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The American Freedom Train in Chicago, Illinois
July 28 - August 3, 1975

The train's 21st display city.

The train was spotted on Navy Pier, while the heavy T-1 locomotive was spotted near the Merchandise Mart.

 

 
 

Headed into Chicago on the Illinois Central July 27, 1975.

This was the last day the T-1 pulled the AFT wearing this paint scheme. The locomotive would receive a whole new paint job in Birmingham, AL in the coming months.

Image: Don Crimmin

 
 

T-1 #1 passes under an old humpback farm bridge in Farmer City, IL on July 27, 1975.

Image: Don Crimmin

More of Don's photography can be found at RailPictures.net

 
 

At Kankakee, IL on July 27, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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At Kankakee, IL on July 27, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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At Kankakee, IL on July 27, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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South of Chicago on July 27, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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South of Chicago on July 27, 1975. The late Chris Burritt is on the left.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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At about Lake Street and Cicero Ave in Chicago on July 27, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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On Navy Pier, Chicago on July 28, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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The Press Car on Navy Pier, Chicago on July 28, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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On Navy Pier, Chicago on July 28, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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Changing of the Guard

August 4, 1975

Proviso Yard, Chicago.

The two primary locomotives of the American Freedom Train meet for the first of three times to exchange duty on the train.

The two locomotives could hardly have been more dissimilar.

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The oil-burning former Daylight engine had been built to pull short, light high-speed streamlined passenger trains along the California coast. Everything about its design was meant to either facilitate speed or to imply it.

The coal-burning former Reading engine had been made to haul long, heavy coal trains through the mountains of the East. Its design was more utilitarian - with the singular purpose of providing the stump-pulling power necessary for its mission.

Image: L. Andrew Jugle.

 

 
 

North of Proviso on August 4, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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Passing through Arlington Heights, IL on August 4, 1975.

Image: Chuck Zeiler

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