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I was looking at the photo of the Friendship Train and the Freedom Train next to each other in a 1947 photo and was admiring the PRR Centipedes pulling the Friendship Train.  That got me thinking what other engines pulled the train, or trains since there were probably 4 of them.  Each road had their own engine(s) pulling them when in their territory.  I thought this may be of interest to those buying the Friendship Train cars.

Well, there are a lot of photos of the cars of the Friendship Train but very few of the engines.  I ran across a closeup photo of an engineer and a girl scout waiving out the cab window of a steam engine.  There is a sign covering up the cab number that says "All Aboard for Friendship Train", with a 4 and 9 showing on either side of the sign.  Below the sign was "AC-63 24-24/32 515 SF        AC7".  I assume this was a Southern Pacific AC7 Cab Forward.  Apparently this was the first engine to pull the first train in California.  Anyone know what the cab number was?

The only other photo of a Friendship Train engine I could find was a C&NW engine that looked like a 4-8-4.  The cab number is hard to see, but it looks like 3009.  The 3 and 9 are good, but the 00 is hard to make out; maybe 6 or 8.  Anyone have more detail on this engine?

Also, it would be interesting to know what other engines pulled the train.  If you have any information put it here.

Since I don't want to get in trouble for re-posting a web picture of the real train, here are my Centipedes pulling my Friendship Train cars.

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Found another engine that pulled the Friendship Train.  This one is for you AT&SF guys.  It is a 4000-class 2-8-2 Cab #4045.  This one pulled the Fort Worth Friendship Train following a more southern route than the primary train.  Started out with 15 cars but picked up more along the way.  Unlike the main train where private citizens provided much of the funds/products, this one was sponsored by the Star newspaper and the A. G. Carter Foundation.

Anyone have any luck identifying the SP or C&NW engines?  Any other engines found?

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Ron;

There is a 13 min. documentary about the Friendship Train on YouTube. You can see a number of engines in the video including the two you mention. There is also a GG-1 apparently running in NY. There is a great shot of when the Friendship Train met the Freedom Train in PA. Here is a link to the video...

https://youtu.be/BfxWYNf97Hg

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Ron;

There is a 13 min. documentary about the Friendship Train on YouTube. You can see a number of engines in the video including the two you mention. There is also a GG-1 apparently running in NY. There is a great shot of when the Friendship Train met the Freedom Train in PA. Here is a link to the video...

https://youtu.be/BfxWYNf97Hg

Paul,

That is a great video.  I did not see it in my searches.  The engines during the opening credits looks like a SP P-10.  Those were neat looking Pacifics.

Unfortunately, many of the engines were not recognizable, at least to me.  Looks like at least three different SP engines, a couple of PRR, one from NYC.  Fun.

Thanks for posting.

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