The American Freedom Train, an integral part of America’s 200th birthday party, circled the country in 1976 touching all lower forty-eight states. The workhorse steam engine was the Daylight 4449, pulling the long train filled with Americana, going everywhere but New England. On the older tracks with smaller clearances found there, a slightly smaller steam engine was used. Which one? Find out on the display!
The exhibit, now showing at the Oregon Rail Heritage Center, relives the glory of the American Freedom Train from inception to its last stop. The perfect exclamation point is to climb the steps and look into the cab of the 4449 as it rests in its permanent home.
The display is open Thursdays through Sundays from one to five. Admission is free although donations are gratefully accepted. Also browse the gift shop for the ideal reminder of your visit.