08 Dec 2011;
[Page created 02 Nov 2011;
original AT&T Worldnet Website begun 30 May 1996.]
S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
[consultation is on a fee basis]
Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher
- The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I had to scramble to transfer everything by then. Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed,
mostly by hand. See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.
S. Berliner, III's
THE BERLINERWERKE-HO SAGA
Making the "Famous" Berlinerwerke Railroad
[The HO-Scale Version]
The series of pages on this site relating to the actual/prototype Pennsylvania RR's Horseshoe Curve, the HO-scale
Berlinerwerke as it was developed from its inception ca. 1960 through it's dismantling in mid-2010, especially the projected scale reproduction of the Horseshoe
Curve, and the current, reduced Berlinerwerke-HO ended up being badly scrambled. Accordingly, the prototype PRR Horseshoe Curve coverage will now be
consolidated on this Prototype Horseshoe Curve Story, et seq.; that relating to the old, pre-2010 Berlinerwerke-HO will be moved to
the Berlinerwerke-HO pages, and that relating to the current Berlinerwerke-HO Saga will appear on the
Berlinerwerke-HO Saga page, et seq. Please bear with me through this complicated rewerk and link updating.
(08 Dec 2016)
But first, a summary of unique
BW-HO RR, BUSINESS, and PLACE NAMES
If you like this sort of nonsense, take a gander at Jim Wells' incredible
and at the AW NUTS Magazine site, "A Publication of the A.W. N.U.T.S. Garden Railway Society".
NOTE: In what follows, kit numbers are from Märklin unless otherwise noted.
[This is the latest story, as of Nov 2011, started just after re-erecting the BW-HO ca. Summer 2011 after dismantling the entire (nominally) 10' x 31' layout and moving it piecemeal (in 12 major pieces) from Glen Head, New York, to west Medford, Massachusetts.]
First of all, in order to fit the BW-HO into a portion of a half-cellar in our new house, it had to be drastically reduced, down to a simple rectangle of 6' (~28cm) width by 17' 9" (~84cm). Quite a "come-down" from the projected exact-scale Horseshoe Curve, eh? Well, I'm grateful to have room for any fairly-decent-sized HO layout at all. On top of these restrictions, I also have to shoehorn the ~3' 2½" (~97cm) by ~4' 1½" (~126cm) BW-Z layout alongside!
Secondly, the second-generation BW-HO exists substantially unaltered. Originally, ca. 1960, it started as a 4' x 6½' piece of ¾" plywood with a ½" Homasote overlay, to which was soon added a 4' x 6" extension on the right. Feeling greatly restricted by 22" maximum radius curves, I split the entire thing lengthwise, cutting 18" back at the left and 24" back at the right, and adding 24" filler strips. After moving to Glen Head in 1968, more bits were added, culminating in adding 8' banjoes at each end and allowing for handsome 46" maximum radii.
Stripping off the banjoes and such and adding 36" x 72" at the left (fixed) end and 27¼" x 72" at the right (free or peninsula) end results in the new 6' by 17' 9¼" layout, allowing a maximum radius of 34", still reasonably generous:
Because there is no room anywhere for the huge Z-scale (1:220) Anhalter Bahnhof (the gigantic former Berlin RR station) model, all 18" x 34" of it, plus approaches, I put it on the ledge above the BW-HO and will run Z gauge track from the BW-Z at upper right down along the right wall, left along the ledge, and back, for some 2½ scale miles!
For tall tales of the BW and its equipment and such, visit the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha page.
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