Saturday, August 28, 2010

Turbo Train

The UAC TurboTrain was an early high-speed, Gas turbine train manufactured by United Aircraft Corporation that operated in Canada between 1968 and 1984 and in the United States between 1968 and 1976. It was one of the first gas turbine powered trains to enter service for passenger traffic, and was also one of the first tilting trains to enter service.

During 1971 this United Turbo Train made a tour through the Western United States sponsored by Amtrak and the U.S. Department of Transportation. The three car trainset, shown just south of San Jose, California on the Southern Pacific tracks, will stop next at Oakland for display and then on to Portland, Oregon and return east via Burlington Northern tracks.

Amtrak United Aircraft Turbo Train, Stamford, Connecticut, April 16, 1976 - Photo courtesy of George W. Hamlin - Transportation Specialist.

VIA Rail / Canadian National Railway Turbo Train, en route to Montreal, makes a brief stop for passengers at Kingston, Ontario - August 1976.

Canadian National's United Aircraft Turbo in new VIA colors makes one of the two runs between Montreal and Toronto. Turbo 129 and train passes westbound through Guildwood, Ontario about 1/2 hour out of Union Station, Toronto - September 6, 1977.


Anonymous said...

The turbo train passed through Richmond VA's Broad Street Union Station on its tour.

I was there as a kid, with my dad, a veteran railroad man from the RF&P.

As we stood next to the train, the sound of the exhaust drew my eyes to the white hot plume impinging directly on the wooden shed structure of the station - which was glowing yellow and burning through.

A few quick words from my dad shut down the turbines, and the shed erupted in flame - soon extinguished by the fire dept.

Richmond wasn't quite ready for turbines.

Major Pepperidge said...

It kind of looks like a toy, especially that first photo. Fun!