JNR Class ED15
The Class ED15 (ED15形) was an electric locomotive formerly operated in Japan from 1926 until 1960. The Class ED15 was the first mainline electric locomotive type to be built domestically in Japan.
Preserved ED15 1 in June 2017
Three locomotives were built by Hitachi in Mito, Ibaraki, in 1926, based on electric locomotives previously imported from overseas. Initially designated Class 1170 under the original Japanese Government Railways (JGR) numbering scheme, the locomotives became Class ED15 from 1928.
The locomotives were initially used on Tokaido Main Line freight services, and were later employed on the Chuo Main Line.
ED15 1 is preserved at the Hitachi Mito Factory in Hitachinaka, Ibaraki.
The ED15 classification for this locomotive type is explained below.
- E: Electric locomotive
- D: Four driving axles
- 15: Locomotive with maximum speed 85 km/h or less
Mechanical Engineering Heritage (Japan), No. 45: Type ED15 Electric Locomotive.
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