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This train was stopped waiting for the green light in Gardner, KS recently. Had seen these on railpictures.net but never in person. The thing I thought was interesting was this train was going EAST and I'm on the most eastern side of Kansas! I thought most of these were being put up west of Kansas City. At any rate interesting to see nonetheless.










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They are finishing a wind farm out by Ellsworth, KS that has 160 of the things. I was talking with one of the engineers (we supply their fire extinguishers) and he said the turbines at Ellsworth will generate twice the amount per windmill that the Montezuma farm (120 windmills and the first one in Kansas about eight years ago) generates and that the next wind farm set to go up just south of Concordia, KS will generate almost twice the mega wattage of the units at Ellsworth! Concordia goes up this fall! Texas may be the king of wind but Kansas isn't the court jester! :)
 

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Out in Buffalo they put up some big turbines a few years ago, on the former site of Lackawanna Steel, right on the breezy shore of Lake Erie..VERY impressive!
these things are gigantic..

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0fJccN70x6f0v/610x.jpg

http://cache.daylife.com/imageserve/0cJTeO6aAgaY7/610x.jpg

But I was out there last Feburary, and all the blades were down! just the towers sticking up.
I figured they must have taken down the blades for the winter..TOO windy I guess?
and lots of snow/ice..perhaps some of the big blades needed to be "seasonal"?
but no, it wasnt because of winter afterall..
they have suffered a failure:

http://www.realneo.us/blog/jeff-buster/wind-turbine-gears-are-problem-in-lackawanna

not sure if they back up and running yet.

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Does anybody know how much electricity a scale one could generate?

i have read, about 10 to 20% more energy in its lifetime, than is needed, to build it...
 

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The original ones in Montezuma, KS generate about 600,000 kilowats each. The ones near Ellsworth (if you're travelling down I-70 you will travel 14 miles from one side of the farm to the other) generate 1.65 megawatts and the projections for the new farm by Concordia are for 3 megs per unit! They all look identical but the ones for Concordia are five times more efficient than the ones near Montezuma! Technology is definitely advancing!
 

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Ray,

Some times the train has to go east to get west.. Look @ the plane bodies from Wichita that go to Seattle, they have to go through Kansas City..

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Interesting discussion and great information.

I did not know that BulletBob, interesting. I wouldn't have guessed it. Thanks.


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