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Locomotives & Equipment of the 1974 Preamble Express
 
  Preamble Express 2312 Preamble Express Locomotive #2312: To test the eventual routing of the AFT, a "Preamble Express" consisting of a red, white & blue locomotive and four passenger cars was sent around the country in 1974. The first locomotive to pull this train was Delaware & Hudson #2312 (earlier numbered 312), a U23B built by GE (build number 36814, Sept. 1968).  
  Preamble Express 951 Preamble Express Locomotive #951: When GM became a sponsor of the American Freedom Train, it was clear a GM locomotive should be leading the Preamble Express. Union Pacific E-9A #951 had been traded-in(?) to GM by the UP and was pulled out of line and repainted (at La Grange, IL) in a special red, white & blue paint scheme. It took over duty pulling the Preamble Express at Omaha 11 August, 1974.  
  Preamble Express Cars Preamble Express Cars #1, 2, 3, 4: The cars of the Preamble Express eventually became American Freedom Train cars 202, 203, 204 & 205. Scroll down the page to read more about their remarkable histories in the American Freedom Train section. These days, two of the cars can be found in Washington state and two in British Columbia, Canada.  
   

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