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UAC TurboTrain
United States | 1967 | 7 produced
Amtrak TurboTrain visiting San Diego in August 1971
Amtrak TurboTrain visiting San Diego in August 1971
collection Taylor Rush

The United Aircraft Corporation developed the TurboTrain to accelerate the only partially electrified section of the Northeast Corridor between New York City and Boston. Each power car had slots for a maximum of seven turbines, each with 400 hp, five of which were actually used. In the tunnels in New York City, electricity could also be collected via the third rail. As with Talgo, the cars were hung on single-axle Jakobs bogies with passive tilting technology. The train was certified for 120 mph and reached 100 mph in service. A speed of 170.8 mph was reached on a test run. Two trains were ordered by New Haven and later came to Amtrak. Five more went to Canadian National and later came to VIA Rail. Although they significantly reduced travel times, they had many teething problems that could only be partially remedied. Amtrak only used the trains until 1976 and VIA until 1982.

General
Built1967-1968
ManufacturerUnited Aircraft Corporation, Montreal Locomotive Works
Axle configB-1-1-1-1-1-1-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Seats322
Dimensions and Weights
Length430 ft 8 1/8 in
Length loco73 ft 3 1/8 in
Empty weight371,038 lbs
Power
Power sourcegas turbine-electric + electric - DC
Electric system600 V
Top speed120 mph
EnginePratt & Whitney Canada ST6
Engine type10x gas turbine
Fuel3,050 us gal (diesel)
Engine output4,000 hp (2,983 kW)
Power Plant
Boiler
Calculated Values
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last changed: 07/2023
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