The General Electric P42 locomotive is also known as the “Genesis” locomotive. The P42 is a modern 4200 horsepower passenger locomotive used across the United States and Canada. Amtrak’s P42 has replaced the EMD F40PH in revenue service and today they are used throughout the United States. Since their introduction, they have had a number of physical revisions to improve the ease of maintenance and parts replacements, including a bolt-on fiberglass nose panel (replacing the original’s solid metal which was difficult to repair or replace) and a new headlight bezel that is more rounded than the previous square versions. 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of Amtrak – to commemorate this historic birthday, Amtrak has painted a number of its locomotives into a series of anniversary schemes, each taking design cues from a different paint and logo era from the railroad’s history. P42 locomotive #145 is painted in a phase III heritage scheme, indicative of the paint worn by the railroad in the 80’s and early 90’s and carries the numbers 1971 and 2011 on its side.
Directional headlights and tail lights on both the front and rear of the locomotive that can be toggled with three different light settings
Coreless truck-motor drive paired with a super-heavy solid metal body mechanism
Can navigate R1 (370mm) curves, allowing for an unprecedented range of movement with a minimum radius of only 14 3/5″
Heavy (nearly 2 pounds) mechanism provides a very high level of traction, allowing the P42 to pull up a grade without needing a traction tire
Analogue (DC only) version