JNR Class ED60

The Class ED60 (ED60形) was a DC electric locomotive operated by Japanese National Railways (JNR) between 1958 and 1986. It was the first "second-generation" DC electric locomotive type featuring increased-power traction motors.[1] Despite its diminutive size, the Bo-Bo wheel arrangement ED60 design offered performance comparable with the much larger Class EF15 1Co+Co1 design weighing almost twice as much.

Class ED60
ED60 7
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderKawasaki, Tōyō + Kisha Seizō, Mitsubishi
Build date1958–1960
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Wheel diameter1,120 mm (3 ft 8 in)
Length13,000 mm (42 ft 8 in)
Width2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in)
Height3,960 mm (13 ft 0 in)
Loco weight56 tonnes (55 long tons; 62 short tons)
Electric system/s1,500 V DC
Traction motorsDC
Performance figures
Maximum speed90 km/h (56 mph)
Power output1.56 MW (2,090 hp)
Number in class8
DispositionAll withdrawn

Eight locomotives were built between 1958 and 1960 by Kawasaki, Kisha Seizō with Tōyō electrical components, and Mitsubishi. They were introduced on local freight services on the Ōito, Senzan, and Hanwa Lines, replacing earlier ED21, ED22, and ED38 class locomotives acquired when private railways had been absorbed into JNR. The class survived until early 1986 when freight was discontinued on these lines. ED60 1 is preserved at Nagano Depot.

Build details

Number Manufacturer Built Works no. Withdrawn
ED60 1 Mitsubishi Aug 1958 Jan 1985
ED60 2 Kawasaki Aug 1958 Dec 1984
ED60 3 Tōyō + Kisha Seizō Sep 1958 2796 Dec 1984
ED60 4 Tōyō + Kisha Seizō Nov 1959 2830 Mar 1986
ED60 5 Tōyō + Kisha Seizō Dec 1959 2831 Feb 1986
ED60 6 Kawasaki Oct 1959 Feb 1986
ED60 7 Kawasaki Nov 1959 Mar 1986
ED60 8 Kawasaki Mar 1960 Mar 1986

See also


  1. Inoue, Kōichi (1999). 国鉄機関車辞典 [JNR Locomotive Encyclopedia]. Japan: Sankaido. ISBN 978-4-381-10338-3.

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