A trip to remember! In August 1976, the American Freedom Train toured the country in celebration of the nation's bicentennial. The primary power for the trip was ex-Southern Pacific 4449, painted in a special red/white/blue scheme. Having just visited the Southern Steam Shops in Irondale, Alabama (just outside Birmingham), the GS-4 needed to be reunited with the Freedom Train. Southern Railway decided to operate a steam special pulled by the 4449, which ran from Atlanta to Salisbury, NC on Saturday, August 28 and from Salisbury to Alexandria on Sunday, August 29. This was a grand trip, which folks still talk about today. Train speed hit 70-79mph on a number of occasions during the weekend. This image shows the train in Atlanta, about 20 minutes north of Peachtree Station, at the Winters Chapel Road crossing.