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The American Freedom Train in Wilmington, Delaware
April 1-4, 1975

The train's 1st display city.

Opening Day! Admission was free, courtesy of the DuPont company, for the first few hours -- but this was soon extended to all day. Governor Sherman W. Tibbett was in attendance.

 
 

 

The fifth ticket (ever) -- still unused. Bob Skillman collection.

 
 

American Freedom Train founder Ross Rowland meets the press on opening day.

Bob Skillman collection.

 
 

 

The train arrived at Delaware Park March 28, 1975 over the Southern Railway and Penn Central from Cameron Station via Alexandria, VA.

The Penn Central sent a pair of GG1 electric locomotives ahead to the AFT as protection in case of any breakdown of the steam locomotive.

Fortunately, they were never needed.

 
 

 

Welcoming letter to Wilmington guests and staff.

 
 

 

Opening day schedule, April 1, 1975.

 
 

 

NBC's "Today" show host Gene Shalit visited the train in Wilmington.

 

Images: Bob Skillman collection.

 
       
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