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Happy Holiday Railway - Weekends through Dec. 18

Internal Combustion Locomotives

Alco 1937 Union Pacific 907853
Alco 1937
Union Pacific 907853
Description:24384 Gal Fuel Tender for 18B

Equipment Information

Union Pacific 907853 is a fuel tender for UP 18, a gas-electric turbine locomotive comprised of a cab unit, main power unit, and this tender. The tender itself was originally built for use with a steam locomotive but was rebuilt in 1957 to be used with one of the UP turbines. At various times in its career it was assigned to turbines 13 and 27, both identical units to IRM’s 18. It was put into storage around 1970 and in 1972 as rebuilt as a water car numbered 907853. In this guise it was used in steam excursion service, including use in the Expo 74 steam trip to Spokane in 1974 and a trip behind Southern Pacific 4449 from Birmingham, Alabama to Portland, Oregon in 1977. It was retired in 1984 and acquired by IRM in 1992 to be displayed with UP 18.

Click here to see the listing for the turbine’s cab unit.

Builder: Alco
Year Built: 1937 (rebuilt in 1957)
Length: 46ft 5in
Width: 11ft 3in
Height: 14ft 4in
Weight: 330,000 lbs
Brakes: AB
Trucks: Commonwealth 6 Wheel
Description: Tender
Arrived: 1993
Condition: Complete / restored / not operational

Ownership History
1937-1957 – Union Pacific #20-C-213 (last assigned to Union Pacific #802, a 4-8-4 Northern)
1957-1972 – Union Pacific #24-GTE-13 (assigned at various times to Union Pacific #13 and #27)
1972-1993 – Union Pacific #907853
1993-present – Illinois Railway Museum, Union, IL