Merci Train


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The Merci Train, or Gratitude Train, consisted of 49 box cars given by French citizens to each state in the US as thanks for assistance rebuilding their country after World War II. Read about it and it will warm your heart. We like to visit the ones that are still in existence when our travels permit.


Visited

Arizona

November 2017, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Scottsdale

The boxcar is in great shape after undergoing restoration in 1989.

Delaware

April 2018, American Legion Nanticoke Post 6, Seaford

The boxcar is in great shape.

Iowa

November 2016, Antique Acres, north of Cedar Falls

This was the first boxcar we visited.

New York

April 2018, Oneida County 40&8 Club, Whitesboro, New York

The boxcar is in great shape and one side has a ramp so that it is completely accessible. It appears that the boxcar can be opened, so there's probably a display of some sort inside, but we didn't investigate further.

Wyoming

November 2016, American Legion Post 6, Cheyenne

Was in the process of being restored, since none of the traditional markings were on the outside of the box car. Instead, they were stacked neatly underneath. Restoration was completed in 2017.

Not Yet Visited

State Future Travel Notes
Alabama Huntsville
Arkansas Helena
California Fresno
Colorado Missing
Connecticut Destroyed by fire
Florida Visit in July 2018
Georgia In a museum near Atlanta
Hawaii and DC Ewa, Oahu
Idaho Boise
Illinois Missing
Indiana In Ft. Wayne
Kansas Fort Hays
Kentucky About 15 min. detour from I-65
Louisiana Baton Rouge
Maine Boothbay
Maryland In a museum in Baltimore
Massachusetts Missing
Michigan Lansing
Minnesota Little Falls
Mississippi Jackson
Missouri Sedalia
Montana Helena
Nebraska Missing
Nevada Carson City
New Hampshire Manchester
New Jersey Destroyed by fire
New Mexico Albuquerque
North Carolina Spencer
North Dakota Bismarck, near Tammy
Ohio Camp Perry
Oklahoma Norman, south of Oklahoma City
Oregon North Bend
Pennsylvania Fort Indiantown Gap
Rhode Island Woonsocket
South Carolina Bishopville
South Dakota Huron
Tennessee Bristol
Texas Austin
Utah Ogden
Vermont Colchester
Virginia Newport News
Washington Yakima
West Virginia Welch
Wisconsin Ashwaubenon, near Green Bay

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