Freight Train was featured in the National Academy of Design's 119th Annual Exhibition in 1945. The painting, showing a red streak of boxcars churning past a village set among the snow-covered hills of New York, falls squarely into Washburn’s oeuvre and highlights his appreciation for the everyday experiences of country life, or, as he stated in an interview with The Cornell Bulletin in 1944, “an aspect of rich deep living, of independence, and self-reliance.” 
 “Washburn Hopes Art Will Reach Common People,” The Cornell Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 19, March 24, 1944, p. 9.
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This piece retains what is likely the original frame.
Private collection, Florida
To private collection, Roslindale, Massachusetts, by 2015
(verso in pencil) $200.°°
National Academy of Design / 119th Annual Exhibition / Title: Freight Train / Artist’s Signature: Kenneth Washburn / Address: Franklin Hall, Ithaca, NY / Owner: (above) / Agent: Budworth & Son (814 handwritten on label)
119th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design, New York, March 14 – April 3, 1945