Albuquerque-Metro

Vintage box car train from France on display at Expo New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (KRQE) - A box car train sent to New Mexico from France after World War II will be rededicated next month. 

It's called the "Merci" train, and you might have passed it if you've been to the Albuquerque fair grounds. 

These box cars were used in both World Wars to carry soldiers and supplies. During the wars, Americans sent supplies to France to help the people. 

After the war, the French sent one car back to each U.S. state as a token of gratitude. 

"Every state got one of these box cars and these are actually 1800s vintage, so it was very important and loaded with gifts...things from the French people," said Dan Mourning, Expo New Mexico. 

You can see the original New Mexico car from France at Expo New Mexico, as well as a replica of what it looked like in the '40s, during a ceremony on Nov. 10.


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