Class EF58
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Preserved EF58 89 at Omiya Works Open Day, 29 May 2004
Type and origin
Power typeElectric
BuilderHitachi, Toshiba, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Tōyō & Kisha
Build date1946–1958
 • AAR2-C+C-2
 • UIC(2′Co)(Co′2)
Gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Driver dia.1,250 mm (49.21 in)
Length19,900 mm (65 ft 3+12 in)
Width2,800 mm (9 ft 2+14 in)
Height3,947 mm (12 ft 11+38 in)
Loco weight115 t
(113 long tons; 127 short tons)
Electric system/s1,500 V DC overhead line
Current pickup(s)Pantograph
Traction motorsDC
Performance figures
Maximum speed100 km/h (60 mph)
Power output1.900 MW (2,550 hp)
Tractive effort10,250 kgf (22,600 lbf)
OperatorsJNR, JR East, JR Central, JR West
Number in class172

The Class EF58 (EF58形) is a class of Japanese 2-C+C-2 wheel arrangement DC electric locomotives. 172 locomotives were built between 1946 and 1958.

The later years

In 1984, 64 out of 172 EF58 locos built were still in service or temporary storage. However, they were withdrawn en masse from Tokaido and Sanyo Main Line freight duties in 1984, and by 1987, immediately prior to privatization of JNR, there were just four members of the class (EF58 61, 89, 122, and 150) remaining in service. Details of the locomotives currently in operational service are as follows.

EF58 61

Owned by JR East and based at Tabata Depot in Tokyo, this locomotive was built in 1953 by Hitachi specially for use as the official Imperial Train locomotive, a role it performs to the present day. While other locos had chrome-plated “whiskers” on the cab ends, this loco was built with stainless steel whiskers extending as a thin band along the body sides. The loco remains in its original brown livery, and is maintained in immaculate condition. 

EF58 122

Owned by JR Central and based at Shizuoka Depot, this loco was built in 1957 by Hitachi. It was repainted in 1992 from the standard blue/cream livery to its current all-over brown for use on special event trains on the Tōkaidō and Iida Lines. This locomotive was cut up at Hamamatsu Works in January 2009.[1]

Preserved examples

EF58 61 on a special charter train in June 2006
EF58 61 on a special charter train in June 2006

In fiction

Alf, a character from Robot Trains, is based on JNR Class EF58.

See also


  1. ^ EF58 122が解体される (22 January 2009)
  2. ^ "96年3月, EF58 66, 解体" [March 1996: EF58 66 cut up]. Japan Railfan Magazine. Vol. 36, no. 422. Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. June 1996. p. 121.
  3. ^ "EF58 89". Tetsudo Hobidas (in Japanese). Japan: Neko Publishing. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  4. ^ EF58 150が青色に [EF58 150 repainted in blue]. Japan Railfan Magazine Online (in Japanese). Japan: Koyusha Co., Ltd. 3 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Japan Railfan Magazine" July 2008 issue, p46