1947 - 1949 FREEDOM TRAIN
EPILOGUE Part 1 - Disposition of the Train's Equipment
all the railroad equipment employed by the Freedom Train was simply
reconfigured to its original form and returned to the railroads
who had loaned it.
red, white and blue paint, brass eagles, and emblem placards with
"hands holding high the torch" were all removed. When the Freedom
Train's journey was over, the cars were returned to ordinary, everyday
use in the passenger and express trains of the Santa Fe and the
Pennsylvania Railroad, or to Pullman Company sleeper service reassignments
ALCO put the
well-traveled PA through a complete mechanical remanufacture at
the place of its birth in Schenectady, then sold it with a new-locomotive
guarantee to the Gulf. Mobile and Ohio Railroad. It became GM&O
locomotive number 292.
As it departed
ALCO's plant for the second time, it carried a brass plaque ahead
of the cab door on each side to remember its unique place in history.
With those commemorative plaques in place, the once-revered locomotive
served the railroad on the Rebel passenger train in GM&O standard
maroon and orange livery until its retirement in the 1960's as just
another old diesel.
There are no
indications that any young girl ever again planted a kiss on the
engine's flanks. Unfortunately, no one came forward to save the
engine from the scrapper's torch. Only one of the Freedom Train's
original cars exists today -- at the Galveston Island Railroad Museum.
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Text by Mr.
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