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Car #20/33

The American Freedom Train began its journey without this car, but it was soon added. It was intended to be a tool car for the T-1 locomotive crew, but concessions took over and it served to provide storage and laundry facilities for the concessions people who toured with the train.

Curiously, it did have a narrow fire escape door added as though it was meant to have a moving walkway -- as the display cars all did. It can be seen at extreme left in this photo.

Image: John Hill. Photographed in Minneapolis.

American Freedom Train Car 20 / 33 ex New York Central baggage car 9133  
 

The would-be tool car was originally planned to be #99, as seen in this conceptual artwork by Bob Lorenz, but ended up being #20. Number 99 is also mentioned in planning documents.

At the Pentagon stop in September of '76, the car was renumbered 33 -- and stayed that way to the end of the journey; finally all the support cars were in numerical order, 30-34.

 

 
 

The car served for a time on the Chessie Steam Special in 1977, again as Car #33.

Current disposition unknown. Please email if you have any additional info.

Originally NYC baggage #9133, built by ACF in 1946.

Image: Brian Bode 1981, near Hilliard, OH.

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Chessie Steam Special Car 33 ex New York Central baggage car 9133  
       
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