AMERICAN FREEDOM TRAIN 1976 HOUSTON, TEXAS
A film by Joe Muscanere
Film from 1976 of the American Freedom Train when it visited Houston, Texas.
The American Freedom Train was a 26-car train led by one of three enormous 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 contiguous states. Tens of millions more stood trackside to see it go 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.
In Texas the American Freedom Train was pulled by two steam locomotives, Texas & Pacific #610 and Southern Pacific #4449. The 610 took the point on runs from Austin to Houston, Houston to Ft. Worth, and from Ft. Worth to Dallas and back.
The train was displayed in front of the old Union Station which is now the site of Minute Maid Park, the home of the Houston Astros.
Film was originally shot in 16mm and transferred to VHS in the late 1970's. Production quality has been affected by generational transfers.