Union Pacific’s Mighty Turbines

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Here is the whole turbine story, from rare footage of an early steam turbine experiment in 1938 to an experimental coal-burning turbine locomotive.

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Here is the whole turbine story, from rare footage of an early steam turbine experiment in 1938 to the first gas turbine demonstrator in 1948. UP put 55 production units into service, the largest rated at 8,500 horsepower each – the most powerful locomotives ever built! You’ll see the demonstrators and all three production models (including the unique “Veranda” models) hauling tonnage on scenic mainlines, moving through yards, and being serviced in engine terminals alongside steam engines and classic F-units.

Along the way you’ll learn how turbine locomotives operate and will explore the differences and similarities between turbine-electric and diesel-electric units. The saga ends with an experimental coal-burning turbine locomotive built by Union Pacific itself in 1962. A special treat included in this program is a General Electric promotional film produced in 1938 titled “The Steam-Electric Arrives!”

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1 review for Union Pacific’s Mighty Turbines

  1. rickyfreni

    In this 1998 Video, it starts with a head on shot of engine 56 approaching the camera, followed by some steam action like challengers & big boys. Then it starts with a black & white Film from General Motors in 1938: The steam electric arrives. After the film, David Drui resumes the narration duties with the history of the turbines. A Map is used for the routes of the turbines. There are also some service shots and good Trackside action.

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