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Links to other Friendship Train information and similar trains: -- Everything you ever wanted to know about the 1949 French Merci Train and its 49 French '40 et 8' boxcars (forty men or eight horses) on display in virtually every state of the Union. -- Producers of a documentary about the French Merci Train. -- The Freedom Train (1947-1949) ran at the same time as the Friendship Train. The two crossed paths one time -- in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. -- A website about 'trains with a theme', including the Merci Train, France's 1949 answer to the 1947 Friendship Food Train.

Enjoy this historical fiction account of The Friendship Train told from the point of view of thirteen-year-old Jimmy Burns. The Friendship Train is a compelling read for adults as well as youngsters. Teachers may download extension activities to go with the book on the author’s web site at

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