MÁV class M41 diesel-hydraulics – fleet round-up

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418 108 at Veszprem (JW)

One of my personal favourite European classes is the Hungarian M41 type (now class 418 since renumbering); gutsy 1,800hp diesel-hydraulics built by Ganz-MÁVAG in the 1970s and early 1980s.

114 of these machines were built for Hungary; 107 for the national operator MÁV, and 7 for the private railway GySEV.  (The GySEV machines passed to MÁV in 1987 after the electrification of the Győr to Sopron main line, as a small fleet of class V43 electrics moved the other way).

Of these 114, only 78 remain in service, but just 47 of these retain their 12-cylinder licence-built SEMT-Pielstick power units.  31 of the survivors have been re-engined with quieter Caterpillar 3512-series power units and renumbered firstly to M41 23xx and more recently to 418 3xx.

These locos do have nominal depot allocations, however it is fair to say that they can and do move around frequently.  To give a recent example, I spent a morning covering four of the diagrams booked for Hatvan-allocated M41s out of Budapest Nyugati in April 2017, and was presented with one machine from Szombathely, one from Debrecen, one from Székesfehérvár and one indeed from Hatvan; three of those moved on again within the next three weeks, so it is a very fluid situation.

As a result, rather than listing their depot allocations, I have decided to keep tabs on where the surviving M41s are actually working, with the assistance of the excellent MÁV “mapper”.  This shan’t be updated every day, and it certainly doesn’t purport to be a definitive list of “last workings” etc, but hopefully it will be a useful resource if you are searching for particular machines.  If a loco does not have anything shown against it, then I have not seen or heard of it working for some time; indeed, this might even mean that they are already withdrawn (but were shown as operational on the last list I had).

Updated to:- 04/08/17

Loco No. Former No. Working date Diagrams covered
418 103 (ex M41 2103) 30/06/2017 Békéscsaba
418 106 (ex M41 2106) 27/07/2017 Hatvan
418 108 (ex M41 2108) 07/07/2017 Celldömölk
418 110 (ex M41 2110) 04/08/2017 Hatvan
418 112 (ex M41 2112) 03/07/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 115 (ex M41 2115) 04/08/2017 Békéscsaba
418 118 (ex M41 2118) 04/08/2017 Szombathely
418 120 (ex M41 2120) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 122 (ex M41 2122)
418 126 (ex M41 2126)
418 128 (ex M41 2128) 04/08/2017 Miskolc
418 130 (ex M41 2130) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 131 (ex M41 2131) 30/06/2017 Debrecen
418 135 (ex M41 2135) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 140 (ex M41 2140) 03/07/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 142 (ex M41 2142)
418 143 M41 2143 27/07/2017 Hatvan
418 145 (ex M41 2145) 06/07/2017 Debrecen
418 146 (ex M41 2146) 04/08/2017 Hatvan
418 148 (ex M41 2148)
418 149 (ex M41 2149) 27/07/2017 Hatvan
418 150 (ex M41 2150) 10/07/2017 Szombathely
418 152 (ex M41 2152) 04/08/2017 Miskolc
418 153 (ex M41 2153) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 154 (ex M41 2154) 07/07/2017 Debrecen
418 156 (ex M41 2156) 27/07/2017 Hatvan
418 157 (ex M41 2157) 13/07/2017 Hatvan
418 163 (ex M41 2163) 07/07/2017 Miskolc
418 164 (ex M41 2121) 13/07/2017 Hatvan
418 165 (ex M41 2165) 04/08/2017 Miskolc
418 166 (ex M41 2166) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 167 (ex M41 2167) thought to have been OOS since March 2017
418 170 (ex M41 2170)
418 171 (ex M41 2171) 04/08/2017 Békéscsaba
418 172 (ex M41 2172) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 174 (ex M41 2174) 14/11/2016 Hatvan
418 175 (ex M41 2175) 04/08/2017 Hatvan
418 177 (ex M41 2177) 04/08/2017 Miskolc
418 178 (ex M41 2178) 04/08/2017 Miskolc
418 185 (ex M41 2185) 04/08/2017 Hatvan
418 187 (ex M41 2187) 06/07/2017 Debrecen
418 188 (ex M41 2188)
418 197 (ex M41 2197) 30/06/2017 Dombovar
418 198 (ex M41 2198) 04/08/2017 Debrecen
418 202 (ex M41 2202) 10/07/2017 Debrecen
418 204 (ex M41 2204) 14/07/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 211 (ex GySEV M41 004, M41 2211) 04/08/2017 Hatvan
418 303 (ex M41 2137)
418 304 (ex M41 2158) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 305 (ex M41 2192) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 306 (ex M41 2205) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 307 (ex M41 2136) 14/07/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 308 (ex M41 2180) 04/08/2017 Szombathely
418 309 (ex M41 2127) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 310 (ex M41 2161) 04/08/2017 Celldömölk
418 311 (ex M41 2134) 04/08/2017 Celldömölk
418 312 (ex M41 2196) 04/08/2017 Szombathely
418 313 (ex M41 2147)
418 314 (ex GySEV M41 002, M41 2209)
418 315 (ex M41 2107) Caught fire at Vep 04/08/17
418 316 (ex M41 2206) 10/07/2017 Szombathely
418 318 (ex M41 2201) 04/08/2017 Celldömölk
418 319 (ex M41 2179) 01/08/2017 Celldömölk
418 320 (ex M41 2125 / 2184) 07/07/2017 Szombathely
418 321 (ex M41 2199) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 322 (ex M41 2173) 07/07/2017 Debrecen
418 323 (ex M41 2113)
418 324 (ex M41 2124)
418 325 (ex M41 2111) 06/07/2017 Debrecen
418 326 (ex M41 2119) 06/07/2017 light engine off Debrecen
418 327 (ex M41 2116) 06/07/2017 Székesfehérvár – caught fire 06/07/2017
418 328 (ex M41 2138) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 330 (ex M41 2176) 04/08/2017 Celldömölk
418 331 (ex GySEV M41 007, M41 2214) 10/07/2017 Szombathely
418 332 (ex M41 2141) 10/07/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 333 (ex M41 2169) 03/07/2017 Szombathely
418 334 (ex M41 2182) 04/08/2017 Székesfehérvár
418 335 (ex M41 2186)

It is, of course, entirely possible that some of those listed with no recent passenger workings have been stored, or that some not listed might be reinstated at some point.

 

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