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57\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProduct Line: Premier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eScale: O Scale\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEstimated Release: \u003cspan\u003eJUL. 2020\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n[TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFeatures:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSet Contents\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePowered Turbine Locomotive\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eNon-Powered Die-Cast Propane Tank Car\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eLocomotive Features\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIntricately Detailed, Durable ABS Bodies\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDie-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Chassis\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Handrails and Horn\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Body Side Grilles\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAuthentic Paint Scheme\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMetal Wheels, Axles and Gears\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Operating Kadee-Compatible Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrototypical Rule 17 Lighting\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDirectionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlight\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted LED Cab Interior Light\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIlluminated LED Number Boards\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLighted LED Marker Lights\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e(2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOperating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust Units\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eOnboard DCC\/DCS Decoder\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eLocomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e1:48 Scale Proportions\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eProto-Sound 3.0 w\/Freight Yard Proto-Effects\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eComplete Set Measures: 33 1\/2\" x 2 1\/2\" x 4 1\/8\"\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOverview:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe GTEL (gas turbine-electric) program was the 1950s manifestation of the Union Pacific's ongoing fascination with high-horsepower, larger-than-life locomotives. UP No. 57, the only propane turbine the railroad ever ran, was originally one of 10 oil-powered 4500 hp turbines ordered from General Electric in 1951. The railroad was pleased with the performance of the turbines, which tested well in head-to-head competition with diesel lashups of similar horsepower.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe Bunker C fuel oil that powered the turbines, however, was thick and heavy, difficult to handle, and required heating to make it flow from the tender into the turbine. The fuel also burned dirty, leaving carbon residue on the turbine blades and shortening their life.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSo the UP decided to experiment with an alternate fuel source. Shortly after delivery, No. 57 was modified to run on clean-burning propane gas. The engine was equipped with a pressurized tank car for a tender and assigned a Los Angeles-Las Vegas run. The propane turbine made its first revenue run on May 31, 1953. As expected, the engine's turbine blades wore better than those of its oil-fired siblings. But the high cost of special safety precautions and operating procedures outweighed the engine's advantages - to cut its high rate of fuel consumption, No. 57's turbine had to be stopped and restarted on each run - and in the end No. 57 was converted back to Bunker C fuel in 1954.\u003c\/p\u003e\n[\/TABS]"}

MTH 20-21378-1 - Propane Turbine Locomotive Set "Union Pacific " w/ PS3

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Product Description
  • Road Name: Union Pacific 
  • Road Number: Car Number - 57
  • Product Line: Premier
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Estimated Release: JUL. 2020
Features:

Set Contents

  • Powered Turbine Locomotive
  • Non-Powered Die-Cast Propane Tank Car
Locomotive Features
  • Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Bodies
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Metal Body Side Grilles
  • (2) Handpainted Engineer Cab Figures
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Operating Kadee-Compatible Remote-Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant Voltage LED Headlight
  • Lighted LED Cab Interior Light
  • Illuminated LED Number Boards
  • Lighted LED Marker Lights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Operating ProtoSmoke Diesel Exhaust Units
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • 1:48 Scale Proportions
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 w/Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Complete Set Measures: 33 1/2" x 2 1/2" x 4 1/8"
Overview:

The GTEL (gas turbine-electric) program was the 1950s manifestation of the Union Pacific's ongoing fascination with high-horsepower, larger-than-life locomotives. UP No. 57, the only propane turbine the railroad ever ran, was originally one of 10 oil-powered 4500 hp turbines ordered from General Electric in 1951. The railroad was pleased with the performance of the turbines, which tested well in head-to-head competition with diesel lashups of similar horsepower.

The Bunker C fuel oil that powered the turbines, however, was thick and heavy, difficult to handle, and required heating to make it flow from the tender into the turbine. The fuel also burned dirty, leaving carbon residue on the turbine blades and shortening their life.

So the UP decided to experiment with an alternate fuel source. Shortly after delivery, No. 57 was modified to run on clean-burning propane gas. The engine was equipped with a pressurized tank car for a tender and assigned a Los Angeles-Las Vegas run. The propane turbine made its first revenue run on May 31, 1953. As expected, the engine's turbine blades wore better than those of its oil-fired siblings. But the high cost of special safety precautions and operating procedures outweighed the engine's advantages - to cut its high rate of fuel consumption, No. 57's turbine had to be stopped and restarted on each run - and in the end No. 57 was converted back to Bunker C fuel in 1954.