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This 40&8 boxcar is one of forty-nine cars that comprised the Merci or Gratitude Train, a gift to the American People from the Citizens of France. The 40&8 boxcars, so named because of their capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses, transported soldiers a…
This boxcar and the gifts it carried are a reminder of American support of France during two world wars, and of France's gratitude for that support. Such gestures between peoples deserve a lasting place in our memories.
People to People
In 1947, the p…
This is one of the 49 boxcars from the "Gratitude Train" given to the United States by a grateful French people in response to the 700 car "Friendship Train" sent to France after World War II. Each state and the District of Columbia has received one of thes…
Veterans Honor Degree of the American Legion
"BLACKJACK II" Locomotive / BOXCAR represents the Heritage of 40 ET8.
Origin is from WWI - France.
Organized in 1920 by Legionaires as the Fun-Honor Society.
BOXCARS (Voitures) transported U.S. Doughboys to…