You can see the French shields that were on the train. There were over 40 shields representing all of the French provinces in 1949.
Why did France send the Merci Train? The French wanted to thank America for sending 250 railroad cars full of fuel, oil, and food in 1948 during a time that the European countries were devastated by World War II.
This train has a long lasting impact in Arizona and a great home at Scottsdale's McCormick Stillman Railroad Park. A special display has been built to protect the railroad car, with a fence around it and a roof over it to protect it from the sun and rain. I wonder what has happened to the other 49 trains cars.
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