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Atlantic City to Bretton Woods
|June 15-30, 1944 - Delegates meet in Atlantic City, New Jersey|
To facilitate the work of the forthcoming conference, a preliminary meeting was held at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. American financial experts assembled there and were joined by specialists from 15 other countries. On June 30 the group traveled by train to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire.
|July 1-22, 1944 - Delegates meet in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire|
Representatives from 44 nations met at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods for the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference - popularly known as the Bretton Woods Conference. Discussing the accomplishments, John Maynard Keynes said:
"We have had to perform at one and the same time the tasks appropriate to the economist, to the financier, to the politician, to the journalist, to the propagandist, to the lawyer, to the statesman-even, I think, to the prophet and to the soothsayer."
Loyd MacNayr was the fireman on the train from Springfield, Massachusetts to White River Junction, Vermont, which carried many of the delegates to the Bretton Woods Conference. Below is the transcript of an interview with the Boston and Maine Railroad Historical Society, where he comments on the unusual circumstances whereby his train was given right-of-way over all others.
"After I got a steady regular job on some particular train (and not only I but all the others) we frequently got called for extra jobs and specials. And men laid off and didn't have crews. But this particular time I was called, I had a regular job and was called to fire a special to White River. It was a double-header as I remember it. When we left Springfield, Charlie Murphy was the engineer and we left Springfield and had a train-hour to hook on at the WA tower, it said "Engine such-and-such. Run passenger extra Springfield to White River Junction and has right over all trains." And the foreman Harold Pearce who was riding with us said "Young man, look at that order and digest it well. You probably will never see another like it." Anyway, we went to White River and sometime later it dawned on me what that might be. I went back through my time book and found the date and it was the time that Roosevelt, it was the night before the money conference at Bretton Woods that Stalin was at. And Roosevelt very likely, almost certainly, was on that train. And I never realized it and I wish that I'd kept the train order because as Mr. Pearce said it was a very unusual order and I'd probably never see another one like it. That meant that all trains, regular or scheduled trains and everything else had to look out for us, that we had the right over everything."