MÁV class M61 EMD-Nohab M61.004 nose
Cab end of previously preserved M61.004 diesel-electric locomotive now mounted on a wall at the National Museum of Transport, Budapest.
This locomotive was preserved as a running example, until it was destroyed in a serious crash on the afternoon of Friday 4 June 1999 after leaving Badacsonylábdihegy. A tree had fallen on the track due to a heavy storm, and the locomotive driver (who was luckily only slightly injured) didn't see it in time because of a hailstorm and a curve. The loco ran into the tree at a speed of around 70 km/h, was thrown into the air (both bogies were ripped from the chassis) and fell back on the track on its side after turning 120º. Two coaches were also derailed. Luckily nobody was seriously injured in the crash, but the favourite locomotive of the NoHAB hometown, Tapolca, was irreparably damaged.
These locomotives were built in Sweden, with a GM-EMD 16-567D1 engine (1,435 kW), GM DC-electric transmission, Co-Co wheel arrangement, train heating boiler and ASEA traction motors. The first, demonstration locomotive was ready for delivery on 18 August 1960, and was originally made for the Finnish Railways, who did not confirm the order, so it went to Norwegian Railways. In 1960, it ran across Eastern Europe, to raise interest in these railways for Nohab locomotives. However, only Hungary ordered 20 units.
Photographed on 10 August 2008.
Picture added on 25 August 2008