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Wagon #10

The American Freedom Train carried ten wagons on its three flatcars. Wagon #10 (near right) provided office space for the Operations Supervisor.

Image from the collection of the Squamish Lions Club, BC Canada. Nelson Winterburn scan. Shown at Cameron Station, VA 1977.

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The flatcars carried ten wagons (a term adopted from the circus world) for tickets, concessions, and storage of things like electrical cables and the portable visitor access ramps needed at every stop. Each had its own number, just like the cars of the AFT. The souvenir wagons and eventually the ticket wagon all had large signs on top that folded down onto their roofs during transport. The wagons got their electrical power from the train, via cables attached to junction boxes under the train cars. Some wagons were repainted (or at least re-lettered) during the trip, so the following descriptions won't apply to every single photo ever taken of them, especially with regard to the notes about the large AFT emblems on the ends of the wagons. Some of those emblems were removed and never replaced, which also sometimes happened with the blue unit numbers. All wagons were produced to AFT Foundation specs by G&G Metals, Venice, FL. The "Flag Plaza" flag poles often seen near the entrance car were prepared by Hortie Van, L.A.

Curious that there was a wagon number 20, when there was also a railcar with the same number (though railcar #20 was orignally planned to be #99). Superstition might have precluded there being an AFT "13". Many thanks to Marty Homiak, Bob Sowers, John Hendricks, Tracy Shaw, Dale Chesnutt, Dave Huber, and Bob Skillman for helping piece all the info on these wagons together! Please email if you have any additions or corrections.

 
       
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