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Research

The information in this timeline comes from a variety of source including:

James Gregory Bradsher's article "Taking America's Heritage to the People: The Freedom Train Story", Prologue Magazine, Winter 1985. Mr. Bradsher was on the staff of the National Archives and Record Administration at the time of his article's publication and his work is the definitive work in print on the how-and-who of the Freedom Train's genesis.

Mary Jayne and John Z. Rowe's extensive and heavily illustrated article "50th Anniversary of the Freedom Train", The Railroad Press magazine, issue #34, Jul/Aug/Sep, 1997. The Rowes are tireless railroad historians and longtime patrons of this museum's efforts.

The National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.

Interviews with Freedom Train alumni and relatives including:

Mr. John Cobb, Mr. Herman Appling, the late Chester Mack, Mr. Charles Doganes, Mr. John "Black John" Alexander, Mr. Jim McCredie, Mr. John Brown, Mr. Barry Scott - son on of the late General Robert F. Scott, Mr. Richard Beard, Ms. Sherry McCullough - daughter of the late Jim McCullough, and Mr. Ted Tintor.

The wonderful color illustration of the 1947 Freedom Train locomotive appears on the timeline courtesy of the artist, R. J. Hurley. More of his work on the subjects of the Freedom Train and the American Freedom Train can be seen on a number of postcards produced by Mary Jayne's Railroad Specialties, Inc. in 1999.

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