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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) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996;
they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything. 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.
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Even pulling that awful load, the loco was smooth and quiet; in fact my only complaint is that the headlight is so dim that it didn't light up the rails ahead on the layout, even at 12V, when I cranked my dimmers all the way down, which I dearly love to do on rare occasions with Atlas or Kato units.
Although rated as Proto 1000 because of the cast-on detail, that detail is incredible and those enormously-long truck sideframes incredibly well detailed, even to free-standing brake cylinders and rods! The whole loco is enormous! It's the same length as the ALCohaulic (diesel-hydraulic) or an EMD FP-45 and dwarfs its successor, the ALCo PA! For a model I didn't really need, it sure pleases me.
For more on the prototype, see ALCo continuation page 1.
Here, courtesy of the late Hal Carstens, is Bill's 1974 obituary:
"SCHOPP, WILLIAM M. Trenton, New Jersey. Model railroad author, Railroad Model Craftsman, Toy Trains, others. (prolific). Wrote over 1000 model railroad articles. Pseudonyms John Kemp, Bill Willmore, Layout Doctor. Consultant to Penna Scale Models, other mfrs. Custom locomotive builder; layout designer. Pioneer HOn3, HOn2, traction modeler. HO Moonlight & Violins Ry. Teacher. Graduate State Teachers College 1937, Columbia U. 1941. Born 1913, died Mar. 23, 1974. NMRA PIONEER 1995."
Hal Carstens, noted primarily as the head honcho of Carstens Publications ( Railroad Model Craftsman, Railfan & Railroad), was also a big-time fan of camelback locos and has quite a collection of them, as he periodically reminds us in RMC. He just hit the mother lode! Through some wheeling and dealing, he is now the proud owner of one of Bill Schopp's finest creations, a who-knows-what, out-Schopped as an Erie J-1 camelback Decapod:
However, that number, 2506, rang a bell! It finally came to me; I had hailed a Checker Cab with that number when I went out to Fredon to visit Hal one time years back. Fortunately, I had a camera with me and took a photo for posterity: (25 Jul 2003)
Actually, that's only a preliminary photo; it was brought forcibly to my attention (thanks, Karen) that means of passenger ingress and egress were somewhat awkward and some research brought to light the production version of the crew cab (or is that a king cab?):
On the subject (Hal's favorite) of Erie camelbacks, here's Phil Goldstein's L-1 0-8-8-0 monster (26 Oct 2005):
True to Bill's fearless lead (if nowhere near his craftsmanship), I also enjoy Out-Schopping brass (and more mundane materials); for a few examples, see my famed DDP-45, PRR Z6s Arctic 4-2-2, and a whole slew Z-scale mini-locos and a powered Z-scale M-U car. There's also some of my other strange EMD F/FP-45 variants and a hint of a very-long-dragging secret Out-Schopping project down at the bottom of my Berlinerwerke Saga page 2 following "Don't even ask what the Statue Delivery is doing in there!" and following "and (oops!) one of my secret Pennsy steamers:".
One brass steamer I am NOT going to Schopp up is my original Tenshodo NYC J-3a Hudson! It's a magnificent model, old, a bit crude, and battered (as I obtained it), but it is powerful and smooth and so delicately sprung that it glides effortlessly over frogs and points and gaps, swaying and lurching slightly just like the real thing:
Then, perhaps ca. 1980, Athearn (?) came out with that old 40' Timken Roller Freight car, this time in plastic, but with ordinary dummy roller bearing trucks. DING! Off came the trucks on the hi-cube and Timken cars, presto-changeo - el swappo, and I then had (and still have) a Timken car with "working" bearings! Here's a low-res. picture of the car with the substituted trucks, one of the trucks close up, and a journal and bearing cap even closer:
(14 Nov 2003 photos by and © Copyright 2003 S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)
[These are substitute photos and must be reshot yet again!]
Truthfully, those trucks don't roll worth a good G-- D--- (certainly not compared to modern needle-point axles in acetal frames), but they DO roll and the axle caps DO turn and they sure look good doing so!
My original Mantua was red; Menzies made them in both red and yellow.
A sampling of those of most interest to me follows. Some are repeated, and others appear, elsewhere in my RR pages where they are of specific interest. Where appropriate, I have linked other of my pages on which the specific area of interest is covered in more detail. Those posted here are in no particular order, other than by Wayner's pagination and image location:
30b - D&RGW #010796 three-way standard/narrow gauge coupler car on Alamosa-Antonito line.
This is an hermaphrodite car with a special draft gear casting holding a centered standard gauge coupler and with pockets to either side to hold the shank for a narrow gauge coupler, depending on which set of NG rails was being used (left hand in this instance).
30c - End detail of D&RGW #010796 hermaphrodite car.
33a - Reading 25-ton Scale Test Car #91202.
33b - Nevada Northern 17½-ton Scale Test Car #5000
33c - Clinchfield ???-ton Scale Test Car #1751.
Scale test cars normally had no running brakes or consumables so that the weight did not change as brake shoes wore or other variables interfered with accuracy.
59a - Unidentified small and very-large (32-wheel #207) Thermos-bottle/submarine/torpedo cars
for molten iron; similar cars are shown on my Schnabel RR Cars and other Giant Freight Cars page, et seq.
59b - Northwestern Steel & Wire's ex-Pullman Acadia (from the Sunset Limited)
used in scrap service at breaker's yard in Rockford, Illinois.
60 - Pennsy parlor car #1734 in charter service for the Jersey Shore Commuters Club
between Bay Head Junction and NY's Pennsylvania Station.
63 - Shades of John Allen's Gorre & Daphetid Impact Cars;
UP switch crew instruction car #95220 had clear side panels so that
impact results could be viewed and registered on the dial on the car side!
70b - Oddball B&O "waste disposal unit" (better not ask!).
[this and preceding photos from Railroad Work Equipment and Special Service Cars, Robert J. Wayner, NY, ca. 1989]
70c - IC #X2374 composite flat car (use unspecified - but see image 29
(the UP MoW machine transport and supply car #903801).
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