Railroad museum features Freedom Train

Open noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day, the Oswego Railroad Museum will  feature the exhibit “America’s Freedom Train” July 19 and 20. The museum is located at the corner of West First and Lake streets, near the harbor, in Oswego.
Open noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day, the Oswego Railroad Museum will feature the exhibit “America’s Freedom Train” July 19 and 20. The museum is located at the corner of West First and Lake streets, near the harbor, in Oswego.

The Oswego Valley Railroad Museum, located on the corner of West First and Lake streets near the harbor, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. every weekend until Labor Day.

Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for youth and FREE for age 6 and under.

On July 19 and 20, the Oswego Railroad Museum will feature a return of the American Freedom Train exhibit.

The first American Freedom Train was created in 1947 to help celebrate freedom after World War II. The exhibit includes an O Scale model of the train that would tour the country until 1949.

The second Freedom Train was created to promote patriotism for the US bicentennial and traveled from 1975 and 1976.

Also on exhibit will be items from the New York State Freedom Train, which toured the state during 1949 and 1950.

During Harborfest weekend, July 26 and 27, the museum will feature  “Railroads and the Sea,” which covers the history of how railroads and shipping industries have worked together.

Some railroads, such as the New York Central, actually have their own maritime divisions, which used tugboats and barges to carry their freight cars across the Hudson River to New York City.

Oswego was home to a total of four coal trestles at which the railroads would transfer the coal brought from Pennsylvania to barges and ships for delivery  all along the Great Lakes.

Contact the museum for information or to arrange a group tour at 343-2253.

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