In order to do high speed testing for new passenger cars and also test high speed braking equipment up to 200 km/h, in the middle of the 1970's locomotive 060-EA-122 was fitted with special bogies with changed gear ratio for high speed. It was renamed 060-EA2-122 and got the nickname "The General".
During testing on Floresti Prahova to Buda section it attained the 204 km/h speed record for the Romanian railways.
Later on, the high speed bogies were transferred to locomotive 42-0302-2 and locomotive 060-EA-122 retrieved its initial configuration.
Sources: "060-EA locomotive - 40 years from the first electric locomotive produced in Romania" (2010 - Mircea Dorobantu)
Locomotive 42-0302-2 establishes the new speed record for Romanian railways: 227 km/h.
Latest update on the 14th of September 2019 at 21:57
Contributor(s): Tudor C.