THE MERCI CAR LIST.

Brief History:

The French 40 & 8 Merci boxcars were used during World War 1 to transport 40 soldiers or 8 horses or 8 mules throughout the European battle zones. In order to show their appreciation for the American support, after the war the people of France presented one car to each state, plus one car for Alaska and one for Hawaii (not yet states). This is a list of those known to still be in existence or whose demise is known.



List Updated: 1/1/2003


[ A ]


  • Alabama:

  • Huntsville Depot Museum, Huntsville, Alabama.

  • Arizona:

  • McCormick Railroad Park, Scottsdale, Arizona.

  • Arkansas:

  • American Legion Post 41, Helena, Arkansas.


    [ C ]


  • California:

  • Roeding Park, Fresno, California.

  • Colorado:

  • Scrapped, plaque from the car at Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, Colorado.

  • Connecticut:

  • Destroyed by fire, Stratford, Connecticut.


    [ D ]


  • Delaware:

  • American Legion Post 6, Seaford, Delaware.


    [ F ]


  • Florida:

  • City Hall, Holly Hill, Florida.


    [ G ]


  • Georgia:

  • 40 & 8 Voiture 217, Southeast Atlanta, Georgia.


    [ H ]


  • Hawaii:

  • Hawaii Railway Society, Ewa, Hawaii.


    [ I ]


  • Idaho:

  • Old Idaho Penitentiary, Boise, Idaho.

  • Illinois:

  • ????.

  • Indiana:

  • Scrapped, Indianapolis, Indiana.

  • Iowa:

  • Antique Acres, Cedar Falls, Iowa.


    [ K ]


  • Kansas:

  • American Legion Post, 13th & Cannterbury, Hays, Kansas.

  • Kentucky:

  • Kentucky Railway Museum, New Haven, Kentucky.


    [ L ]


  • Louisiana:

  • State Capitol Grounds, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


    [ M ]


  • Maine:

  • Booth Bay Railway Village, Booth Bay, Maine.

  • Maryland:

  • B&O Railroad Museum, Baltimore, Maryland.

  • Massachusetts:

  • ????.

  • Michigan:

  • 40 & 8 Chateau, 2949 S. Waverly Road, Lansing, Michigan.

  • Minnesota:

  • Camp Ripley, location?.

  • Mississippi:

  • Old Capitol Building Museum, Jackson, Mississippi.

  • Missouri:

  • Missouri State Fair Grounds, Sedalia, Missouri.

  • Montana:

  • Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.


    [ N ]


  • Nebraska:

  • Sold for scrap in 1972.

  • Nevada:

  • Nevada State Railroad Museum, Carson City, Nevada.

  • New Hampshire:

  • Manchester, intersection of Bremer & Reed Streets, New Hampshire.

  • New Jersey:

  • Destroyed by fire, Newark, New Jersey.

  • New Mexico:

  • New Mexico State Fair Grounds, Albuquerque, New Mexico ( Replica).

  • New York:

  • 40 & 8 Voiture, Halsey road, Whitesboro, New York.

  • North Carolina:

  • Spencer Shops, Spencer, North Carolina.

  • North Dakota:

  • State Capitol Grounds, Bismarck, North Dakota.


    [ O ]


  • Ohio:

  • Camp Perry, west of Port Clinton, Ohio.

  • Oklahoma:

  • Cerebral Palsy Center, Norman, Oklahoma.

  • Oregon:

  • Fort Stevens State Park.


    [ P ]


  • Pennsylvania:

  • Fort Indiantown Gap, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


    [ R ]


  • Rhode Island:

  • The Museum of Work & Culture, Market Square, 42 S. Main St., Woonsocket, RI 02895.


    [ S ]


  • South Carolina:

  • 200 Pickens Street, At the American Leagion Richland Post # 6. Columbia, South Carolina.

  • South Dakota:

  • South Dakota State Fair Grounds, Huron, South Dakota.


    [ T ]


  • Tennessee:

  • American Legion Post, Bristol, Tennessee.

  • Texas:

  • American Legion Post 76, Austin, Texas.


    [ U ]


  • Utah:

  • Ogden Union Station, Utah State Railroad Museum in Ogden, Utah.


    [ V ]


  • Vermount:

  • Camp Johnson, Rt. 15, Colchester, Vermount.

  • Virginia:

  • War Memorial Museum, Huntington Park, Newport News, Virginia.


    [ W ]


  • Washington:

  • Sarg Hubbard Park, Yakima, Washington.

  • West Virginia:

  • Veterans Memorial Park, Coney Island, Rt. 52, Welch, West Virginia.

  • Wisconsin:

  • National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

  • Wyoming:

  • American Legion Home, Cheyenne, Wyoming.


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