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Model 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 Description: 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 Name History:
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.
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.
They range covers the following, by increasing level of detailing:
- Operator™ trains are built for modelers who enjoy running high-quality, realistic trains at an affordable price. Designed from builder’s drawings and photographs, Operator models have fewer factory-applied parts and simplified printing. For added versatility, super-detail parts are available separately.
- The Rivet Counter™ line strives to create the most accurately detailed models imaginable. The real-world counterpart is meticulously researched to ensure prototype fidelity. Each model features numerous factory applied parts including roadname and road number specific details whenever possible.
- Museum Quality™ models are historically accurate replicas of the most famous locomotives in North American railroading history. Exhaustive research and a commitment to perfection combine to create the ultimate scale model. Museum Quality trains establish new standards which make them just as legendary as the original.
Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-08 08:01:40. Last edited by nscalemodeler160 on 2016-07-08 11:01:40
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