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USA : The Merci Box car in Indiana



"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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( Research work in progress )



Up till now there are not that many details about how the Indiana Merci Train boxcar was received in i.e. Indianapolis. It does not seem that there was writtten much about the "Merci Train" in the Indiana newspapers.


The Indiana boxcar was part of the "Western Section" of the "Merci Train" on its way from Albany, NY, to Chicago, IL.

Scheduled stops in Indiana were Elkhart, South Bend. Indianapolis was reported in some newspapers as a third stop. Fort Wayne was not mentioned at the time.


The two special gifts delivered in Washington DC - the torch lighted from the eternal flame under the L'Arch de Triomphe in Paris


Fort Wayne Mayor Henry E. Branning, Jr. traveled in June of 1949 to collect Fort Wayne's allocation of gifts from the Merci Train that had arrived in Indianapolis, a History Center news release said. On June 17, 1949, Branning brought some of those gifts to the Allen County- Fort Wayne Historical Society to place in the permanent collection.

My photos of the Merci box car in Indiana

Location :
National Veteran's Memorial Shrine, 2122 O'Day Road, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

You can download my Google Earth kmz-file with the positions of all the remaining 43 boxcars.


The Indiana box-car is fairly well-kept, but the small building, that it is placed in, attracts a lot of nesting birds, so there are bird-droppings all over the place.

The coat of arms are few and rather simplistic re-productions; especially the writing.

As you can see, the back of the box-car is pretty much in the dark; - literally speaking.

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