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Big Blow 30 by classictrains Big Blow 30 by classictrains
The Union Pacific's quest for high horsepower led it in all kinds of directions... this included several variations of gas turbines from GE. Coming down off Sherman Hill this train enters the Cheyenne, Wyoming yard limits in the summer of 1968. The trailing unit is another curiosity... a GP30 B-unit.
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
U Suck!!! J/K... Awesome shot muh man!!! :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
ROFL
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decophoto32 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I heard these things would bake overpasses.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Yup. I posted several pictures of these engines and that discussion happened on another thread. The exhaust heat and pressure did nasty things to both steel and concrete.
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CharukuNova Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great shot of the turbines i love these things.
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heard some rumours of them upping the HP to 10,000, anything to support this? Impressive beast by any standards :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
According to Wiki [link] they didn't but the rumor is based on an interesting detail: "This may stem from the fact at 1,500 ft (460 m) elevation, that the turbine was capable of producing 10,700 hp (8.0 MW), however the electrical equipment was not rated to handle it."
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SimonLMoore Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, I had heard both the rumour about altitude and the supposition that they were upped, imagine it's the effect of altitude, thanks for that!
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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Those Gas Turbines must have truly been awesome! My formative train watching in Chicago during the heyday of the SD-40-2 probably was just not the same. At least there were some cool old diesels around in the 80s.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009
...and there still are today. Remember this stuff was commonplace... or easy to find... in the 1980's. Shoot what you can today. It won't be around forever.
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