JNR Class EF67

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]

Class EF67
Refurbished EF67 104 in August 2009
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
Rebuild date1982–1990
Number rebuilt8
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Length17,050 mm (55 ft 11 in) (EF67-0)
16,875 mm (55 ft 4 in) (EF67-100)
Width2,800 mm (9 ft 2 in) (EF67-0)
2,949 mm (9 ft 8 in) (EF67-100)
Height3,819 mm (12 ft 6 in) (EF67-0)
3,970 mm (13 ft 0 in) (EF67-100)
Loco weight99.6 t
Electric system/s1,500 V DC
Current pickup(s)Overhead catenary
Performance figures
Maximum speed100 km/h (62 mph)
Power output2.85 MW (3,820 hp)
Tractive effort21,150 kgf
OperatorsJR Freight
Number in class6 (as of 1 April 2016)
LocaleHiroshima Depot
Current ownerJR Freight


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

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

NumberFormer numberBuiltRebuilt
EF67 1EF60 10430 September 196431 March 1982
EF67 2EF60 12927 October 196430 January 1984
EF67 3EF60 889 July 196425 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

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

NumberFormer numberBuiltRebuilt
EF67 101EF65 1346 August 197023 March 1990
EF67 102EF65 13116 July 19701 May 1990
EF67 103EF65 13330 July 197029 September 1990
EF67 104EF65 13220 July 19709 November 1990
EF67 105EF65 13520 August 19708 March 1991

See also


  1. Jēāru zensharyō handobukku: Rail Magazine 2009 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. 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. 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

  • 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.
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