UPP 403         
Date: 2/4/2006 Location: Council Bluffs, IA   Map Show Council Bluffs on a rail map Views: 1874 Collection Of:   Tom Stolte
Rolling Stock: UPP 403 (Flat Car) Author:  Tom Stolte
UPP 403
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Rick Ritchie General Okay, cool pic... but what the heck is it? 2/4/2006 7:34:47 PM
Vianney Roge General Or maybe a GP40XXX!!!!! 2/5/2006 8:00:57 AM
Rick Ritchie General Well it may be the butt end of a SD45, but it is mounted on a flatcar and has no powered trucks. I see no power cables on the visible end, so it's not a power unit. Maybe a training unit? 2/5/2006 11:29:13 AM
Tom Stolte General from Doug Stark: I believe it's a "load bank" used for stationary testing of locomotives under simulated full load conditions. Electricity from the diesel's generator, instead of going to the traction motors, is converted to thermal energy and dissipated through resistive elements located below the cooling fans. Essentially it's a giant "toaster", and I've heard that term used to describe load banks used for routine testing of emergency standby generators located in buildings. 2/5/2006 3:38:17 PM
Rick Ritchie General Ahh, that would explain all those heat blisters wouldn't it? Thanx! 2/12/2006 11:24:17 AM
Zach Pumphery General Tom is correct, this is just a load test unit. 4/28/2009 10:59:36 PM

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