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EMD's FG9 prototype in 1958.
EMD FG9 Experimental Locomotive
The EMD FG9 was an experimental gasifier-turbine powered prototype locomotive built by the General Motors Electro Motive Division of La Grange, Illinois in 1958-1959.
The prime mover utilized in the locomotive was the GM-214, and was of the free piston gasifier and turbine design. GM had previously used this design to repower a Liberty Ship known as the "William Patterson", and now sought to apply the same power to a locomotive.
The FG9 used an electric transmission and much of the same equipment found in an FL9. This included a D12-D14 main generator and alternator assembly, a DC auxiliary generator, D37 traction motors, and three-phase traction motor blowers and radiator fans. These were assembled in an FL9 carbody with B0'A1A' trucks. The gasifier was placed above the rear truck and was a GM-214, a dual version of the GM-14, the type used on the "William Patterson".
The estimated weight of the FG9 was 281,365 lbs. The width of the locomotive was 10 feet, 8-3/4 inches. Fuel capacity was 314 gallons of diesel fuel, 1,100 gallons of heavy fuel, 292 gallons of piston-cooling oil and 50 gallons of oil for the gasifier drip oil system.
The FG9 would have operated much the same way as the later GTEL locomotives.
Although the Union Pacific Railroad was interested in the FG9, the project was terminated in late 1959.
For more in-depth information about the FG9, see http://utahrails.net/up/fg9.php#up82
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