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EP-5 NEW HAVEN RECTIFIER TYPE FOUR

 

Produced by Lionel from 1956 through 1958, The New Haven EP-5 was the first of four brilliant EP-5s that Lionel churned out during its Postwar era (PRR, Milwaukee Road, and Great Northern were the others). The prototype locomotives (10 in total on the New Haven) were built by General Electric. They were the first engines to sport the New Haven's revitalized image in the form of the bright and festive McGinnis Colors. The name 'rectifier' was apt because the prototype locomotives had Direct Current motors that were fed power from Alternating Current overhead wire. In order for the motors to utilize the A/C electricity, it had to be converted to D/C by huge rectifiers inside the loco. These engines were also able to receive power from ground-level Third Rail - D/C power - allowing them to run seamlessly from New Haven to Grand Central Terminal. They were also equipped with the Pennsylvania Railroad's cab signal system, making them compatible across most of the electrified zone in the Northeast United States. They were affectionately known by rail fans as "Jets." The last of the Jets was scrapped in 1979.
  • Lionel's New Haven EP-5 was the motive power in three freight sets: the 2259W and 2263W from 1956 and 2279W from 1957. All of Lionels Postwar New Haven EP-5s feature the following: 2 pantographs, a single, Pullmor motor, metal frame and die cast battery box, die-cast trucks with operating couplers on both ends, Magne-Traction, three-position Electronic reverse unit, ornamental metal horns, battery powered horn (requires a D cell battery for operation), operating headlights and illuminated number boards with the #375 (The prototypes were numbered 370-379).
  • Painted in black, orange and white, most New Haven Rectifiers have heat stamped lettering on the sides. The large 'N' and name 'New Haven' are white, while the large H is heat stamped in orange. The nose is covered with a single, large, adhesive-backed decal. Most original decals show some signs of deterioration or damage.
  • See the description of all six variations of New Haven EP5's below:
  • Most New Havens produced by Lionel were the common version like this one known as a type 4. However, there are five additional, very rare variations. Types 1 thru 5, are identified in various books including Doyle, but we have found and identified type 6 as an additional variation, which is not listed in the books.
  • Type 1: Painted Nose, orange NEW HAVEN lettering, orange N and black H
  • Type 2: Decal Nose, orange NEW HAVEN lettering, orange N and black H (identical with type 1 except nose has a sticker)
  • Type 3: Painted Nose, white NEW HAVEN lettering, white N and orange H
  • Type 4: Decal Nose, white NEW HAVEN lettering, white N, orange H (identical with type 3 except nose has a sticker instead of painting)
  • Type 5: Identical to the most ommon version with white "N", orange "H", and hite "New Haven" except that Lionel created an unusual version for unknown reasons, the upper orange, and the lower white stripes went completely through the doorjambs.
  • Type 6 This is almost identical to the unusual version with the upper orange, and the lower white stripes went through the doorjambs, only this has yellow body mold.
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