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End of the EF66 0 series?

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From my last Japan trip, as far as I am aware there were just 6 remaining EF66 0 series still in use by JRF although of these I saw 3 were resident in the "out of use" lines at Suita depot which also housed 4 of the remaining 9 EF200 also as "out of use".

 

From reading a blog I follow by an enthusiast who lives by Suita depot, it seems that EF66-21, -26 and -33 are now moved into the scrapping area at Suita, as of yesterday, in preparation for imminent demolition.

 

This just leaves EF66-27, -30 and -36 extant although EF66-36, which moved recently down to the JRF plant in Hiroshima, may be also down to soon suffer the same fate as it is residing in the equivalent line there.

 

Unless anyone knows of any other EF66 0 series (outside of those in museums / preservation) then it appears that the end of a classic JNR express loco class is nigh....

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Sad to hear. One of my favourite JNR locomotives, they've got such a unique style!

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I have only had the pleasure the see one of these in action towing a container train at Yamashina station at night, but boy am I glad I did.

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Given that the original EF66-0's were built a long, long time ago, small wonder why they're being retired for scrapping. However, the EF66-100's will be around for some time to come (and are common sights between Tokyo and Osaka).

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66-30 sighted at the Tsurumi yard next to Shin-Kawasaki Station just a few minutes ago. Probably arrived early this morning. Parked in the East sidings so will be heading South towards Yokohama later, probably tonight.

Will post a pic when I get home tonight.

 

Grant

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The 14:40 short hopper and tank car consist from the Tsurumaki Yard was the 66-30. Just shot it at the Nikaryo #2 crossing on the Shitte bypass line.

 

There was another younger guy there.

 

Grant

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Some recent 66-0 pics. Before today, this was apparently the last one I shot. Oi-Chuo bridge, Tokyo Freight Terminal/Oi(Shinkansen) Rail Yard. July 2, 2017. 

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Taken at the west fence, Shin Tsurumi Locomotive Depot this morning, 11, Dec. 2017.

 

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Crossing name sign, JRE style.

Nikaryou Crossing. Smaller kanji says Shitte Bypass line.

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Nikaryou with hiragana okurigana .

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Nikaryou Crossing.

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This way goes toward Shin-Kawasaki Station.

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This way goes toward Shitte Station.

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Grant

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Sad to hear they are getting scraped.

I went to Suita earlier this year hoping to see an EF66 0 series in action but only saw a 100 series.

 

I saw those two EF66s though.

For me the EF66 always is the most "japanese" design.

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2 hours ago, EH500 said:

For me the EF66 always is the most "japanese" design.

 

I agree. I think that these, along with the 0 series Shinkansens, are as symbolic of later Showa JNR, as the TGV-PSE is to the SNCF, or the E03/103 is to the DB, or the BOAC Speedbird and the blue Pan Am globe is to air travel. Icons of a period.

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