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Date: 01/11/21 12:05
UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: NWRail

"Just run it 'til it blows," I guess! https://www.fox13now.com/news/local-news/train-catches-fire-explodes-in-wasatch-county  There are 3 pictures.  Hold your mouse over the picture and left/right arrows will pop up so you can scroll to the other two pictures.



Date: 01/11/21 12:16
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: Bob3985

WOW! Now that's impressive. Wonder how loud it got?

Bob Krieger
Cheyenne, WY



Date: 01/11/21 12:28
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: oneblock

Someone forgot to vent their can of spaghettio's!



Date: 01/11/21 12:39
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: icancmp193

Better than your usual GE flame-out!

TJY



Date: 01/11/21 12:43
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: march_hare

GEs have been called "toasters" around here for many years. This appears to be a pop-up model. Wonder what the bread looks like. 



Date: 01/11/21 12:46
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: BNModeler

Dang!!!!



Date: 01/11/21 13:16
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: kd0086

There she bloooooows!!!!!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/11/21 13:17 by kd0086.



Date: 01/11/21 13:40
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: NWRail

oneblock Wrote:
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> Someone forgot to vent their can of spaghettio's!

Yup, there's got to be some way to blame it on the train crew.  The conductor probably forgot to turn his phone off, or maybe the engineer climbed on board without wearing his reflective vest.  I'm sure management will find something.



Date: 01/11/21 13:55
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: stevelv

I know speculation is not always welcome on this board but does anyone care to speculate what would cause an explosion powerful enough to do that much damage?



Date: 01/11/21 14:05
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: sixaxlecentury

This one is perplexing to me.  The Turbo is intact, the compressor is intact, the only thing in that area is the expansion tank.   They would be pretty impressive if that let go with that amount of force though, before something else did.   To me it kind of looks like a crankcase explosion on the conductors side, but again, not enough to see. 

Hoping somebody gets some better photos of this one..



Date: 01/11/21 14:11
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: billmeeker

Former SP 322.



Date: 01/11/21 14:16
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: Switchpoint

The turbocharger and aftercoolers are back there, as well as well as the air cleaner boxes. Also the oil filter housing. Air compressor seems to be all there. Hard to say what caused the explosion. Seen quite a few fires, but nothing that severe.



Date: 01/11/21 14:31
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: callum_out

A little too much fuel in the crankcase and..... but it'll buff right out.

Out 



Date: 01/11/21 14:34
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: Txtrainman60

Sure would have been interesting seeing a video of that!!!! Although I'm sure there are many that would beg to differ, I've never heard of an OLD U-BOAT doing that much damgage!



Date: 01/11/21 14:39
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: 2720

The only thing in that area that can explode with the kind of force
to blow the roof off is the Turbocharger!

Looks like it experienced a catastrophic failure and sent shrapnel
up and back into the ancilliary equipment bay and through the roof!

Having a pressurized engine compartment can enhance the force of
the explosion, ie all of the hood doors blown open and the section
of missing roof sent airborne!

Mike



Date: 01/11/21 14:55
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: MEKoch

With all the stored motive power, UP could not care less.  They will simply park it.  



Date: 01/11/21 15:05
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: PHall

I'm not so sure that ALL of the turbo is there. From what I can see in the first picture the cold side is there but the hot exhaust side seems to be missing.
 



Date: 01/11/21 15:33
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: TTownTrains

New concept - a self-scrapping locomotive.



Date: 01/11/21 15:42
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: ShortlinesUSA

Good Lord!  I've been around this industry 40 years and never seen one blow like that.  Not often you see bent metal as part of the standard GE fire...
 



Date: 01/11/21 15:43
Re: UP engine goes "kablooey" in Utah
Author: Switchpoint

I remember seeing a picture where a power assembly removed itself from the block, and landed @ 100 ft. from the loco.



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