JR Freight Class DF200

The Class DF200 (DF200形) is a Bo-Bo-Bo wheel arrangement diesel-electric locomotive type operated by Japan Freight Railway (JR Freight) in Hokkaido, Japan.[1]

Class DF200
DF200-901 and DF200-6 in January 2008
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel-electric
BuilderKawasaki Heavy Industries
Build date1992–2013
Total produced50
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Wheel diameter910 mm (3 ft 0 in)
Length19,600 mm (64 ft 4 in)
Width2,944 mm (9 ft 7.9 in)
Height4,078 mm (13 ft 4.6 in)
Loco weight96 t
Traction motorsFMT100×6
Performance figures
Maximum speed110 km/h (70 mph)
Power output3,400 hp @ 1,800 rpm
3,600 hp @ 1,800 rpm (DF200-50/100)
Tractive effort33,390 kgf
OperatorsJR Freight, JR Kyushu
Number in class49 (as of 1 March 2017)
First run1994
DispositionIn operation

As of 1 March 2017, JR Freight operates 48 Class DF200s, and JR Kyushu operates one (DF200-7000).[2]


  • DF200-900
  • DF200-0
  • DF200-50
  • DF200-100
  • DF200-200
  • DF200-7000 (JR Kyushu)


The pre-production locomotive DF200-901 was delivered in March 1992 for testing. It has two MTU 12V396TE14 diesel engines.[1]


Full-production batch delivered from 1994. Red "JRF" logos were later replaced by white logos. 12 locomotives were built.[1]


Batch built from March 2000 with Komatsu SDA12V170-1 diesel engines in place of the earlier MTU engines. External changes include grey front-end skirts, white "JRF" logos, and "Red Bear Eco Power" logos. 13 locomotives were built.[1]


Batch built from August 2005 to December 2011 with IGBT VVVF inverters.[1] 23 Class DF200-100 locomotives were built.[3]


In 2016, DF200-123 was moved from Hokkaido to Suita Depot in Osaka,[4] where it underwent modifications and renumbering to DF200-223 before being returned to service on the Kansai Main Line in the Nagoya area.[2][5] This was followed by locomotives DF200-116 and DF200-120, which were similarly modified and renumbered DF200-216 and DF200-220 respectively in 2018.[6]


A dedicated Class DF200-7000 diesel locomotive was built in 2013 for JR Kyushu's Seven Stars in Kyushu luxury excursion train. Built specially for use in Kyushu and finished in a deep maroon livery, the locomotive was built by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Kobe, and delivered in July 2013.[7][8]


The DF200 classification for this locomotive type is explained below.

  • D: Diesel locomotive
  • F: Six driving axles
  • 200: Diesel-electric locomotive with AC motors


  1. JR全車輌ハンドブック2006 [JR Rolling Stock Handbook 2006]. Japan: Neko Publishing. 2006. ISBN 978-4-7770-0453-9.
  2. Kisumi, Kenzo (April 2017). 世代交代が進むJR貨物の機関車 [Advances in handover between generations for JR Freight locomotives]. Tetsudo Club (in Japanese). Vol. 2. Japan: Cosmic Publishing. pp. 98–100. ISBN 978-4-7747-8338-3.
  3. JR車両ファイル2012 [JR Rolling Stock File 2012]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 52 no. 615. Japan: Kōyūsha Co., Ltd. July 2012. p. 64.
  4. DF200-123が吹田機関区へ [DF200-123 moved to Suita Depot]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 22 January 2016. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  5. JR車両ファイル2016 [JR Rolling Stock File 2016]. Japan Railfan Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 56 no. 663. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. July 2016. p. 56.
  6. DF200-220が出 [DF200-220 outshopped]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 7 February 2018. Archived from the original on 9 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  7. JR九州「ななつ星in九州」の概要を発表 [JR Kyushu announces details of "Seven Stars in Kyushu"]. Railway Journal (550): 146. August 2012.
  8. ななつ星の機関車完成、いざ九州へ [Seven Stars locomotive completed and delivered to Kyushu]. Yomiuri Online (in Japanese). Japan: The Yomiuri Shimbun. 2 July 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-07-07. Retrieved 2 July 2013.
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