29 Oct 2013,
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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) has
been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they are dropping WorldNet effective
31 Mar 2010 and I have 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
Internal Combustion Critters.
See also the Railroad page, et seq., and the Boxcabs page, et seq., and especially Rail-Auto Page, with "critters" you can model.
[I seem to have my Rail-Auto Page and this one fairly well scrambled; so what! Enjoy them both!]
For weird prototypes to model, it's hard to beat Don Ross's "Critter" ( more photos) page, where you can find such gems as this one:
The critter Don Ross shows (above) is a perfect example of both the "unusual" and "weird" categories.
Let me add this newer post ahead of most others; I saw the slide of this little gem on 19 Sep 2013 and fell in love with it instantly. Happily, the photographer, Don(ald David) Nevin was incredibly kind and trusting and loaned me the original slide to scan [this is a crop of the full image (lotsa sky)]: (19 Sep 2013)
* - an 85m/280' escarpment divides the city,
with a giant elevator, several funiculars, and a wild bus ride connecting the two levels!
If you look carefully, you'll see that this appears to be a left-rear quarter shot; note the windshield wiper on the other windscreen and what is probably one of a pair of huge floodlights facing away from the photographer, as well as a vestigial fender-cum-cowcatcher (and note also the staggered pitch, and the direction, of the seats!).
Tiny little diesel switchers often fall into the "cute" category (in my eyes, at least); among those are this GE gem I spotted out at the Roaring Camp and Big Trees Narrow Gauge RR in Felton, California, on 06 May 2004:
She's probably an inspection engine; dig that boarding ladder fo'ard!
This unit hummed along at the Dinger Sugar Mill in Java; did that make it a "Humdinger"? I claim it is either a motor car with a box cab or a boxcab with a motor - I'm not sure which; it looks like a boxcab that slipped backwards on its chassis (maybe the traction motor blower blew too hard or the radiator fan blew backwards?)!
The little GE above is matched well by the hard-working mini-switcher cranking away at Williams Grove, PA, in place of the 1901 PRR B4a class 0-6-0 #643 which was down for major repairs when I had last visited on 01 Sep 2003 but up and running again on Labor Day weekend, 2006:
It's also hard to beat the Long Island Rail Road's Volkswagen Railbus(es?), even though they were brand-new when modified for Hi-Rail service:
Image from George Elwood's Fallen Flag Railroad Photos
[Far from being a Chrysler, this gem was an old Pierce-Arrow 36 6-Cyl. car obtained 1/1934 and modified with a
Chevrolet 6-cyl. engine in 1952, and again with a 1957 Chevrolet 6-cyl. engine installed 6/1988
(I rode all around the museum grounds in one of these "Galloping Geese" ca. 1980).]
It's not just a '53, it's a '53 Imperial, which makes the photo I spotted in the Oct 2013 MassBay RRE's "The Callboy" so funny; they got an elongated photo captioned as a pair of ca. 1947 Chryslers! Can't blame e Ed.; that's what he was given. The oicture originated from JustACarGuy's blog about Inspection Cars for Railroad Inspectors. [This guy's got a site even more complex than mine (didn't know that was possible)!] Anyhow, here's the picture as posted: (29 Oct 2013)
[* - I can't find any such and winder if they don't mean the Fish Creek Mountains east of Escondido and about 30 mles north-west of El Centro? Seems rather
likely, since Plaster City is a dot on the map about 15 miles west of El Centro.]
The rail line was the last NG industrial line in Califrnia, if not the whole country. The "car" eventually wore out and passed to the owner of the trucking firm that hauled finished sheetrock from the mill; ca\\he retunrned it to the milling company ca. 2001.
[Info. from JustACarGuy and MassBay RRE Callboy.]
This belongs here, under Critters, and under "Odd Locomotives" (they don't get much odder):
[BIG turntable girder, anyone?]
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