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The Merci Train : Movies / Videos

Updated : April 22, 2015

"The Merci Train" - "The Gratitude Train" - "Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise"

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David C. White - Farmer in Kansas Ruth Nathanson - High school senior from New York City


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There are a few news-reel videos on various websites; mostly youtube.

Here is a list of the videos I have found. I cannot take credit for having found all of these by myself, and I of course appreciate an email if you have information about an video not listed below.

I also have my own YOUTUBE-channel with "Friendship Train" and "Merci Train" videos.


  • A gala parade is held in New York.
    Newsreel : Universal - International news. From "Critical Past"
    B/W - No sound - Time : 1:15
    Magellan - Off-loading - New York Ticker-tape parade - Band - Reception - Flame


  • Merci Boxcar arriving in Montgomery, Alabama circa 1949 .
    The Veterans Memorial Museum
    Color - No sound ( new youtube background music ) - Time : 5:36
    Ceremony - Parade - Band - Reception - Speeches


  • Welt im Film 198 / 1949 - 11.03.1949.
    German newsreel : 11.03.1949. - From "www.filmothek.bundesarchiv.de".
    B&W - Sound - Time : From 09:04 - 10:07
    Gratitude from France. Ship containing Merci America train. Statue of liberty. Car is loaded from ship. Railway wagon with gifts for New York in procession through town. Gratitude train travels through the United States.


  • Gratitude Train - 1949.
    Newsreel : British Pathé. "Un-used material"
    B&W - No sound - Time : 0:52
    Boxcar ( J 59052 ) [ Illinois boxcar] - Miss Gratitude - Chicago highrises - Merci Train in snow - Dixon - Sterling - etc.


  • Gratitude Train On West Coast & Santa Anita Derby - 1949.
    Newsreel : British Pathé. "West coast hails Gratitude Train".
    B&W - Sound - Time : 1:42 - Voice : Dwight Weist. ( Gratitude train only 0:00 - 0:45 - Rest is Santa Anita Derby )
    Merci Train - Los Angeles - Gov. Earl Warren - Torch


  • Gratitude Train Starts Us Journey - 1949.
    Newsreel : British Pathé. "Gratitude train starts historic U. S. journey".
    B&W - Sound - Time : 1:56 - Voice : Dwight Weist.
    Trenton - Philadelphia - Wilmington - Baltimore - DC - Senator Vandenberg speech - VP Barkley speech


  • LE DEPART DU TRAIN DE LA RECONNAISSANCE.
    Newsreel : French "LE DEPART DU TRAIN DE LA RECONNAISSANCE" - From "www.ina.fr".
    B&W - Sound - Time : 0:27
    Le train prêt à partir en gare du Maine-Montparnasse à Paris - wagons légendaires 40 hommes - 8 chevaux avec diagonales tricolores et écussons - PP d'un wagon "40 hommes - 8 chevaux" avec écussons et diagonale tricolore avec inscription "Gratitude train" - PP de l'écusson "Orléanais-Aunis" - PR des personnalités présentes au départ du train : Messieurs Jefferson CAFFERY, ambassadeur des Etats Unis à Paris - André MARIE, vice-président du Conseil - René MAYER, ancien ministre - CAST, président du comité du Train de la Reconnaissance française - Marcel FLOURET, président de la SNCF - LEMAIRE, directeur général de la SNCF - PP de la locomotive (à vapeur) avec inscription "ACHERES", mécanicienn et chauffeur attendant sur leur machine - Petite fille donnant le départ du train - départ du train suivi en panoramique - PP de signaux.


  • Le train du remerciement - Nevada.
    French news from 2009 about the Nevada boxcar with b&w newsreel footage.- From "videos.tf1.fr".
    Color - Sound - Time : 2:29


  • Life on a Forty & Eight.
    Documentary about army transportation - focus on the "40-8" boxcars during WW1 and WW2.
    Georgia Tourism Grant Video Project.
    Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History.
    Color / B&W - Sound - Time : 09:25


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