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American Freedom Train
Car #201
Sleeping Car

A former Southern Pacific Golden State 4-4-2 (4 double bedrooms, 4 compartments, 2 drawing rooms) Pullman sleeper, this car provided quarters for the small number of staff members who actually lived aboard the AFT.

It was built in 1942 and delivered/leased to the SP painted two-tone gray as "Golden River", #212. In 1946 it was painted red/silver. In 1947 it was sold to the SP by Pullman. In '53 it received a new red/silver paint job with a red letterboard -- and its name was replaced by its new designation, #9111.

By the early 1970s, the sleeper was owned by the Herb Reichhold and stored on the Sierra RR. 

Mr. Reichhold got the contract to convert several NYC baggage cars into AFT display cars at an old Liberty Ship factory in Richmond, CA near San Francisco. He brought the SP sleeper that became AFT 201 to Richmond too, along with his SP triple unit diner, which was also procured by the AFT Foundation AFT (but ultimately only partially outfitted and painted for the AFT).

After its 1975-76 run on the AFT it was sold to BC Rail and given the name Adventure as part of the British Columbia Provincial Museum Train. Later it was renamed Norman A. McPherson in honor of a past Vice President of Operations and Maintenance.

American Freedom Train Car 201 ex Southern Pacific Sleeper 9111, ex 212 Golden River  
 


Years later, on July 1, 2003 (Canada Day), the car was presented by BC Rail to the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum in Prince George, BC Canada, which also owns former AFT #202 -- the "Pie Car" (see below). As of August 2006 it was indoors undergoing restoration. Much of its history presented here comes from Mr. Mike Mangini, AFT veteran and Southern Pacific historian.

Shown at Pittsburgh, PA July 1976.

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The car featured five staterooms with a capacity to sleep 12. All of the staterooms had their own showers.

Image: William Brandon, photographer. George Elwood scan.

American Freedom Train Car 201 ex Southern Pacific Sleeper 9111, ex 212 Golden River  
 


Former American Freedom Train sleeping car #201 as BC Rail "Norman A. McPherson" is presented to the George Railway and Forestry Museum on Canada Day 2003.

The car was named for the late Vice President of Operations. His career spanned from 1954 to 1985.

Donation of the car was coordinated by J. Singh Biln, Manager of Corporate Affairs for BC Rail.

Image: BC Rail Inside Track (employee newsletter) August/Sept 2003.

Photographer: Rob Pasowicz of BC Rail.

In 1996, the car appeared in an episode the the TV show The Sentinel. Read more...

BC Rail Norman A. McPherson, ex American Freedom Train Car 201 ex Southern Pacific Sleeper 9111, ex 212 Golden River  
 

Former AFT sleeping car #201 as BC Rail "Norman A. McPherson" at Prince George, BC.

Indoors and in the first stages of restoration at the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum in Prince George, BC Canada.

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Image: Todd Schannuth, August 2006

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BC Rail Norman A. McPherson, ex American Freedom Train Car 201 ex Southern Pacific Sleeper 9111, ex 212 Golden River  
       
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