Rivet Counter N Union Pacific GTEL 8500 Horsepower “Big Blow” Turbine #5

Product Description

Road Number Specific ScaleTrains

“A” Control Unit

  • Factory-applied windshield wipers, ladders, windshield wipers, and multiple unit (MU) hoses
  • Photo-etched metal side grilles
  • Intricate frame rail detail including traction motor cables
  • H – H dynamic brake housing configuration
  • Original fuel tank
  • Modified radiators
  • Air intake scoops
  • Nose grab iron ladder
  • Cab interior
  • Cab mounted Leslie S-5T-R Brass Air Horn
  • Square base whip antenna
  • Wheel slip detectors
  • Speed recorder
  • LED headlights and number boards
  • Powered
  • All-wheel drive

    “B” Turbine Unit

    • Factory-applied ladders and multiple unit (MU) hoses
    • Photo-etched metal walkway
    • Intricate frame rail detail including traction motor cables
    • H – I dynamic brake housing configuration
    • Small as delivered intake housing
    • Turbine fan blades visible inside exhaust tube
    • Wheel slip detectors
    • Rear MU connections
    • Powered
    • All-wheel drive



    24C Fuel Tender

    • 24,000-gallon capacity
    • Welded seams
    • Insulated
    • Commonwealth 6-wheel trucks
    • Operating rear tender light
    • Factory-applied air tank, brake cylinder, and control valve
    • Factory-applied multiple unit (MU) hoses
    • Photo-etched metal tender deck walkway


    DCC & Sound Equipped Models Also Feature

    • ESU-LokSound Select decoder
    • “A” unit prime mover sound
    • “B” unit turbine sound


    Standard Rivet Counter “Big Blow” Turbine Features

    • Fully assembled
    • Factory-applied wire grab irons, coupler cut levers
    • Durable body-mounted semi-scale Type E knuckle
    • Operate using DC and DCC
    • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors for easy touch-ups
    • Minimum radius: 11”
    • Recommended radius: 19"



    • 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.

    SKU DCC & Sound Price Quantity
    SXT30225 Equipped $499.99 Sold Out
    SXT30226 Ready $349.99 Sold Out