young man by the name of Bronislav Wrewšefski joined Bela Šahlmeti's locomotive design force at the RSR.  Eager to please and to make a name for himself, Wrewšefski thought to modernize the RSR's motive power and contacted Ira Ersatz at the Berlinerwerke directly, thus bypassing brother George Ersatz and his wise counsel.  Our hot-shot hero arranged for Ira to revise the suspension and draft gear of a stock ALCo/GE/Ingersoll-Rand boxcab oil-electric (Diesel) design and presented the result to Šahlmeti, expecting great praise and approbation:   new (23 Oct 2012)

BW/RSR Oil Electric
(19 Oct 2012 drawing by and © 2012 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[After drawing by, and © 1998, Joshua Moldover, provided by the Railroad Paint Shop, , used by permission.]

To his great surprise and dismay, Wrewšefski was instantly shown the door and told never to darken the RSR doorway again!  In his na´vetÚ, he was unaware of the RSR's absolute proscription against internal combustion "stinkpots"*; George could have warned him.  Naturally, it would never have occurred to Ira, in his little dream world, to question the advisability of such a proposal.  Strictly speaking, one might consider the RSR's training as perhaps somewhat to blame in not emphasizing this quirk to the new recruit and, to his credit, he then moved to Germany and achieved a modicum of success working with Krauss-Maffei and the Deutsches Reichsbahn on early German diesels.   rev (23 Oct 2012)

* - I have been told by an eminent and unimpeachable authority that the correct RSR term is actually "stinkboxes";
you are hereby so advised.  Now you know!  Never let it be said of the BW that shes'a perpetuata errata!

Steam Oil-electric Boxcab - Running through some RSR personnel records, our Iris was a bit surprised to spot the familiar name, Bronislav Wrewšefski, once again; she determined to find out what that was all about.  It turns out that friend Bron had labored mightily for K-M and the DR, but always under the smarting, bitter cloud of his dismissal from the RSR.  Finally, one day, on reading about the Doble flash-boiler steam engine, he found his salvation!  Working on his own time (this time with George Ersatz), he located a pair of big Doble upright steam engines and they grafted them into the AGEIR oil-electric design to turn the GE generator, adding the many necessary fitments for oil-firing, including a big internal water tank and hatch, pop valves, air intake grilles, vents, and drains.  The fin-tube coil radiators were retained to serve as coolers for condensors to minimize water consumption.  It was a rather nifty conversion and, being oil fired, it was technically still an "oil-electric":   new (12 Jan 2013)

BW/RSR Steam Oil Electric
(12 Jan 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[After drawing by, and © 1998, Joshua Moldover, provided by the Railroad Paint Shop, , used by permission.]

There was a precedent for this; witness the E74n and its boxcab conversion:

BW/RSR Class E74n  BW/RSR Class E74n Boxcab
[15 Mar 2008 (l.) and 31 Jan 2009 (r.) drawings by and © 2008, 2009, 2013 S. Berliner, III -
after drawing by N. Clubb* - all rights reserved).] {click on thumbnailed images for larger pictures}

[* - I am quite unable to find where these drawings were posted (IF they were ever posted) or if the former is a BW or RSR drawing!]

With hat in hand and heart in throat, Wrewšefski approached Šahlmeti about the redesign and, far from being peremptorily thrown out, he was praised for his resourcefulness and promptly restored to his old place in Engineering!  Many years later, in his retirement, he was greatly gratified to read of the RSR's Doble-powered RDC-2BS business car.


RSR/BW Class 695A 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive   new.gif (15 Dec 2012)

Artur Gorote's magnificent Class 675AA 7-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive was so free-steaming that Iris Ersatz thought it could easily handle a fourth set of cylinders.  Accordingly, she wheedled Gorote into letting her make up a set of erecting drawings.  It looked so good on paper that the BW was commissioned to make up a prototype, the 9-cylinder 695A 4-6+6-4:

RSR/BW695A
(15 Dec 2012 drawing by and © 2012 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

What a stump puller she was!  With a second set of forward outer cylinders, a long-wheelbase 4-wheel pilot truck to handle the extra weight up fo'ard, a bigger steam dome, and an extended tender, she was a fearsome monster, indeed, but her length was her undoing and (as was so often the case) homologation was denied.


RSR/BW Class 695AA 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive   new.gif (16 Dec 2012)

Iris discovered that Gorote, himself, revised this design; he didn't care for the long-wheelbase pilot truck and so he split the twinned front cylinders and put a standard pilot truck under the forward pair of cylinders ß lÓ 555A thusly:

RSR/BW695AA
(15 Dec 2012 drawing by and © 2012 S. Berliner, III - as adapted by N. Clubb ca. 16 Dec 2012 - all rights reserved)

Even with that august gentleman's imprimatur, and the older tender to reduce overall length, the design went nowhere, but the one unit must have been a sight to see!


RSR/BW Class 455AC Semi-Streamlined 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound 4-8-4 Express Passenger Locomotive - Per the RSR story, the "success of the Nostalgia Expresses led also to a number of streamlining projects based on European designs.  One such was the A4-styled 455AA - - - ; the main reason why the 455AB never got off the drawing board was that the streamlining of the A4 was integral to the design and not added as an afterthought like that of the NYC J3a.  The smokebox of the 455A simply could not be fitted under the sloping front of the A4.  The scheme shown - - - , as attractive as it may have been, would have needed to combine the boiler of the 434A with the chassis of the 455A, requiring a rebuild of the locomotive and a clearly unjustifiable expense for the purposes of 'mere' publicity".  Well, it occurred to Iris Ersatz that there might well be a workable compromise,  By combining elephant ears based on the Class 565A with the streamlining of the proposed 455AB and blending them together, plus a little clever trompe-l'oeil painting, one could have a very nifty lok indeed, well suited for drawing the Nostalgia Expresses:   new.gif (07 Jan 2013)

RSR/BW455AC
(07 Jan 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - after N. Clubb - all rights reserved)

This compromise design was readily accepted and is awaiting funding to be set in motion.


RSR/BW Class 895 4-8+8-8 - Things have been a wee bit quiet around the BW field office in the RSR shops lately but they perked up when George Ersatz III came up with a new super-power design and set Iris to the unenviable task of convincing her mentor, Artur Gorote, to give it a shot.  Drawing (pun) heavily on the eminently successful Class 695A/AA 9-cylinder triple-expansion compound express goods locomotive design (above), stretching it to accomodate two extra inboard driving axles and and an extra pair of forward cylinders, yielded this monster:   new (09 Apr 2013)

895-9cyl4-8-8-8
(08 Apr 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

The cant of the front center cylinder had to be reduced, the air pumps relocated to the rear, a four-wheel pony truck fitted to hold the extra weight of the bigger front end, and safety and filling features of the tender deck improved but the design was otherwise actually quite straight forward and we await results with bated breath (like - don't hold it!).

As it turned out, the weight on the pilot truck/bogie was a wee bit too much, so a mod was put forward, adding, in effect, a pilot truck to the pilot truck (the 895A):   new (19 Apr 2013)

895A-9cyl4-8-8-8
(19 Apr 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnail for larger image]

Would that be a 2-4-8+8-8 or a 6-8+8-8?


I promised you a chef d'oeuvre to follow - well, here it is!  Artur Gorote's superlative 2011 Class 885A 8-Cylinder Triple Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt General Purpose Locomotive, built by the RSR Works in Bevice-Akohniše, wonderful as it was, was simply too big for the far-flung twisty, little branches out in the boonies.  Quick as ever to further the fortunes of the Berlinerwerke, George Ersatz, III, had enlisted his cousin Iris Ersatz to come up with a nifty little Beyer-Garratt general purpose locomotive, also an 8-cylinder triple expansion compound, the Class 845A [(2-2+2-2)-(2-2+2-2)]:   new (20 Apr 2013)

845A-8cyl2-2+2-2-2-2+2-2
(20 Apr 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

This compact little gem could handle any train that might be assembled for those miniature branch lines with an incredible ability to negotiate the tightest curves with complete impunity.


RSR-BW Class 735 4-14-0 3-cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive - Whil(e)(st) the RSRs Class 635A 4-12-0 Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive was deemed insufficient, the BW's George Ersatz thought it had possibillites beyond what Artur Gorote envisioned.  Applying to brother Ira yielded a nifty 4-14-0 with a greaty-expanded firebox to both supply ample steam and put some serious weight on the added driver:   new (21 Aug 2013)

735-3cyl4-14-0
(21 Aug 2013 drawing by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

ALCo-style lateral motion devices on the leading and trailing driving axles allowed the 735 to negotiate yard trackage and turnouts with ease.  Using the bigger tender from the 635A-series gave more-than-adequate steaming capacity for a day's work in any RSR yard.  George leaned on cousin Iris to pressure Gorote into accepting the design for prototyping; apparently she was successful.


RSR-Ersatz C&O 2-8-8-8 Super Allegheny - having seen the Ersatz's elegant and eminently-successful BW-built C&O 2-8-8-8 Super Allegheny #1883, George Ersatz convinced Artur Gorote to try one (07 Dec 2013):

RSRSuerAllegheny
(07 Dec 2013 image by and © 2013 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Magnificent as it was, this steed proved just too heavy for the RSR's roadbed and it was never accepted, let alone homologated; the trial unit was returned to the BW and ended up rebuilt to U. S. specs and sold to the C&O as part of it's regular fleet.

WRONG! - (or sort of wrong) - before the unit was sent back, it had been updated per the C&O update with 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:   new (18 Mar 2017)

RSRSuerAlleghenyUpdated
(18 Mar 2017 image by and © 2017 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

If it had been too heavy before, this certainly sealed its doom in Ruhnia!


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.


Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 11

 


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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