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Walter 'Butch' Curll Gallery

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Butch is a big fan of the American Freedom Train. He's modeled the entire train in HO scale, including the Preamble Express!

I asked Butch to tell me more about how he came to be interested in the AFT and this is what he told me:

"My father got me interested in trains at an early age. My first memory is seeing READING # 2124 on an IRON HORSE RAMBLE in Oct. 1959 at the age of 3. My railfanning continued, with the Reading RR being my favorite. Since Ross Rowland chose to use # 2101 on the AFT, I just had to go see for myself.

"I was a senior in high school on opening day April 1, 1975. When my wife( who was my girlfriend at the time) and I skipped school to drive to Wilmington, Delaware to see the train. At that point I was hooked. And as you know from my slides of the train, I did get to travel throughout Pennsylvania to see the train."

 
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"I purchased both the steam set and diesel set in HO. I also purchased extra cars at swap meets and shows. I had not worked much on the train until after Sept. 11, 2001 when I felt that I wanted to do something patriotic with my collection..."

 
   

Butch Curll's AFT model.

Four Bicentennial diesels on top, two Preamble Express locomotives and the four Preamble Express cars on the first shelf, followed by two of the American Freedom Train locomotives and their entire train.

"I used various web sites for research on the train, the best one is George Elwood's rr-fallenflags.org Click on 'American Freedom Train'; this has excellent photos of most of the non-display cars for modeling. The display case was custom made for me by a friend who does woodworking."

 
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"The Preamble Express # 2312 is an Athearn U-28-B that I painted and then used D&H Bicentennial diesel decals on. Preamble E-8 #951 is a Life Like Proto 2000 model that I painted. I am still looking for alphabet decals for it. Lettering on the Preamble Express cars is Dulux Gold Railroad Roman Alphabet.

"AFT # 4449 is a Bachmann Plus model, AFT #1 is the new Precision Craft Models T-1, the tool car PNWC 76 is a standard R.P.O., flat cars #30-32 are Walthers Trailer Train flats."

 
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The Bicentennial diesels on top (L to R) are B&M #200, SCL #1776, SSW #9389, CONRAIL #7776.

"I am trying to model Bicentennial diesels that were used as helpers on the train or that were displayed with the train.

"Cars #40, 41, #101-110 are the original Lionel HO cars with your panel/shadowbox stickers used."

 
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American Freedom Train concessions car #20. Based on an AHM/RIVAROSSI smooth side baggage car.
 
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American Freedom Train concessions car #20.
 
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American Freedom Train concessions car #33. Based on an Athearn round roof coach with the windows and vestibules blocked out with styrene and 4-wheel trucks added.
 
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American Freedom Train entrance car #100.

The 'Security Car'.

 
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American Freedom Train entrance car #100. Based on an AHM/RIVAROSSI smooth side baggage car.
 
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American Freedom Train power car #111.

The 'Exit Car'.

 
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American Freedom Train power car #111. Based on an AHM/RIVAROSSI smooth side baggage car.
 
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American Freedom Train power car #200.

The 'Bunk Car'.

 
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American Freedom Train power car #200. Based on an AHM/RIVAROSSI smooth side baggage car.
 
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American Freedom Train sleeping car #201.
 
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American Freedom Train sleeping car #201. Based on an Eastern Car Works 4-4-2 Pullman kit # 1206.
 
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American Freedom Train combo car #202.

The 'Pie Car'.

The Preamble cars are made from Bethlehem Car Works kits. Kit # 220 is for the my Preamble Empress #1 (the combine), and is also used for AFT combine # 202. Kit # 210 is for the Preamble coaches # 2, 3,& 4 and also for AFT # 203, 204, 205. Modifications were made to the kit to make the observation cars for both the Preamble Express and the AFT. (The real observation car was, similarly, a modified coach!)

 
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American Freedom Train combo car #202.
 
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American Freedom Train lounge car #203.
 
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American Freedom Train hospitality car #204.
 
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American Freedom Train hospitality car #204.
 
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American Freedom Train observation car #205.
 
 

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American Freedom Train observation car #205.

"The red and blue stripes are Champ decals HO Amtrak passenger stripes # PH-142S. Car numbers and 'AMERICAN FREEDOM TRAIN' lettering are custom decals that John Finnin had made for his model -- and he gave some extras to me."

 
       
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