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Merci Train 40 & 8 Boxcar
Merci Train 40 & 8 Boxcar

The Merci Train, also known as the French Gratitude Train or the Forty and Eight, was the French response to the U.S. friendship train. Composed of 49 cars and filled with "gifts of gratitude", the Merci Train arrived in New York City on February 3, 1949 and was divided amongst the 48 states with the remaining car to be shared by the District of Columbia and Hawaii. The Veterans Memorial Museum is privileged to house Alabama’s Forty and Eight Car.

U.S. Veterans Memorial Museum
2060A Airport Road • Huntsville AL 35801
(256) 883-3737