1937 Dodge Railway Express Agency Truck
Alexander Chapter NRHS
Since the end of 2008, our chapter has been interested in obtaining a vintage Railway Express Agency truck in order to have a moblile ambassador for our museum . When restored, it is envisioned that the truck could be sent to street festivals all around North Carolina and attract people to our chapter and restoration efforts. Initially, we found a candidate for restoration in nearby Taylorsville. Negotiations were ongoing for the 1947-vintage truck, but priciing from the owner was still on the high side.
Fortunately, chapter member Gerald Williamson had some contacts with an antique car club, and a friend-of-a-friend had a 1937 Dodge REA van that he was willing to donate. On November 6, 2011, members Kim Hullfish and Ted Smith headed to Huntsville, AL and winched the truck up on Kim's rollback. On Tuesday, November 8, the truck arrived at the boxcar shop of the chapter... Check back here often to follow the progress of this project!
(Right) Before there was UPS or Federal Express, the Railway Express Agency handled the packages that fueled the American Economy.
This 1937 Dodge REA, shown here in a field in Huntsville, Alabama, will be restored as a mobile ambassador for the Newton Depot and the Southeastern Narrow Gauge & Shortline Museum.
At left, Ted Smith single-handedly pushes the van out of the mud. Above, the engine, at least on the outside, looks to be complete.
Above, we couldn't have done this without Kim Hullfish and his equipment and experience in moving vintage equipment...Thank you Kim...
At left, our crack crew examines the engine, but at least thankful that this project came with wheels!
As can be seen, the undertaking of this project is a hefty job indeed. Fortunately, the chapter has the manpower and expertise to make this happen, but we need YOUR help with the funding.
How can you help??
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can assist us in bringing this magnificent historical truck back to life. For your convenience, you can make a donation to the Alexander Chapter-NRHS online by merely clicking on the Paypal button below. Funds will be transferred into our restoration account immediately. 100% of the proceeds of your donation will go to the preservation and restoration of this car.
Secondly, if the internet is not your cup of tea, you may send a tax-deductible donation to: Alexander Chapter-NRHS
PO Box 1205
Hickory, NC 28603
Thirdly, you can join the chapter. Annual dues are $48. Click on the Paypal button and note your name and address, or send a check or money order to the chapter.
Fourthly, attend the NC Railroad Expo on Saturday, April 14th, 2012. Proceeds from this show will go towards restoring this car.
Lastly, send an email to AlexanderNRHS@yahoo.com if you would like to join the Yahoo! Newsletter from the Chapter. You will be advised on the progress of all projects, conventions, members, and activities.