EH200-22 on the Chuo Main Line, October 2010
Type and origin
110 km/h (70 mph)
4,520 kW (6,060 hp)
Tractive effort 271.8 kN (61,100 lb
Number in class
Still in production
Class EH200 ( is a EH200形) Bo'Bo'+Bo'Bo' wheel arrangement two-unit DC electric freight locomotive operated by JR Freight in Japan since 2001.  
Operations [ edit ]
The locomotives are built at the
Toshiba factory in Fuchū, Tokyo. They are all based at Takasaki depot, and are primarily used on oil tank trains north of Tokyo and on the steeply-graded Chūō Main Line, Shinonoi Line, and Joetsu Line, replacing pairs of Class EF64s. 
By February 2011, the fleet totalled 25 locomotives (EH200-901 and EH200-1 to EH200-24), with further deliveries expected.
Variants [ edit ]
EH200-900: Prototype locomotive EH200-901, built 2001
EH200-0: Full-production locomotives built from 2003 onward
EH200-901 prototype [ edit ]
The pre-production prototype, EH200-901, was delivered to
Takasaki depot in 2001, and entered revenue service in October 2002 following extensive testing.
Prototype EH200-901 at Hachiōji station, September 2003
EH200-0 full-production version [ edit ]
Following evaluation of the prototype version, the first full-production locomotive, EH200-1, was delivered to Takasaki in March 2003.
A number of minor improvements were incorporated, with the main external differences from the prototype being as follows.  
Elimination of centre pillar in the cab windscreens
Redesigned windscreen wipers
"Blue Thunder" logo on bodyside
Reduced size white "JRF" logo on the body side
Side view of EH200-8, May 2010
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ [ JR機関車カタログ JR Locomotive Catalogue]. Japan: Ikaros Publications Ltd. 20 June 2013. pp. 48–50. ISBN 9784863207271.
^ a b c [ JR全車輌ハンドブック2009 JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2009]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2009. p. 42. ISBN 978-4-7770-0836-0.
^ a b [ ELダイヤ情報21 Electric Loco Timetable Information 21]. Tokyo, Japan: Kotsu Shimbunsha. October 2012. pp. 36–37. ISBN 978-4330320120.