The Lionel O Scale EP-5 Rectifier Electric Locomotive New Haven models the General Electric Company EP-5 Electric Locomotive built for the New Haven Railroad. The double-ended mercury arc rectifier electric locomotive was built to haul passenger trains between New York City and New Haven, CT, the end of New Haven's electrified territory. The rectifiers were used to convert alternate current from the overhead wires to dc current to power the traction motors. Noted for their high pulling capacity and rapid acceleration (Called "Jets" for the sound made by their main blowers), the EP-5s also were notorious for catching fire. With New Haven financially struggling the railroad often used diesels instead of the troubled EP-5. When Penn Central took control of the New Haven in 1969, the reliable GG1s replaced the EP-5s on through passenger trains. Relabelled E40s, six of the EP-5s remained in commuter service until 1973. When a unit caught fire in the Park Avenue Tunnel under New York, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority removed these electrics from service.
Road Name and History:
New Haven: The Hartford & New Haven Railroad opened a route from New Haven, CT, to Springfield, MA, with ferry connections to New York in 1839. That railroad merged with the New York & New Haven to become the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1872. Around 1900 the financier J. P. Morgan began the process of consolidating railroads in Southern New England. As a result by 1929 the New Haven had absorbed around 100 independent railroads to become the dominant railroad in Southern New England. One major achievement of the company was the electrification of the New York-New Haven main line in the 1920s. With the Great Depression the New Haven went bankrupt in 1935, and did not emerge from receivership until 1947. By the second half of the 20th Century the decline of New England's manufacturing base, the short hauls inherent to New England railroads, and passenger and commuter losses meant tough times for the New Haven. In 1968 the struggling New Haven was absorbed by Penn Central, a forced marriage ordered by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Model Trains since 1900.