The Genesis P40/P42 series has one backlighted numberboard on the nose. Previous Amtrak F40 locomotives had two backlighted numberboards up high above the cab windows. The next three locomotive photos, of #73, #74, and #75 illustrate the three basic designs that Amtrak has used over the years. Of course there have been some bootlegged non-standard installations, but we won't go into those quite yet.

Engine #73 is shown here with the standard white numerals, outlined in black. At some point a change was made to a sold black numeral, illustrated in the photo of #74. In 2001, new deliveries came with a blue background, illustrated by #75. Eventually older units were changed, and the dark blue version is the standard today.

Amtrak's dual-mode Genesis units originally also had the standard back-lit number board, but these were sacrificed in the name of safety. A front escape hatch was installed, for emergency use, and instead of a central number board, two painted ones were applied on either side of the new hatch. This is unique so far to the P32's owned by Amtrak and Metro-North, although it is possible that Connecticut may be adding them to their refurbished former Amtrak P40's. If you have info on this please message us.

August 2, 2023 Update from 4rr.com feedback at 4rr.com