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Equipment Roster of the 1949-1950 New York State Freedom Train
 
 
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    The New York State Freedom Train consisted of a locomotive and six cars supplied by the New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad. The cars were painted royal blue with a buff colored band across the window area. Roofs, undercarriages, and trucks were black. Lettering was buff color.
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LOCOMOTIVES
LOCOMOTIVE NOTES
New York State Freedom Train Locomotive

New York Central Locomotive 4709 -- a 4-6-2 steam locomotive. This locomotive hauled the train part of the trip. If anyone knows of other locomotives hauling the train, please email.

New York State Freedom Train Locomotive

New York Central Locomotive 4886 -- a 4-6-2 steam locomotive. This locomotive hauled the train part of the trip.

New York State Freedom Train Locomotive DMM 565

Dansville & Mount Morris Locomotive 565 -- a 2-6-0 steam locomotive. This locomotive hauled the train into Dansville. Now in the Steamtown collection.

2034

Lehigh Valley Locomotive 2034 -- a K-3 Pacific 4-6-2 steam locomotive. This locomotive hauled the train in the Rochester area. If anyone knows of other locomotives hauling the train, please email.

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CARS
CAR NOTES
New York State Freedom Train Power Car New York State Freedom Train Power Car. Former New York Central 62' baggage car 8318, built by ACF in 1923 to plan 938 as Michigan Central RR 1220. To NYC 8318. To NYS Freedom Train 8318 in 1948. Two 30kw diesel generators were added to supply head-end power for the rest of the cars. All six cars carried 200-pound bronze castings of the Seal of New York State on their sides. The left end of each car had small gold text reading 'Associated Railroads of New York State'. The right end spelled out the name of railroad owning the car and its four-digit car number.
New York State Freedom Train Staff Bunk Car New York State Freedom Train Staff Bunk Car. Former Pennsylvania Railroad passenger-baggage 4933. The car was outfitted with bunks for the six New York National Guard soldiers who traveled with and guarded the train. The baggage section was used to carry two access ramps, loud speakers, and crowd control equipment.
New York State Freedom Train Display Car New York State Freedom Train Display Car. Freedom of Expression. Former NYC 70' coach #2117, built by Beach Grove in 1929 to plan 2104 as CCC&StL 879(?). To NYC 2117. To NYS Freedom Train 2117 in 1948. To NYC 2077(?) and out of service by 1965. This car served as the entrance car and first display car of the train. The interiors of the three display cars were painted light blue and gold, corresponding to the shades of Liberty and Justice on the state seal. The floor was blue rubber tile.
New York State Freedom Train Display Car New York State Freedom Train Display Car. Liberty Under Law. Former NYC 70' coach #2120, built by Beach Grove in 1942 to plan 2154 as NYC 55(?). To NYC 2120. To NYS Freedom Train 2120 in 1948. To NYC 2179(?). Each display car had four document cases arranged bay-window-style for viewing by up to 40 school children at a time. In all, the three cars displayed a total of 83 exhibits.
New York State Freedom Train Display Car

New York State Freedom Train Display Car. Freedom of Self-Development. Former NYC 70' coach #2178 built by Pullman in 1924 to plan 954 as NYC 1075(?). To NYC 2178. To NYS Freedom Train in 1948. To NYC 1927(?) This car served as the third display car and the exit car of the train. At display sites, one Sheriff's deputy was stationed inside each display car.

New York State Freedom Train Staff Car

New York State Freedom Train Staff Car. Former NYC 70' coach #2116, built by Beach Groive in 1929 to plan 2104 as CCC&StL 878(?). To NYC 2116. To NYS Freedom Train 2116. To NYC 2076(?) and out of service by 1965. The car was modified to include an office, reception area, and living quarters for Train Commander Lt. Col Frank B. Corry and his assistants.

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Acknowledgments
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Research resources include: John T. McIlwaine, The Rutland Railroad Historical Society, Jerry LaBoda's Passenger Car Photo Index, Mary Jayne & John Z. Rowe, John Lewis, University of Buffalo. Many thanks to all who have contributed to keeping track of the histories of the equipment of the 1949-1950 New York State Freedom Train!
 
     
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