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Union Pacific Deltic by AJF3440 Union Pacific Deltic by AJF3440
Continuing the theme of export deltics... I thought since the Union Pacific was always one for trying slightly different ideas (3 cylindered steam locos, something virtually unheard of in the US), the use of articulated locos, their flirtation with gas turbines (including one coal burning one), then the deltic would have appealed to them. Also, I'm sure the fact that DP1 was at the time the most powerful singe unit diesel loco in the world at the time would have appealed greatly to UP who have always been keen to have the biggest, the best and most powerful!

Who here wouldn't want to see and hear one of these slogging it out, climbing Sherman Hill at the head of a long freight train?=D

As ever, credit goes to 2509-Silverlink for the original image of DP1.
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SteamRailwayCompany Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Three cylindered steam locos were rare, but they were used a bit here in the US on some railroads, but were soon rebuilt to have two. This is a fascinating proposition, exporting British diesels. :) I loved the Pullman coaches built for the Midland Railway, as US style coaching stock with clerestory roofs and open end platforms look grand behind a British loco to my mind.
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many locos had them in the UK and other parts of Europe, however they never really took off elsewhere, mainly because the extra complications and difficulty of access outweighed the benefits in countries like the US, where rugged simplicity was the order of the day. Oh if only history had taken a slightly different path and EE's finest had been exported around the world. Plenty of their other locos found their way to the African continent though, but while they shared much DNA with their British counterparts (Classes 37, 20 and 08 namely), they bore little physical resemblance.

Those coaches were things of beauty, shame they never really caught on. Have you ever seen photos of the stainless steel coach built for BR?
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dinodanthetrainman Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is a nice looking locomotive
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was surprised at how good it looked, I never really thought that bright yellow with a huge shield/crest and large red writing would sit well on a Deltic.=P
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm trying to decide whether or not the UP would have tried this.
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Out of all the US railroads, I would imagine that they would be the most likely to try Deltics since they were always willing to try something a bit different and they didn't seem to have any issues with importing equipment from abroad (eg, diesel hydraulics from Germany). This is of course assuming that the very highly strung power units would have coped with the harsh operating conditions in the states compared to the UK.
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually, the known diesel hydraulic users were the SP and the D&RG.
Yeah this unit would most likely not have lasted long on the UP. The Krause-Maffei units didn't last long on the SP or the D&RG, either.
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oops, my mistake! I was getting UP and SP mixed up.

I can't really see them lasting long either, they were rather temperamental engines when used in the UK, so one can only imagine the troubles that the harsher working environment in the US would have caused!
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TomRedlion Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Indeed.
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AJF3440 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
... I could remember seeing pics of a Krause-Maffei in yellow so I assumed it was UP. It was D&RG. Ooops!=P
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