HO Scale: Rivet Counter: Union Pacific GTEL 8500 Horsepower "Big Blow" Turbine W/ DCC & LokSound


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SXT31533 3 $ 649.99 Sold Out
SXT31535 23 $ 649.99 Sold Out
SXT31537 28 $ 649.99 Sold Out
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ScaleTrains HO Scale: Rivet Counter - 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.

Standard Museum Quality Locomotive Features
  • Fully assembled
  • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
  • Available DCC & sound ready
  • Available with ESU-LokSound DCC and sound pre-installed
  • Factory-applied wire grab irons, coupler cut levers, windshield wipers, and multiple unit (MU) hoses
  • Durable body-mounted die-cast metal semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
  • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
  • Minimum radius: 18” without water and electrical bus connections attached
  • Recommended radius: 22”

*Some sound and lighting functions are only operable using DCC

  • Record setting horsepower
  • Massive measurements – 3-unit set spans over 180’ in length
  • Screaming “jet” engine
  • “A” unit prime mover sound
  • “B” unit turbine sound
LED Lighting*
  • Dual headlight
  • Separately controlled number boards
  • Directional 
Hear and See the Difference Now

Hearing and seeing the “Big Blow” Turbine in action is believing.  Our friends at ESU-LokSound have a created a video to demonstrate the sound and lighting functions.


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