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Preserved E5 at Illinois Railway Museum
Power type Diesel-electric
BuilderGeneral Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Build date19401941
Total production11 A units, 5 B units
AAR wheel arr.A1A-A1A
Gaugeft 8½ in (1435 mm)
Engine typedual EMD 567
Power output2,000 hp
CareerChicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
DispositionOne unit preserved in operating condition at the Illinois Railway Museum

The EMD E5 was a 2,000 hp, A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive manufactured by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of La Grange, Illinois, and produced exclusively for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad ("The Burlington Route") during 1940 and 1941. The E5 was distinguished from the otherwise very similar E3, E4 and E6 by being clad in polished stainless steel to match the Burlington's Zephyr trains. Like those other models, the E5 had a sloping "slant nose" equipped with two headlights — a regular stationary headlight and a gyrating signal light. The E5 was the sixth model in a long line of passenger diesels of similar design known as EMD E-units.

The 2,000 hp. was achieved by putting two model 567 V12 1,000 hp engines in the engine compartment, each engine driving its own electrical generator to power the traction motors.

The last surviving EMD E5 diesel is owned and operated by the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois. Last used on the Fort Worth and Denver Railway (a CB&Q subsidiary) on the Texas Zephyr, the E5 is matched with stainless steel passenger cars from Burlington's Nebraska Zephyr. This equipment was used in the production of the 1992 film A League of Their Own.

Original Owners

Railroad Cab-equipped 'A' units Cabless booster 'B' units
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad 11 5

References and external links

  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter's Guide. Kalmbach Publishing Co., Milwaukee, WI, EMD-121–123. ISBN 0-89024-026-4.