HO Union Pacific GTEL 8500 Horsepower "Big Blow" Turbine

Product Description

Era: As-built in August 1958 thru early 1960s


Road Number Specific ScaleTrains
“A” Control Unit
  • H – H dynamic brake housing configuration
  • Air intake scoops
  • Auxiliary reservoirs
  • Rubber water hoses between the “A” and “B” unit
  • Standard fuel tank
  • Cab mounted Leslie S-5T-R Air Horn
  • SKF bearings
  • Wheel slip detectors
  • Speed recorder
    “B” Turbine Unit
    • H – I dynamic brake housing configuration
    • Square silencer intake housing
    • SKF bearings
    • Wheel slip detectors

    24C Fuel Tender

    • 24,000-gallon capacity
    • Welded seams
    • Insulated
    • Commonwealth 6-axle trucks



    • ESU-LokSound DCC and sound equipped
    • “A” unit prime mover sound
    • “B” unit turbine sound


    Standard Rivet Counter Locomotive Features

    • Fully assembled
    • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
    • LED lighting
    • Lighted number boards
    • Coupler cut levers
    • Wire grab irons
    • Windshield wipers
    • Cab interior
    • Durable body-mounted metal semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers
    • All-wheel drive
    • All-wheel electrical pickup
    • Available DCC-ready with 21-pin plug or with LokSound DCC and sound pre-installed
    • Operate using DC and DCC
    • Minimum radius: 18” without water connections attached
    • Recommended radius: 22”

    *Some sound and lighting functions are only operable using DCC



    • Record setting horsepower
    • Massive measurements – 3-unit set spans over 180’ in length
    • Screaming “jet” engine

    These are the hallmarks of the Union Pacific Railroad’s unique GTEL 8500 Horsepower Turbine locomotives. Often called “Big Blows” because of their deafening noise, they roamed the less populated landscape between Council Bluffs, IA and Ogden, UT. 30 three unit sets were built between 1958 and 1961 and all were retired by the early 1970s.

    Hear and See the Difference Now

    Hearing and seeing the “Big Blow” Turbine in action is believing.  Our friends at ESU-LokSound have a created a video to demonstrate the sound and lighting functions.

    SKU Road # DCC & LokSound Price Quantity
    SXT30001 1 / With DCC & LokSound $574.99 Sold Out
    SXT30002 1 / Without DCC & LokSound $424.99 Sold Out
    SXT30003 5 / With DCC & LokSound $574.99 Sold Out
    SXT30004 5 / Without DCC & LokSound $424.99 Sold Out
    SXT30005 7 / With DCC & LokSound $574.99 Sold Out
    SXT30006 7 / Without DCC & LokSound $424.99 Sold Out
    SXT30007 14 / With DCC & LokSound $574.99 Sold Out
    SXT30008 14 / Without DCC & LokSound $424.99 Sold Out