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Gas Turbine Locomotive, GT3, at Moor Park, London

Gas Turbine Locomotive, GT3, at Moor Park, London

L3522. In the late 1950's, the English Electric Company began looking at the possibilities of using a gas turbine engine to power a railway locomotive. To test the theory, a prototype locomotive was built using a 4-6-0 chassis with tender - making the finished item look like a futuristic steam engine. It was christened GT3 (which stood for Gas Turbine 3 - there having been two previous gas turbine locomotives built for the Great Western Railway). The locomotive was tested at Rugby Testing Station and later ran trials on the London Extension. Here we see GT3 as it storms past Moor Park on the Metropolitan/Great Central line with an train of empty coaching stock. Sadly, GT3 came too late and British Railways committed themselves to using diesel and electric motive power. GT3 was broken up in 1963.
qkwGas Turbine Locomotive
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themesengineering achievements and industrial archaeology
subjectrailway coaches - bogie coaches
Railway Companies - British Railways
railway locomotives - Gas Turbine Locomotives
railway tracks - Electrified line
Publisher
ContributorColour-Rail
Creatorpersonalname - Sterndale, A. C.
Datecreation - 1961-09
TypePhotographs - Colour
Formatdimension.H - 23mm
dimension.W - 35mm
IdentifierDE 2025
SourceColour-Rail
LanguageEN
Relationpart of - The Colour-Rail Collection
CoverageLocation.Creation Site - Moor Park, London (O.S. Ref: 508700 193400)
Location.Current Repository - Colour-Rail, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
point - 1961-09
RightsColour-Rail