Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 87
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 87

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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4H --June 20,1976 Sunday GtutUe-Mait ; Ch»rlesl'on. W«it VlrglnU Arts Paintings, sculpture, words and music form an enchanting mosaic in the Freedom Train's Fine Arts car. Works by the nation's finest artists and writers are included in the minigallery. Walkway Slowed, Sound System Switched on Train ; Two mechanical alternations have been ·made to the Freedom Train during its .; 14-month ride. ; The moving walkway through the exhibit cars has been slowed and a speaker ; sound system has replaced wireless sound ·wands originally given to each visitor. '. The walkway was slowed after it be- jcame apparent the public needed more · time to adequately view the train's dis- J plays. The change increases viewing time ; more than 75 per cent. '. There is no time to browse on the train ·; but its developers caution that it is not a · museum but a "kaleidoscope of sights and ,' sounds designed to create a spirit of pride '; and accomplishment." . The aisles inside the train are only 27 inches wide and any one stopping unduly long at any point would hold up the entire line. "We didn't want the wait to be too long, but we wanted the line to move slowly enough so everyone could enjoy the experience. We feel wp've reached that happy medium," said Peter Spurney, American freedom Train Foundation president. In 1947 there was an earlier version of the Freedom Train sponsored by the American Heritage Foundation. Called the Spirit of '47, the train logged 37,160 miles through 48 states -.;!.;,ving host to more than 3,5 million ',.*i^rs during a 16-month run. However, that train only could accommodate 640 persons an hour walking through its three exhibit cars and, in New York City for example, the line of people waiting, four abreast, was 15 blocks long. The 1976 version's moving walkway more than doubles the hourly number of visitors but, still, people have had to wait because of the large crowds. The wireless sound wands have been replaced because children, senior citizens and the physically handicapped were experiencing difficulty coping with the device while simultaneously viewing the displays. LOF's Charleston, W. Va.. sheet glass manufacturing plant (I960 photo). LOF-- Charleston's Partner in Progress 1917 marked thu beginning of U. S. involvement in World War I. Woodrow Wilson was president nf the United States; Jess Willard the heavyv.eirjlit boxing champion of thu world; and the 18th Amendment to the Constitution (Prohibition) was submitted by Congress for ratification by the individual states. 1917 also was an historic year for the Libbuy-Owens Sheet Glass Company, a predecessor of Libboy-Owens-Ford Company. Thai year saw the opening of a new sheet (window] glass manufacturing plant on a 35-acre tract of land in Kanawha City, four miles east of Charleston. I! was at the Kanawha City plant that mass production of window glass really began, for the plant, was built to utili/e the new Colburn method of continuously drawing a flat sheet from a tank of molten glass. When the factory was constructed, it was the largest flat glass plant under one roof in the world. Libbey-Owcns-Ford Company is proud of its long "membership" in the Charleston business community. With more than 550 people on our Charleston Plant payroll, we're also a leading contributor to the economic prosperity of the Kanawha Valley. At LOF, we're proud of our past; but we're also enthusiastic about ou'r future - working through the free enterprise system to help keep America strong. pany Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 Engine Rescued From Scrap Yard Two engines--one taken from a pedestal in a park, the other saved from a scrap yard-pull the American Freedom Train between its designated stops. Southern Pacific's 4449, proud engine of the famous Daylight passenger trains of the 1940s and 1950s, was taken from a park in Portland, Ore., and readied as western engine for the Freedom Train. Built in 1941 by the Lima, Ohio, Locomotive Works, the 4449 was one of 50 "Golden State" engines made specifically to run between San Francisco and Los Angeles. To pull the eastern Freedom Train, Reading's T?-l series engine 2101 was selected from the Baltimore scrap yard. The 2101, which will come to South Charleston, was built in 1946 in the Reading, Pa., Shops as one of 16 similar engines designed f,or the heavy freight and passenger demands of post-war America. It was retired in 1967. The 1201 's 110-foot length and 15Vz foot height are shorter both ways than the 4449, an important asset in negotiating the East Coast's compact rail traffic system with smaller clearances. The Freedom Train's two showcase cars once were baggage cars. They were revamped in Venice, Fla., as more old railroad cars were being outfitted in Richmond, Calif., with the moving walkways and sensitive security systems of the 10 display cars. Air conditioning and heating engineers designed and built a total environmental system to protect priceless treasures from humidity and temperature. Fire equipment experts created a whole new fail-safe system to protect both artifacts and people. In case of fire the train is equipped with a fire supression system that releases an odorless gas which puts out the fire without hampering the breathing of people during evacuation. The over-all theme and designs for the display cars' interiors wers done by designer Barry Howard and his staff in Larchmont, N.Y. Howard's wife coordinated the project and produced the audiovisual displays. The firm also is responsible for the train's red, white and blue exterior. Twenty-five cars are included in the train. Besides the 10 exhibit and two showcase cars, there are three 1890s-style coach cars including an observation-press car much like that which traveled on presidential campaigns of eras past. The other cars are used for tools and equipment, se- ·curity and support services. The Freedom Train is visiting more than 100 communities in 48 states during its 21-month life. It began its journey March 28,1975, as it pulled out of Cameron Station, Va., where final touches had been applied. It opened its first tour date that April 1 in Wilmington, Del. Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution. AUTO ELECTRIC SPECIALIZING IN · Complete Motor Tune-Ups · Complete Brake Service · Auto Air Conditioning . · Starters ·Generators · Carburetors · Distributors · Alternators · INDUSTRIAL Starters, Generators, Alternators HOUJS; MOM. THRU HI., 8 A M. 'til 5 Ml. Cloud Sot. 26 13 7th Ave., North Charleston PJione 744-6571 Shop Key Markets For All-American Value! SAVE WITH U S . . . 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