ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILES - 1939 RAILWAY EXPRESS AGENCY TRUCK
This 1939 Railway Express Truck was recently restored by the late Lester Brown, automotive volunteer and NCTMF board member, and Roger Lyons Restorations of Sanford, NC.
In 2002, Brown donated an un-restored 1939 REA Truck to the museum’s foundation, calling the truck the “missing link” in the museum’s interpretation of North Carolina’s transportation history. The Railway Express Agency (REA) was a nationwide operation that moved packages to and from railroad terminals until the 1960s, similar to modern companies like UPS and FedEx.
The REA Truck was dedicated to Lester on October 13, 2006 during the Antique Automobile Club of America Show, which Lester spearheaded for years.
Members of the Hornets Nest Chapter of the Antique Automobile Club of America, Roger Lyons, and Roy Johnson pose for a picture in front of the newly restored 1939 Railway Express Truck.
The REA Truck is now on exhibit outside of the Orientation Room in the 1924 Bob Julian Roundhouse.