EMD E5

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EMD E5
EMD E5 at IRM.jpg
Preserved E5 Silver Pilot at Illinois Railway Museum
Specifications
Power type Diesel-electric
Builder General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD)
Model E5
Build date 1940–1941
Total produced 11 A units, 5 B units
AAR wheel arr. A1A-A1A
Gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Engine type EMD 567, 2 off
Cylinders V12 × 2
Power output 2,000 hp (1,491 kW)
Locomotive brake D22L
Career
Railroad(s) Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and subsidiaries
Disposition One unit preserved in operating condition at the Illinois Railway Museum

The EMD E5 was a 2,000-horsepower (1,500 kW), A1A-A1A passenger train-hauling diesel locomotive manufactured by Electro-Motive Corporation, and its corporate successor, General Motors' Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of La Grange, Illinois, and produced exclusively for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (“The Burlington Route”), and its subsidiaries, 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.

Engine and powertrain[edit]

The E5 used twin 12 cylinder 567 engines developing a total of 2,000 hp at 800 r.p.m. Designed specifically for railroad locomotives, this supercharged 2 stroke 45 degree V type, with an 8 1/2" bore by 10" stroke giving 567 cubic inches displacement per cylinder, remained in production until 1966. Two D.C. generators, one per engine, provide power to four motors, two on each truck, in an A1A-A1A arrangement. This truck design was used on all E units and on MP 7100 and CB&Q 9908 power cars. EMC/EMD has built all of its major components since 1939.[1][2]

Original owners[edit]

Railroad Cab-equipped
A units
Cabless booster
B units
Road numbers
A units
Road numbers
B units
Notes
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad
9
3
9910A–9912A,
9909, 9913,
9914A,B, 9915A,B
9910B–9912B
Colorado and Southern Railway
1
1
9950A
9950B
Fort Worth and Denver Railway
1
1
9980A
9980B
Total 11 5

Locomotive Names[edit]

Name Cab/Booster #(as built)
Silver Bullet (cab) 9909
Silver Speed (cab) 9910A
Silver Power (booster) 9910B
Silver Pilot (cab) 9911A
Silver Mate (booster) 9911B
Silver Meteor (cab) 9912A
Silver Comet (booster) 9912B
Silver Wings (cab) 9913
Silver Arrow (cab) 9914A
Silver Swift (cab) 9914B
Silver Carrier (cab) 9915A
Silver Clipper (cab) 9915B
Silver Racer (cab) 9950A (C&S)
Silver Steed (booster) 9950B (C&S)
Silver Chief (cab) 9980A (FW&D)
Silver Warrior (booster) 9980B (FW&D)

Surviving example[edit]

The last surviving EMD E5 diesel, named Silver Pilot, 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 one of the Burlington's Nebraska Zephyrs, a 5 car, articulated, stainless steel 1936 passenger train. This equipment was used in the production of the 1992 film A League of Their Own, and for the 2006 film Flags of Our Fathers, E5 9911A Silver Pilot was used with 4 stainless steel passenger cars relettered to resemble the Zephyr trainset.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Pinkepank 1973, pp. 13, 26, 106, 121-122.
  2. ^ Ross 2003, pp. 273-274.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Lamb, J. Parker (2007). Evolution of the American Diesel Locomotive. Railroads Past and Present. Bloomington, IN, USA: Indiana University Press. ISBN 9780253348630. 
  • Marre, Louis A. (1995). Diesel Locomotives: The First 50 Years: A Guide to Diesels Built Before 1972. Railroad Reference Series (Book 10). Waukesha, WI, USA: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 0890242585. 
  • Pinkepank, Jerry A. (1973). The Second Diesel Spotter’s Guide. Milwaukee, WI: Kalmbach Publishing Company. pp. EMD–121–123. ISBN 0-89024-026-4. 
  • Schafer, Mike (1998). Vintage Diesel Locomotives. Enthusiast Color Series. Osceola, WI, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 0760305072. 
  • Solomon, Brian (2000). The American Diesel Locomotive. Osceola, WI, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 0760306664. 
  • Solomon, Brian (2006). EMD Locomotives. St. Paul, MN, USA: Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760323960. 
  • Solomon, Brian (2010). Vintage Diesel Power. Minneapolis, MN, USA: MBI Publishing. ISBN 9780760337950. 
  • Solomon, Brian (2011). Electro-Motive E-Units and F-Units: The Illustrated History of North America's Favorite Locomotives. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760340073. 
  • Solomon, Brian (2012). North American Locomotives: A Railroad-by-Railroad Photohistory. Minneapolis, MN, USA: Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760343708. 
  • Wilson, Jeff (2002). E Units: Electro-Motive's Classic Streamliners. Classic Trains / Golden Years of Railroading series. Waukesha, WI, USA: Kalmbach Publishing. ISBN 0890246068. 

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