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2351 Milwaukee Road

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Production:  1957 & 1958

History
The General Electric EP-5 electric diesel style locomotive was introduced by Lionel in 1956 with the New Haven roadname. Lionels model of the EP5 is an accurate representation of the real-life diesel. The 2351 Milwaukee Road version was the second of only four EP-5's produced by Lionel during the postwar era. All postwar EP-5 are hard to locate in collector condition.

For those enthusiastic enough to install overhead wiring on a layout, the 2351 was built to use power from either Lionels center rail or from its functional pantographs. In either case, the 2351 is a smooth running and reliable diesel.

Features
Standard features of the 2351 EP-5 include: unpainted yellow body with a black painted up portion and red painted middle stripe, yellow lettering, single motor, magnetraction, three-position E-unit, horn, headlight, operating couplers at each end plus two functional pantographs, illuminated headlight and numberboards and an ornamental horn on each end.

An interesting note regarding the 2351 Milwaukee Road EP-5 is its numberboard. All 2351's have the number 375 in the numberboard -- representing the number of its real-life equivalent.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
A common problem with all EP-5 electric diesels are the ends of the shell. Quite frequently, at least one end on the shell has a hairline stress-crack near the rivet below the headlight.

Only Known Variation - All Milwaukee Road electric diesels have a yellow shell with a black top and red center stripe.

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