FIRST CHOO CHOO TRAIN OF LIBERATION IS RUNNING IN FRANCE

From the July 24, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

NORMANDY, July 23 (UP)–Allied forces are now getting free rides on the first railway line to be put into running order in liberated France. French people wishing to travel on the train are given special permits.

Four passenger trains run daily over a route which was the scene of bitter fighting only a few days ago.

The railroad was rebuilt from French equipment which had been only partially wrecked by the retreating Germans. The job was done by U.S. troops. The officer in charge said his men were able to complete the task mainly because 99 per cent of them previously had worked on railroads in the U.S.

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The remains of the St. Lo railroad station after its was liberated by the American Army.



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D DAY Through German Eyes – The Hidden Story of June 6th 1944




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