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USA : The Maryland "Merci Train" box-car

Updated : April 17, 2015

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

Table of Contents :

Small stories :

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


Individual states :
Bold = new content. (G) = can be seen on Google Streetview.

Arizona - Alabama - Arkansas (G) - California (G) - Colorado - Connecticut - Delaware (G) - Florida (G) - Georgia - Hawaii - Illinois - Indiana - Iowa (G) - Kansas - Kentucky - Louisiana (G) - Maine - Maryland - Massachusetts - Michigan - Minnesota - Mississippi - Missouri - Montana - Nebraska - Nevada - New Jersey - New Hampshire (G) - New Mexico - New York - North Carolina - North Dakota - Ohio - Oklahoma - Oregon (G) - Pennsylvania (G) - Rhode Island - South Carolina (G) - South Dakota (G) - Tennessee (G) - Texas - Utah (G) - Vermont - Virginia - Washington (G) - Washington DC - West Virginia (G) - Wisconsin - Wyoming (G).



On this page :
The boxcar - Details about the boxcar - Details coat-of-arms - The gifts - My photos

Main sources :

→ www.newspapers.com → www.mercitrain.org

Most of the information below has been collected from old newspaper articles. [ Caution : 10+ MB content ].

When researching the "Merci Train" it is important to distinguish between :
  • The single boxcar given to a state.
  • The "Merci Train" as a name for the 49 boxcars.
  • The "Merci Train" as the name for the transport of the boxcars to each individual state.
  • The contents - gifts - that were in each boxcar.
  • The fact that "The 40 & 8 Society's" made replicas, of varying likeness, of the French boxcar to use as floats in parades.

Using various search words and combinations of words is necessary :
"Merci Train" - "Gratitude Train" - "merci / gratitude car" - "merci / gratitude / French boxcar".

Known missing facts are shown with "_____" or a what


Maryland counties :

maryland merci gratitude train boxcar


The Maryland boxcar

It seems that the Maryland "Merci Train" boxcar has received less news coverage than "Merci Train" boxcars in other states.

The boxcar was supposed to be delivered to the capitol of each state; - in Maryland it would have been Annapolis, but it doesn't appear that the Maryland box-car was ever in Annapolis.

1948 - January 1949

Same 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.

February 1949

  • Wednesday, February 02, 1949.
    • Loaded off the "Magellan" at the Weehawken docks, Erie Railroad Pier North H, New Jersey.
    • Placed on a US-railroad flatcar and shunted onto "Southern Section" of the "Merci Train".
    • Guarded by railroad-police till departure.

  • Saturday, February 05, 1949.
    • Left the Pennsylvania railroad station in Jersey City at 06:00 AM for Washington DC on "Erie Railroad" as part of "Southern Section" of the "Merci Train".

    • Southern section of the "Merci Train" arrived at 04:40 PM at Pennsylvania Station / Union Station in Baltimore.
    • Maryland boxcar taken off the "Merci Train" at Pennsylvania Station.
    • Ceremony at Pennsylvania Station :
      • Master of ceremonies : Drew Pearson.
      • Maryland Governor William Preston Lane, Jr. - Speech.
      • Baltimore Mayor Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr. - Speech.
      • Former Senator George L. Radcliffe - member of reception committee.
      • Former Judge Samuel K. Dennis - member of reception committee.
      • "High-ranking" French officials. - Speech.
      • Elmer I. Eshleman from Frederick. Member of the Maryland Merci Train Committee.
      • W. Harry Haller from Frederick. Member of the Maryland Merci Train Committee.
      • Representative from Wicomico County Historical Society.
      • Mrs. Gladys M. Wimert - Maryland 40&8 - Chapeau-passe.
      • Second Army Band played.
      • Color guard of the "40&8 Society" of the "American Legion".

    • Gifts were removed from the boxcar and taken to Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore. Cataloging the gifts started Monday, February 07, 1949 at the Enoch Pratt Library.
    • After the gifts were removed from the boxcar, the boxcar was given on Saturday, February 05, 1949 to the "40and8 Society" of Maryland by former senator George L. Radcliffe on behalf of the "Maryland Merci Train Committee".
      Gift accepted by Grand Chef de Gare Thomas E. Williams who said that it hasn't been decided yet where the boxcar should be kept.

    • City of Crisfield had on February 02, 1949 issued resolution celebrating the "Gratitude Train" :
      • Mayor Egbert L. Quinn.
      • Chas M. Woolston - President of city council.
      • E. Layton Riggin & Chas D. Briddell - Councilmen.
      • George H. Massey, Jr. - City clerk and treausrer.

  • Saturday, February 12, 1949.
    Official proclamation from Frederick Mayor Lloyd C. Culler naming Saturday, February 12, 1949, as "Merci-Day" in city of Frederick.

  • Friday, February 18, 1949.
    Letter from "40-and-8 Society" to the "Pennsylvania Railroad" (PRR) stating that the "40-and-8" has arranged for the Maryland boxcar to be placed at the "Museum of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad".

    Up till then the Maryland boxcar had been waiting at the Baltimore Pennsylvania RR Station on a PRR flatcar.

  • Tuesday, February 22, 1949.
    Meeting of the "40and8 - Voiture 155" at American Legion home :
    The boxcar has now been placed at the B&O Railroad museum in Baltimore.

  • 1949 - 2014.
    The Maryland Merci Train boxcar is still today ( 2014 ) at the → B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, where it is part of the permanent exhibition. ( B&O : Baltimore & Ohio Railroad ).

    The B&O Museum first opened at the present location ( Roundhouse at St. Clare ) on July 04, 1953. Till then the museum stored much of their items at a round-house placed where the M&T Stadium now is.

    The boxcar cannot be viewed from the outside. There is an entrance fee to the museum.

    The boxcar is used for storage by the Museum Store; - hence the pad-locks on the doors.

    The car and the 4 gifts to the Montgomery Historical Society is featured in → this video from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

    The B&O Museum has an information poster next to the boxcar : maryland merci gratitude train boxcar coat of arms


    The museum has very kindly
    sent me scans of the two pictures
    used on the poster :
    maryland merci gratitude train b and o museum baltimore
    Letter placing the
    Maryland boxcar
    at the B&O Museum
    in February 1949.
    maryland merci gratitude train b and o museum baltimore
    Picture from the "Baltimore Sun"
    from the reception at the
    Pennsylvania RR Station
    on February 05, 1949.



Details about the Maryland boxcar

See also my own photos below

The fact that the B&O Museum received the boxcar within weeks after its arrival in Baltimore on February 05, 1949, and the fact that it has been kept indoors since then, makes the Maryland boxcar especially interesting because it stands today as it looked in February 1949.

Many of the other boxcars have been repainted / renovated ( with various end-results ) and there seem to be very few original coat-of-arms and shields left.

According to the newspapers in 1948 / 1949 all 49 boxcars were selected by the SNCF from all over France, repaired, repainted in "dark slate" color and decorated with coat-of-arms and various shields.

Some of the original railroad-markings were therefore covered with new paint - especially on the metal frame / chassis.

The Maryland boxcar has the following numbers - markings :
  • P.L.M
    J 57121

    Printed on both doors.
    "P.L.M" stands for "Compagnie des Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée" - basically the railroad covering the area between Paris and the Mediterranean Sea. Usually it was just abbrevated : "PLM". Grammatically the abbreviation used on this marking is not correct since each letter would need a period mark ( . ) - so "P.L.M." would be grammatically correct. wink
    "J 57121" is the actual designated wagon-ID-number. what


  • J 57121
    Printed on the rear and front side.
    The actual designated wagon-ID-number. what


  • # 01
    P.L.M
    Kwwf - 137121

    Metal plate screwed/bolted on the wagon-frame / chassis.
    P.L.M = "Compagnie des Chemins de fer de Paris à Lyon et à la Méditerranée". Usually it was just abbrevated : "PLM". Grammatically the abbreviation on this plate is not correct since each letter would need a period mark ( . ) - so "P.L.M." would be grammatically correct. wink
    "Kwwf" is the French standard-description for this type of boxcar. ( In Germany the letter-code would have been a "G" ). In French : "Wagons couverts et fermés avec volets, avec guérite" meaning a closed boxcar with shutters and a brake-mans cabin.
    WIKI - PLM has an excellent description with several drawings and pictures. what


  • # 02
    Chantiers
    de la Buire . Lyon

    Metal shield screwed / bolted on the wagon-frame / chassis under the door.
    Means that this boxcar was fabricated at the → "Buire Factory" in the city of Lyon in France. what


  • # 03
    F.D.POMPEY
    Letters casted into the metal frame / chassis approx. above one axle.
    There was a mine in Lorraine in France "Mine de Pompey", so presumably the name means that the metal / iron beam was produced in Pompey. what


  • # 11
    TARE9.760 Kg

    Letters printed on the metal frame / chassis.
    This is a standard sign showing that the "TARE" weight ( weight of the empty boxcar ) was 9.760 kilos or a little less than 10 tons. Normally this would have been printed on the wall / side of the boxcar.


  • # 12

    REV4URF 15.11.48 2

    This is information about when the boxcar EITHER was overhauled [ REV = "revision" ] OR when it was due for the next overhaul. what
    Date is November 11, 1948. The "Merci Train" boxcars was assembled in Paris around that time.
    There is a photo of Anne-Marie Max putting the final touch on the bannner of a boxcar.
    Photo appeared first time around October 21, 1948 :
    anne-marie max october 1948


  • # 13
    ? . CRS 2 35

    Letters printed on the metal frame / chassis and then painted over with black paint.
    To be researched. what


  • # 14
    → 3,700 ←

    Letters printed on the metal frame / chassis and then painted over with black paint.
    Lenght between the 2 axles. what


  • # 15
    → 3 M 000 ←

    This marking is a bit of a mystery, because this ALSO - like the marking above - shows the lenght between the 2 axles. what
    On → WIKI-PLM you can find 2 drawings of the boxcar - one with a 3 meter lenght between the axles and one with 3,7 meter. [ → 3,000 and → 3,700 ]


  • # 16
    Frein W and other letters.

    This marking over-lays another marking and it has been painted over with black paint. what
    "Frein" means "brake". The marking can be found on → this drawing.
    Detail from the drawing : Kwwf gratitude merci boxcar


  • # 17
    JEU--- SABOTS
    MIM--- ---
    T---- ---


    Letters printed on the metal frame / chassis and then painted over with black paint.
    To be researched. what


  • # 18
    ---RTEMENT
    ESSIEUX
    ---ADN 3 30


    Letters printed on the metal frame / chassis and then painted over with black paint.
    "Essieux" means ""axles.
    To be researched. what



Details about the coat-of-arms on the Maryland boxcar

See also my own photos below

When examining the coat-of-arms on the Maryland boxcar 2 things are obvious :
  1. The French had the coat-of-arms numbered from 1 - 40.
    • The "French" side [ Train de la Reconnaissance Francaise ] had numbers 1 - 20.
    • The "English side" [ Gratitude Train ] had numbers 21 - 40.
    • The order of the numbers on each side is not logical :
      • On the "French" side numbers 11 and 12 are to the bottom of the lower row counting from the bottom and upwards.
      • On the "English" side the numbers 39 and 40 are ALSO to the bottom of the lower row but counting towards the bottom.
  2. 4 coat-of-arms are missing - 2 on each side - all 4 from the bottom rows.

The regions on the coat-of-arms are as follows ( as of March 2015 ) :

"English" side :
  • Top row from left to right:
    • Aunis
    • Orleanais
    • Comte de Foix
    • Champagne
    • Bourbonnais
    • Poitou
    • Dauphine
    • Bearn
    • Marche
    • Limousin

  • Bottom row from left to right :
    • Missing
    • Missing
    • Provence
    • Comte de Nice
    • Franche-Comte
    • Languedoc
    • Picardie
    • Savoie
    • Nivernais
    • Angoumois
"French" side :
  • Top row from right to left :
    • Alsace
    • Anjou
    • Picardie
    • Ile de France
    • Guyenne
    • Berry
    • Corse
    • Lorraine
    • Maine
    • Champagne

  • Bottom row from right to left :
    • Missing
    • Missing
    • Bourgogne
    • Vendee
    • Touraine
    • Auvergne
    • Gascogne
    • Artois
    • Saintonge
    • Navarre
The observant reader will have noticed that 2 regions appear on both sides of the Maryland boxcar : "Champagne" and "Picardie".

This is quite a mystery since all the coat-of-arms appear to be the original coat-of-arms and it should have been 40 different regions. Could the coat-of-arms have been removed during the transport ?

There is no evidence that the boxcars were transported without the coat-of-arms. On the contrary - all photos and news-reel footage from the arrival on the "Magellan" and the transport of the boxcars in the 3 sections of the "Merci Train" through the USA show the boxcars WITH the coat-of-arms.

Could the B&O Museum have obtained more coat-of-arms ? It is obvious that there are already 4 missing and therefore previously more could have been missing. However it would have been very hard to obtain "surplus" coat-of-arms.

Finally - could the French have been careless when putting the coat-of-arms on the boxcars ? This sounds to me at the more logical explanation. [ ????? ]


The gifts from the Maryland boxcar

Maryland "Merci Train" committee

8 member committee appointed by Governor William Preston Lane, Jr.
  1. Head of committee :
    John P. Trimmer - Director of State Department of Information.
  2. Elmer I. Eshleman from Frederick.
  3. W. Harry Haller from Frederick.
  4. ?
  5. ?
  6. ?
  7. ?
  8. ?
Libraries, museums, colleges and boards of education were asked to list their preferences. Allocation, as far as possible, was decided by the committee according to these wishes.
The gifts from the Maryland Merci boxcar were, partly, very accurately described in the newspapers in 1949.

A full index / cataloque should be found at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.


The gifts were taken from the Merci boxcar to Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore on Saturday, February 05, 1949.

Cataloging the gifts started Monday February 07, 1949 at the Enoch Pratt Library.

Gifts were on display in the mural room at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore starting Saturday February 12, 1949.

Beginning of July, 1949 all gifts had been allocated according to Director John P. Trimmer - State Department of Information. 61 institutions in Maryland had received gifts. Schools and colleges had received most of the gifts.


Selection for the Frederick County Historical Society made by Mrs. W. Harry Waller.

Selection for the Washington County Historical Society made by Mrs. Frank W. Mish Jr., president of the society. Selection made at the exhibition at Enoch Pratt Library.

Selection for the Montgomery Historical Society made my Mrs. Randolph Talbott, who also brought the 4 gifts allocated to the Montgomery Historical Society from Baltimore back to Montgomery County. Featured in this video from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.


In October 1949 a delayed package of gifts ( books ) arrived in Baltimore from the citizens of "Angouleme" in the departement of "Charente".

List of known recipients of gifts.

Known recipients of gifts from the Maryland Merci boxcar :
  • Maryland Governor - State House - Annapolis - Maryland.
  • Washington County
    • Washington County Historical Society. 9 items. # 6 - # 13.
  • Frederick County
    • C. Burr Artz Library.
    • Historical House.
    • Hood College Library.
    • Public schools - Board of Education
  • Allegany County
    • Board of Education.
  • Montgomery County
    • The Montgomery County Historical Society - Featured in this video from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.

Known displays of gifts.

  • Saturday February 12, 1949 till ________ .
    Mural room at the Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.
  • Wednesday November 09, 1949.
    Washington County Historical Society meeting on Wednesday November 09, 1949, where gifts from the Maryland Merci boxcar was displayed. Rose Room at the YMCA starting at 08:00 PM.
  • November 1949.
    Frederick County - Exhibition of gifts at C. Burr Artz Library.
  • June - 1965.
    Washington County Historical Society re-opens.
  • December 1972.
    Christmas decoration at "Miller House", home of Washington County Historical Society.

List of known gifts from the Maryland boxcar.

The following list of the known gifts is in no particular order. At the time it was estimated that there were 10.000+ individual items.

General descriptions : Rare paintings and books - historic swords and bayonets - dress, laces, clothing - plants.
  1. Model of the French battleship "Richelieu".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : ?
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  2. Collection of mannequin dolls.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : ?
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  3. Box - oatmeal-colored pale leather with watered effect. On the back of the box the word "MERCI" is printed in gold.
    • From : Children of France.
    • Allocated to : Governor William Preston Lane, Jr., State House, Annapolis, Maryland, on May 24, 1949.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Content of box : Drawings - see item 4.

  4. Booklet. Drawings of typical French locales - Normandy to Provence - Ile de France to Savoie.
    • From : Children of France.
    • Allocated to : Governor William Preston Lane, Jr., State House, Annapolis, Maryland, on May 24, 1949.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Content of item 3. Drawings were result of contest organized by some French newspapers. Juvenile art. Crayon sketches, pencil work and water colors. French records. Inscription : "From the Children of France to the Children of the United States" + "To the Children of Maryland". [ Apparently each boxcar contained such a box ].

  5. Bronze statuette of a frenchman / woman opening a wine bottle.
    • From : Municipal council and chamber of commerce in Villefranche en Beaujolais [ Departement "Rhone" ]
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Sculptor : V. Cru. - Photo November 5, 1949.

  6. Bronze bas relief / plaque of Joan of Arc.
    • From : M. and Mme. Loncelot, Departement Seine.
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Sculptor : Henri Chapu. Dated 1858 / 1868.

  7. Cannonball and key.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Relic from 1589. Battle of Henry the Fourth against the Duc de Mayenne. Chateau d'Arques-La-Bataille ( Departement "Seine-Inferieur" ). Retrieved from the moat.

  8. Knot of twisted thread. Red, white and blue.
    • From : Comité de Paris and M. E.L.Blanchet.
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Threads from 2 flags, French and American, that flew above the Eiffel Tower on the day that Paris was liberated - August 25, 1944.

  9. Miniature village. 8 buildings and a cathedral. 9 items. Church - school - city hall - bake-shop - houses.
    • From : General Council of the Departement "Loire-Inférieure" - now "Loire-Atlantique".
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location :
      June-August 1965 :
      Exhibition at "Mansion House" in City Park, Hagerstown. Only 7 buildings are named.
      December 1972 :
      Christmas decoration at "Miller House", home of Washington County Historical Society. Village grouping : French bakery shop - church and a barn.
    • Other remarks : Representing building in the square of Nancy / Nantes. Scale models. Work of well-known French painter and artist-sculptor Fanch Kergoat. (Spelling ?) - Photo November 5, 1949.

  10. Celluloid doll in native costume from Nice.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  11. Postal folders of scenes.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  12. Letters from i.e. Nice.
    • From : Nice.
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Personal and touching letters.

  13. Huge horse-tooth.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Washington County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Tooth from a famous horse ? - A French childs prize possession ? - A practical joke / prank ?

  14. Sèvres vase - blue and silver.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Governor William Preston Lane, Jr., State House, Annapolis, Maryland.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  15. Decanter with wine glasses.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Governor William Preston Lane, Jr., State House, Annapolis, Maryland.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  16. Bottle of French liqueur.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Governor William Preston Lane, Jr., State House, Annapolis, Maryland.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Hopefully drunk by now.

  17. Water color painting of a Brittany church in a wide white-painted wooden frame.
    • From : Louis Marie Le Priol-Gallagher.
    • Allocated to : Frederick Board of Education - Public schools.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Inscription : "In gratitude for the kindness of the American people to the French. Souvenir from an ex-soldier of the First World War. Louis Marie Le-Priol-Gallagher. Paris. 1948". Letter from Louis Marie Le Priol-Gallagher to Reverend Leon P. F. Vaithier. [November 4, 1949].

  18. 4 figurines.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Frederick Board of Education - Public schools.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  19. Plate souvenir of the Paris Exposition of 1844 (French Industrial Exposition) showing a drawing of St. Luke - patron saint of artists.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Frederick Board of Education - Public schools.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  20. "Gracefull" glass goblet and "very heavy" china cup and saucer.
    • From : Mr. and mrs. Hardy from Pavilly (departement "Seine-Maritime").
    • Allocated to : Frederick Board of Education - Public schools.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  21. Gilt clock.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Frederick County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : July 1949 : On display in "Historical House".
    • Other remarks : Once used in the "Bank of France" in Paris.

  22. 2 hammered brass vases.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Frederick County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : July 1949 : On display in "Historical House".
    • Other remarks : Made from embossed artillery shell cases.

  23. Tall vase of bubble glass.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Hood College Library in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display in Hood College Library.
    • Other remarks : ?

  24. 2 flowered platters.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Hood College Library in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display in Hood College Library.
    • Other remarks : ?

  25. Black and white lace.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Hood College Library in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display in Hood College Library.
    • Other remarks : ?

  26. "Several" books.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Hood College Library in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display in Hood College Library.
    • Other remarks : ?

  27. Oil painting. Portrait of an old woman. Title : "Paysanne Maconnaise". Painter : "Greffier".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Hood College Library in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display in Hood College Library.
    • Other remarks : ?

  28. Oil painting. "Notre Dame of Paris in the rain". Canvass in white frame.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : "C. Burr Artz Library" in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : Autumn 1949 : On display at "C. Burr Artz Library" reading room.
    • Other remarks : Painter: George Thomas, Chuzac (Departement "Tarn"). Size = 12x15 inch.

  29. Small bowl of bubble glass.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : "C. Burr Artz Library" in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Weight almost 5 pounds.

  30. 2 woven wool squares.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : "C. Burr Artz Library" in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  31. 2 colorful lenghts of silk and satin.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : "C. Burr Artz Library" in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : ?

  32. Book in English describing France.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : "C. Burr Artz Library" in Frederick.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Presumably part of the library book collection.

  33. "Statuettes".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  34. "Jewelry".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  35. "Needlework".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  36. "Ash trays".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  37. "Cigaret cases".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  38. "Hankerchief and glove boxes".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  39. "Rubber balls".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  40. "Toy autos".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  41. "Candy".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  42. "Dolls".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  43. "Many other items".
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to : Allegany County - Board of Education - Superintendent Dr. Charles L. Kopp.
    • Present or last known location : ?
    • Other remarks : Photo - July 20, 1949.

  44. A flax wheel.
  45. Miniature portrait of Marie Antoinette.
  46. Small model of the "Arc de Triumphe".
  47. Small wood sculpture depicting 2 people from Brittany / Bretagne.
    • From : ?
    • Allocated to :The Montgomery County Historical Society.
    • Present or last known location : The Montgomery County Historical Society
    • Other remarks :
      Featured in → this video from the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore.
      Featured in → this blog posted and written by Joanna Church from "The Montgomery County Historical Society" on February 06, 2013.
      Artist : J. Drèan from Auray in the Morbihan department in Brittany, France.



My photos of the "Merci Train" boxcar in Maryland

Location : → Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21223.

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

Click on a photograph to enlarge it.

The Box-car

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Decorations

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Wheels - Axles

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The 3 shields

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Other markings

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The Coat-of-Arms

"English" side - Top row

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"English" side - Bottom row

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"French" side - Top row

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"French" side - Bottom row

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Coat-of Arms - Details

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