Production: 1957 & 1958
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 2352 Pennsylvania version was the third 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 2352 was built to use power from either Lionels center rail or from its functional pantographs. In either case, the 2352 is a smooth running and reliable diesel.
Standard features of the 2352 EP-5 include: painted brownish-colored body with a single gold stripe running the entire length on each side, gold 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 2352 Pennsylvania EP-5 is its numberboard. All 2352's have the number 375 in the numberboard -- which happens to be the number on a real-life EP-5 Milwaukee Road diesel!
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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 Pennsylvania electric diesels have a brownish-painted shell with a gold side stripe and gold lettering.
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