Launched on the 200th anniversary of the USA, the American Freedom Train traveled the country carrying artifacts that represent what America is and was.
My very best friend, a GM executive at the time, was on the board of the American Freedom Train, and his greatest thrill was to drive one of the locomotives! I actually have a copy of this promo on VHS tape.
The American Freedom Train was a 26-car train led by one of three steam engines restored just for the occasion. Over a 21 month period from April 1, 1975 to December 31, 1976 more than 7 million Americans visited the train during its tour of all 48 continental states. Millions more people stood and waited for it to pass by. It was by far the greatest event on rails since the end of the steam era, and the uniquely magnificent vehicle that brought America’s Bicentennial celebration to the people.