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Walter 'Butch' Curll Gallery
All images copyright Mr. Walter Curll and may not be used elsewhere without his permission.

Butch is a big fan of the American Freedom Train. He's modeled the entire train in HO scale, including the Preamble Express!

Here's a look at his Preamble Express...
 
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The photos were taken at the GATSME Model Railroad Club in Ft. Washington, PA (Western suburbs of Philadelphia). The layout depicts the PRR Buffalo line from Harrisburg, PA to Buffalo NY and the PRR Elmira branch to Elmira NY in the 1950s. These are lines that the real AFT traveled on in July of 1976 going from Brackebridge, PA to Williamsport, PA to Binghamton, NY.

Here, the Preamble Express and its first locomotive, D&H #2312, cross the Pt. Washington trestle and viaduct.

 
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The P.E. with #2312 passing Sheffield station.
 
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Passing Sheffield station.

Preamble Express # 2312 is an Athearn U-28-B that Butch painted and then used D&H Bicentennial diesel decals on.

 
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The Preamble Express passes through the valley between Sandy Run station and Susquehanna Junction. The coaches are based on the Reading RR car kits offered by Bethlehem Car Works.
 
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These photos show the Preamble Express with its second locomotive, UP 951, at Union Station -- the main passenger hub on the Great Lakes & Eastern R.R.

The Preamble E-8 #951 is a Life Like Proto 2000 model that Butch painted.

 
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UP 951 and train at Union Station.

 
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UP 951 and train at Union Station.

 
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UP 951 and train at Union Station.

 
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These photos were taken on the Pt. Washington trestle and viaduct approaching 10th Street Station.
 
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Pt. Washington trestle and viaduct.
 
 
Pt. Washington viaduct.
 
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P.E. with the E-8 exiting Cold Spring tunnel, approaching Wheelerville.

 
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Approaching Wheelerville.
 
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Arriving Wheelerville.
 
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Wheelerville.
 
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Running on the by-pass track around Gateway West yard.

 
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Running on the by-pass track around Gateway West yard.

 
 
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