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The American Freedom Train in Anaheim, California
January 9-13, 1976

The train's 55th display city.

Good for one trip aboard...

Image: Todd Schannuth collection

 
  The train displayed at Angels Stadium. Buzz Aldrin visited the train (second man on the moon, top center in photo at right), as did Mickey Mouse, bottom right. AFT crewman Russ Shipman peers out the top of the cab.

Image: Bob Skillman collection

 
  Nightime at Angels Stadium.

Image: Richard Wright collection

 
 

 

 

At its longest point, the queuing line circled the entire stadium.

Image: Bob Skillman collection

 
 

 

The George Falcon Golden Spike Award

While in Anaheim, magazine publisher George Falcon presented the American Freedom Train with the George Falcon Key Magazine Golden Spike Award. Joining him for the presentation of the award were AFT Foundation President Petr Spurney (left) and Astronaut Edwin 'Buzz' Aldrin (right), as seen on the cover of Key Magazine two weeks later.

Image: Key Magazine, Bob Skillman collection

 
 

According to the magazine, previous recipients of the Golden Spike Award included Debbie Reynolds (whose father worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad), Walt Disney and Johnny Cash. The City of Anaheim itself later won the award in 1983.

Falcon was an early supporter of the National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP). So much so that the Golden Spike Award eventually became an NARP award -- one that is still awarded each year to people who make significant contributions to the preservation and improvement of passenger railroading in America.

More on the history of the George Falcon Golden Spike Award can be found at the NARP website.

Image: Key Magazine, Bob Skillman collection

 
       
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