Went to Barry's Train Shop in E-town, found a 325AC in a box of stuff, of course I had to buy it. It is in excellent shape physically, I put new contacts in the reverse unit, and cleaned the drum, redid some of the wiring. Works well, smokes decently, but needs a socket for the light. This is getting addicting, but with Lionel bringing out new Flyer, maybe this puts the "old" stuff out on the market, which is what I like. I now have two Reading locos, 302 and a 303, the aforementioned 325, a 315, and a 332AC. Plus enough cars, freight and passenger to fill an old truck under the table. Am on the lookout for a 342, but don't have my hopes up. Of course, you never know. I would like a couple diesels, but they seem pricier than the steam locos, and I know the EP-5's are out of range, for me. But, I enjoy what I have, have to buy some two rail Fastrak next, and run some of these acquisitions. Will put some photos in, if I get brave. Have a nice Easter/Passover, everyone!
The EP-5's that Lionel built should be cheaper than the post war Gilbert ones. You can set up a search on eBay and the system will email you when something gets listed.
Nice find Luke. You never know where you'll find the next bargain. There was an old antique dive less than a mile from my house. I had stopped in there a few years back and it was pretty dumpy so I wrote it off. They've been advertising lately so I decided what the heck, and stopped in. Glad I did. I found three gorgeous boxed Lionel sets in one booth for cheap. Felt good getting a great deal on some nice stuff for a change. I had a busy weekend!!
And, in spite of my many criticisms about MPC and Khun-era Flyer, for some unknown reason I've found the varios EP5's to be the best runners.
Mine will walk away hauling 7 American Models Budd cars with no problems.
If you are interested in a NH EP-5 the newest version 48075 is probably the best to operate. It has 2 motors with the newer style trucks and the appearance with the black trucks and finish are superior. I have seen them on EBay occasionally go in the $200 range. Keep looking.