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S. Berliner, III's Animated GIFs Page

S. Berliner, III's

Animated GIFs Page

Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
"changing materials with high-intensity sound"
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

Starting with Dan MacKellar's Railroad GIF Roundhouse (http://www.trainweb.org/rrgifroundhouse/) and Tony Hill's Frograil http://www.frograil.com/gifs/gifs.htm, and using the instructions given by Dave Cooley at his Train GIF Railyard site (http://www.djcooley.com/rr/gifs2/traingif.htm) and holding Brian Clough's more-complex GIF Tutorial on Frograil in reserve for when I'm comfortable getting fancy, here's my first stab at animation (for railroads, they are known as Train GIFs).  I also found that Brian Clough, himself, a D&H fan, has a major Train GIF site, Banks of the Susquehanna, at http://www.banksofthesusquehanna.com/.

[NOTE:  these images will NOT work with older browsers because the "MARQUEE" tag
that runs the images did not exist when the browser programs were written

Another Dan with a fantastic site is Dan Klitzing and his Dan's Depot, http://DansDepot.railfan.net; I note it below but omitted it up here (sorry, Dan).   added.gif (22 Feb 2016)

First, I made up the first commercially-successful diesel-electric "boxcab" locomotive (known in 1924 as an "oil-electric" - "Diesel" wasn't at all popular after WWI), ALCo-GE-Ingersoll Rand 60-ton, 300HP demonstrator #9681 and also the same loco as CNJ #1000 .  Next, I got happy and "arranged" to have the Berlinerwerke build a relica of AGEIR's second unit delivered (the third one built), a twin-engined 100-ton, 600HP road switcher for the LIRR, #401, the first road switcher ever .  Then, I had the BW rebuild an FL-9 and decorate it in the LIRR's early 1960s color scheme (dark gray with an orange nose and tail) .

A while later, I also created images of twin-engined 108-ton, 600HP AGEIR (the last one from the consortium) LIRR #402 , paired Baldwin-Westinghouse boxcab(s) LIRR #403A and B, Mike and Ike , Mike and Ike alone after they were separated , and that little known duck, Pennsy #3905, , the first of the Pennsy's first three boxcabs cooked up by the PRR's Altoona Shops, which puttered around the PRR's North 4th Street yard on the Brooklyn waterfront immediately next to, but not connected with, the BEDT (Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal) main yard on Kent Avenue.

I created the original Krupp-built Combustion Engineering 880-ton Schnabel car, CEBX 800, the world's largest freight car, with 72 38" wheels!  After I did all that work, including showing it running light and with the nuclear reactor vessel that was its first load and with the Bi-Provincial Upgrader cylinder that was one of its more recent loads [albeit since it was rebuilt (for Trans-Alta?) with larger cabs on the main span bolsters - details, details] , I discovered that the newer ABB version had already been drawn by Dave Cooley, both light and with its last, gigantic Belleli load for Suncor!  Doesn't it figure?

When CEBX 800 was rebuilt, the original Krupp sideplates used to join the load arms for running light were dumped in favor of a huge (15'/4.5m) towbar (drawbar) hooked between the inner span bolsters, so I had to redraw that version .

To go along with the mythical* use of the CEBX 800 by the BW, I made up a pair of flats to carry the spares and a pair of riding cars (like cabooses) .  Although, with its ultra-low gearing, the LIRR 401 replica can handle the 880-ton car on the flat, I use the BW's FL-9 for rougher country.

* - perhaps I should warn you about the Berlinerwerke by referring you to the Berlinerwerke Apocrypha; if you are not familiar with the word "apocrypha", you might do well to look in your Merriam-Webster's.

Intellectual Property and Credits - all images are of my own devising, except as noted, and may not be used for commercial purposes nor reproduced without full credit and my prior, written permission.  See Copyright.

The entire CEBX 800 Schnabel images (except for the Bellili/Suncor hydrator load) are of my own devising, as are the boxcabs and the FP-90MAC and DDP-45 (except for the nose and rear and the trucks).  Portions and decoration of the FL-9 and flat car and rider car images are of my devising, as noted.  I used Erik Rasmussen's F-7A and E-8 GIFs as the basis for the FL-9, and Dave Hersrud's Pennsy 50' flat and Pennsy cabin car GIFs for the spares flats and the rider cars and bobber caboose (the former being a stretched version and the latter a drastically-shortened version of the Pennsy cabin car), all from from Frograil.  Also, a very few elements from Dan MacKellar's PRR B2 Switcher appear on the PRR #3905 boxcab.  The PRR K5 and the BW Z6s locos are heavily beefed up and doctored from Dan MacKellar's K4s.  The DD1 body is my work, sitting on elements from the K4s's runnning gear and the DD3 uses the DD1s with PB-1 units from Dave McK.

There are a number of GIF "Masters" out there (including three "Dan"s; I'll never keep track), to name a few (alphabetically):

David Cooley, Chris Denbow (inactive, but maintained on Tony Hill's Frograil), David Epling, Dave Hersrud, Dan Klitzing, Dan Learn, Matt Liverani, Dan MacKellar, Brad Morocco, Lance Myers, Justin Nelson, Erik Rasmussen, Gregg Staley Matt Steinblock, Alex Stroshane, and Nick Wilson

If, in my excitement, I omitted any I have referenced or cribbed, I will set that to rights instantly on notification.

Here goes nothing:



So, how'd that work out for a first try?  Not too bad, but I still have some work to do.

Well, I got a wee bit happy and doctored up both my "famous" DDP45 and my newer (still missing) FP90MAC cowl units from Matt Liverani's DDA-40X, Dan MacKellar's SD-90MAC and Nick Wilson's {?} F45 , as well as updating the CEBX 800 Schnabel to its current configuration (long cabs, black span bolsters, and white trucks).  That latter change necessitated changing the spare trucks on the flats, as well.  The DDP45 or FP90MAC look good hauling that monster, even though both are geared for high-speed passenger service.  I also had shown the "LIRR" FL-9 pulling the CEBX 800 with the Bi-Provincial Upgrader cylinder that was one of its more recent loads [albeit since it was rebuilt (for Trans-Alta?) with larger cabs on the main span bolsters - details, details] but I couldn't live with that, so I removed it and have placed it here on the redecorated CEBX 800 :



There's nothing really wrong with Dave Cooley's version of CEBX 800, but I happen to like mine better, so I stuck with it, even though I wasn't about to draw up the hydrator from scratch.

On top of all that, I decided to decorate Dan McKellar's Virginian GE 44-tonner for the Pennsy and then for the Berlinerwerke and that put me in mind of the huge Pennsy K5 that I love, heavied up from Dan MacKellar's K4s , and my own "famous" little BW/PRR Z6s Arctic 4-2-2 , which in turn led to creating a Pennsy bobber cabin car from Dave Hersrud's N5c.  That of course, just begged for my BW #007 mini-bobber :



I used the running gear of the K4s(Dan MacKellar)/K5 and created a boxcab body to come up with a passable pixelated pair of DD1 units (old-style, with brow) which, of course, required that I make up the fabled BW/PRR DD3 from the DD1s and a pair of Dan's PB-1 units (mayhap I'll repaint the DD1s Tuscan red with 5-stripes - one of these days):



[Technically, the drivers are oversized but, at one-pixel resolution, the smaller ones just don't look right.]

Justin Nelson made a rather good UP Challenger in Greyhound livery, so the BW had to rescue the #4018 Big Boy from Texas and refurbish it, also in Greyhound livery (only because it shows up better that way) ; I also cooked up a CA-11 caboose from Dave Eppling to go with the string:

I added a facsimile of a canteen (from Matt Steinblock's UP turbine tender) and a tool car (from David Eppling - to act like Doyle McCormack's SP car).

Oh, sibling!  Again, after all that, I found that Dave Eppling had already made several UP auxiliary tenders AND a real UP tool car.  Justin Nelson's UP Challenger was already in the Greyhound livery and, although I prefer basic black, not much shows of a black engine, which is why my Big Boy is grey and so I decided to try my hand at the UP FEF-1 #844 in grey.  It was was already up from both Dave Eppling and Dan McKellar, but I didn't terribly care for either, so, combining the best from each and working from a color side view, I created my own UP Northern .  With a whole slew of Dave Eppling's UP observation cars from which to choose for an inspection car, I decided to rebuild the Idaho with rather interesting results .  Since the tool car I had above with the Big Boy is really a freight car, I doctored Dave's CA-11 caboose ever so slightly and tacked it on the end of the Big Boy above and moved the baggage-cum-tool car from there down to here to run with the inspection car behind a double-headed high speed consist (my Northern and Justin's Challenger):

Whoa!  Did I just see the UP's incredible #9000 4-12-2 Union Pacific type (the first one ever made) running again?  Sure enough, thanks to Dan MacKellar, here she is and so, for a major photo runby, we drop the canteen in a siding temporarily and add the other tool car and run all four big UP locos quadruple-headed (you wish!):

Having worn myself to a frazzle in these bursts of creative energy, I should subside a bit whil(e)(st) I try to figure out how to get the siderods flailing; it's not at all evident from source codes.  The DD1/DD3, K5, and big UP locos look exceptionally-silly sliding their drivers and I want to see that DD1/DD3 jackshaft counterweight whirling around!  Four, six, or eight incremental images are an awful lot of work but should do it; why don't they appear that way in source codes?  Also, how does one get background transparency (such as on the flags at the bottom of my pages); I'm using a common (mostly) background color, but that's NOT how it should be done.  AHA!  Both are functions of the image processor, so I'll have to wait for my upgrade to arrive.

Another problem I had is that the word processors added carriage returns when I wasn't looking; I was using TextPad as the best I could find for this purpose but it started messing up my MARQUEEs, so I switched to good old NOTEPAD and now even that's sabotaging me!  This problem may have been solved by resetting TextPad so it does NOT wrap and does NOT automatically add carriage returns; it complicates life but now I compose by hitting Enter (or Return) as I near the right margin of the editing screen, get the HTML the way I want it, and then back up from the last line of the new or edited text, deleting all carriage returns as I go up - it seemed to work.

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[Balance of material on this page as of 14 Mar 2009 moved
to Animated GIFs Page 2 on 15 Mar 2009]


When I blow up some of the source images, I get pixelated garbage; I have a hunch some of them are not drawn at all, but rather drastically reduced photos, which leads to all sorts of illegibility.  So does placing dark images (AND text) against dark backgrounds; my old eyes just can't cope!  Kudos to Dan Klitzing (Dan's Depot), who has the courtesy to present his GIFs for both light and dark backgrounds.

Train GIF scale is now set at 8.5" per pixel (per Dave Cooley) but I can't find any other accepted standards; it seems to me that 19 pixels is the commonly used standard height and couplers are at 4 (and at 4 and 5 for big stuff) pixels up and glad hands at 2 pixels.  Playing with numbers, I find that 8½" per pixel doesn't really work out to anything helpful but, for estimation, use 7 pixels for 5' (60") and you'll only be shy a ½".

This Train GIF nonsense is great for shut-ins and physically-impaired folks but I am neither and have a huge HO layout and a very densely packed Z (1:220) layout to work on; it IS grand fun, though.

The MARQUEE tag is temperamental; it doesn't like <P> tags without </P> tags and I may have to resort to using <BR><BR> and, although the files are tiny, 1 to 3Kb, the concatenation of lots of MARQUEE tags seems to slow loading down to a crawl, thus negating the advantage of posting this to my own domain instead of to my former <http://home.att.net/~berliner-ultrasonics/rr.html> AT&T WorldNet site, where page size was limited.  rev.gif (05 Feb 2016)

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