Tōshiba EH500

The EH500 is an 8-axle twin-section AC-propulsion electric locomotive designed by Tōshiba for the Japan Freight Railway Company. It is compatible with three modes of the electrical systems (DC 1.5 kV and AC 20 kV 50/60 Hz) used by the existing Japanese 1.067 mm (3 ft 6 in) cape gauge railway network. Each section of the EH500 is fitted with two 2-axle bogies and a pantograph. The EH500 is officially nicknamed Eco-Power Kintarō (Golden Boy). The production of the EH500 began in 2000 and 63 units (including the prototype unit) were built to date.

Prototype unit EH500-901

The EH500 weights 134 tonnes (148 short tons) and provides 54,100 lbf (240 kN) of tractive effort. It has a total output of 4 MW (5,360 hp) and a top speed of 120 km/h (75 mph). The HXD3 of China Ministry of Railways is based on the EH500.

Production EH500


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