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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. (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 the 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)

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 13:

  BW/RSR Class F1 (644) Heavy 4-Cylinder Compound Goods Locomotive(2-12-2)
  BW/RSR Big__Boy 4-8+8-4-4-8+8-4 High-Speed General Purpose Locomotive
  BW/RSR Class 755C 4-14-4 5-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Goods Locomotive (03 Sep 2014)
  BW/RSR Class E-46BB2 4-4-0 Modification (18 Dec 2014)
  BW/RSR Class B2G 0-2-0+0-2-0 Micro-Garrett (19 Dec 2014)
  BW/RSR 4-4-2 High-Acceleration Commuter Lok (12 Feb 2015)
  BW/RSR 2-4-0 Mixto Lok (10 Mar 2015)
  BW/RSR 985C 2-16-16-2 8-Cylinder Triple-Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt Goods Locomotive (2015) (22 Mar 2015)
  Frihdrik Tešlov's Missing 321D 0-6-0T? (23 Mar 2015)
  533AB and 533ABA 2-10-2 3-Cylinder Goods Locomotives (21 Apr 2015)
  533AB and 533ABA 2-10-4 3-Cylinder Goods Locomotive Variants (05 May 2015)

On this 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)
  Twin-Class-640A 12-Cylinder Fireless Shunting Locomotive (ca. 2000)   new.gif (06 May 2015)
  Missing RSR Class 423BA Found!   new.gif (06 May 2015)
  32-Axle 16-Cylinder Drag Freighter   new.gif (09 May 2015)
  RSR/BW/GE 8,500HP Steam Turbine   new.gif (02 Dec 2015)
  RSR/BW/EMD SD90MAC Dual- and Triple-Power Variants   new.gif (29 Dec 2015)
  RSR/BW Steam Business Car   new.gif (24 May 2016)
  RSR/BW Class DD4 Garrett   new.gif (06 Aug 2016)

On the Ruhnian State Railways Apocrypha Page 15:   new.gif (04 Sep 2016)
  Class 423QQ 2-Cylinder Passenger Tank Locomotive   new.gif (04 Sep 2016)


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 13

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!).


Class 565B Triple-Expansion Compound Six-Cylinder Three-Crank 8-10-6 Goods Locomotive - relax; this unit never really existed.  I've never really believed in ghosts before but, in this instance, I have little choice in the matter.  It seems that Ira Ersatz of the Berlinerwerke was so incensed by Jochann Ketterik's annoying insistence on more axles and lighter loading on his (Ira's) variants on the Class 533 that he went to his grave disquieted.  His unhappy spirit revived with a will when Arthur Gorote unveiled the 6-10-6 Class 565A in 1997, with six cylinders sitting on three axles.  "Aha!", quoth our restless hero, "this HAS to be rectified!"  How do we know of this immaterial material, you might ask?  Well, we have his drawing to prove it; his rendering of the Class 565B:   new.gif (05 May 2015)

BW/RSR565B
(05 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

You know, I can just hear Ira howling, off in limbo somewhere, "You want more axles?  I'll give YOU MORE AXLES!"


Twin-Class-640A 12-Cylinder Fireless Shunting Locomotive (ca. 2000) - one day ca. 2000, a young dra(f)(ugh)tsman-in-training noticed the drawing of the Class 640A 6-cylinder fireless shunting locomotive and, thinking it a sound design of great merit, set about creating a novel new design, based on the 640A and adopting features from the Class 1040A version of the 520A.  You may recall that the 1040A form was nice enough but poor visibility for coupling taxed the crews:  Missing ERS Class 423BA Found!   new.gif (06 May 2015)

BW/RSRFeckless
(06 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Our hapless hero knew none of this and spent an inordinate amount of time on the ordinates and coordinates.  Even more unfortunately, whereas the 640A was a spare-time effort, and a notoriously bad one at that, Young Lochinvar did this work on company time.  He even committed the horrendous error of slavishly copying Ira Ersatz's initials from other drawings!  Our clueless colleague was mightily surprised when, on presenting his magnificent œuvre to Gorote, he was unceremoniously shown the door.  The only other lasting impression our feckless fellow left behind was the drawing itself, which was promptly framed, hung on the wall of the Dra(f)(ugh)ting Office, and promptly dubbed the "Feckless" (probably in part recalling the ill-fated "Feculant").


Missing RSR Class 423BA Found! - I ran off an Alpha-Numerical index to the RSR loks and found a discrepancy; there is NO Class 423BA!  The rebuilding of pre-WWI Class D8-cum-432A into Class 423B, and thence into Class 4233BB, is very well documented but where is the Class 423BA?  Curious about this, I asked our gal Friday at the RSR, Iris Ersatz, to look into the mystery.  No mystery at all, quoth she; the record was quite easily obtained.  In 1919, when Bela Šahlmeti took the reins after Karel Belčamin's sudden demise, he had the aging D8s, renumbered as 423A, converted to 423BB, adding new boilers and a pilot truck.  Thwarted by materials shortages, boilers weren't forthcoming fast enough, and so the first few units got the pilot truck alone, with the boilers to follow.   new.gif (06 May 2015)

That's it - those interim units ended up on the roster for longer than intended (like the EMD SD90MAC-H) and were designated Class 423BA.  One of Šahlmeti's "innovations" was to slap dull gray paint all over everything, infuriating the good shop folk, who took great pride in their shiny green and polished brass charges.  A near-mutiny was quelled by simply offering to fire any man who disobeyed, a terrible threat in the awful post-war economy.  The usual RSR perfection went by the wayside and some really-sloppy painting took place, with paint soon peeling from unprimed brass and from greasy spokes and such, with this sad result:

RSR423BA
(06 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Thanks, Iris; I knew you wouldn't fail us.


32-Axle 16-Cylinder Drag Freighter - as Artur Gorote's 2011 Class 885A 8-Cylinder Triple Expansion Compound Beyer-Garratt General Purpose Locomotive hit the road, it was almost immediately over-taxed by long trains on heavily convoluted trackage out in the mountainous hinterlands.  Aware of the problem, Iris asked her cousin George Ersatz, 3rd, to look into a resolution that wouldn't obsolete the new loks.  Every bit as ingenious as his grandfather, he conceived of an easy fix.  Since the long trains were run only at drag speed, the excellent steam generating capacity of the short, fat Garratt boiler, retained almost unchanged from the 164A, was barely challenged.  Each engine unit is a triple-expansion compound, with the inside end cylinders using high and intermediate pressure steam and those at the outside ends low pressure (to minimise the distance travelled by the live steam).  Accordingly, George reasoned that there should be intermediate and low pressure steam to spare.  Thus, additional engines should be able to utilize this energy at very low speeds.  Albert Leaworthy, a former Beyer Peacock draughtsman, who had been asked to come out of retirement to design the 885A, was no longer available, so George turned to cousin Ira Ersatz, III, of the Berlinerwerke, for a design proposal.  After extensive computer analysis, Ira found that the boiler could handle a full duplicate set of engines and came up with this arrangement, a [(2-4+4-2)+(2-4+4-2)]+[(2-4+4-2)+(2-4+4-2)]:   new.gif (09 May 2015)

BW32165a
(09 May 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

The beauty of this design is that it retains ALL the advantages of the 885A, including the ability to negotiate the tightest curves, commonality of major components, as well as parts, and ease of construction.  This latter lent itself to having the loco built in-house at the RSR's own Bevice-Akohniše Works, where the 885As were built and the shop force already fully familiar with the units, thus virtually assuring acceptance for homologation by Gorote.  Unable to cope with the RSR numbering system, George humorously dubbed the lok the 32165A (I have no clue what the actual class number will be).


RSR/BW/GE 8,500HP Steam Turbine - it seems that one of the UP's big GE 8,500HP gas turbines was NOT scrapped after all!  George Ersatz managed to convince Jochann Ketterik that his brother, Ira, could convert it to a steam turbine at a minimal cost and squirreled it away to Ruhnia without any U. S. rail preservationists even finding out!  The mechanical work went easily enough but, unfortunately, when Ketterik was promoted to General Manager (Traffic) in 1985, the conversion languished and the whole idea was eventually forgotten.  Iris Ersatz ran across the huge unit sitting in obscurity and got Artur Gorote's approval to finish the project.  The RSR Paint Shop had an absolute ball with this one to this effect:   new.gif (02 Dec 2015)

RSR/BW/GESteamTurbine
(02 Dec 2015 drawing by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

It is not known yet how the unit is performing.

BW/EMD/RSR Dual-Power ESD90MAC - Ira Ersatz, III, came up with a clever way to get dual-power (BIG power) for use under wire in areas where diesel power is prohibited whil(e)(st) having diesel power for use elsewhere wiithout having to change engines.  He resorted to the simple expedient of adding a bi-directional version of a Faively pantograph plus the requisite electrical gear to an EMD SD90MAC:   new.gif (28 Dec 2015)

ESD90MAC
[28 Dec 2015 picture (after D. Thompson/W. Beavers) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

George Ersatz, III, had the bright idea of trying to sell the concept to Artur Gorote for the RSR, so Ira obliged:

RSR-ESD90MAC
[28 Dec 2015 picture (after D. Thompson/W. Beavers) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

George's thought was that the RSR could use the unit under wire in Ruhnia and on diesel power elsewhere in Europe; he enlisted cousin Iris Ersatz to help him convince the obstinate Gorote; we haven't heard the outcome, yet.  However, Iris went George and Ira one better - the BW/EMD.RSR Triple-Power ESD90MTP!  Taking a cue from the BW/RSR FP90MAC, our fearless crew located two huge Doble flash steam boilers and tacked them into the rear of the ESD90MAC, necessitating stretching the frame and utilizing a four-axle rear truck to bear the extra weight, the ESD90MTP:   new.gif (29 Dec 2015)

ESD90MTP
[29 Dec 2015 picture (after D. Thompson/W. Beavers) by and © 2015 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

If Artur doesn't explode over these ideas, who knows what might result?


RSR/BW Steam Business Car -

Mńrklin came out with a Z-scale model (1:220), 88145, of the DB's Class Kittel CidT 8 Steam-Powered Rail Car and it reminded me of the variant suggested by George Ersatz, Jr. to Bela Šahlmeti (or was it to Frihdrik Tešlov?) for an RSR steam business car (Z-scale model shown):   new.gif (24 May 2016)

RSRBWStmBusCar
[24 May 2016 picture by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved]

Luxurious as all get-out, it certainly appealed to the management but the depression-era Board of Directors promptly nixed the idea - more's the pity.


RSR/BW Class DD4 Garrett - no sooner did the RSR announce the finding of Karel Belčamin's 1911 drawing of his Class CC1 4-Cylinder Compound Garratt Goods Locomotive than our Iris hit the RSR files once more; something had caught her eye once and she was determined to find whatever it might have been.  Sure enough, the files disgorged what she sought, a last gasp from Belčamin, his magnificent, if rejected, Class DD4 4-Cylinder Compound Garratt, a stretch of the CC1, much akin to the DD2, but with more firebox, water, and fuel space:   new.gif (06 Aug 2016)

RSRBWDD4
(06 Aug 2016 drawing by and © 2016 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

The DD3 had no inner pony wheels and wasn't a Garrett.  Too bad nothing came of this grand œuvre, though.



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 13

 


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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