It is the only
locomotive to have pulled cars from both Freedom Trains, pulling
the observation car CENTRAL PLAINS from the 1947 train as part of
the Amtrak Transcontinental
Steam Excursion in 1977 and as part of the 'Spirit of the West' business excursion in 1988 (by 1977 the
CENTRAL PLAINS was SP business car OREGON).
Today, the locomotive
is back to its original "as delivered" orange and red
still runs in excursion service nearly every year. More on the locomotive
today can be found at 4449.com
sometime comes up -- "How many states has the locomotive been
to in its lifetime?"
The answer is
Shall we count?
Starting with its taking over at the head of the AFT in Chicago
6) South Dakota
Sidetracked in Omaha with a wheel trim problem, the locomotive missed
going to Montana with the AFT, but did hit Wyoming and the extreme
Northeast corner of Colorado on the ferry trip to catch up with
17) New Mexico
27) Georgia -- Off the AFT, but on a Southern Railway excursion
trip to DC to catch up with it.
28) South Carolina
30) Virginia (rejoined the AFT in DC)
prior to the AFT:
32) Ohio -- The locomotive was built in Lima, Ohio in 1941.
33) Indiana -- Passed through in 1941 on delivery to the Cotton
Belt at East St. Louis (and on to Los Angeles via El Paso).
After the AFT:
34) Montana -- on excursion trips.
35) Michigan -- on an excursion trip.
to Al Phillips, John Lewis, and Arlen Sheldrake for helping compile
this list of visited states! You can find much more information
about the real locomotive at 4449.com