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Postcard photo of a Burlington EMD E5 locomotive pulling a freight train in Colorado around 1967.

Preserved EMD E5 “Silver Pilot” at the Illinois Railway Museum, November, 2004. Photo by Sean Lamb.

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Postcard photo of a Burlington EMD E5 locomotive pulling a freight train in Colorado around 1967. These locomotives were built circa 1940-1941 and were originally used on the passenger Zephyr service.    By Photographer: Ken Crist/Audio Visual Designs, Earlton, NY - Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=18093048

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Preserved EMD E5 “Silver Pilot” at the Illinois Railway Museum, November, 2004. Photo by Sean Lamb.

EMD E5 Diesel Locomotive
The EMD E5 was a 2,000-horsepower, 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
The E5 used twin 12 cylinder 567 engines developing a total of 2,000 hp at 800 rpm. Designed specifically for railroad locomotives, this supercharged 2 stroke 45 degree V type, with an 8 1⁄2 inch bore by 10 inch 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.

Original owners
Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad         
A units: 9. Nos. 9910A–9912A, 9909, 9913, 9914A,B, 9915A,B
B units: 3. Nos. 9910B–9912B

Colorado and Southern Railway
A units: 1. No. 9950A
B units: 1. No. 9950B

Fort Worth and Denver Railway
A units: 1. No. 9980A
B units: 1. No. 9980B

Total A units: 11
Total B units: 5

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

Surviving example
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.

EMD E5 Overview
Type and origin
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
Specifications
AAR wheel arrangement: A1A-A1A
Gauge: 4 ft 8 1⁄2 in
Prime mover: EMD 567, 2 off
Engine type: V12 Two-stroke diesel
Cylinders: 12 × 2
Performance figures
Power output: 2,000 hp
Locomotive brake: D22L
Career
Operator(s): Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and subsidiaries
Disposition: One unit preserved in operating condition at the Illinois Railway Museum: http://www.irm.org/
 
See also:
List of GM-EMD locomotives
EMC-EMD

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