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Car #PNWC76
"The Seventy-Six"

When the Daylight locomotive joined the AFT outside of Chicago, it had come from Portland with its own tool car -- the PNWC76, on loan from the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Railway Historical Society.

Photo: Tom Nosera

 
 

 

It wasn't until the Birmingham stop that the car was finally lettered "American Freedom Train". Between Harrisburg, PA and the stop at the Pentagon it had the name "Splendid Spirit" on its side. It still resides near Portland, OR, though the Daylight locomotive now runs with a different tool car. Thanks go to Walter "Butch" Curll for pointing out that the car wasn't lettered AFT for its first year on the road!

Photo: John Hill. Seen in Minneapolis, MN.

 
 

Subsequently, the PNWC76 became the maintenance/tool car for all three of the steam locomotives that pulled the AFT.

Photo: Tom Nosera

 
  AFT Tool Car #PNWC76.

Shown at Pittsburgh, PA July 1976.

Image: William Brandon, photographer. George Elwood scan.

 
  CAUTION: STEAM HEAT in small letters.

Image: William Brandon, photographer. George Elwood scan.

 
 

CAR OWNED BY PACIFIC NORTHWEST CHAPTER, NATIONAL RWY. HIST. SOC.

PORTLAND, OREGON LEASED TO AMERICAN FREEDOM TRAIN FOUNDATION

Image: William Brandon, photographer. George Elwood scan.

 
 

Former AFT PNWC76 in April 2007 at Beaverton, OR.

"The 76" is stored as part of the collection of the PNWC.

After the AFT, the car was returned to its SP&S colors and ran in excursion service on a few occasions.

Image: Arlen Sheldrake, PNWC NRHS.

 

 

 
 

Arlen Sheldrake of the PNWC forwarded the following information: "According to our Chapter inventory : The 76 is a heavyweight baggage-dorm built by Pullman as a 12 section 1 drawing room sleeper in 1917. It was rebuilt into a bag mail in 1947 and then into a bag dorm in 1966. 3 axles, rolling bearings, 82' long, 152,340 lbs. BN donated as SP&S #76 to the Chapter in 1971. Last used between Portland & Spokane on BN passenger trains through May 1, 1971. In the time frame 1976-87 it was converted to a Museum car, repainted in SP&S colors, and went to Ashland on exhibit for the Oregon & California Railroad completion centennial. In 1988 the PNWC's "Museum Train" (car Mt. Hood & car 76) went to Salem for the 50th anniversary of Oregon's Capitol Building. Our "Museum" exhibit consisted of panels of railroad history & information arranged in a walk-through fashion within the 76."

Image: Arlen Sheldrake, PNWC NRHS.

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