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N Scale - ScaleTrains.com - 30226 - Locomotive, GE, Gas Turbine Electric - Union Pacific - 5 Image Courtesy of Scale Trains


N Scale - ScaleTrains.com - 30226 - Locomotive, GE, Gas Turbine Electric - Union Pacific - 5 Image Courtesy of Scale Trains


Brand ScaleTrains.com
Stock Number 30226
Original Retail Price $349.99
Manufacturer ScaleTrains.com
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Body Style ScaleTrains.com GTEL Big Blow
Road or Company Name Union Pacific (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 5
Paint Color(s) Mustard Yellow and Gray
Coupler Type Type E Semi-Scale Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Series Name Rivet Counter
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2016-07-01
Release Date 2017-01-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Gas Turbine
Model Subtype GTEL 8500 Horsepower
Model Variety 3-Unit Big Blow
Prototype Locomotive, GE, Gas Turbine Electric
Prototype Manufacturer Name GE Transportation
Prototype Model Name GTEL 8500 "Big Blow"
Prototype Year(s) of Production 1958-1961
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: ScaleTrains.com introduced this model in 2017. It is the first ScaleTrains.com N-Scale locomotive release. The Union Pacific 8500 horsepower "Big Blow" GTEL ships with either a 23C or a 24C tender. Each box set comes with three separate units. The first two units are the powered A and B locomotives. The final unit is the tender. The MU's have dual-flywheel, 5-pole skew-wound motors. The DCC version has a separate decoder in the tender dedicated to sound functions.

A ScaleTrains.com "Rivet Counter" product, the model has a massive number of road specific details and factory applied parts such as grab irons, coupler cut levers, and windshield wipers, photo etched metal grills and walkways, and intricate frame rail details which include traction motor cables. It is an amazingly impressive model with a hefty (but well-earned) price tag.

DCC Information: Factory DCC sound equipped models are fitted with ESU-LokSound Select micro decoders with "A" unit prime mover and "B" unit turbine sounds. Note that each unit, A, B and fuel tender is equipped with a separate decoder!

User manual for Sound version, including assembly drawings and parts list, can be found on ScaleTrains.com website.

Prototype Information: Built between 1958 and 1961, thirty sets of 3-unit 8500 horsepower (GTEL) gas turbine electric locomotives were constructed for use by the Union Pacific on freight runs between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Ogden, Utah.

Retired by the early 1970s due to rising fuel and maintenance costs, these units were nicknamed "Big Blows" because of the deafening noise they produced.

Read more on Wikipedia, 3rd generation gas-turbines.

Road/Company Information:
The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western).

Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Read more on Wikipedia and on Union Pacific official website.

Brand/Importer Information:
ScaleTrains.com, Inc. is an upstart HO and N Scale model manufacturer that was founded by a team with more than 125 years of accumulated experience in the model railroad hobby and industry.

ScaleTrains is specifically focused on the tiny details in the printing and quality of the construction. The four friends who founded the company are all avid modelers themselves. Their factory is located in Tennessee. Unlike most other companies, they offer a range of different levels of complexity in their offerings so as to be able to provide products for both the budget-conscious collector as well as the detail-focused model enthusiast without compromising on quality for either.


Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-08 08:01:40. Last edited by gdm on 2017-01-27 07:24:58

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