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General Electric Gas Turbine Locomotives

MTH Railking model gas turbine

This is the Union Pacific gas turbine (nicknamed the "Big Blow"), which was an attempt at applying turbine technology (i.e., jet engines) to trains.  It was a noisy behemoth, which, if idling under an overpass, could easily melt the asphalt street above.  The turbines, as a class, were not in service long.  The model above is by MTH in their Railking line; even so, the detail is quite true to the prototype, which is shown below.

GE Gas Turbine

Veranda turbine

This is a different model of the GE Turbine, nicknamed "Veranda" based on the long "porches" on either side of the locomotive.

Last updated: 08 Jan 2015

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