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American Freedom Train
Staff & Crew Reunions

No doubt about it, if you were involved with the American Freedom Train -- even for a little while -- it left and indelible mark on your life. It's fitting that you reunite with others that shared part of your experience.

As the American Freedom Train steamed toward closing day in Miami, some of the staff thought to make a crew roster in hopes of staying in touch. The list was rather short, consisting mostly of people traveling with the train at that time.

Only a year-and-a-half passed and the first reunion was organized. It was a resounding hit with the crew and they decided to repeat it every two years, which has generally been the case (hurricane cancellations notwithstanding) for over three decades now.

Thanks to the Internet, the reunion roster has grown quite large!

So, if you or a family member served with the American Freedom Train Foundation or on the American Freedom Train in any capacity -- including the Army contingent, advance staff, local committees and locomotive restoration crews/volunteers -- please email to get on the reunion mailing list!

Everyone is welcome!

What is a typical reunion like?

Short answer: FUN -- with people who shared the ups and downs of working with and on the American Freedom Train, America's greatest Bicentennial event.

Long answer:

Each reunion has its host. (The host was picked by popular vote from among volunteers at the end of last reunion.) The reunion will likely be in whatever city the host lives in. About half the attendees attend every reunion, the other half are split between people who very rarely attend and those who are attending for the first time. So don't be shy...

Over the course of a few days attendees can expect:

A reception area to meet and mingle with other former crew, Army contingent, steam restoration (any of the three locomotives), advance ticket sales, office staff, security and even some people who served on American Freedom Train host city committees. Several people with likely bring their photos and scrap books.

Saturday usually consists of optional activities in the local area. If there is a tourist railroad nearby, it will act like flypaper.

Saturday night could be a dinner train or a nice restaurant (often followed by a visit to a piano bar by the heartiest souls).

Sunday day can include more excursions or time in the reception room.

By custom, each reunion is topped off with a short business meeting to pick the next host and a semiformal banquet with a viewing of "All Aboard America", the award-winning promotional film about the train -- with its catchy sing-a-long song.

New faces and families are very welcome and always appreciated, so if you worked on the train in ANY capacity, please email now to be added to the mailing list!

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In Memoriam

Next Reunion:

Chattanooga, Tennessee: Sept 13-17, 2018

Past Reunions:

2008
2016 Reunion

Portland, OR
Hosted by Doyle & Laurie McCormack

2008
2014 Reunion
Columbus, OH
Hosted by Warren & Daisy Motts

2008
2012 Reunion
Santa Rosa, CA
Hosted by Bill Hoban & Tina Luster

2008
2010 Reunion
West Des Moines, IA
Hosted by Jim & Janis Leeper

2008
2008 Reunion
St. Augustine, FL
Hosted by Joan 'Grape' & Kevin Mitchell

2006
2006 Reunion
Lake Tahoe, CA
Hosted by Dale Chesnutt & Brad Griffin


2005 Reunion
New Orleans, LA
Canceled, Hurricane Katrina
Hosted by Gail Stracke


2004 Reunion
Bahamas Cruise, Miami, FL
Canceled, Hurricane Ivan
Hosted by Laurie McCormack


2002 Reunion
Tucson, AZ
Hosted by
Gloria Bonneville and Lynn Ramsey


2000 Reunion
Knoxville, TN
Hosted by the Lou Nelson family


1998 Reunion
Sacramento, CA
Hosted by Larry Wines


1996 Reunion
Pittsburgh, PA
Hosted by Bill Green


1994 Reunion
Seattle, WA
Hosted by Deb & Jim Luff


1992 Reunion
Nashville, TN
Hosted by Tracy Shaw


1990 Reunion
St. Louis, MO
Hosted by John Lodge


1988 Reunion
Portland, OR
Hosted by Doyle & Laurie McCormack


1986 Reunion
Bahamas Cruise, Miami, FL
Hosted by Marty Homiak and Laurie McCormack


1986 Reunion
Royal Oak, MD
Hosted by ML & OJ Inkell


1984 Reunion
New Orleans, LA
Hosted by Marty Homiak and Gail Stracke


1982 Reunion
Washington, D.C.
Hosted by Lisa Ramsey


1980 Reunion
San Francisco, CA
Hosted by Randy Bobo and Bob Sowers


1978 Reunion
New Orleans, LA
Hosted by Gail Vasterling and Judy Booth

A big 'thank you' to
Marty Homiak, John Hendricks, and Lou Nelson
for help with this list.

       
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