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Interesting that gas turbines never really caught on for land-based use because they are heavily used in ships. Most non-nuclear powered warships built since the early 70's have them. The range of the ships seem to be comparable to their oil/coal-fired steamship predecessors. Gas turbines are also used as portable and fixed generators on land and sea. General Electric is still one of the major suppliers.

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That's so quaint!  Shame we couldn't hear it run.  Are any semis that tall?  Looks like a Prevost tourbus, but the driver sits much lower.  Reminds me of the GM Futureliner.

Here is a turbine-powered motorcycle, heard it start up.
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2 reasons the Turbine never caught on, the complexity cause them to be very expensive and the emissions output was too high and could not be reduced. Given time both issues could have been resolved, but the emissions restrictions just kept getting tighter and the costs were going through the roof. Piston engines worked and could be made to pass emissions with less cost. 

I love the idea of Turbine powered vehicle, but the dream never came to reality. 

As for this bike, OH HECK NO! I ride a bike, but would never get on this thing. 

On 1/20/2020 at 9:49 PM, 89AKurt said:

That's so quaint!  Shame we couldn't hear it run.  Are any semis that tall?  Looks like a Prevost tourbus, but the driver sits much lower.  Reminds me of the GM Futureliner.

Here is a turbine-powered motorcycle, heard it start up.
7012534223_92689230ca_c.jpg

 

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Went to the biggest toy fair in Australia last weekend and spent the whole weekend anguishing over whether I should have bought a tin plate toy of Big Red, very close to 1/25th scale and in stunning condition for $170.  I came so close but a) I have no room, b) I have no room and c) if I had room I would use it for more hot rods!

But it was gorgeous and would have looked right at home in my collection. I know the guy well who owns it and it wasn't sold when I left.  I doubt whether many other people in the hall even knew what it was.  My mate Dave summed it up best - you don't collect trucks but the cool factor is off the scale!

As a true friend, I tried to talk him onto buying it as he predominantly collects Mustangs and there is a Mustang in the double paged advert so I said it WOULD fit his collection - then I could go and visit it any time I wanted!  What are mates for!

Cheers

Alan

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