HO Scale: Museum Quality - GTEL 8500 Horsepower "Big Blow" Turbine - DCC Ready - Union Pacific

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ScaleTrains HO Scale: Museum Quality - Union Pacific GTEL 8500 Horsepower "Big Blow" Turbine

These are the hallmarks of the Union Pacific Railroad’s unique GTEL 8500 Horsepower Turbine locomotives. Often called “Big Blows” because of their deafening noise, they roamed the less populated landscape between Council Bluffs, IA and Ogden, UT. 30 three unit sets were built between 1958 and 1961 and all were retired by the early 1970s.

Road Number Specific details:

  • Road number 1 - Series 1 to 15, built 8/58 - Era: Late 1958 to 1959 - Operated with FEFs, Challengers, and Big Boys
  • Road number 6 - Series 1 to 15, built 2/59 - Era: Late Mid 1960s to Late 1960s
  • Road number 10 - Series 1 to 15, built 12/59 - Era: Late 1950s to early 1960s
  • Road number 18 - Series 16 to 30, built 8/60 - Era: Early 1960s to Present - Displayed at the Illinois Railway Museum - Union, IL
  • Road number 26 - Series 16 to 30, built 2/61 - Era: Late 1980s to Present - Displayed at Utah State Railroad Museum - Ogden, UT
  • Road number 28 - Series 16 to 30, built 4/61 - Era: Mid 1960s to late 1960s
  • Road number 30 - Series 1 to 30, built 6/61 - Era: Mid 1960s to early 1970s
  • 3-unit set: “A”, “B”, and Fuel Tender
  • Premium leather-like presentation case with metal latches for safe storage
  • Fully-assembled
  • Multiple road numbers available
  • Printing and lettering legible under magnification
  • Operates on Code 70, 83, and 100 rail
  • Minimum radius: 18” without water and electrical bus connections and tender truck safety chain detail attached
  • Recommended radius: 22”

“A” Control Unit:

  • Operating LED-lit tricolor (red, green, and white) class lights**
  • Operating LED-lit cab interior light
  • Operating LED-lit control panel
  • Operating LED-lit ground light on engineer’s side
  • Operating LED-lit rear walkway light
  • Printed and LED lighted number boards
  • With nose side grab irons
  • Opening cab doors with separate door handles
  • Detailed cab interior with separate control stand, floor, rear wall with water cooler, and seats
  • Cab mounted lost wax brass Leslie S-5T-R air horn
  • Cab roof heater box with grille on right side only
  • Square base whip antenna
  • Large see-through photo-etched metal side grilles
  • H – H dynamic brake housing with etched-metal grilles
  • With air intake scoops
  • Modified radiator with all-weather shutter
  • Underbody frame rail with traction motor cable detail
  • As delivered 2,500 Gallon diesel fuel tank
  • Air tanks with separate plumbing
  • Auxiliary reservoirs
  • Rubber Multiple Unit (MU) and electrical bus connections between the “A” and “B” units
  • Rubber water hoses between the “A” and “B” unit
  • Durable metal semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
  • Factory-applied ladders, wire grab irons, coupler cut levers, windshield wipers, mirrors, trainline hose, lifting lugs, exhaust stack, bell, and sanding lines
  • Highly detailed trucks with separately applied brake cylinders, air pipes and lost wax brass wheel slip indicators on left side frames
  • SKF bearings on right side truck frames
  • Chicago Pneumatic speed recorder on second axle right side
  • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
  • Dual flywheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • Directional LED headlight

DCC & sound equipped locomotives feature:

  • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
  • ESU LokSound 5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle” feature
  • Prime mover sound
  • Curve squeal sound
  • Frog clank sound
  • Large oval speaker
  • ESU designed “PowerPack” with two super capacitors***

DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives feature:

  • Operable using a DC power pack
  • DCC-ready with 21-pin connector

“B” Turbine Unit:

  • Operating LED-lit back-up light
  • Sliding engine compartment side doors
  • Detailed interior with turbine visible inside
  • Spinning turbine fan blade visible inside exhaust
  • “As delivered” air inlet silencer and filter
  • H – I dynamic brake housing with etched-metal grilles
  • Inline air intake scoops
  • With rear MU connections
  • Factory-applied ladders, wire grab irons, coupler cut levers, trainline hose, lifting lugs, and sanding lines
  • Underbody frame rail
  • Highly detailed trucks with separately applied brake cylinders, air pipes and lost wax brass wheel slip indicators on left side frames
  • SKF bearings on right side truck frames
  • Motor with 5-pole skew wound armature
  • Dual flywheels
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel electrical pickup
  • DCC & sound equipped locomotives feature:
  • Operates on both DC and DCC layouts
  • ESU LokSound 5 DCC & Sound decoder with “Full Throttle” feature
  • Turbine sound
  • Curve squeal sound
  • Frog clank sound
  • Large oval speaker
  • ESU designed “PowerPack” with two super capacitors***

DC/DCC & sound ready locomotives feature:

  • Operable using a DC power pack
  • DCC-ready with 21-pin connector

24C Fuel Tender:

  • 24,000-gallon capacity
  • Welded seams
  • Insulated
  • Commonwealth 6-axle trucks
  • Truck chains
  • Factory-applied air tank, brake cylinder, and control valve
  • Factory-applied multiple unit (MU) hoses
  • Photo-etched metal tender deck walkway
  • Operating LED-lit rear tender light

* Lighting features operate when using an ESU decoder with appropriate programming while operating using DCC

** During DC operation, class lights illuminate in white. Access to other colors and the ability to change colors requires an ESU DCC decoder while operating in DCC

*** Compatible with appropriately programmed ESU decoders while operating using DCC




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