Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Be Specific, Ship Union Pacific
Built in three series, UP's turbines had all been retired by 1970. The turbines used Bunker C heavy fuel oil, which had few uses outside of this one, but by the seventies oil prices were up and new uses for this former waste product were being developed. It spelled the end of the turbine locos, and most were broken up, their parts recycled into conventional diesel locomotives.
Two of the turbines still exist, both from the third series built. This one, engine number eighteen, resides at the Illinois Railway Museum.