Merci Train Boxcar
The Illinois car is presumed scrapped.
It may have been abandoned and demolished at the site of the
1948-49 Chicago Railroad Fair when the lakeside site was
cleared for the construction of the McCormick Place convention
center in the late 1950s. If you have any more information or photos, please email.
The photo at right was taken at the fair by Ms. Anna Fox of Fitchburg, WI, who passed away in 2008 at the age of 104. She used a Leica camera she bought from a soldier who had liberated it in WWII.
Image courtesy of Rich Eggleston.