Express service first began in 1839 when the First Express Company was formed to provide intercity service between Boston and New York. Other express companies followed including the Pony Express and Wells Fargo Express. To assist the World War I effort, these agencies were consolidated into the American Railway Express Company which was sold to a consortium of railroads to form the Railway Express Agency in 1929. The REA trucks were ubiquitous around early railroad depots until the REA was gradually replaced by UPS and Fed-Ex leading to bankruptcy and closure in 1975. The REA room in the depot has many old artifacts as well as its original REA safe. The museum has its 1941 REA truck on site.
Our REA truck in the yard
Our REA truck parked with Prossor's finest while getting doughnuts