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From the Iron Horse to Air Force One

While Air Force One is the preferred mode of travel today, U.S. Presidents have a long  history of traveling and campaigning by rail.  Andrew Jackson was the first president to take a ride on the “Iron Horse,” as locomotives were known then. “Whistle stop” campaign tours soon become popular with many candidates which led to the construction of U.S. Car No. 1, the only railroad car ever to be built specifically for U.S. Presidents. Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Reagan all used the car for their presidential duties.  While, presidential train travel waned in the 20th century, President Obama, in 2009, retraced the path of the historical train trip taken by President Lincoln for his inauguration, proving that there is a train lover in every (White) house.