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Showcase Car #41/40

This car held (front to back) a Lunar Rover test unit, a lighted map of the AFT's journey, and a twice-size replica of the Liberty Bell.

Originally NYC baggage car #9137 or 9152. Scrapped in 1995.

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Cameron Station, VA, winter 1977.

Photo: Tom Nosera

 

American Freedom Train Car 41 ex New York Central baggage car  
 

Before leaving the Santa Barbara stop on Jan 4, 1976, the crew of the host railroad wouldn't move the train unless the train was configured in manifest order. Showcase car 40 was trailing showcase car 41 when it should have been ahead of it. With nowhere to turn the cars and no time to waste, the resourceful AFT crew simply switched numbers on the two showcase cars. 40 became 41 and 41 became 40. They stayed that way to the end of the line in Miami, FL.

Image: John Hill. Photographed in Minneapolis.

American Freedom Train Car 41 ex New York Central baggage car  
 

Both showcase cars had their big "showcase" windows covered over and were used as "walk through" cars on the Canadian Discovery Train.

Cameron Station, VA, spring 1977.

Stripped of displays and car numbers.

Image from the collection of the Squamish Lions Club, BC Canada.

Nelson Winterburn scan.

American Freedom Train Car 41 ex New York Central baggage car

 
 

The Freedom Bell, carried aboard car #41, now resides outside Washington DC Union Station without any indication it visited all 48 contiguous states aboard the American Freedom Train.

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Image: David Lotz January 30, 2013

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