Merci Train delivery, 1949
- Merci Train delivery, 1949
The boxcars arrived in New Jersey in February 1949 aboard the ocean freighter Magellan. Constructed between 1865 and 1885, the cars had originally been used for civilian purposes, but later saw service in both World Wars. Called "forty and eights" because they could hold forty men or eight horses, many American troops traveled on the boxcars on their way to the front. The Rhode Island car was accepted at Woonsocket on February 8, 1949, and was carried to Providence with Governor John O. Pastore serving as engineer.
Source: Quahog.com - Attractions - The Museum of Work and Culture by Tim Lehnert
Merci America Boxcar photograph album, 1949-1949