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Overview

Union Pacific operated a total of 55 gas turbine locomotives:

4500 GTE Tenders

The 25 smaller turbines operated without tenders until late 1955. UP 61 was the first to be equipped with a tender, in October 1955, when it received a semi-Vanderbuilt 20-C tender removed from UP 4-8-4 806. The conversion as an insulated tender was apparently completed at the newly finished Salt Lake City shops. (photo) Within a few short months, the remaining units in the fleet received tenders that had been converted from 18-C tenders from retired UP 4-12-2 steam locomotives. (That original Class 20-C insulated tender later had its capacity increased and was assigned as a 24-C-GTE tender for the 8500 horsepower GTE locomotives.)

Each of the tenders for the 4500 GTE locomotives was converted by Union Pacific in its own shops by rebuilding a Class 18-C 18,000 gallon tender removed from a retired 9000-series 4-12-2 locomotive. The coal bunker (or oil tank) was removed, and the water compartment from a second retired 18-C tender was applied, providing a cylindrical tank that was the same diameter from front to rear. The tank was then insulated and wrapped with sheet metal. Some tenders had flat ends, but most had convex ends.

UP 61 was the first small turbine to receive a tender, which was converted from the tender removed from retired UP 4-8-4 806 in May 1956. All small turbines later received tenders that had been converted from tenders removed from retired UP 4-12-2 9000-series locomotives. UP 61's tender was swapped for a former 9000-series tender in January 1957, and that tender was later assigned to UP large turbine no. 5.

Many of the 25 22-GTE tenders were readily swapped among the various 10 4500 horsepower "Standard" turbines, and the 15 "Veranda" turbines as needed to meet operational needs. Close inspection of the rear of many of these tenders revealed three or four numbers on the repainted ends.

All 25 small turbines were retired in 1964. Prior to their final disposition, their tenders were removed and stored for later use. Records show that all 25 tenders were retired in November 1967 and sold for scrap.

8500 GTE Tenders

The first 20 8500 GTE locomotives, numbers 1-20, were assigned Class 24-C-GTE 24,000 gallon insulated tenders that had been converted from Class 20-C tenders removed from retired UP 800-series 4-8-4s.

The remaining 10 8500 GTE locomotives, numbers 21-30, were assigned Class 23-C-GTE 23,000 gallon non-insulated tenders that had been converted from Class 19-C tenders removed from retired UP 3800-series 4-6-6-4s.

The following comes from Trains magazine, March 1956, page page 21:

The homemade, 24,000-gallon tanks have been incorporated into the design to keep the weight on drivers constant, which would be impossible were the fuel carried on the locomotive units themselves. The tank is insulated with four inches of glass wool—this to keep the Bunker C oil warm. Fuel is heated before being piped aboard. Advantage of a separate insulated fuel tender was demonstrated with the 61, a later-model turbine featuring semi-hood design, open running boards.

Although all GTE tenders were of riveted construction, some historians have referred to the 24-C-GTE tenders (also known as "long" tenders) as "welded or smooth," and the 23-C-GTE tenders (also known as "short" tenders) as "riveted", because of the way they appeared (sheathed and unsheathed). The most obvious spotting feature is the smooth covers over the heaters on the 24-C-GTE tenders, compared to the uncovered heaters on the 23-C-GTE tenders.

An additional tender was assigned to the fleet of 8500 horsepower GTE locomotives after a "spare" tender was created from a flat-ended 22-C-GTE round tender, which had its ends clipped and beveled to accommodate the exhaust of an 8500 horsepower GTE. (see a photo on page 208 of Jack Wolff's "Union Pacific's Turbine Era")

Many of the 20 24-GTE tenders and the 10 23-GTE tenders were readily swapped among the various 30 8500 horsepower GTE locomotives as needed to meet operational needs. Close inspection of the rear of many of these tenders has revealed as many as three or four numbers on the repainted ends.

The 30 large turbines were retired in 1968, 1969, and 1970. Their tenders were removed and stored for later use. At least 17 tenders were renumbered into the railroad's 900000-series Roadway number series, including the 903019-903034 series (9 cars) for fuel oil storage, and the 907851-907858 series (8 cars) for water storage.

During the 1970s and 1980s, there were six former GTE tenders used at UP's East Los Angeles engine terminal for fuel storage. In later years, each car had a single digit number (1 through 6), in addition to its 900000-series Roadway number. There were two other tenders used for fuel storage at the south end of Riverdale yard in Ogden, Utah.

22-C-GTE Tenders

Used on 4500 horsepower GTE Locomotives.

22-C-GTE Tenders — 25 cars
Alco., 1929-1930 (UP, 1956)

GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Date
Built
Date To
22-GTE Series
Date
Retired
Note
22-C-GTE-51 18-C-104 1929 Feb 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-52 18-C-619 1930 Feb 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-53 18-C-622 1930 Feb 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-54 18-C-623 1930 Feb 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-55 18-C-426 1929 Mar 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-56 18-C-435 1929 Mar 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-57 18-C-437 1929 Mar 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-58 18-C-402 1929 Mar 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-59 18-C-414 1929 Mar 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-60 18-C-201 1930 Apr 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-61 18-C-409 1929 Apr 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-62 18-C-412 1929 May 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-63 18-C-613 1930 May 1956 Nov 1967 1
22-C-GTE-64 18-C-405 1929 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-65 18-C-408 1929 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-66 18-C-410 1929 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-67 18-C-419 1929 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-68 18-C-620 1929 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-69 18-C-624 1930 Jun 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-70 18-C-108 1929 Jul 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-71 18-C-202 1929 Jul 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-72 18-C-403 1929 Jul 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-73 18-C-433 1928 Jul 1956 Nov 1967  
22-C-GTE-74 18-C-130 1928 Aug 1956 Nov 1967 2
22-C-GTE-75 18-C-439 1929 Aug 1956 Nov 1967  

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers:
Truck Style:

General Notes:

a. All 25 tenders were built in 1929 and 1930 and were converted on the dates shown above from Class 18-C tenders assigned to UP's 9000-series 4-12-2 steam locomotives.
b. UP Equipment Record: r3-1336 (22-GTE series), r3-1572 (18-C series), r3-1581 (18-C series), r3-1582 (18-C series)
c.

In the book "Turbines Westward," Tom Lee states on pages 29 and 140 that each of the tenders for the 4500 horsepower GTE locomotives were built using the running gear and frame from a tender from a 9000-class steam locomotive, and that each tender used the water compartments from two separate tenders that had been spliced together.

The above statement is shown to be accurate if retirement dates for other tenders are considered; records show that 25 specific tenders were retired and converted to specific 22-C-GTE tenders, with another 27 tenders being retired in the same 1955-1956 time frame, making them possible candidates to have furnished their water compartments to the conversion effort.

As a consideration of the conversion itself, the fuel bunkers of the retired 18-C tenders would have required extensive rework and modification to make them match the profile of each tender's water compartment; it would be much simpler to remove the water compartment from a separate retired tender in a single piece and attach it to frame and water compartment of the tender being converted.

d. All 25 tenders were retired in November 1967 and scrapped by UP; records show most as being "cut up" with dates as early as December 1967, and as late as March 1970. (The 4500 horsepower GTE locomotives themselves were retired in 1962-1964.)
e. The table below shows the 9000-class steam locomotive each tender was removed from, and the date each steam locomotive was retired; each tender was removed from its assigned steam locomotive and stored for later use:
  GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Last Steam
Assignment
Locomotive
Retired
  22-C-GTE-51 18-C-104 UP 9033 Jun 1955
  22-C-GTE-52 18-C-619 UP 9081 Dec 1953
  22-C-GTE-53 18-C-622 UP 9084 Apr 1955
  22-C-GTE-54 18-C-623 UP 9085 Jan 1955
  22-C-GTE-55 18-C-426 UP 9039 Nov 1954
  22-C-GTE-56 18-C-435 UP 9038 Jun 1955
  22-C-GTE-57 18-C-437 UP 9048 Apr 1955
  22-C-GTE-58 18-C-402 UP 9035 Apr 1955
  22-C-GTE-59 18-C-414 UP 9049 Apr 1954
  22-C-GTE-60 18-C-201 UP 9082 Apr 1955
  22-C-GTE-61 18-C-409 UP 9032 Nov 1954
  22-C-GTE-62 18-C-412 UP 9037 Jun 1955
  22-C-GTE-63 18-C-613 UP 9080 Nov 1954
  22-C-GTE-64 18-C-405 UP 9041 Sep 1955
  22-C-GTE-65 18-C-408 UP 9046 Apr 1955
  22-C-GTE-66 18-C-410 UP 9045 Sep 1954
  22-C-GTE-67 18-C-419 UP 9054 Dec 1954
  22-C-GTE-68 18-C-620 UP 9047 Nov 1954
  22-C-GTE-69 18-C-624 UP 9086 Sep 1955
  22-C-GTE-70 18-C-108 UP 9042 Sep 1955
  22-C-GTE-71 18-C-202 UP 9034 Sep 1953
  22-C-GTE-72 18-C-403 UP 9036 Sep 1954
  22-C-GTE-73 18-C-433 UP 9059 Sep 1954
  22-C-GTE-74 18-C-130 UP 9021 Jul 1955
  22-C-GTE-75 18-C-439 UP 9055 Sep 1954

Notes:

1. 22-C-63 was scrapped at Cheyenne after December 1970 after being found to be partially filled with solidified asphalt; trucks salvaged and sent to Omaha. (letter of instruction dated December 30, 1970; originator and addessees redacted)
2. 22-C-74 was scrapped at Salt Lake City after December 1970 after being found to have a cracked "cistern"; trucks salvaged and sent to Omaha. (letter of instruction dated December 30, 1970; originator and addessees redacted) Tender 22-C-74 was "lost" and then later found in November 1971 in Los Angeles at the locomotive fueling track; disposition instructions requested because scrapping by torch was not allowed in Los Angeles. (letter dated November 30, 1971; originator and addessees redacted) Omaha immediately instructed that the tender be moved to Salt Lake City and immediately "dismantled." (letter of instruction dated December 1, 1971; originator and addessees redacted)

24-C-GTE Tender

Used on 8500 horsepower GTE Locomotives.

24-C-GTE Tender — 1 car
Alco., 1937 (UP, 1956)

GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Date
Built
Last Steam
Assignment
Locomotive
Retired
Tender
Retired
Notes
24-C-GTE-1 20-C-205 1937 UP 806 Mar 1954 May 1956 1

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces: 46'-5"
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers: 23'-5"
Truck Style: 6 wheel (10'-0" wheelbase)

General Notes:

a. 24,000 gallons capacity
b. A photo in "Turbines Westward," page 140, shows that this tender had already been modified by November 1, 1955, and added to No. 61 in Salt Lake City for tests.
c. UP Equipment Record: r3-1336 (24-GTE series); r3-1583 (20-C series); r3-1585 (20-C series)

Notes:

1. Tender 24-C-GTE-1 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-205, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 806; retired in May 1956 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-1 (assigned to UP 61); changed to 24-GTE-5 in January 1957
 

24-C-GTE Tenders — 20 cars
Alco., 1937 (UP, 1957-1960)

Tender
Number
Previous
Number
Date To
24-GTE Series
Last Assigned
GTE Number
Date
Retired
Roadway
Number
Date To
Roadway Number
Date Roadway
Retired
Notes
24-GTE-1 20-C-201 Feb 1957   Sep 1975       1
24-GTE-2 20-C-202 Oct 1957     UP 907852 Apr 1972 Dec 1973 2
24-GTE-3 20-C-203 Jun 1957 UP 24-24B   UP 907858 Apr 1972 Jul 1973 3
24-GTE-4 20-C-204 Feb 1958 UP 16-16B   UP 903025 Jul 1973 Apr 1976 4
24-GTE-5 20-C-205
24-C-GTE-1
May 1956
Jan 1957
UP 23-23B Jul 1973       5
24-GTE-6 20-C-206 Mar 1958 UP 7-7B   UP 903026 Jul 1973   6
24-GTE-7 20-C-207 Dec 1957     UP 903033 May 1972   7
24-GTE-8 20-C-208 Dec 1957           8
24-GTE-9 20-C-209 Feb 1960 UP 22-22B   UP 903027 Jul 1973   9
24-GTE-10 20-C-210 Nov 1957     UP 907854 Apr 1972 Apr 1973 10
24-GTE-11 20-C-211 May 1957     UP 907851 Apr 1972 Dec 1972 11
24-GTE-12 20-C-212 Sep 1957 UP 14-14B   UP 903019 Jun 1971 Jul 1977 12
24-GTE-13 20-C-213 Apr 1958     UP 907853 Apr 1972 Mar 1984 13
24-GTE-14 20-C-214 Apr 1957 UP 8-8B   UP 907857 Apr 1972   14
24-GTE-15 20-C-215 Jan 1958           15
24-GTE-16 20-C-101 Jul 1960 UP 7-7B (sic)   UP 907856 Apr 1972 (Sep 1973) 16
24-GTE-17 20-C-102 Aug 1960     UP 907855 Apr 1972 Jul 1973 17
24-GTE-18 20-C-103 May 1960   Jul 1973       18
24-GTE-19 20-C-104 Aug 1960 UP 18-18B Jul 1973       19
24-GTE-20 20-C-105 Jun 1960 UP 28-28B Jul 1973       20

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces: 46'-5"
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers: 23'-5"
Truck Style: 6 wheel (10'-0" wheelbase)

General Notes:

a. All 20 tenders were built in 1937 and assigned to UP 4-8-4 Class FEF-1 steam locomotives 800-819. Locomotives and tenders retired on the following dates. (some dates come from Gordon McCulloh's research)
  GTE Tender
Number
Last Steam
Assignment
Locomotive
Retired
Tender
Retired
  24-GTE-1 UP 800 Oct 1957 Feb 1957
  24-GTE-2 UP 801 May 1959 Oct 1957
  24-GTE-3 UP 802 May 1960 Jun 1957
  24-GTE-4 UP 813 Oct 1957 Jun 1958
  24-GTE-5 UP 806 Mar 1954 May 1956
  24-GTE-6 UP 805 May 1959 Mar 1958
  24-GTE-7 UP 815 Jun 1957 Oct 1957
  24-GTE-8 UP 808 Nov 1959 Dec 1957
  24-GTE-9 UP 803 May 1957 Nov 1957
  24-GTE-10 UP 809 May 1958 Nov 1957
  24-GTE-11 UP 810 Nov 1954 Mar 1957
  24-GTE-12 UP 811 Sep 1956 May 1957
  24-GTE-13 UP 804 May 1959 Apr 1958
  24-GTE-14 UP 807 Jun 1956 Jan 1957
  24-GTE-15 UP 812 Jun 1956 Nov 1957
  24-GTE-16 UP 816 Jan 1957 Apr 1960
  24-GTE-17 UP 818 Sep 1955 May 1960
  24-GTE-18 UP 814 Jun 1961 May 1960
  24-GTE-19 UP 817 May 1960 Jun 1960
  24-GTE-20 UP 819 May 1957 Jun 1960
b. 24,000 gallons capacity
c. UP Class 24-GTE (other records show class as 24-C-GTE)
d. Converted from retired UP 4-8-4 steam locomotives
e. The first group of fifteen 8500 horsepower GTE locomotives were ordered on November 25, 1955, and No. 1 entered service on August 1, 1958. (A photo in "Turbines Westward," page 100, shows that this initial run used two tenders.)
f. The second group of fifteen locomotives was announced on February 19, 1957, with delivery planned for early 1958.
g. See also: UP equipment record, sheet r3-462 (903000 series); r3-778 (907850 series); r3-780 (907850 series); r3-1336 (24-GTE series); r3-1583 (20-C series); r3-1585 (20-C series)
h. See also: "8500 Horsepower Without Cylinders", Trains magazine, Volume 16, Number 5, March 1956, page 18

Notes:

1. Tender 24-GTE-1 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-201, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 800; retired in February 1957 and converted to tender 24-GTE-1; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; retired in September 1975 and sold.
2. Tender 24-GTE-2 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-202, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 801; retired in October 1957 and converted to tender 24-GTE-2 (UP photo dated April 24, 1957); removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907852 in April 1972; retired in December 1973 and sold.
3.

Tender 24-GTE-3 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-203, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 804; retired and converted to insulated tender 24-GTE-13 in April 1958; last assigned to UP 24-24B (retired February 1970); assigned to Green River derrick 903044 in August 1969; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907858 in April 1972; retired in July 1973

4. Tender 24-GTE-4 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-204, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 813; retired in November 1957 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-1 in February 1958; last assigned to UP 16-16B (retired February 1970); moved to Los Angeles and assigned fuel storage in January 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903025 in July 1973; retired in April 1976 and sold.
5. Tender 24-GTE-5 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-205, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 806; retired in May 1956 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-1 (assigned to UP 61); changed to 24-GTE-5 in January 1957; last assigned to UP 23-23B (retired February 1970); moved to Ogden in February 1971; retired in July 1973 and sold. (Photos show that this tender had already been modified by November 1, 1955, and added to No. 61 in Salt Lake City for tests; see "Turbines Westward," page 140.)
6. Tender 24-GTE-6 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-206, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 805; retired in March 1958 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-6; last assigned to UP 7-7B (retired February 1970); moved to Los Angeles in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903026 in July 1973; moved to Cheyenne in 1990 for use by steam program (further disposition unknown).
7. Tender 24-GTE-7 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-207, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 815; retired in October 1957 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-7 in December 1957; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; moved to Ogden in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903033 in May 1972; (further disposition unknown)
8. Tender 24-GTE-8 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-208, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 808; retired and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-8 in December 1957; (further disposition unknown)
9. Tender 24-GTE-9 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-209, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 803; retired and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-6 in February 1960; last assigned to UP 22-22B (retired February 1970); moved to Los Angeles in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903027 in July 1973; (further disposition unknown)
10. Tender 24-GTE-10 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-210, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 809; retired and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-10 in November 1957; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907854 in April 1972; retired in April 1973 and sold.
11. Tender 24-GTE-11 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-211, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 810; retired in March 1957 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-11 in May 1957; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907851 in April 1972; retired in December 1973 and sold.
12. Tender 24-GTE-12 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-212, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 811; retired in May 1957 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-12 in September 1957; last assigned to UP 14-14B (retired February 1970); stored at Salt Lake City until renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903019 in June 1971, assigned to Colton, California; retired in July 1977 and sold.
13. Tender 24-GTE-13 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-213, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 802; retired in June 1957 and converted to tender 24-GTE-13; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907853 in April 1972; assigned to steam service and painted black in late 1973; used with Expo 74 train to Spokane in July 1974; traveled with SP 4449 from Birmingham, Alabama, back to Portland, Oregon in April 1977 (1977 photo); retired in March 1984; to Illinois Railroad Museum in 1992, for display with turbine 18/18B (still in black paint) (2002 photo); repainted to yellow and gray in 2008 (2008 photos)
14. Tender 24-GTE-14 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-214, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 807; retired in January 1957 and converted to insulated tender 24-GTE-14 in April 1957; assigned to UP 8-8B (retired February 1970); renumbered to UP 907855 in September 1969, assigned to Ogden derrick; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907857 in April 1972; retired in March 1981; reinstated in March 1983; moved to Cheyenne in 1989 (1996 photo); renumbered to UPP 814 on July 30, 2003; rebuilt in July 2006 to remove insulation, in service as UPP 814. (2008 photo)
15. Tender 24-GTE-15 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-215, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 812; retired in November 1957 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-15 in January 1958; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970; (further disposition unknown)
16. Tender 24-GTE-16 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-101, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 816; retired in April 1960 and converted to insulated tender 24-GTE-16 in July 1960; last assigned to UP 7-7B (retired February 1970) (duplication with 24-GTE-6 noted); renumbered to UP 907856 in August 1969, asigned to North Platte derrick 910006; retired in September 1973; moved to Cheyenne in 1989; renumbered to UPP 809 in early May 2003; official renumber date is August 1, 2003; rebuilt in August 2008 to remove insulation, in service as UPP 809. (2008 photo)
17. Tender 24-GTE-17 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-102, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 818; retired in May 1960 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-17 in August 1960; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970; renumbered to UP Water Storage 907855 in April 1972; retired in July 1973 and sold.
18. Tender 24-GTE-18 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-103, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 814; retired and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-18 in May 1960; removed from its assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970; retired in July 1973 and sold. (UP mechanical department records show that tender 24-GTE-18 was converted from the tender last assigned to UP 4-8-4 814; UP 814 was retired in June 1961 and donated with a 25-C Centipede tender in August 1962 to the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa and is displayed at the Rails West Museum in Council Bluffs.)
19. Tender 24-GTE-19 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-104, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 817; retired in June 1960 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-19 in August 1960; last assigned to UP 18-18B (retired February 1970); retired in July 1973 and sold
20. Tender 24-GTE-20 was built in 1937 as tender 20-C-105, last assigned to UP 4-8-4 819; retired in March 1960 and converted to tender 24-C-GTE-20 in June 1960; last assigned to UP 28-28B (retired February 1970); retired in July 1973 and sold

23-C-GTE Tenders

Used on 8500 horsepower GTE Locomotives.

23-C-GTE Tenders — 10 cars
Alco., 1944 (UP, 1960)

GTE Tender
Number
Previous
Number
Date To
23-GTE Series
Last Assigned
GTE Number
Date
Retired
Roadway
Number
Date To
Roadway Number
Notes
23-C-GTE-21 19-C-109 Jul 1959 UP 19-19B   UP 903028 Jul 1973 1
23-C-GTE-22 19-C-106 Jul 1960   Jul 1974     2
23-C-GTE-23 19-C-107 Aug 1960     UP 903029 Jul 1973 3
23-C-GTE-24 19-C-113 Sep 1960 UP 29-29B Jul 1973     4
23-C-GTE-25 19-C-114 Sep 1960 UP 26-26B Jul 1974     5
23-C-GTE-26 19-C-115 Oct 1960   Jul 1973     6
23-C-GTE-27 19-C-208 Nov 1960     UP 903034 May 1972 7
23-C-GTE-28 19-C-209 Nov 1960   Jul 1973     8
23-C-GTE-29 19-C-212 Oct 1960 UP 27-27B Jul 1974     9
23-C-GTE-30 19-C-216 Nov 1960     UP 903030 Jul 1973 10

Description:

Length, Over Buffers:
Length, Over Coupler Pulling Faces:
Length, Over End Sills:
Length, Inside:
Truck Centers: 17'-10"
Truck Style:

General Notes:

a. All 10 tenders were built in 1936 and 1937, and were converted to 23-GTE non-insulated tenders from Class 19-C tenders assigned to UP's Class CSA-1 3800-series 4-6-6-4 steam locomotives.
b. These 10 tenders had electric heating elements similar to those of the 24-GTE class, but the tenders themselves were not insulated. Because they were not insulated, some observers have called them "riveted" tenders, because their rivets showed. (photo of 23-GTE tender currently displayed with UP 26/26B at Ogden)
c. UP Equipment Record Book: r3-1337 (23-GTE series); r3-1584 (19-C series) (of the three pages for the 903000 series, r3-460, r3-462, r3-677, none show retirement dates)
d. All 10 tenders were built in 1936-1937 and assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3800-series steam locomotives; steam locomotives retired on the following dates:
  GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Date
Built
Last Steam
Assignment
Locomotive
Retired
Date To
23-GTE Series
  23-C-GTE-21 19-C-109 1936 UP 3800 Aug 1957 Jul 1959
  23-C-GTE-22 19-C-106 1936 UP 3805 Feb 1956 Jul 1960
  23-C-GTE-23 19-C-107 1936 UP 3804 Jul 1959 Aug 1960
  23-C-GTE-24 19-C-113 1937 UP 3828 Jul 1959 Sep 1960
  23-C-GTE-25 19-C-114 1937 UP 3829 Jul 1957 Sep 1960
  23-C-GTE-26 19-C-115 1936 UP 3803 May 1959 Oct 1960
  23-C-GTE-27 19-C-208 1937 UP 3825 Apr 1957 Nov 1960
  23-C-GTE-28 19-C-209 1937 UP 3820 Aug 1957 Nov 1960
  23-C-GTE-29 19-C-212 1937 UP 3827 Dec 1958 Oct 1960
  23-C-GTE-30 19-C-216 1937 UP 3826 Nov 1956 Nov 1960

Notes:

1. Tender 23-GTE-21 was built in 1936 as tender 19-C-109, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3800; locomotive retired in August 1957 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 21-GTE-1 in July 1959; converted to larger capacity as 23-GTE-21; last assigned to UP 19-19B (retired December 1968); moved to Los Angeles in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903028 in July 1973; moved to Ogden before September 1988 (date of photo) and stored; moved to Cheyenne in June 2009, still there as of June 14, 2012 (2010 photo)
2. Tender 23-GTE-22 was built in 1936 as tender 19-C-106, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3805; locomotive retired in February 1956 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-22 in July 1960; ; last assigned to GTE 27, which was retired in February 1970; stored at Salt Lake City (disposition requested on March 15, 1971); retired in July 1974
3. Tender 23-GTE-23 was built in 1936 as tender 19-C-107, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3804; locomotive retired in July 1959 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-23 in August 1960; removed from assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; moved to Los Angeles in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903029 in July 1973; moved to Ogden before September 1988 (date of photo) and stored; moved to Cheyenne in June 2009, still there as of June 14, 2012 (2010 photo)
4. Tender 23-GTE-24 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-113, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3828; locomotive retired in July 1959 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-24 in September 1960; last assigned to UP 29-29B (retired February 1970); moved to Ogden in February 1971; retired in July 1973
5. Tender 23-GTE-25 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-114, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3829; locomotive retired in July 1957 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-25 in September 1960; last assigned to UP 26-26B (retired February 1970); stored at Salt Lake City, "Have empty turbine tender S/N 23GTE25 at Salt Lake Diesel Shop with #26 stencilled on end of tender. Please advise disposition. /signed/ R. T. Johnson, May 12, 1970"; the tender was still at Salt Lake City on September 20, 1971, stored on the former coach yard tracks, along with GTE locomotives 30-30B and 27-27B; retired in July 1974
6. Tender 23-GTE-26 was built in 1936 as tender 19-C-115, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3803; locomotive retired in May 1959 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-26 in October 1960; removed from assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; retired in July 1973
7. Tender 23-GTE-27 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-208, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3825; locomotive retired in April 1957 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-27 in November 1960; removed from assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; moved to Ogden in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903034 in May 1972; (further disposition unknown)
8. Tender 23-GTE-28 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-209, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3820; locomotive retired in August 1957 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-28 in November 1960; removed from assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; retired in July 1973
9. Tender 23-GTE-29 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-212, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3827; locomotive retired in December 1958 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-29 in October 1960; inspection on September 20, 1971 found that the tender was originally numbered for GTE 6-6B, then marked over for GTE 13-13B, then marked over for GTE 27-27B; last assigned to UP 27-27B (retired February 1970); stored at Salt Lake City (disposition requested on March 15, 1971); retired in July 1974
10. Tender 23-GTE-30 was built in 1937 as tender 19-C-216, last assigned to UP 4-6-6-4 3826; locomotive retired in November 1956 and tender stored; converted to non-insulated tender 23-GTE-30 in November 1960; removed from assigned GTE locomotive ca. 1968-1970 and stored; moved to Los Angeles in February 1971; renumbered to UP Fuel Oil Storage 903030 in July 1973; donated ca. 1987 to Utah State Railroad Museum at Ogden, Utah; moved to Ogden before September 1988 (date of photo); displayed with turbine 26/26B (2010 photo)

In a letter dated December 1, 1970, instructions were issued to inspect the tenders of the remaining 19 GTE locomotives, at the following locations, and advise Omaha as to the condition of the tenders for potential use "in connection with proposed roadway water conversion program." In addition, the remaining 11 tenders removed from already retired 8500 GTE locomotives were also to have their location and condition reported as part of the same proposed use.

  Road
Number
Cheyenne (9) Ogden (5) Council Bluffs (2) Salt Lake City (3) Notes
  UP 1-1B
(previously retired)
  UP 2-2B
(previously retired)
  UP 3-3B
(previously retired)
  UP 4-4B
(previously retired)
  UP 5-5B
(previously retired)
  UP 6-6B
X
 
  UP 7-7B
X
 
  UP 8-8B
X
 
  UP 9-9B
(previously retired)
  UP 10-10B
X
 
  UP 11-11B
X
 
  UP 12-12B
X
 
  UP 13-13B
(previously retired)
  UP 14-14B
X
 
  UP 15-15B
X
 
  UP 16-16B
(previously retired)
  UP 17-17B
X
 
  UP 18-18B
X
 
  UP 19-19B
(previously retired)
  UP 20-20B
X
 
  UP 21-21B
X
 
  UP 22-22B
X
 
  UP 23-23B
X
 
  UP 24-24B
(previously retired)
  UP 25-25B
(previously retired)
  UP 26-26B
X
 
  UP 27-27B
X
 
  UP 28-28B
X
 
  UP 29-29B
X
 
  UP 30-30B
X
 
   
(9)
(5)
(2)
(3)
(Total 19; plus 11)

Los Angeles Fuel Storage

In February 1971, six retired GTE tenders were moved to Los Angeles for use as fuel storage. They were given UP Company Service numbers between 903025 and 903030; and later were repainted bright aluminum. At some point, each tender received a single digit number from '1' to '6', about 8 inches high, at each corner.

The following comes from Steve Lee, manager of UP's steam program, via an email dated December 31, 2004:

The 907856 and 907857 were two of six tenders discovered in Los Angeles in 1988. All were coupled together on piece of track not connected to anything at either end. They were all piped together and were used as a large diesel fuel storage tank. Three of the tenders were ex-FEF-1 tanks (which were NOT built by splicing two tanks together) and the other three were ex-CSA (3800-series 4-6-6-4) tanks, which were also NOT built by splicing two together.

We moved the three ex-FEF tanks to Cheyenne, and the three ex-CSA tanks to Ogden. One of those ex-CSA tanks is now displayed with their turbine. These ex-CSA tenders were not insulated and jacketed when converted, and you can easily see where the coal space was modified into more oil space. The other two of those ex-CSA tanks are at Ogden, awaiting movement here.

The third ex-FEF tender was scrapped at Cheyenne a couple of years ago.

The following is a possible listing of the six retired GTE tenders at Los Angeles:

Roadway
Number
GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Known
LA No.
Notes
UP 903025 24-GTE-4 20-C-204   moved to LA in 1971
UP 903026 24-GTE-6 20-C-206 5 moved to LA in 1971; LA #5
UP 903027 24-GTE-9 20-C-209   moved to LA in 1971
UP 903028 23-C-GTE-21 19-C-109 3 moved to LA in 1971; LA #3; to Ogden in 1988; to Cheyenne in June 2009
UP 903029 23-C-GTE-23 19-C-107 6 moved to LA in 1971; LA #6; to Ogden in 1988; to Cheyenne in June 2009
UP 903030 23-C-GTE-30 19-C-216   moved to LA in 1971; LA # (??); to Ogden in 1988; displayed with turbine 26/26B
Roadway
Number
GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Known
LA No.
Notes
UP 907856 24-GTE-16 20-C-101   assigned to North Platte derrick 910006 in August 1969; to UPP 809
UP 907857 24-GTE-14 20-C-214 2 to UPP 814; LA #2

Ogden Fuel Storage

In February 1971, two retired GTE tenders were moved to Ogden, Utah, for use as fuel storage. The two tenders were moved to an isolated piece of track adjacent to the locomotive service facilty at the south end of Ogden's Riverdale Yard, west and north of the south yard tower. In his book "Turbines Westward," on page 144d, the author states that of the two, the 23-GTE tender was numbered as UP 903033, and the 24-GTE tender was numbered as UP 903034. UP's equipment record book shows that UP 903033 was renumbered from tender 24-GTE-7, and UP 903034 was renumbered from 23-GTE-27, reversed from what Tom Lee states in his caption. To confuse even more, the equipment record book shows that tenders 23-GTE-24 and 24-GTE-5 were the two tenders moved to Ogden in February 1971.

903000 Series Fuel Storage

Roadway
Number
GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Date To
Roadway Number
Date Roadway
Retired
Notes
UP 903019 24-GTE-12 20-C-212 Jun 1971 Jul 1977 assigned to fuel storage at Colton, replacing LA&SL 910666
UP 903025 24-GTE-4 20-C-204 Jul 1973 Apr 1976 moved to LA in 1971
UP 903026 24-GTE-6 20-C-206 Jul 1973   moved to LA in 1971; LA #5
UP 903027 24-GTE-9 20-C-209 Jul 1973   moved to LA in 1971
UP 903028 23-C-GTE-21 19-C-109 Jul 1973   moved to LA in 1971; LA #3; to Ogden in 1988; to Cheyenne in June 2009
UP 903029 23-C-GTE-23 19-C-107 Jul 1973   moved to LA in 1971; LA #6; to Ogden in 1988; to Cheyenne in June 2009
UP 903030 23-C-GTE-30 19-C-216 Jul 1973 ca. 1987 moved to LA in 1971; LA # (??); to Ogden in 1988; displayed with turbine 26/26B
UP 903033 24-GTE-7 20-C-207 May 1972   moved to Ogden in 1971
UP 903034 23-C-GTE-27 19-C-208 May 1972   moved to Ogden in 1971

907850 Series Water Storage

Roadway
Number
GTE Tender
Number
Steam Tender
Number
Date To
Roadway Number
Date Roadway
Retired
Notes
UP 907851 24-GTE-11 20-C-211 Apr 1972 Dec 1973  
UP 907852 24-GTE-2 20-C-202 Apr 1972 Dec 1973  
UP 907853 24-GTE-13 20-C-213 Apr 1972 Mar 1984 to Illinois Railroad Museum; displayed with turbine 18/18B
UP 907854 24-GTE-10 20-C-210 Apr 1972 Apr 1973  
UP 907855 24-GTE-17 20-C-102 Apr 1972 Jul 1973  
UP 907856 24-GTE-16 20-C-101 Apr 1972 (Sep 1973) assigned to North Platte derrick 910006 in August 1969; to UPP 809
UP 907857 24-GTE-14 20-C-214 Apr 1972   to UPP 814; LA #2
UP 907858 24-GTE-3 20-C-203 Apr 1972 Dec 1973  

More Information

Sources

Based on information compiled by Dick Harley; with additional information from UP's equipment record book, and from other interested individuals.

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