KiYa 143-2 at Kanazawa Depot in August 2016
The KiYa 143 (キヤ143形) is a four-axle B-B wheel arrangement diesel-hydraulic locomotive type operated in Japan since 2014 by West Japan Railway Company (JR West).
The KiYa 143 locomotives are used as self-propelled snowplough units during the winter season, replacing ageing JNR Class DD15 and JNR Class DE15 locomotives, and for hauling non-revenue services during other periods with the snowploughs removed.
The KiYa 143 locomotives use the same 450 hp (340 kW) diesel engines and braking systems as JR West's KiHa 189 series diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains.
The first KiYa 143, KiYa 143-1, was delivered from Niigata Transys in February 2014.This was followed by KiYa 143-2 in March 2014.
As of 1 April 2017 [update] , nine KiYa 143 locomotives were in operation, allocated as follows.
|Number||Delivered||Depot allocation (as of 1 April 2017 [update] )|
|KiYa 143-1||February 2014||Kanazawa|
|KiYa 143-2||March 2014||Kanazawa|
|KiYa 143-3||19 October 2016||Fukuchiyama|
|KiYa 143-4||1 November 2016||Goto|
|KiYa 143-5||14 November 2016||Tsuruga|
|KiYa 143-6||27 February 2017||Fukuchiyama|
|KiYa 143-7||13 February 2017||Goto|
|KiYa 143-8||15 March 2017||Goto|
|KiYa 143-9||21 March 2017||Tsuruga|
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