JNR Class EF67

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Class EF67
JNR EF67-104.jpg
Refurbished EF67 104 in August 2009
Type and origin
Power type Electric
Rebuild date 1982–1990
Number rebuilt 8
 • UIC Bo-Bo-Bo
Gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Length 17,050 mm (55 ft 11 in) (EF67-0)
16,875 mm (55 ft 4 in) (EF67-100)
Width 2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in) (EF67-0)
2,949 mm (9 ft 8 in) (EF67-100)
Height 3,819 mm (12 ft 6 in) (EF67-0)
3,970 mm (13 ft 0 in) (EF67-100)
Loco weight 99.6 t
Electric system(s) 1,500 V DC
Current source Overhead catenary
Performance figures
Maximum speed 100 km/h (62 mph)
Power output 2.85 MW (3,820 hp)
Tractive effort 21,150 kgf
Operators JR Freight
Number in class 6 (as of 1 April 2016)
Locale Hiroshima Depot
Current owner JR Freight
Disposition Operational

The Class EF67 is a class of electric locomotives operated by Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) as dedicated banking locomotives on the steeply-graded "Senohachi" section of the Sanyo Main Line between Seno and Hachihonmatsu. The class is subdivided into three EF67-0 locomotives converted between 1982 and 1984 from former Class EF60 locomotives, and five EF67-100 locomotives converted in 1990 from former Class EF65 locomotives.[1]


Three EF67-0s were built from former 4th-batch Class EF60 locomotives from 1982 for use banking freight trains over 1,000 tonnes, for which the former EF61-200 banking locomotives were unsuitable. The No. 1 end was modified with a gangway door and access platform.[1] The locomotives were painted in an all-over orange livery (officially "Red No. 11") with yellow strips below the cab windows.[2] These three locomotives are fitted with PS22D scissors-type pantographs.[1]

The EF67-0s were equipped with an automatic uncoupling mechanism at the No. 1 end to enable the banking locomotives to be uncoupled on the fly, but uncoupling while in motion was discontinued from the start of the 22 March 2002 timetable revision.[2]

Conversion details[edit]

The EF67-0s were converted as shown below.[3] As of 1 April 2016, only EF67 1 remains in service.[4]

Number Former number Built Rebuilt
EF67 1 EF60 104 30 September 1964 31 March 1982
EF67 2 EF60 129 27 October 1964 30 January 1984
EF67 3 EF60 88 9 July 1964 25 December 1986


Five EF67-100s were built from former 6th-batch Class EF65-0 locomotives from 1990 to replace the ageing EF61-200 banking locomotives. The EF67-100 fleet was refurbished between 2003 and 2004, and repainted into a revised livery with grey and white lines along the lower body side.[1] These locomotives were originally fitted with PS22B scissors-type pantographs, which were replaced with single-arm pantographs on refurbishment, but these were subsequently returned to PS22B scissors-type pantographs.

Conversion details[edit]

The EF67-100s were converted as shown below.[3]

Number Former number Built Rebuilt
EF67 101 EF65 134 6 August 1970 23 March 1990
EF67 102 EF65 131 16 July 1970 1 May 1990
EF67 103 EF65 133 30 July 1970 29 September 1990
EF67 104 EF65 132 20 July 1970 9 November 1990
EF67 105 EF65 135 20 August 1970 8 March 1991

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0. 
  2. ^ a b JR貨物のEF67近況 [Current Status of JR Freight EF67]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 51 no. 602. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 2011. pp. 102–105. 
  3. ^ a b Seki, Takahiro (December 2012). セノハチの後押し機関車 [Senohachi Banking locomotives]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 52 no. 620. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. pp. 86–93. 
  4. ^ Shibata, Togo (August 2016). 最新JR貨物の電気機関車と話題の貨物列車 [Latest: JR Freight electric locomotives and popular freight trains]. Tetsudo Daiya Joho Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 45 no. 388. Japan: Kotsu Shimbun. p. 33. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Miura, Mamoru (December 2016). EF67形ものがたり [The Class EF67 story]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 56 no. 668. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. p. 100-107.