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TIMELINE for the 1974 PREAMBLE EXPRESS
 
 
Date
Stop
Place
Notes

Summer and Fall 1974

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The 4-Car Preamble Express scouted the route of The American Freedom Train, providing a venue to meet with local community leaders about preparing for the AFT's visit.

This list is a work-in-progress. Any additions or corrections, please email. Many thanks go to Keith Muldowney for all his research and notes.

July 5, 1974
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NJ
The Preamble Express, led by locomotive Delaware & Hudson locomotive #2313, leaves Lebanon, NJ. The train visits the Central of New Jersey's Elizabethport shops enroute to Cranford, NJ.
July 6, 1974
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Travel to Boston over the Penn Central.
July 8, 1974
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Boston, MA
Meetings at Boston's North Station.
July 9, 1974
2
Manchester, NH
Arrived via the Boston & Maine RR.
July 10, 1974
3
Portland, ME
At Union Station.
July 11, 1974
4
Burlington, VT

Arrived at Vermont Railway yard via White River Jct. over B&M and CV tracks.

July 12, 1974
5
Albany, NY
Arrived at at Albany Yard via Rutland on VTR and the D&H tracks.
July 13, 1974
6
Rochester, NY
NYC Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 16, 1974
7
Buffalo, NY
Union Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 17, 1974
8
Cleveland, OH
Arrived via Penn Central.
July 18, 1974
9
Pittsburgh, PA
PRR Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 19, 1974
10
Columbus, OH
Union Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 22, 1974
11
Cincinnati, OH
Amtrak Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 23, 1974
12
Louisville,KY
L&N Station. Arrived via L&N.
July 24, 1974
13
Indianapolis, IN
Union Station. Arrived via Penn Central.
July 25, 1974
14
Detroit, MI
Michigan Union Station. Arrived via Norfolk & Western.
July 29, 1974
15
Kalamazoo, MI
Arrived via Penn Central.
July 30, 1974
16
Peoria, IL

Rock Island Station. Arrived via South Bend and Kankakee on the Penn Central and Gilmanon the ICG and TP&W.

July 31, 1974
17
Chicago, IL
LaSalle St. Station. Arrived via Joliet on the Rock Island.
August 1, 1974
18
Milwaukee, WI
Union Station. Arrived via C&NW tracks.
August 2, 1974
19
Minneapolis, MN
Union Station. Arrived via Madison on CMSP&P tracks.
August 5, 1974
20
Fargo, ND
Fargo Station. Arrived via BN tracks.
August 7, 1974
21
Sioux City, IA
Arrived via West Minneapolis on BN and C&NW tracks.
August 7, 1974
22
Sioux Falls, SD
Arrived via CMSP&P tracks.
August 9, 1974
23
Des Moines, IA
Arrived via CMSP&P tracks.
August 10-11, 1974
24
Omaha, NE
Union Station. Arrived via CMSP&P tracks. Locomotive #2313, a GE product, is switched out for Union Pacific locomotive #951, a GM product. GM had recently come on board as a million-dollar sponsor of the AFT.
August 13, 1974
25
Denver, CO
Union Station. Arrived via BN tracks.
August 15, 1974
26
Casper, WY
Arrived via BN tracks.
August 16, 1974
27
Billings, MT
Arrived via BN tracks.
August 17, 1974
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Butte, MT
Service stop on the BN.
August 19, 1974
28
Salt Lake City, UT
Arrived via UP tracks.
August 21, 1974
29
Boise, ID
Union Pacific Station. Arrived via UP tracks.
August 24, 1974
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Hinkle, OR
Service stop on the UP.
August 25, 1974
30
Spokane, WA
Arrived via BN tracks.
August 26, 1974
31
Seattle, WA
Arrived via BN tracks.
August 28, 1974
32
Portland, OR
Arrived via Southern Pacific tracks.
August 29, 1974
33
Eugene, OR
Arrived via SP tracks.
August 30, 1974
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Klamath Falls, OR
Service stop on the Southern Pacific.
September 4, 1974
34
Reno, NV
Arrived via SP tracks.
September 5, 1974
35
Sacramento, CA
Arrived via SP tracks.
September 6, 1974
36
San Francisco, CA
Arrived via SP tracks.
September 7, 1974
37
Fresno, CA
Arrived via Santa Fe tracks.
September 10, 1974
38
Los Angeles, CA
Arrived via SP tracks.
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San Diego, CA
Arrived via SF tracks.
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Yuma, AZ
Service stop on the SP.
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40
Phoenix, AZ
Arrived via SF tracks.
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Albuquerque, NM
Arrived via SF tracks.
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El Paso, TX
Service stop.
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Austin, TX
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43
Houston, TX
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Dallas/Ft Worth, TX
Arrived via SF tracks.
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45
Oklahoma City, OK
Arrived via SF tracks.
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Wichita, KS
Arrived via SF tracks.
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Kansas City, KS
Arrived via ICG and N&W tracks.
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St. Louis, MO
Arrived via Missouri Pacific tracks.
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Poplar Bluff, MO
Service stop on the Missouri Pacific.
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Little Rock, AR
Arrived via Rock Island tracks.
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Memphis,TN
Arrived via ICG tracks.
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Jackson, MI
Arrived via ICG tracks.
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New Orleans, LA
Arrived via Southern tracks.
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Meridan, MS
Service stop on the Southern Railway.
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Birmingham, AL
Arrived via Southern tracks.
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Nashville, TN
Arrived via L&N and Southern tracks.
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Atlanta, GA
Arrived via Southern tracks.
October 20, 1974
56
Jacksonville, FL
Arrived via Seaboard Coast Line tracks.
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Orlando, FL
Arrived via SCL tracks.
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Tampa, FL
Arrived via SCL tracks.
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Miami, FL
Arrived via SCL tracks.
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Savannah, GA
Arrived via SCL tracks.
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Charleston, SC
Arrived via Southern tracks.
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Charlotte, NC
Arrived via NS tracks.
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Raleigh, NC
Arrived via Southern tracks.
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Roanoke, VA?
Arrived via N&W tracks.
October 29, 1974
65
Charleston, WV
Arrived via Williamson, VA on the N&W and Kenova, WV on the C&O.
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Roanoke, VA
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Richmond, VA
Arrived via C&O tracks through Covington, VA and SCL tracks.
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Norfolk, VA
Arrived via Petersburg, VA on the N&W, SCL and RF&P and then N&W again.
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Washington, DC
Arrived via Petersburg, VA on the Penn Central.
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Baltimore, MD
Arrived via PC tracks.
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Wilmington, DE
Arrived via PC tracks.
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Philadelphia, PA
Arrived via PC tracks.
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74
Trenton, NJ
Arrived via PC tracks.
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New York, NY
Arrived via PC tracks.
November 12, 1974
76
Hartford, CT
Arrived via PC tracks.
November 13, 1974
77
Providence, RI
Arrived via PC tracks.
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Baltimore, MD
End of the run -- Camden Station.
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