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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 12

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.   new (30 Sep 2012)
  2-4-6-8+2-4-6-8(!).   new (01 Oct 2012)
  Another 2-4-6-8-10-12-14(!).   new (02 Oct 2012)
  BW-RSR Clss 115D 4-8-8-4+4-8-8-4.   new (02 Oct 2012)

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 12:

  new.gif (23 Oct 2012)

  A BW/RSR Oil-Electric?.   new.gif (23 Oct 2012)
  BW/RSR Steam Oil-Electric.   new.gif (12 Jan 2013)
  RSR/BW Class 695A 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive.   new.gif (15 Dec 2012)
  RSR/BW Class 695AA 4-6+6-4 9-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Express Goods Locomotive.   new.gif (16 Dec 2012)
  BW/RSR Class 455AC 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound 4-8-4.   new.gif (07 Jan 2013)
  RSR-BW Class 895 4-8+8-8 9-cylinder Lok.   new (09 Apr 2013)
  RSR-BW Class 895A 2-4-8+8-8 (or 6-8+8-8?) 9-cylinder Lok.   new (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
.   new (20 Apr 2013)
  RSR-BW Class 735 4-14-0 3-cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive.   new (21 Aug 2013)

On this 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)
  BW/RSR Big__Boy 4-8+8-4-4-8+8-4 High-Speed General Purpose Locomotive   new.gif (03 Sep 2014)
  BW/RSR Class 755C 4-14-4 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive   new.gif (03 Sep 2014)
  BW/RSR Class E-46BB2 4-4-0 Modification   new.gif (18 Dec 2014)
  BW/RSR Class B2G 0-2-0+0-2-0 Micro-Garrett   new.gif (19 Dec 2014)
  BW/RSR 4-4-2 High-Acceleration Commuter Lok   new.gif (12 Feb 2015)
  BW/RSR 2-4-0 Mixto Lok   new.gif (10 Mar 2015)
  BW/RSR 985C 2-16-16-2 8-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt Goods Locomotive (2015)   new.gif (22 Mar 2015)
  Frihdrik Tešlov's Missing 321D 0-6-0T?   new.gif (23 Mar 2015)
  533AB and 533ABA 2-10-2 3-Cylinder Goods Locomotives   new.gif (21 Apr 2015)
  533AB and 533ABA 2-10-4 3-Cylinder Goods Locomotive Variants   new.gif (05 May 2015)
On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 14:   new.gif (05 May 2015)
  Class 565B 8-10-6 Triple-Expansion Compound Six-Cylinder Goods Locomotive   new.gif (05 May 2015)


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 12

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., and grand-daughter/neice, Iris Ersatz, 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 (to put it mildly!).


A BW/RSR Class F1 (644) Heavy 4-Cylinder Compound Goods Locomotive - a 2-12-2   new.gif (03 Jan 2014)

With the surprise announcement on 02 Feb 2014 of a "new" locomotive class, Karel Belcamin's never-realized 1919 E3 2-10-0 (1-5-0), our ever-indefatigable Iris Ersatz, well knowing Belcamin's penchant for larger and ever-more-powerful steam loks, began a systematic search for any further remanent drawings and, sure enough, succeeded (as she is so wont to do).  Dated in late August of 1919, this design might possibly have been the very last one completed before Belcamin's untimely death.  Drawing (please pardon the deliberate pun) upon his 1911 E1 (523A) 0-10-0 and 1919 E2 (544A) and E3 2-10-0s, Belcamin carried forward the Krauss-Helmholtz leading truck and four cylinders with well-balanced four-crank drive.  These improvements were intended to allow higher speeds; this steed could have easily moved extremely-heavy passenger and goods trains between major intracity yards:

RSR/BWF1/644
(03 Feb 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The proven C-14 boiler design had a lengthened main course and greatly-enlarged firebox and ashpan.  In addition there was a heavier trailing truck/bogie bearing and springing, ALCo lateral motion devices fitted to both pairs of outer axles, a support for the lengthened reach rod, an expansion (buckle) plate added under the vast expanse of boiler, and a heavier two-truck tender.

[This seemed a fitting loco to start off the 13th BW/RSR Apocrypha page.]

In early Sep 2014, the RSR announced two fabulous new examples of "spare time" design work by Artur Gorote's staff; a Class 985A 8-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt Goods Locomotive and a Class 755B 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive (from 2013).  Various reasons (excuses?) were advanced why neither lok was forwarded for production, or even prototyping.  Both models intrigued our "gal" Iris to such an extent that she tried her own hand at some serious design work on her own, without relyng on the home office of the BW.  Iris is turning out to be quite the triple-threat wonder, who has no concept of such idiocy as a "glass ceiling" - you GO, girl!   new.gif (03 Sep 2014)

The Class 985A 8-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt Goods Locomotive is claimed to have a tractive effort rating of some 132,000 lbs, comparable to the Union Pacific "Big Boy".  The arrangement of the cylinders is asymmetrical; the high-pressure cylinders are both on the right-hand side of the locomotive and the medium-pressure on the left, all being at the inside ends of the engine units.  The low-pressure cylinders are at the outside ends and the layout of the steam pipes is thus kept as simple as possible.  All this so intrigued Iris that she went bananas and came up with a fantastic 4-8+8-4-4-8+8-4 double Big Boy Garratt, dubbed the "Big__Boy":

RSR/BWBig__Boy4-8+8-4-4-8+8-4
(03 Sep 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
(click on thumbnail for larger image)

You know something?  If drawbars can handle the strain, that just might fly!

The Class 755A 4-14-4 was never built because of its length and because Gorote deemed the boiler and firebox indequate for the five cylinders.  Iris had the temerity to disagree and, ignoring the 755A, tackled the 755B 4-14-0 anew, adding a 4-wheel trailing truck of her own design and a huge firebox and ashpan, plus a gigantic Vandy tender.  Arthur Gorite was truly impressed; we shall see what, if anything, comes of this effort.

RSR/BW755C4-14-4
(03 Sep 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

  [You may note tha Iris Ersatz has taken to adding her own initials to her drawings,
much as her grandfather did before her.]

You may recall the story Iris Ersatz uncovered about the giant-drivered Class B and one-off BB (later Class E-46BB) #72.  Although the only one in its class, that engine was SO fast and smooth that, late in its service life, the BerlinerWerke was asked to look into its regrettable tendency to "nose" at high speed.  Noting the success of the modifications to the E-48C as E-48D and the E24A and E44A classes as the E24B and E44B, George had Ira design a stretch of the front frame and a four-wheel leading truck:   new.gif (18 Dec 2014)

RSR/BW-E46BB2
(18 Dec 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

The E-46BB2 fulfilled the promise of her alteration admirably - how she scooned - and how handsome she looked!  It's only a pity she wasn't able to serve longer.

Always on the lookout for more power in the tortuous curves in the Mountain District, the RSR turned once again to the Ersatzes and the BW.  George hit on the idea of further reducing the RSR BB2 Mini-Garratt.  The result was this elegant little Class B2G 0-2-0+0-2-0 Micro-Garrett (a sort of twin Bayer Burdick Nightmare):   new.gif (19 Dec 2014)

RSR/BW-B2G
(19 Dec 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

That little B2G may well still be pottering around deep in the Ruhnian woods.

When Karel Belcamin's 1919 design for his Class E3 4-Cylinder 2-10-2 Compound Goods Locomotive was found after his sudden death, George Ersatz was aware of a pressing need for a powerful, high-acceleration lok for long RSR commuter trains.  He ran the proposed E3 past Ira, who came up with this 4-4-2 variant on the E3:   new.gif (12 Feb 2015)

RSR/BW-E3x-442
(19 Dec 2014 drawing by and © 2014 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

As with so many of Ira's bright notions, this one never got beyond the paper stage.

Much later, buoyed by his vision of the above-noted 4-4-2 Atlantic design being accepted (not that it ever was), Ira drew up a nifty little 2-4-0 for the twisty far reaches of the RSR.  Utilizing the proven front engine of the Class 885A and shrinking down the boiler and tender of the Class 434E, he envisioned a free-steaming, fast, and powerful engine for mixed-train service; George rather liked the idea and tried vainly to get Ketterick to consider it for homologation:   new.gif (10 Mar 2015)

RSR/BW2-4-0
(10 Mar 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

And yet again, nothing came of it, more's the pity.

Ira also tried the trailing truck from the Class 434F tank lok under the tender:

RSR/BW2-4-0/o
(10 Mar 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

but decided against it as being much too heavy for such light service.

Gorote came up with two nearly-identical monsters, the Classes 985A and 985B in 2014/15.  They were Garratts with seven (7) driving axles under each end, each working on the Withuhn principle, with the third and fourth axles cross-connected, sort of 2-14-2+2-14-2s.  Iris Ersatz overheard serious grousing among maintenance personnel about servicing problems and alerted her cousin, George, III.  Some investigation showed that the strange arrangement of the drive was the problem but that the ingenious combination of relatively-small drivers, blind inner drivers, and lateral motion devices on the outer axles was so successful that there was some leeway in the rigid wheelbases.  Passing all this back to the BW, cousin Ira, III came up with a staggering standard-drive 2-16-2+2-16-2:

RSR/BW985C
(22 Mar 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Gorote was very dubious but relented enough to release a damaged 985B for drastic modification as trial Class 985C.  It worked well enough but was not followed up.

It may well be that our inquisitive Ms. Iris Ersatz has stumbled on Frihdrik Tešlov's Missing 321D 0-6-0T:   new.gif (23 Mar 2015)

RSR/BW321D
(23 Mar 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

(I)(E)nquiries are being made of the RSR historical staff; we shall see.


The class 533A 2-10-2 3-Cylinder Goods Locomotive was only built in 1954, well after designer Frihdrik Tešlov's retirement in 1945.  Krupp in Essen was selected as the builder because the new lok far exceeded the limitations of the RSR shops at the time.  Due to a misunderstanding, the lok, like the 433D, was taller than the general RSR loading gauge and so had to be restricted to the northern plains.  Under Mikhail Rodnivacek, the class was rebuilt starting in 2947 with the same tapered boilers as the 433Ds, lowered to fit the loading gauge, and reclassified as 533AA.  Both classes were fitted wuth Walschaerts valve gear.   new.gif (21 Apr 2015)

These big loks were so powerful and free-steaming that they were soon being regularly assigned heavier trains than they could handle so George Ersatz suggested to his brother Ira that there might be an opportunity there for the Berlinerwerke to improve the class.  Ira went to it with a will and came up with a stretched firebox, heavier trailing truck bearings, and a larger tender.  About the time that Rodnivacek was giving serious consideration to the proposal as class 533AB, the modification of the 533A to 533AA came up, so Ira simply transferred the new features to the 533AB, proposed as the 533ABA:

RSR/BW2-10-2/533AB

RSR/BW2-10-2/533ABA
(21 Apr 2015 drawings by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - after N. Clubb - all rights reserved)

Although Rodnivacek was favo(u)rably inclined to the design, much to the satisfaction of the Ersatzes, funds were tight, the inevitable delays evited, and his successor, Jochann Ketterik, killed the project outright.

Before Ketterik killed the 533 upgrade project, however, he did complain of the heavy loads on the trailing axle and tender trucks and requested a revised study.  Although Ira objected strenuously, insisting that the axle loadings were well within RSR design standards, George convinced him to consider that the customer is always right and Ira most-grudgingly came up with the following:   new.gif (05 May 2015)

RSR/BW2-10-2/533ABB

RSR/BW2-10-2/533ABC
(04 May 2015 drawings by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - after N. Clubb - all rights reserved)

One might assume these would have been Classes 533ABB and 533ABC, eh (be), see?

Needless to say, Ketterick was putting the Ersatzes through a pointless exercise, but there really was little choice; what a waste of time and energy, though.

    [More on this last on new Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 14.]



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!}


Continued from Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 12

 


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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