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GySEV 470: General history  
curious numbering
In April 2002, the Siemens factories in Munchen-Allach completed the 1047 501. The remaining four machines followed within months. Curious detail is that the designation the GySEV selected for its new machines is in fact based on the Austrian numbering system. 1047 would be the most logical and correct service number for multi purpose electrics according to their system. As the OBB decided to use 1116, GySEV and MAV choose 1047.

GySEV 1047 and 1116 series locomotives seem to attract bad luck; 1047 502 after its crash in October 2004.

ES64U2 electrics operated by the GySEV seem to attract bad luck. During the past years 2 of 5 machines were already involved in severe crashes. At 24.10.2004, 1047 502 crashed into a truck and derailed. One cab of the machine was completely destroyed. It was transported to the workshops of Linz in Austria, and after a 10 month recovery period delivered as new. On 27.04.2007 the 504 was the second one to crash into a light truck. Cab front and side were damaged. This machine also went to Linz for repair. In the very same week, as the 504 was totally recovered from its damage, the 505 had its turn on running into a truck (27.02.2008)....

2006: first general overhaul
During 2006-2007, 1047 501, and 503-505 got their first general overhauls, including a complete repaint. As the 502 was being re-deivered after its reconstruction per 01.08.2005, this machine did not require a general inpection.

promotional liveries
On 14.08.2009, unit 1047 504 was presented in 'Haydn' design. Mozart being the first in 2006 (but on an OBB 1116 series locomotive), now another famous music composer got its own locomotive; Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). 2009 was Haydn-year in Austria and Hungary. Design of this livery was made by Gudrun Gieblinger.

On 07.04.2010, unit 1047 505 was presented in a special livery, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the death of István Széchenyi, state reformer and referred to as "the greatest Hungarian".