JR Freight Class EH500
EH500-31 at Koriyama Rolling Stock Centre, August 2010
|Gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Locomotive weight||134.2 tons|
|Electric system(s)||1,500 V DC & 20 kV (50/60 Hz) AC|
|Top speed||110 km/h (70 mph)|
|Power output||4,000 kW|
|Tractive effort||24,551 kgf|
|Number in class||76+|
|Disposition||Still in production|
The locomotives are built at the Toshiba factory in Fuchū, Tokyo. Initially, they were all based at Sendai depot for use on long-distance container trains from the Tokyo area to Hokkaido via the Tōhoku Main Line, replacing DC EF65s south of Kuroiso, pairs of AC ED75s north of Kuroiso, and pairs of AC ED79s through the Seikan Tunnel.
In 2004, locomotives EH500-25 and EH500-27 were loaned in turn to Kitakyushu depot for trials. From 2007, a number of EH500s were transferred to Kitakyushu depot for use on 1,300 tonne freight trains between Honshu and Kyushu through the Kanmon Tunnel, replacing ageing AC ED76s and dual-voltage EF81-300s and EF81-400s.
As of 1 April 2012, the fleet totalled 76 locomotives (EH500-901 and EH500-1 to EH500-75).
The pre-production prototype, EH500-901, was delivered to Sendai depot in March 1998 for extensive testing. The livery is red and grey with black cab surrounds.
Pre-production 1st batch: EH500-1 and EH500-2
Two pre-production locomotives were delivered in March 2000. The livery is maroon and grey with black cab surrounds.
Full-production 2nd batch: EH500-3 to EH500-9
Built from March 2000 to January 2001. The headlamps were moved to a higher position to reduce problems of blockage by snow. New "Kintaro Eco-Power" logos were added to the sides.
Full-production 3rd batch: EH500-10 onward
Locomotives from EH500-10 (delivered in August 2001) onward are painted in a revised colour scheme using bright red instead of the earlier maroon colour.
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