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Turbines

From time to time there have been efforts to make use of turbine power as a substitute for reciprocating power. One road which actually used this type of power to any extent was the UP. It all began in 1938 when General Electric built 2 turbine units as demonstrators for the UP in December. They were definitely not successful.

1 was built by General Electric in January 1938, #12136, as General Electric Corp 1.  It was leased as UP 1 on April 4, 1939, and returned to GE on January 17, 1939.

WWII intervened and all experimentation was put on hold. General Electric again built an experimental demonstrator.

50 was built by General Electric in November 1948, #30159, was built as GE 101.  It became UP 50 in July 1949.  It was returned to GE in June, 1951, and scrapped in 1953. It was a double ender and usually ran with a dynomometer car as shown here.

The first production units were the 4500 HP single units.

54 was built by General Electric in May 1952, #30763.  It was retired in May 1962 and scrapped.

55 was built by General Electric in June 1952, #30764. It was retired in September 1962 and scrapped.

60 was built by General Electric in August 1953, #30769. It was retired in August 1963 and scrapped.

A second group of 4500 HP units was built which changed the car body to something more like a diesel hood unit. They were called the "veranda" units.

61 was built by General Electric in March 1954, #32028. It was retired in August 1963 and scrapped.

68 was built by General Electric on June 24, 1954, #32035. It was retired in June 1964 and traded in to General Electric.

70 was built by General Electric on July 23, 1954, #32037. It was retired in April 1964 and traded in to General Electric.

71 was built by General Electric on August 11, 1954, #32038. It was retired in August 1963 and traded in to General Electric.

The last production units were the 2 unit 8500 HP "Big Blow" units.

5, General Electric, December 1958, #33217. It was retired in January 1969 and traded in to General Electric April 7, 1969.

6, General Electric, February 1959, #33205. It was retired in October 1969 and traded in to General Electric on March 9, 1971.

13, General Electric, March 1960, #332229. It was retired in October 1969 and traded in to General Electric on November 28, 1969.

14, General Electric, April 1960, #33231. It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Neilsen Enterprises in August 1971. It later was sold to Continental Leasing Group and then to G F Bean Co in 1975.

18, General Electric, August 1960, #34069. It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Continental Leasing Group on September 15, 1971. It went to the Kansas City Railroad Museum in 1978 and later to the Illinois Railway Museum.

21, General Electric, October 1960, #34075. It was retired in February 1970 and traded in to General Electric on January 7, 1971.

25 was built by General Electric in January 1961, #34083. It was traded in to General Electric on July 9, 1969.

26B was built by General Electric in February 1961, #34086. It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Continental Leasing Group on September 15, 1971. In July 1987 it went to the Ogden Union Station Museum and information can be found at Utah Depot.

27 was built by General Electric in March 1961, #34087.  It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Nielsen Enterprises in August 1971 and resold to Continental Leasing Group.  It was scrapped by Houston Armature Works in July 1976.

27B was built by General Electric in March 1961, #34088.  It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Nielsen Enterprises in August 1971 and resold to Continental Leasing Group.  It was scrapped by Houston Armature Works in July 1976.

28 was built by General Electric in April 1961, #34089. It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Continental Leasing Group on September 15, 1971. It was scrapped by Intercontinental Engineering Co in 1976.

29 was built by General Electric in May 1961, #34091. It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Continental Leasing Group on September 15, 1971. It was scrapped in 1976.

30 was built by General Electric in June 1961, #34093.  It was retired in February 1970 and sold to Nielsen Enterprises in August 1971.  It was resold to Continental Leasing Group and scrapped by Lerner-Pepper Co.

The final effort at turbine power was built in the Omaha company shops. The foundation for this coal fired unit was a retired Great Northern electric locomotive. It was built by General Electric in May, 1947, #28448, as Great Northern 5018, Class W-1, and purchased by UP in September, 1959. The front unit, which provided hostler power and control, was a PA1 which was built by Alco in January, 1949, #76311, as UP 607. The diesel was numbered 80 and the turbine unit was 80B. The whole rebuilding took place in October, 1961. In 1965 these units became 8080 and 8080B to make room for DD35s. The effort was given up in March, 1968. The diesel was traded in to Electro-Motive, May, 1968, and the turbine was scrapped at Omaha in April, 1968.

 

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