Although there were only a handful built, and all went to work on the Chicago Burlington and Quincy and its subsidiaries, the E5 certainly ranks as one of the most stylish diesels of all time, even among its fellow EMD E units.
The E5 was similar to other E unit designs, but still in a class by itself.
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Designed to carry on the tradition and appearance of the Burlington's Zephyr passenger trains, the E5 was ordered with a special carbody of stainless steel. The gleaming locomotives even sported steel shrouds on the trucks for a time to complete the look. Coupled to matching consists of stainless passenger trains, the locomotives were quite a sight streaking across the plains of the Midwest.
One locomotive, Silver Pilot, survives today at the Illinois Railway Museum and still runs with a matched set of "Nebraska Zephyr" cars. And Kato has recently announced a run of this landmark locomotive in N Scale - a first for this prototype. Read more in this latest locomotive profile.