Over on the S-gauge forum there's been an ongoing discussion about the new Lionel offerings, including a reissue of the EP-5, leading to some of us "purists" (I'm only a modest purist...) decrying the release of any EP-5 models in anything other than New Haven paint. There's also been the 'deliberate' confusion sown by Lionel and others by calling some of the releases "Little Joe's" (not even close). Having flogged these topics on that forum, I wanted to start a post about the EP-5s post New Haven's demise - and in particular, how many of them survived into the Penn Central era and beyond. And yes, to be correct, there were some EP-5's (PC called them E40's) that did appear in PC paint (so my earlier whining about only New Haven paint (the McGinnis scheme) being the correct livery isn't quite true...).
GE produced 10 of the EP-5 'jets' for New Haven in 1954/5 and by 1977 all were scrapped. When New Haven 'merged' into Penn Central in 1969 (PC created in 1968 as the merger of NYC and PRR) it had already been in bankruptcy for 6 or 7 years and apparently New Haven's enthusiasm for the EP-5 had begun to wane - so much so that only six were still running. PC inherited six of the ten - all of which were repainted into PC black with white lettering. I managed to find pictures of five of the six -- the sixth one, #4971 (nee NH #371) was the one involved in the Park Avenue tunnel fire (resulting in the banishment of the E40's from Grand Central Terminal). I think one of the deadline pictures I saw showed that loco, but the fire damage to the paint made the numbers hard to read.
By 1974, PC was bankrupt - leading to Conrail in 1976. Apparently two of the E40's made it on to the Conrail roster (the other four might have also technically been inherited by Conrail but never made it out of the deadline), #4973 and #4977. Neither was repainted into Conrail colors - nor even patched. They both were converted to freight service (which I think involved removing one pantograph and the steam generator used for passenger operation) - but didn't survive beyond 1977.
Most of this post is based on wikipedia and other secondary sources, including an interesting thread here: http://www.railroad.net/viewto...=71021&hilit=ep5 from about 8 or 9 years ago. This link is mid-thread, but there are folks posting on it who were apparently former "jet" jockeys (pun intended). Lots of stories about the jets, including this one from Classic Trains: http://ctr.trains.com/~/media/...landpredecessors.pdf