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MTH 30-5148-1 - EP-5 Electric Engine "Milwaukee Road" w/ PS3

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  • Road Name: Milwaukee Road
  • Road Number: E99
  • Product Line: RailKing
  • Scale: O Scale
  • Release: Dec. 2016
  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body
  • Die-Cast Truck Sides, Pilots and Fuel Tank
  • Metal Chassis
  • Metal Handrails and Horn
  • Authentic Paint Scheme
  • Metal Wheels, Axles and Gears
  • (2) Remote Controlled Proto-Couplers
  • Prototypical Rule 17 Lighting
  • Directionally Controlled Constant voltage LED Headlights
  • (2) Precision Flywheel-Equipped Motors
  • Onboard DCC/DCS Decoder
  • Locomotive Speed Control In Scale MPH Increments
  • Proto-Sound 3.0 With The Digital Command System Featuring: Freight Yard Proto-Effects
  • Unit Measures:14" x 2 1/2" x 4"
  • Operates On O-27 Curves

Diesel DCC Features

  • F1 Bell
  • F0 Head/Tail light
  • F2 Horn
  • F3 Start-up/Shut-down
  • F4 PFA
  • F5 Lights (except head/tail)
  • F6 Master Volume
  • F7 Front Coupler
  • F8 Rear Coupler
  • F9 Forward Signal
  • F10 Reverse Signal
  • F11 Grade Crossing
  • F12 Panto Auto/Manual
  • F13 Front Panto Up/Down
  • F14 Rear Panto Up/Down
  • F15 Idle Sequence 2
  • F16 Idle Sequence 1
  • F17 Extended Start-up
  • F18 Extended Shut-down
  • F19 Train Marker
  • F20 Ditch Light Flash/Std
  • F21 One Shot Doppler
  • F22 Coupler Slack
  • F23 Coupler Close
  • F24 Single Horn Blast
  • F25 Engine Sounds
  • F26 Brake Sounds
  • F27 Cab Chatter
  • F28 Feature Reset

By the early 1950s, the New Haven Railroad's electric passenger engines were getting a bit long in the tooth, with the newest engines dating from 1938. President F.C. Dumaine, Jr. ordered ten engines from General Electric incorporating a new technology: ignitron rectifier tubes that changed AC power from the overhead catenary into DC, enabling the new engines to use standard DC diesel traction motors.

Before the engines could be delivered, Dumaine was ousted in a shareholder proxy fight led by Patrick McGinnis. While the subsequent McGinnis administration was a disaster in almost every other way, it did leave the New Haven with a memorable paint scheme that originated with the EP-5. Mrs. McGinnis hired famed graphic designer Herbert Matter to create a new look for the railroad. Prior to delivery in 1955, two EP-5s were painted in Matter's "block NH" scheme, one in yellow, white, and black, and the other in red, white, and black. Mrs. McGinnis chose the red version, and the result was a corporate identity that still looks modern more than a half-century later.

Beyond the paint scheme, the EP-5s were famous for their sound. The combination of whining cooling blowers in the rooftop resistor box and high-speed cooling blowers in the body compartment led crews to call them "screaming Marys" or "Jets," and the latter name stuck. After some initial teething problems, the 4000 hp Jets proved dependable and powerful in passenger, mail/express, and nighttime piggyback service between New Haven and Grand Central Station. The EP-5 returns to the RailKing lineup for the first time since 2010 in a host of exciting roadnames.

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