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Patrick Martin has modeled the entire American Freedom Train in HO scale. The work is all his own work; while most folks get a hand with one or two cars, this is all Patrick.

Patrick quietly debuted the model at Trainfest in Milwaukee November 8 & 9, 2008 -- quite a ways from his Illinois home. It wasn't more than a couple days before a YouTube video showed up featuring his model -- and news about it spread fast.

Here are some photos of his work and some notes on his approach...
 
 

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The model makes its debut in Milwaukee.

 
 
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The train gets along fine -- with a Santa Fe helper.
 
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Stretching out.
 
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AFT Car PNWC76

An Athearn heavyweight RPO.

 
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AFT Car 20

A Con-Cor 72ft baggage car.

 
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AFT Car 30

Walthers 75' TOFC flatcar. Chevy Blazer is by Trident. Forklift is by Dyna Models. Step van is by Atlas.

 
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AFT Car 31

Most wagons are based on bodies from Athearn 26' truck trailers. Two are based on Rocco Minitanks 21 ft trailers.

 
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AFT Car 32
 
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AFT Car 33

Rivarossi smooth side baggage car.

 
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AFT Car 40

Not finding the perfect models to put into the showcase cars, Patrick made some substitutions. The first showcase car has a stage coach, a 4-4-0 locomotive, and a covered wagon.

Patrick had seen a concept painting for the real AFT showing a covered wagon on a converted flatcar. Hence the idea to put one here!

 
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AFT Car 41

Patrick gave this car a 1957 Corvette to haul (GM was an AFT sponsor), a map on the train's journey in the center, and a horse drawn hearse (Abe Lincoln's).

 
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AFT "Car 42"

An extra showcase car Patrick ended up used as a third showcase car (the real train only had two). Items inside are the Lionel originals, cleaned up and painted for more detail.

 
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AFT Car 100

A Con-Cor 72ft RPO

 
 
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