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New Hampshire
Merci Train Boxcar

Located in Manchester on Reed St, just off Bremer.

Click here for Peter Labrie's website dedicated to the history of this boxcar.

 

1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
 

This fine painting of the car hangs inside the enclosure.

The enclosure was rebuilt by the New England Trade Institute with financing from St. Mary's Bank.

1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  Inside the New Hampshire Merci Train Boxcar 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  A miniature model representing the car and a suitably painted steam locomotive. 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  Each fall since 1953, the local 40 & 8 Society -- the Grand Voiture du New Hampshire 40 & 8 -- holds a ceremony commemorating the French boxcar and its gifts to the people of New Hampshire. 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  The car represented the good will between the people of America and France. 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  Images from the 2009 ceremony. 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
  21 gun salute. 1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
 

A list of the car's benefactors adorns the wall in the enclosure.

The cars arrived in the late 1940s and the Granite State's car was taken to Concord where it remained until 1953 when it was given to Manchester -- at the request of the Grand Voiture du New Hampshire of the 40 & 8 -- which promised to enshrine it and hold regular services at its site to keep its memory alive.

A local church donated the plot.

1949 Merci Train Boxcar New Hampshire  
 

The New Hampshire French Gratitude Train Boxcar.

Images and Research: Peter Labrie

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