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Timeline for the 1949-1950 New York State Freedom Train
 
 
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Fall 1948
The New York State Freedom Train came together quickly. All the cars were repainted and modified at New York Central's West Albany shops.
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Albany
January 26, 1949
The train was dedicated in a snowstorm at Union Station by Governor Dewey. After the ceremony, the train departed for Schectady to start its year-long tour.
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Schenectady
January-Feb, 1949
The train displayed in Schenectady for five days before heading up the NYC main line toward Buffalo, with stops along the way. The idea was to then tour south-central NY in the spring and return to Albany. During the summer the train would move through the north, and in the fall would proceed down the Hudson Valley to New York City.
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Rochester
March 18, 1949
Displayed at the Barge Canal Terminal.
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Fredonia
May 21-22, 1949
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Dunkirk
May 23-24, 1949
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Westfield
May 25-26, 1949
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Naples
June 14, 1949
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Saranac Lake
July 29, 1949
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Malone
July 30-Aug 1, 1949
The train was visited by 5052 people in three days.
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Plattsburg
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Syracuse
September 5-10, 1949
The train displayed at the New York State Fair.
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Patchogue
January 6, 1950
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Greenport, Long Island
January 8, 1950
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Riverhead, Long Island
January 9, 1950
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Walden, Long Island
February 3, 1950
The tour ends.
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