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Company History: The American Freedom Train (AFT) was a 26-car train led by one of three enormous steam engines restored just for the occasion. Over a 21 month period from April 1, 1975 to December 31, 1976 more than 7 million Americans visited the train during its tour of all 48 contiguous states. Tens of millions more stood trackside to see it go by. It was by far the greatest event on rails since the end of the steam era, and the uniquely magnificent vehicle that brought America's Bicentennial celebration to the people.
The first steam locomotive to pull the train was former Reading Company T-1 class 4-8-4 #2101. The second was former Southern Pacific GS-4 #4449, a large 4-8-4 steam locomotive that is still operating in special excursion service today. The third was former Texas & Pacific 2-10-4 #610, which pulled the train in Texas.
The train itself notably consisted of 10 display cars, converted from New York Central and Penn Central baggage cars. They carried more than 500 treasures of Americana (full roster on The Story of America's Freedom Trains).
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Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-07-12 12:58:09. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-07-12 13:08:40
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