Crowd funded proposal for EE Gas Turbine 3 in OO

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Re: As exotic as it gets, EE Gas Turbine 3

Postby D605Eagle » Sat Nov 24, 2018 1:34 am

Chops wrote:That really is a project among projects. Truly an engaging piece, but a bit large for my little roundy-round. I hope for its great success. I hope, and interesting side note, the Union Pacific, always interested in larger and larger power, developed a gas turbine between 1952 and 1961. The exhaust went out the roof, and there is a story that the unit once parked under a highway overpass for a period of time, at idle. The heat from the exhaust melted the asphalt, rendering the road unusable!

They used a fuel I forget the name of that was effectively a waste product and cost virtually nothing. It was the development of cracking that gave it a valuer and rendered the gas turbines too expensive to run. Have any survived?

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Re: As exotic as it gets, EE Gas Turbine 3

Postby Chops » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:21 am

I found a reference to one in preservation as of 2008. How the word "gas," the slang for "petrol" got into usage I'll never know. Per the article it used
a fuel known as "Bunker C," which to my understanding is slightly better than sludge. The Bunker C was replaced by an even worse byproduct, but it was even cheaper, except that it corroded the turbines with the amount of dirt in it, one supposes.
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Re: As exotic as it gets, EE Gas Turbine 3

Postby D605Eagle » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:40 pm

I've often wondered that. I believe many moons ago Diesel used to be called gas oil, or was that parafin? (kerosene)

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Re: As exotic as it gets, EE Gas Turbine 3

Postby Buelligan » Sat Feb 02, 2019 8:52 pm

Chops wrote:I found a reference to one in preservation as of 2008. How the word "gas," the slang for "petrol" got into usage I'll never know. Per the article it used
a fuel known as "Bunker C," which to my understanding is slightly better than sludge. The Bunker C was replaced by an even worse byproduct, but it was even cheaper, except that it corroded the turbines with the amount of dirt in it, one supposes.


Not sure whether this is true or not, I don't know, but I seem to remember hearing Stephen Fry explain that there was an American who struck oil, and created 'Cazeline", exported it around the world, but was copied by an Irishman, who changed the 'C', to a 'G', and created 'Gazeline'. Gazeline became Gasoline, Cazeline died out.


I'm normally a fan of steam engine's but this particular engine looks interesting. Though without any hint of final price (unless I've missed it somewhere), I won't be putting my name down.


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