Number 10: JNR Class D62
Time for something different, the Japanese National Railway D62. The JNR Class D62 was originally designed for future main line electrification, because of electrification, surplus large heavy engines were turned over to sub-main lines as well as trying to stop electrification on the JNR network. Originally 500 D62 were planned in 1950 but due to electrification and dieselization in progress, only 20 were “built” but not as original because they were actually rebuilt from the earlier D52 steam locomotives hence becoming a 2-8-4 Berkshire type. The D62 worked on goods trains on the arterious main lines of Tokaido and Sanyo for ten years until when the Sanyo line began electrification during 1959 at Himeji, the D62 were moved to the Tohoku line, Ichinoseki depot, and worked between Sendai and Morioka. But by 1966, Tohoku line Morioka began the electrification scheme. Before electrification, it was originally planned to use D62s north of Morioka but the D51s went instead because of their suitable axle load which resulted the retirement of the D62s. After September 1966, all D62s were withdrawn and scrapped, pity that this is Japan’s last steam locomotives for the freight train side. Oh well.
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13 Feb 2020 05:44 CET
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