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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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The General Electric EP-5 LIONEL TRAINS NEW HAVEN EP-5 ELECTRIC No. 2350

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New Haven EP-5 Electric No. 2350 Variation B
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Front View of the No. 2350
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The General Electric EP-5The New Haven EP-5 Electric No. 2350 was Lionel’s initial issue of this type of engine in 1956. It would be available through 1958. This engine featured twin operating pantographs and magnetic operating couplers, a three position directional unit that controls a single vertical worm drive motor, operating horn, and Magnetraction. The overhead pantographs could be wired to power this engine.
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Produced on a BLACK body, it would be painted ORANGE and WHITE with heat-stamped lettering. Reproduction shells use a silk screen process. Early issues were painted on the nose. But Lionel had a problem with applying this paint in a consistent manner and did away with this during the first year of production by creating a decal to fit over the ends of this engine. It is very hard today to find this engine with the original nose decals intact and many have been replaced by reproductions. A growing problem in the aging of these units is the stress placed on the ends that mount to the chassis. This, and tension induced by the insertion of the oversized headlight lens has caused cracks in the ends that tend to be covered up by the nose decals. There are seven variations:

No. 2350 Box End

Variation A: Has a WHITE "N", ORANGE "H", painted nose with WHITE "NEW HAVEN" lettering.
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Variation B: Identical to Variation A but has a nose decal.

Variation C: Has an ORANGE "N", BLACK "H", painted nose with ORANGE "NEW HAVEN" lettering. A rare variation that has been copied using a silk screen.
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Variation D: Identical to Variation C but has a nose decal.
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Variation E: Same as Variation B but has a YELLOW plastic body that has been painted BLACK. This body was used on the No. 2351 Milwaukee Road EP-5.

New Haven EP-5 Electric No. 2350 Variation C

Variation F: Same as Variation B, except that the WHITE and ORANGE painted stripes go over the door openings on the sides. These were probably replacement cabs issued in 1958.
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Variation G: Same as Variation F except that is used a YELLOW body mold that was used on the No. 2351 Milwaukee Road EP-5. Probable replacement shells issued in 1958.
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This engine will run equally well on O27 Gauge track as well as the larger radius of O Gauge track.


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