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Model K-5 Express Delivery Truck
Railway Express Agency
International Harvester Co. & York Body Corp. – 1945
The Museum Foundation is currently restoring a historic 1945 Railway Express Agency delivery truck for interpretive display and outreach use in conjunction with our museum-support work at Travel Town. The truck was donated to the Foundation by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Conrad, formerly of nearby Glendale, California.
REA_Logo The Conrads had purchased the used truck in the 1960s and had used it as an extra "storage container" in their backyard for several decades. The historic truck has had a full mechanical and cosmetic refurbishment, both to restore its proper visual appearance and to return it to operational use as an “ambassadorial vehicle” for the Foundation. Throughout the first half of the 20th Century, the Railway Express Agency was a vital link in America’s transportation network. The Travel Town Museum collection currently includes three other artifacts that directly served as part of the Railway Express Agency operations during the first half of the Twentieth Century: Southern Pacific Lines narrow-gage Baggage-R.P.O. Car No. 12; Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Motorcar M.177; and a recently refurbished Railway Express Agency baggage wagon. The addition of the 1945 International Harvester R.E.A. Delivery Truck offers the museum visitors a more complete interpretive look at the “door to door” aspect of Railway Express Agency service from customer pick-up, to depot handling, to long-distance rail transportation, to delivery at the final destination. Accolades to the folks at A & A Fleet Painting in Long Beach for a wonderful refinishing job on the historic truck!

BUILT: 1945 BY INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER COMPANY
BODY BY: YORK HOOVER BODY CORPORATION
MODEL: K5-21
GROSS WEIGHT: 13,500 POUNDS
DONATED: 2007 BY CHARLES & CAROL CONRAD

Before: Here is the truck as it looked at Travel Town in 2009. Restoration work was just getting started. Notice the new Cocker tires!

REA Truck
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR PROJECT SUPPORT SPONSORS

Coker Tire Company
Chattanooga, TN

B & B Automotive
Canoga Park, CA





After: The restored truck pictured on the "Red Carpet" on Hollywood Boulevard in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater during it's debut appearance in the Hollywood Christmas Parade in November 2012.
Remodeled REA Truck



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