Saturday, June 27, 2015

Electric Locomotive JRF Class EF210: Momotaro

Pulling a containerized freight train, the EL JRF Class EF210 travels on the Tokaido Main Line
 
JR Freight (JRF) is one of the JR group railway companies. It was established in 1987, when the Japanese National Railways were split into seven companies. Different from the other JR group companies, JRF specializes only in freight transportation and operates their trains on a nationwide scale, using the other JR group companies' tracks.

One of JRF's major locomotive fleets is the electric locomotive (EL) Class EF210 for 1,067mm gauge trunk lines. It was launched in 1996 to replace an old EL, Class EF65. A total of 95 units have been built so far by Mitsubishi Electric and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The Class EF210 is a 1,500V direct current EL with an axis arrangement Bo-Bo-Bo (UIC notation). It has six induction motors with a VVVF inverter (variable frequency drive) control system. Its total rating power is 3,540kW (30 min). Pulling a total of 1,300 ton cargo container wagons, the EE210 can travel with a maximum speed of 110 km per hour.

The nickname of the Class EF210 is Momotaro (Peach Boy), who was a famous samurai in Japanese folklore. Momotaro was born in Okayama Prefecture and known as a hero, who whopped a demon in Onigashima (Demon's Island). When the Class EF210 debuted, it was deployed at Okayama Engine Depot at first. That's why this local hero's name, Momotaro, has been adopted as a nickname of the new EL.

A contemporary Momotaro doesn't whop demons, but transports 1,300-ton containers at high speed.

 
The EL JRF Class EF210-100 with single arm pantographs passes through Oofuna Station