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RE: " X" numberboard on UP & diesel lead the turbine.

Hi Bryan

The turbines needed lots of clean air, so they were always in the lead facing forward. Single turbines with or without the fuel tender were sometimes hooked up with trailing diesels or steam engines (such as Challengers or Big Boys). The steam engines would spoil the air supply for the Turbine if they were put in front. For about 6 months Turbines 59 and 60 were used back to back with a shared tender between them, but this experiment was not considered a success and was not repeated.

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RE: " X" numberboard on UP & diesel lead the turbine.

Just found a picture p114 Thos R. Lee of Turbines 14 and 30 and a couple of diesels ready to leave Cheyenne on June 21, 1968. Running two turbines together was a rare event though. But hey, on my railroad I would put a Big Boy in front so that I could hear it's whistle at the crossings!

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