HO Union Pacific GTEL 8500 Horsepower "Big Blow" Turbine with DCC & LokSound

Product Description


  • 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.

Standard Museum Quality Locomotive Features

    • Premium leather case
    • Fully assembled
    • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
    • ESU-LokSound DCC and sound equipped
    • 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
    • Operate using DC and DCC
    • Minimum radius: 18” without water and electrical bus connections and tender truck safety chain detail not attached
    • Recommended radius: 22”
  • Sound*

    • Curve squeal and frog clank sounds*
    • “A” unit prime mover sound
    • “B” unit turbine sound


  • Lighting*

    • Control panel
    • Selectable white, red, and green class lights
    • Engineer side ground light
    • “A” unit rear walkway light
    • Cab interior
    • Directional

*Some sound and lighting functions are only operable using DCC

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 # Price Quantity
SXT70001 18 $724.99 Sold Out
SXT70002 26 $724.99 Sold Out
SXT70003 27 $724.99 Sold Out
SXT70004 30 $724.99 Sold Out