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Updated:   01 Mar 2017; 17:50  ET
(Created: 15 Aug 2015)

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note - 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.

S. Berliner, III's


Schnabel Railroad Car
Continuation Page 6



(also misspelled "Schnable"* -
by me!)


(with digressions to highway uses)


{and these are mostly only thumbnails, at that!}


NOTE:  I regret that some of my internal links refuse to work; if they don't, please click "Back" and scroll.


On the main Schnabel page:

    Scroll away, plus these specifics -
    Schnabel Diagram.
    Schnabel Car Loading Technique.
    Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars (moved to this Continuation Page 2 on 04 Dec 99).
    Schnabel References (moved to Continuation Page 1 on 14 Sep 2002).
    Road/Highway Schnabels - moved to Road Loads page 16 Mar 2000.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 0:

    72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
    More about 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.
        (moved from Schnabel Continuation Page 2 on 09 Jan 2002)
    Mammoet/ETARCO Mammoth Rail Loads.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 1:

    Krupp Schnabel Brochure
    CEBX-800 Drawing (NOT!)
    Schnabel References (moved from main schnabel page 1 on 14 Sep 2002).

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 2:

    Scroll away, plus these specifics -
    More about 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car(s).
        (moved to Schnabel Continuation Page 0 on 09 Jan 2002)
    Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars (moved from Main Page, 04 Dec 1999).
    Schnabel Miscellany.

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 3:

    More Model Schnabel and other Giant Cars.
    Dave Allen's Concept Models Schnabel Kits. (moved to page 4 on 17 Jan 2005)

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 4:

    Schnabel Models - continued.
    Dave Allen's Concept Models Schnabel Kits. (moved here 17 Jan 2005)
    500-ton GEX 80003 - World's Largest Drop-Center Flat Car
        (and 450-ton GEX 80000 and 440-ton GEX 80002 Drop-Center Flat Cars). (25 Jul 2014)
    Kasgro KRL 204000/1/2 20-axle 500-ton Drop-Center Flat Cars. (25 Jul 2014)
    Bachmann HO Schnabel Models.
    Nisco Steel move in China. (moved here from Cont. Page 3 on 08 Dec 2005)

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 5 (06 Feb 2012):

    Schnabel Car Geometry.
    Even More Schnabel Car Models.
    Schnabel Car Model Geometry. (15 Mar 2014)
    Even More Schnabel Car Models.
    Mark Runyan's 800-801 Models (24 Aug 2012).

On the Schnabel Continuation Page 6 (06 Feb 2012):

    Drop Center Flats Cars in Erie. (11 Dec 2014)
    16-Axle GE Heavy-Duty Flat Cars.
    GE, Greenville, SC, Gas Turbine Plant. (13 Dec 2014)
    MUD FLAPS on an HD Flat? (13 Dec 2014)
    Siemens (Westinghouse), Charlotte, NC, generator, wind turbine, and gas turbine plant. (13 Dec 2014)
    GSMRRC 20-axle Schnabel HO Car Model.

On this Schnabel Continuation Page 7 (15 Aug 2015):

    Powell Rail Expediting (15 Aug 2015).
    WM #6011 Well Flat at B&O Museum (01 Oct 2015).
    EJ&E Special Loads (24 May 2016).
    Old Drop Center Flat Car.   new(01 Mar 2017)

On the Schnabel WECX 801 Page:   new (07 Jul 2012)

    A Second 72-wheel 880-Ton Schnabel Car.   new (07 Jul 2012)

On the Schnabel RR Car WECX 801 Continuation Page 1:

    Further WECX 801 Updates   new (11 Dec 2014)

On the Road Loads page:

    Road/Highway Schnabels - material moved from main RR Schnabel Car page,
    MOVING LOCO #833

On Road Loads Page 2:

    Mammoet Mammoth Road Loads, plus
    just scroll away.

On the Road Loads Page 3:

    Danly Press
    Miller Transfer
    Road Load Models (moved from page 2 on 01 Mar 05)

Something has to lift these giant loads; see Big Cranes.

Jump to SB,III's RAILROAD Page for a goodly set of RR links

  and to SB,III's MODEL RAILROAD Page for a goodly set of model RR links (yea, verily, forsooth!).

SCHNABEL and other

(and highway variants)


If this subject interests you, you must also see Tom Daspit's site, linked below!

* - Spelling of the Name:  SCHNABEL vs. SCHNABLE - "Schnabel" is the KORREKT spelling!  It is the German word for "beak", which I originally thought referred to the beak-shaped loading arms, but now know was the name of the German inventor of the design ca. 1930 or so.  I don't know where or when I started using "Schnable", but it was wrong and I don't mind admitting my error.

Powell Rail Expediting

David (Dave) C. Powell runs Powell Rail Expediting out of Indianapolis, Indiana.  He has a rather unique perspective, historically and visually, as you can see here:   new(15 Aug 2015)












(images from Powell Rail Expediting)

Western Maryland Well Flat #6011 at the B&O Museum on 23 Sep 2015 - speaking of expediting (above), from the lens of former Charles Donley & Associates H&W Expeditor, Mike Repka, courtesy of Nate Clark, come these shots of the car, one of a pair built for the Western Maryland in 1952, for one customer on the Dutch line somewhere near Frederick or Hagerstown, Maryland; the transformer is an old Pennsylvania Electric one from the McGraw Edison plant in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh, on the old PRR Washington Secondary:   new(01 Oct 2015)

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(23 Sep 2015 photos by M. Repka, courtesy of N. Clark - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed pictures for full ~2Mb images]

Thanks, Mike and Nate!

Lasco Hammer frames on QTTX heavy duty flats - "good old reliable Nathan" (but Clark, not Detroit) came through for us again with two views of 155½ ton hydraulic hammer frames on NS in central Pennsylvania; my merry Christmas present!

(12 Dec 2015 photo by and courtesy of N. Clark - all rights reserved)

It was 07:15 on Saturday, 12 Dec 2015, A new day dawns as QTTX #131033, with a new, 311,000-pound forging press frame segment in Norfolk Southern Railway's Train 35A (Enola -Conway) whips westbound through Cresson, PA at . This shrink-wrapped shipment and 8-axle railcar are among four such loads and heavy-duty cars en route, together, from the Port of Baltimore, MD to Sharon, PA. The four cars are separated and bracketed by five empty standard flat cars to spread out the concentrated weight across railroad bridges (nine cars, total). Note the blurred homes and utility poles behind the train in this panned image. A short while earlier, in predawn darkness, this block of loaded and spacer cars on the head-end of the train was arcing around the world-famous Horse Shoe Curve, as the 35A's two road locomotives and two rear-end helpers hauled and pushed the 117-car train over the Allegheny Mountains. Also just minutes before passing through Cresson, this train topped the grade inside the tunnel at Gallitzin, PA (passing from the Susquehanna River watershed into that of the Mighty Mississippi, in crossing the drainage divide) and began the descent down the West Slope grade toward Johnstown and Pittsburgh. On Sunday afternoon, the heavy machinery components were at destination. Here ya' go: in contrast to my dawn panned view on December 12 of one of the four LASCO Umformtechnik GmbH forge components on heavy-duty flat cars at Cresson, PA, here is a full daylight view of one taken the previous day at Norfolk Southern's Enola Yard near Harrisburg. The foursome was destined for Ellwood Crankshaft's $80 million project to convert the former Sharon Westinghouse plant's Z Building along Sharpsville Avenue to manufacturing the largest internal combustion engine crankshafts in the world. One wag observing the U-shaped frame components suggested that 'U might stand for ugly', but I think the residents of Mercer County would counter that the tremendous investment in the Shenango Valley that has brought these new industrial machines to town represents a thing of beauty.

(12 Dec 2015 photo by and courtesy of N. Clark - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnail for full image]

An idea of what the two enormous forges (assembled from the four frame pieces) will look like in service, above and below the plant floor, can be seen in the illustrations under the headings of 'Performance', 'Innovation' and 'Safety' on pages 11-13 of this manufacturer's brochure: LASCO Umformtechnik GmbH of Coburg, Germany. I am soooo old that I remember when such hammers were run by steam, as noted on my Ordnance page 0 under MORE ORDNANCE APOCRYPHA at "Ca. 1954, - - - ".

(courtesy of Lasco - all rights reserved)

The only restriction was 45 mph, and the crew and gravity already had a pretty good roll on these at Cresson. Alas, though I thought these were real (and going into the former Sharon Westinghouse Z Building), I looked up under the plastic at destination and they were just four oddball-shaped pieces of Styrofoam packaging from shipping hand-held electronic devices They were put inside pieces of white and green plastic, and the whole shebang was hit with a hair dryer before mounting the simulated loads to Walther's a quartet of flat car decks!

EJ&E Special Loads -

"Dave" runs a fantastic Elgin, Joliet & Eastern EJ&E Archive, whereon he has a page of photos of EJ&E Special Loads.  He was kind enough to give me special permission to reproduce these examples - a set of pix of 1971 EJ&E SW1001 #445 (build #37080) with a Westinghouse load on WECX 202 and one of EJ&E Crane #5 with an unidentified frame on a weird "car" (if it can be called that):   new (24 May 2016)




(courtesy of "Dave" - all rights reserved)

WECX 202 has an EJ&E gon as a spacer between the load and the loco, with what appears to be a power plant in the background.

(courtesy of "Dave" - all rights reserved)

I recognized the frame instantly as an end-bearing for a rotary kiln but it is tentativly identified as the frame of a synchronous motor, used in large factories as motors to drive large, low speed loads such as air compressors, or as an AC alternator.  The "car" is a Rube Goldberg assemblage of steel beams, lumber, and rail trucks.  EJ&E crane #5 and a second crane are working and you can see EJ&E #228 (1940 EMC SW1, build #1165) and a steam loco beyond.

Thanks "loads", Dave!

- - - * - - -

Tom Daspit noted the WECX 801 car ends in storage at Kasgro in a Nov 2016 Google Earth satellite view:   new (20 Nov 2016)

(Nov 2016 image courtesy of T. Daspit - all rights reserved)

Tom thinks that huge blue-grey DC flat car at the upper right may be the KWUX 200.

I picked up the same cars on Google Maps:

(20 Nov 2016 image S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved)

Now, just what is that orange DC flat car?

Well, whil(e)(st) on the subject of Drop Center Flat Cars, how about this ancent gem in Boston?  The boiler for the giant 1894 Leavitt-Riedler pumping engine in Boston's Metropolitan Waterworks High-Service Pumping Station No. 1 was so big that a special 12-wheel heavy-duty flat car had to brought in from the Calumet & Hecla Mine out in northern Michigan to carry it in 1895:   new (01 Mar 2017)

(Wikipedia image - all rights reserved)
Leavitt-Riedler Boiler on Calumet & Hecla Mining Company Flatcar № 1 - 1895

Note the early six-wheel trucks.

I'm NOT depressed, just feeling flat, sort of like I'm in a well,
as if my center had dropped, through, heavy,
split and loaded down - too much on my plate.
I need to shift my load and inch through, if my plate has clearance.
Only joking!

Look also at the main schnabel page, et seq.

You may wish to visit the Railroad Continuation Page, et seq.

of this series of Railroad pages.


  What happens to all this when I DIE or (heaven forfend!) lose interest?  See LEGACY.


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