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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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eyepilot13 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Very true. I may not take as many pictures as I used to but I still have the desire!
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Holy crap, cabless GP30?? :iconshockedplz:

(the turbine ain't too shabby, either :XD:)
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
Yep.... UP did this a LOT! There are several hidden in my Gallery because I mostly only list lead units in a consist.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That has got to be one of the most unusual (NOT read: ugly) locos there is. :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009
In many ways... yes... I agree.
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Silverwolf-1ofmany Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:D
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labrat-78 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Photographer
The power flop-over derail in the lower left is another oddity.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Actually not that odd to me. It's hard to make out but there's one on the spur to the left of [link]
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labrat-78 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009   Photographer
guess there just rare around here.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Student Photographer
Amazing! Say, is there any interesting american locomotive from that era that you didn't take a picture of? :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
You got me thinking.... the Fairbanks-Morse Trainmaster... a.k.a., H24-66... I looked for them and photographed most of it's relatives but didn't ever see one in service.
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ZCochrane Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student Photographer
Still, it's an amazing collection.
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Now that is a fascinating question... and the answer is yes. A couple that come to mind are the famous steam engines 4449 and 8444. That is even more odd when you realize that they are still around.

Hoyt has reminded me of a couple... one was the "Veranda" gas turbines. And ohh... the places I have missed. I could almost cry when I remember Tennessee Pass on the D&RGW. I spent several weeks over 5 years rafting the upper reaches of the Arkansas River and never once did I take a picture of the engines and helpers SCREAMING uphill right alongside us. And the Cumbres and Toltec... been there... no pix. :-(

And that's just to name a few.... Cincinnati Union Station (CUT)... came up a few weeks ago.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL, I was just browsing through the wiki entry for these guys, what a coincidence :XD: They've experimented with turbine driven engines around here as well, and they were rather short lived for similar reasons as these guys. But damn, the power and sound of those turbines must've been amazing! :lol:
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Yeah... check out the artist and watcher comments under my other postings of these beasts (in my Journal). You could hear these things coming for miles.
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shenanigan87 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
That way, one could hardly miss one, aye? :D
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Yup... we just drove down the road with the radio off and all the windows open. Unless they were going away you usually had plenty of time to get to the tracks and grab a shot.
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factorone33 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Professional Photographer
Boy that sucker was long...
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classictrains Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Good thing they invented wide screens!
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