MÄRKLIN & RAILROADS
www.trains-and-trains.dk : A personal view by Christian Vinaa
USA : The Merci Box car in Vermont (VT)
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
From www.freeprintoutmaps.com ➚
The Vermont boxcarThe boxcar was delivered to the capitol of each state; - in Vermont it was Montpelier.
The boxcar can now ( 2015 ) be found at the Vermont Veteran's Military Museum and Library ➚, Camp Johnson National Guard Camp, Colchester, Vermont.
Information about the Vermont "Merci Train" boxcar and the gifts is really hard to find.
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.
"Merci Train" Committee in Vermont :
Known gifts from the Vermont "Merci Train" boxcar
My photos of the Vermont "Merci Train" boxcarLocation :
Vermont Veteran's Military Museum and Library ➚,
Camp Johnson National Guard Camp,
Street name is : "Academy Lane".
You can download my Google Earth kmz-file with the positions of all the remaining 43 boxcars.
Click on an image to enlarge :
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