The image on front of this chrome era postcard is of a Southern Pacific locomotive No. 4449 in Bicentennial livery.
America celebrated its 200th anniversary from 1975 through 1976. Celebratory events commemorated the nation's birthday milestone at all levels of government but especially with local, city, town, and village organizations participating enthusiastically.
One of the highlights was the American Freedom Train. Train cars were altered and fitted with large windows so historic artifacts from Americas past could be displayed and seen at stops all across the country.
Three retired steam locomotives were refurbished and painted in the Bicentennial scheme to haul the display cars across all 48 contiguous states.
This particular locomotive #4449 was used primarily for western routes.
New Jersey stops in the summer of 1976 included Morristown, Newark, New Brunswick, Trenton, Asbury Park, and Atlantic City.
We hope you enjoyed and join us next time for another installment of our postcard conversations. Bob's collection spans national and local history which highlights popular culture and innovation.
If you would like to support the Twin Lights Historical Society, please consider becoming a member and subscribing to stay up-to-date!