MÄRKLIN & RAILROADS
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USA : The Merci Train boxcar in Hawaii (HI)
( Research work in progress )
Main sources :www.newspapers.com www.mercitrain.org
Most of the information below has been collected from old newspaper articles.
When researching the "Merci Train" it is important to distinguish between :
"Merci Train" - "Gratitude Train" - "French / merci / gratitude car / boxcar" - "thank you train" - "french gift"
The official French name for the "Merci Train" was :
"Train de la reconnaissance française" - as written on one side of the boxcars.
However the term "train de la reconnaissance" can also be used for the first train travelling on a newly laid track and even as a military term for a "scouting" trip.
Known missing facts are shown with "_____" or a The list of articles is free. The actual newspaper clippings are password-protected.
The Hawaii boxcarThe 49th box-car was divided between Washington DC and Hawaii.
Hawaii had been a big contributor to the "Friendship Train".
1948 - January 1949Same history as the other 48 boxcars.
Repaired, repainted ( "slate grey" ) and decorated with shields and signs in France.
Shipped to the USA on the Magellan.
The 49th box-car is still in Hawaii today.
More to follow
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