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Freedom Train Pullman Car PENN SQUARE

Pullman car PENN SQUARE was built in 1925 for the Pennsylvania Railroad as a 6-3 sleeper to plan 3523, lot 4887. It served on the Broadway Limited.

After the Freedom Train tour ended, the car (still in FT paint) was part of the train that pulled some of the 49 newly arrived French Merci Train boxcars on the first part of their journey to their receiving state capitals. See Earl Bennett's Merci Train web site for more on the Merci Train.

The car was photographed at the Grand Canyon still in Freedom Train paint and lettering on February 16, 1949.

About the Freedom Train Pullman Cars: All three of these 6-axle Pullman cars (which housed the Marine Corps Honor Guard detachment, Porters, and Archivists) were furnished by the Pullman Company and were returned to the Pullman pool following duty on the Freedom Train. The Pullman Company also supplied one porter per car, each serving a 2-3 month stint with the train. Pullman furnished the cars on the basis of $25 per day per car.

Image: Hank Steadman, Freedom Train Marine Guard. On display in Minnesota.

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