Driving U.S. Route 30 across Nebraska in the 1960s is a continuous variety show. Here come GE U50 33 and EMD DD35B 72B, a 10,000-hp combination, booming along eastbound, east of North Platte on Oc... (more)
The worker sent out to attend to engine 44’s needs between runs must feel more like he’s boarding a ship than climbing onto a locomotive. Just how big is General Electric’s massive U50? At over 83... (more)
Three units – a pair of GE U50’s and an EMD DD35B – labor up Archer Hill, Union Pacific’s climb from Crow Creek east of Cheyenne, the day after Christmas, 1966. While not the ordeal nor the rugged... (more)
By the early 1960s Union Pacific was looking around for a diesel model to replace its turbines, something that, run in three-unit sets, could produce 15,000 hp. GE’s answer was the twin-engine U50... (more)
Just days out of General Electric’s Erie works on June 28, 1964, and showroom fresh, Southern Pacific U50 8500 simmers under the El Paso sun, about to lend its considerable 5,000 hp to a westboun... (more)
A rare visitor to Denver in 1968, one of UP’s great clattering U50’s dominates the ready tracks at the Pullman roundhouse. Likely the 36 came in early morning off the Julesburg line and will leave... (more)
A train with U50 51 and three SD24B's are leaving North Platte's departure yard under stormy skies. On one of the adjacent tracks, a train is headed by what appears to be a U50C.
Two GE U50’s, 31 and 33, hustle a westbound UP freight through North Topeka, Ks. on August 22, 1965. Note the passenger car in the small car shop at right.
Union Pacific is throwing everything it has at Sherman Hill today, March 19 1966. And it has a lot. Turbines, big DD35As and strings of GP30s and ‘35s have all tackled the grade east out of Larami... (more)
Storming Archer Hill in a March snowstorm about to become a blizzard, U50 32 and a pair of GP30B’s head an extra out of Cheyenne for North Platte. Less than a year old in 1964, all three engines n... (more)
An SDP35, GP9B, U50, GP30 run by with what looks like a turbo fire in the U50. Flames are visible behind the cab. No photographer name on slide.
A pair of U50's and a GP30B doing a good speed through Devil's Slide. Photo taken by Richard Kindig.
Here a U50 sits at Council Bluffs and it sure looks like it's seen better days. Photo taken by George Cockle.
UP GE U50s 31 and 33 lead 40-ft. box cars west out of Topeka, Ks. at Menoken Jct. in pouring rain and head to Marysville and on to North Platte, Nebr.
Two UP U-50's, a GP-7B and another Geep are in the siding at Aikins, Kansas to meet an eastbound, headed for Kansas City while Nos. 45 and 43 are going to Marysville and on to North Platte, Nebr.,... (more)