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John Finnin Gallery 1

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To call John Finnin a "fan" of the American Freedom Train would be a laughable understatement. In the years I've know John, he's been instrumental in my research on the train and in getting it modeled accurately by more than one manufacturer. He has quite a collection of AFT memorabilia, including some extremely rare crew-only items. But it is my guess it's the models that he likes best...

-- Todd Schannuth
 
 
June 2011: The latest addition to John's HO train. The American Freedom Train Auxillary Tender, A1. Modeled from the tender off a brass NYC 4-8-2 Mohawk. Modified and painted by Brion Boyles.
 
 
John's aux tender may be the first prototypically correct and completley decorated AFT Aux tender ever built in HO scale. It is painted in C&O Enchantment Blue (with perhaps a little black added) to match the PCM T-1 locomotive.
 
 
A very fine model!
 
 

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2007: This is the second rendition of Johns HO train. The first train was completed in 1978 by John and Steve Wolfhope. In '07, the current one was made by John and RippTrak Model Works (Custom building the flat cars, concession containers, tool car, concession cars, entrance car, power cars, sleeper car, pie car, bar car, office car and observation car). The cars were supplied by John using decals by Accuen Media. The display cars were done by John using RailGraphic decals.

 
 
American Freedom Train Reading T-1

John's HO model of the AFT is seen on these pages running on the layout of his friend Ken McCorry.

These pictures were taken in 2009.

 
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John's HO Scale model of the AFT.
 
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'Splendid Spirit' and the flat cars. Most of the support cars were modeled by Johnny Ripp using Accuen Media and RailGraphics decals. He can be contacted at RippTrak@yahoo.com

 
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Flat 30.
 
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Flat 31.
 
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Flat 32.
 
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John had car #33 decorated years ago with Reading lettering as a nod to one of his favorite lines (the real car #33 sported similar "Southern" lettering for a short time while on the American Freedom Train).

 
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Showcase car.

 
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Entrance car.
 
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Display cars.

 
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Display cars.
 
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Sleeping car #201.
 
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Display cars.

 
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Power cars 111 and 200.
 
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