The reference for locomotives and railcars
Czechoslovak State Railways classes E 469.1 to E 469.3
Czech Railways classes 121 to 123
Czechoslovakia | 1959 | 169 produced
123 020-1 with modern livery and LED lighting in 2014 in Prague-Bubenec
123 020-1 with modern livery and LED lighting in 2014 in Prague-Bubenec

Although the classes 499.0 and 499.1 were also used in front of freight trains, the tractive effort in this area of application was limited. When the E 499.157 was damaged in an accident, the opportunity was taken to provide it with a different gear ratio for a top speed of 90 km/h as part of the repairs. Due to the limited adhesion, the starting tractive effort did not increase, but bigger pulling power was available at the usual speeds for freight trains. Although this locomotive was dismantled after testing, 85 examples of the new freight version were built in 1960 as the class E 469.1. These locomotives also had electric train heating and could therefore also pull passenger trains, but this only happened rarely due to the lower maximum speed.

When there was a further need for freight locomotives for 3.000 volts direct current, another series of 55 units was built in 1967 as the E 469.2. These had a revised locomotive body and driver's cabs based on the class E 669.1 and were the first Czechoslovak DC electric locomotive to have multiple controls. When some steam locomotives still had to be replaced a few years later, another 29 units were built in 1971 as the E 469.3. The three series later became the classes 121, 122 and 123. Since after the division of Czechoslovakia no major railway lines in Slovakia were electrified with direct current, they all came to CD. According to their age, the 469.1 were the first to be either retired or sold to private railways by 2006. Most examples of the newer series were retired between 2010 and 2020.

VariantE 469.1E 469.2E 469.3
Axle configB-B 
Gauge4 ft 8 1/2 in (Standard gauge)
Dimensions and Weights
Length52 ft 11 7/16 in56 ft 5 9/16 in
Wheelbase38 ft 0 11/16 in
Fixed wheelbase10 ft 11 1/8 in
Service weight194,007 lbs187,393 lbs
Adhesive weight194,007 lbs187,393 lbs
Axle load48,502 lbs46,848 lbs
Power sourceelectric - DC
Electric system3,000 V
Hourly power3,143 hp (2,344 kW)3,058 hp (2,280 kW)3,138 hp (2,340 kW)
Continuous power2,725 hp (2,032 kW)2,669 hp (1,990 kW)2,736 hp (2,040 kW)
Top speed56 mph
Starting effort52,605 lbf50,357 lbf
Power Plant
Calculated Values
electric locomotive
last changed: 03/2022

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