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The Freedom Train by Lionel

In their 2003 Volume 1 catalog, Lionel Trains announced the Freedom Train in 3-rail O scale.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train  
 

Freedom Train ALCO PA-1 Locomotive 1776

Initially offered were the locomotive, baggage car, and three passenger cars. Their 2003 Volume 2 catalog announced the addition of a 3-Pack of display cars, completing the train.

A virtually flawless effort, the model was designed with the assistance of Freedom Train historian L. Andrew Jugle.

Lionel item number 6-21791

Original MSRP was $799.99 for the locomotive and four cars.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

 
 

Freedom Train Power/Tool Car "Santa Fe 1896"

This car had a large round Great Seal of the US on the left side (engineer's left) and a large round America Heritage Foundation seal on the other. The car carried a power plant to generate both 32 Volt and 110 Volt electricity to meet the needs of the train. It also provided storage for the access ramps needed at some stops.

Sold bundled with the locomotive and three other cars.

 

 

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

 
 

 

Freedom Train Exhibit Car "Pennsylvania 3510"

This exhibit car carried a pair of gold eagles on its sides. The car had electrical hookups for power where it was available at display sites. This took the load off the tool/power car mentioned above. Exhibit car interiors were painted varying shades of soft green. Bronze captions ran above the various groups of documents which were arranged in chronological order.

Sold in a 3-Pack bundle of Exhibit Cars.

Lionel item number 6-39085

Original MSRP was $299.99 for the 3-Pack.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

 
 

Freedom Train Exhibit Car "Pennsylvania 3489"

This exhibit car carried large gold letters (on both sides) proclaiming "FREEDOM TRAIN".

Sold in a 3-Pack bundle of Exhibit Cars.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

 

 
 

Freedom Train Exhibit Car "Pennsylvania 3465"

This exhibit car carried a pair of gold eagles on its sides.

Sold in a 3-Pack bundle of Exhibit Cars.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-39085

 

 
 

Freedom Train Pullman Sleeping Car "Penn Square"

The first of the three Pullmans on the train, the Penn Square had six compartments and three drawing rooms and was built in July 1925 (plan 3523A, Construction Lot 4887).It carried large gold letters on both its flanks proclaiming "FREEDOM TRAIN".

Note that on the model the car names Glen Fee and the Penn Square are switched. The relatively easy fix is to remove the eagles from the Penn Square and the "FREEDOM TRAIN" lettering from the Glen Fee and swap them.

Sold bundled with the locomotive and three other cars.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

 

 
 

Freedom Train Pullman Sleeping Car "Glen Fee"

The Glen Fee (plan 3523A, Lot 4970, car code 2789) had six compartments and three drawing rooms and was delivered on 27 July 1926. It operated on the New York Central's 20th Century Limited before and after the Freedom Train, until 1963. While on the Freedom Train, two large gold eagles graced its sides.

It seems the GLEN FEE is the only piece of the Freedom Train that has survived and it now resides at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum in Galveston, TX.

Note that on the model the car names Glen Fee and the Penn Square are switched.

Sold bundled with the locomotive and three other cars.

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

 

 
 

Freedom Train Pullman Observation Car "Central Plains"

The Pullman observation car Central Plains was built Sept-Oct 1926 (plan 3959E, Lot 4971) with three compartments, two drawing rooms, and an observation lounge. While on the Freedom Train the car carried two large renditions of the Great Seal of the US on its sides. Harry Truman gave a speech in Pittsburgh, PA from its rear platform.

Sold bundled with the locomotive and three other cars.

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Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

Lionel O Gauge Freedom Train 6-21791

 
       
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