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Fuel economy was poor, for the turbine consumed roughly twice as much fuel as an equally powerful diesel engine. This was initially not a problem, because Union Pacific’s turbines burned Bunker C heavy fuel oil that was less expensive than diesel. GE diagram of a turbine locomotive. Union Pacific had long sought the biggest and best locomotives. In the 1930s, a pair of steam turbine locomotives were tried but rejected. Before World War II, Union Pacific had been adding diesels to its roster, but none pulled road freight trains.
Union Pacific decided the best way for the turbine locomotives to realize their potential would be to put them on mainline freight trains. The long runs and relatively high speeds would maximize the turbines’ efficiency. After Union Pacific expressed interest, GE built a prototype, GE 101, completed in November 1948. After tests in the Northeast during June 1949, it was renumbered UP 50. Painted in Union Pacific Armour Yellow, UP 50 began a round of tests. Union Pacific never took ownership of this locomotive, however. For starting, the unit’s auxiliary diesel generator would power a set of windings in the gas turbine’s main generator, causing the generator to rotate.
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The generator’s rotation would begin to spin up the turbine, at which point diesel fuel would be used to start combustion. The turbines were delivered in three main groups after extensive testing of the prototype. Union Pacific intended to use the turbines to replace the famous Big Boys which were about to be retired. First generation GTEL and a 1923 electric auto in Fremont, Nebraska in 1953. Between January 1952 and August 1953 UP received units 51-60, like the prototype but with a cab at only one end to increase fuel capacity. The GTELs initially pulled freights between Ogden, Utah and Green River, Wyoming, passing through Weber Canyon and Echo Canyon, Utah. In 1954 they began running Ogden-Laramie and, soon after, Ogden-Cheyenne.