NC Merci Car - WWII Era 40 & 8 Boxcar
The Merci Train was a gift to the people of the United States from the people of France, given in appreciation for the United States help to the French during World War II. The train consisted of 49 boxcars, each filled with hundreds of gifts from French citizens of every age and class. These gifts included embroidered linens, fine china, jewelry, toys, artwork, photographs, and personal items. Each of the 48 states would receive a boxcar, with Washington, DC and the territory of Hawaii sharing one boxcar.
This is one of the North Carolina transportation museums Earliest exhibits the 40 and eight boxcar It was made toe hole either 40 men were eight horses not the most comfortable right for those men No bathrooms no benches for those horses But they were very common on railroad lines modeled after a train full of goods donated by Americans to the French people In 1947 the French merci train arrived in the U S In 1949 The contents creates full of items donated by the French people as a show of gratitude toe Americans for those post World War two recovery efforts A car was given to each US state with another to be shared by the District of Columbia and Hawaii North Carolina's Mercy Train boxcar and the items inside arrived in Raleigh in February of 1949 to much fanfare featuring a parade with bands from Fort Bragg in Camp Lejeune and French dignitaries Inside this case some of the actual items that arrived on the French near C train that have been kept in the North Carolina Museum of History of these are just a few items Some of the other things included on that Mayor C train a whole wedding dress with headband and veil and best wishes for a new bride Oil paintings and dolls in traditional French A time in a story from our state magazine detail ing North Carolina's near C train car and the artifacts that arrived with it Catherine very registrar at the North Carolina Museum of History describe the items enclosed as gifts of genuine gratitude These mayor C train cars can be found all across the United States Obviously the one given to North Carolina is here the Transportation Museum Mayor C Train dot or details where the others were located by state The website also says that it was First Veterans one and World War Two many of whom had written in such cars first began volunteering to keep them displayed and honorably maintained It says they did so in the morning to those who had served with who have given their all for the freedom of people everywhere in the world