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The Pennsylvania Railroad's class L5 were the railroad's second generation of production electric locomotives after the DD1, and the last to use a jackshaft and side rods to drive the wheels. The L5 was a single-unit locomotive instead of the twin-unit DD1. Thirteen were built. One was an AC unit with an overhead pantograph (later two), while the other twelve were third rail DC units to work on the existing PRR third rail electrification in the New York area. The wheel arrangement in Whyte notation was 2-4-4-2, or 1-B-B-1 in the Association of American Railroads scheme.

The L5 was not as successful as the DD1, and was actually outlasted in service by the earlier locomotives.


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