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Jacket 09-22-2011 01:25 PM

What is this thing?
 
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Passed a train in Denver last night carrying like 50 of these things - one on each train car. It's the white, tube-shaped thing in front of the brown box cars, and behind the white van. Anyone know what it is?

Uncle Ben 09-22-2011 01:27 PM

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Originally Posted by Jacket (Post 192345)
Passed a train in Denver last night carrying like 50 of these things - one on each train car. It's the white, tube-shaped thing in front of the brown box cars, and behind the white van. Anyone know what it is?

Hard to tell from this pic but they look like wind generator propeller wings.

wesintl 09-22-2011 01:35 PM

yeap, windmill blades

rover67 09-22-2011 01:54 PM

they are big aren't they?

Jacket 09-22-2011 02:08 PM

That makes sense. My first reaction was that it was some sort of airplane fuselage or rocket.

corsair23 09-22-2011 03:31 PM

Saw the same things last Sunday on a train head north and it took me a second to figure out they were wind generator blades. They are HUGE.

Dr. Schlegs 09-22-2011 03:38 PM

When I was in MN there was several trains with those on. It is amazing to think about the technology that goes into making these things.

CBone 09-22-2011 04:38 PM

Those blades for the wind turbines are massive, as are the overall towers. The blades can run from 116 ft. to as long as 143 ft. On the bigger models, the tower and blades total 399 ft. in the air. That's a big ol fan generating a lot of energy--as long as the wind is blowing :-)

Hulk 09-22-2011 10:33 PM

I have seen a bunch of those on Interstate 70 in Kansas over the years. The front part is attached to a truck, and the back end is attached to what looks like a large dolly.

Convert 09-23-2011 06:29 AM

There is a plant in Windsor that builds those blades


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