Mobile Power Plant (Sep, 1948)

Mobile Power Plant
GAS-TURBINE power plants on rails have been conceived by Allis-Chalmers engineers as emergency units to be used when power plants fail or disaster disables transmission lines. Still in the blueprint stage, the turbine generators mounted on railway trucks for rapid movement will be built in 3000 and 6000-kilowatt units, to operate as a sole source of electric power or to be synchronized with an existing power system. Burning fuel oil, the gas turbines will be serviced by a separate railway tank car, although the smaller model will carry sufficient fuel to operate for six hours. The turbine unit will be coupled with a 3600-r.p.m. generator through a reduction gear. If necessary, the mobile plant could be installed by only two men and operated by one.

6 comments
  1. Baron Waste says: September 23, 20089:48 am

    Who run Bartertown?

  2. Tracy B. says: September 25, 20083:39 pm

    While gas turbines failed as an engine for a locomotive– they are used to power ships and stationary electric peaker power plants now.

  3. daniel says: October 15, 20092:50 pm

    can i have a look at 3000kva mobile power plant and it feature if possible?

  4. Firebrand38 says: October 15, 20092:55 pm

    What you see is what you get.

  5. Leftenant Nemo says: September 18, 201112:14 pm

    Hi Folks,
    Uh, when was this design dreamed up? And why didn’t we see a Truck Semi-Version of it in operation courtesy FEMA and FEMA approved contractors for immediate disaster Relief? IIs it feasible? Is it practicable? Or is it just another brilliant idea, that didn’t work; (because its not cost effective?)

  6. Toronto says: September 18, 20112:29 pm

    Nemo: You’ve never seen a truck-based genny?

    A lot of films are shot in the area I work, so we see the smaller ones on 5 tonne trucks all the time. And every now and then, some company’s data centre needs extra power for a few months, either during a conversion or while waiting a grid upgrade, so a generator set in a 40′ container is dropped into their courtyard (and usually decorated so as to fit in.)

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