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Train in Hamlet

Postby David » Wed October 9, 2013, 8:23 pm

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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby Bruce Osburn » Thu October 10, 2013, 9:22 am

Well, it's obvious that this contraption was manufactured by General Electric. My guess is that it is a 100 megawatt gas turbine destined for an electric generating plant somewhere. (The plant I worked at here in Brunswick had nine smaller units that looked very much like this one; they were built ca 1970 and generated only 50 mw. Good, reliable machines.)
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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby David » Thu October 10, 2013, 5:49 pm

Bruce, Will the two pieces be joined together?

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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby Bruce Osburn » Thu October 10, 2013, 7:24 pm

David, yes, if this thing is what I think it is, the two parts will be joined together. But not directly against each other. A shaft will connect the two, they being separated by the exhaust-gas stack. The fourth photo in the above series appears to be the electric generator and the ninth photo is the combustion turbine unit. The combustion unit appears to contain 18 to 20 combustion nozzles. And, to put this thing in perspective, if this is an 100 mw unit that converts to approximately 134,000 horsepower.
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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby sigmore » Fri October 11, 2013, 4:14 pm

Good eye Bruce. They just finished installing turbines at the FP&L plant in Port Saint John here in Florida. Looks like three units. You can hardly tell when they are in use. The oil generators belched black for a while when they kicked in. Looks like they're in Rivera Beach doing the same thing. Dropped the 4 stacks and started installing another gas generation plant. They go for about a billion or more each. Most of their workers travel from site to site.

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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby jhscarborough » Fri October 11, 2013, 10:47 pm

I've seen another unit, just like the first in the roster, on a train in Belleview, Ontario, Canada back in 2011 except that it was riding on the same Kasgro series flat car as the second unit. I'm sure the train didn't have an rocket engine like load on it. How could you possibly forget seeing one of those.

Those Kasgro flat cars are designed for loads between 100 and around 370-ish ton loads. Seems like the max gross was like 900,000 lbs.

Too bad I don't have my tracking links any more. I used to be able to tell you where a particular car was headed.
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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby jhscarborough » Fri October 11, 2013, 11:51 pm

Here's the general configuration of those units. In this graphic the generator (blue) is different but that's where the first unit goes, and the heavy duty gas turbine on the right (behind the duct) doesn't show all the piping.

The end of the turbine toward the rear of the train connects to the generator.


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Image from GE designed FlexEfficiency powerplant animation.
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Re: Train in Hamlet

Postby sigmore » Sat October 12, 2013, 8:09 pm

I'd sure like hookin up one of them critters. I've connected a lot of different types of industrial equipment in my lifetime, but I've never had the pleasure of a challenge like a piece of equipment like that!!


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