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the P-40 Genesis locos - #800-809



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The P40 - the first of the Genesis series
 

General Electric built these 4000hp locomotives to start replacing the EMD F40s. Designated by GE as model AMD-103 ( AMtrak Diesel - 103mph ) they
were called the Genesis series since they featured many improvements and according to the the builder plate they are designated Dash 8-40BP. They
are commonly referred to as P40. Based (mechanically at least) on the popular Dash 8-40B and Dash 8-40BW freight locomotives, these units brought a
new face to the Amtrak roster. Numbered 800-843, were built and delivered from April-December 1993.

 

Four were sold to New Jersey Transit in 2007 (808, 810, 812, 820), and eight to the Connecticut DOT for Shore Line
East (833, 834, 836, 838, 840, 841, 842, 843).


Three of the locomotives (807 and 829 in the Bourbonnais train wreck and 819 in the Big Bayou Canot wreck) were wrecked and have
been partially broken up, and the other 30 remained
out of service in dead storage for many years. With the stimulus plan of 2009, some P40s have been returned to service, now in the Phase V scheme.

 

By 2007, NJT had upgraded their P40DC locomotives with updated prime movers to match the 4,250 horsepower (3,170 kW) of the successor P42DC.
This was done by readjusting the position of the lay shafts within the prime mover. It was reported in 2012 that the NJT units are out of service and for sale.

Amtrak returned fifteen units (809, 814-818, 821-824, 830-832, 835, 837) to service as part of a project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The first of the units
were returned to service in March 2010 after being overhauled at the company's shops in Beech Grove, Indiana.

The locomotives were upgraded like NJT's units had been a few years before to have 4,250 hp (3,170 kW) and match the P42DC's maximum speed
of 110 mph (177 km/h). They also received updated cab signaling systems. The upgraded locomotives still have mechanical air brakes, which makes
them most suitable for trains that only require a single locomotive. This differs from the electronic air brakes on the P42DC and P32AC-DM.

  Location & Information Date Photo Credit
800 San Leandro CA
pulling the AOE 
May 28, 2000  Stanley Lam
800  Normal IL
train 300
 March 30, 2001  Mark Ciskey
800  Normal IL
train 300
 March 30, 2001  Mark Ciskey
    Wilmington DE
pulled from long term storage - being preped for trip to Beach Grove and return to service
Oct 7, 2012 Ryan Stavely
from the
collection of
Albert Phleep
801 unknown location  unknown  from the
collection of
Albert Phleep
801  Minot ND
westbound Empire Builder
 March 6,1999  John Glibota
801  Philadelphia PA  July 16, 1999  Bill Hakkarinen
 801 Memphis TN
train 59
 Nov 30, 2000.  Joseph Belote
    Wilmington DE
pulled from long term storage - being preped for trip to Beach Grove and return to service
Oct 7, 2012 Ryan Stavely
from the
collection of
Albert Phleep
  802  Builder Photos from GE
supplied to Amtrak
   
 802  Builder Photos from GE
supplied to Amtrak
   
   802  Builder Photos from GE
supplied to Amtrak
   
 802  Builder Photos from GE
supplied to Amtrak
   
 802  Newport News VA
train 193
 June 23, 2001  Pete Pizsczek
 802  Newport News VA
train 193
 June 23, 2001  Pete Pizsczek
  802  Ruther Glen VA  March 2, 2002   Pete Pizsczek
 803  Portland OR  July 1999 Dan Calhoun
 803  Ruther Glen VA  June 10, 2001  Pete Pizsczek
   803   Penola Virginia
The morning run into D.C. from Newport News
   Pete Piszczek
 804  unknown location  unknown  from the
collection of
Albert Phleep
 804  Minneapolis MN
on a commuter demonstration train on the Northstar Corridorservice may start in 2004
 Aug 10, 2000  Tom Diez
 804  Minneapolis MN  Aug 10, 2000  Tom Diez
804  Richmond VA
Acca Yard
March 3, 2001 Pete Piszczek
804  Buffalo-Depew NY  March 17, 2002  Jeff Oswald
805   Santa Clara, CA.
in original phase III paint
 March 1996  Ben Wang
805  Chicago IL April 19, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
805  Los Angeles CA  April 21, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
805  Los Angeles CA
is that "railkill" on th coupler??
 April 21, 1999  Dick Leonhardt
 805  Sanford FL  Dec 1999  Dwayne Robinson
   805  Wellesley Hills MA  June 3, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
806  Chicago IL  Aug 15, 1999  Jim Hebner
806  Chicago IL  Aug 15, 1999  Jim Hebner
 806  Framingham MA  October 15, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
806  Palmer MA
with the Vermonter
 July 6, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
807 on #4 at Kansas City MO  March 21, 1995   Bill Hakkarinen
808  Philadelphia PA
a new paint scheme similar to the Northeast Direct scheme, but without the gray along the roof and top 1/4 of the unit. #815 & #826 have also seen painted this way.
 August 1998  Robert Palmer
808  Wellesley MA  July 15, 2000  Dick Leonhardt
809   Portland OR    
809   Boston MA
South Station
1997  USATRANSCOM
809   Boston MA
South Station
 1997 USATRANSCOM 
 809  Amtrak #809 in "Downeaster" service at Portland, ME  April 30, 2002 Asa Worcester 

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This archive was first accessed Aug 1996