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N Scale - Classic Metal Works - 50337 - Truck, Box Van, International Harvester, R-190 - Railway Express Agency

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N Scale - Classic Metal Works - 50337 - Truck, Box Van, International Harvester, R-190 - Railway Express Agency


Stock Number 50337
Brand Classic Metal Works
Manufacturer Classic Metal Works
Body Style Classic Metal Works Vehicle Truck Intl Harvester
Prototype Description Truck, Box Van, International Harvester, R-190
Road or Company Name Railway Express Agency (Details)
Paint Color(s) Green with a silver roof
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Series Name Mini Metals
Item Category Vehicles
Model Type Truck
Model Subtype Box Van
Model Variety International Harvester R-190 1953
UPC/GTIN12 Number 658819503375
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: Semi Tractor Trailer IH R-190 Tractor Cab with Fruehauf Aero-Van Trailer

Road Name History:
The Railway Express Agency (REA) was a national monopoly set up by the United States federal government in 1917. Rail express services provided small package and parcel transportation using the extant railroad infrastructure much as UPS functions today using the road system. The United States government was concerned about the rapid, safe movement of parcels, money, and goods during World War I and REA was its solution to this problem. REA ceased operations in 1975, when its business model ceased to be viable.

The first parcel express agency in the United States is generally considered to have been started by William Frederick Harnden (1812-1845), who in 1839 began regular trips between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts as a courier transporting small parcels, currency and other valuables. William G. Fargo, a New York Central freight clerk at Auburn, N.Y., and Henry Wells, a leather worker at Batavia, N.Y., organized Wells Fargo & Co. in 1853. Other parcel express pioneers include Henry B. Plant, who formed Southern Express Company, Alvin Adams who founded Adams Express Company, and John Warren Butterfield. Express delivery in the early 19th century was virtually all done via horse, either via stagecoach or by riders. Ad for a railroad, showing American Railway Express service along the line. 1922

The express business flourished in the latter half of the 19th century, and by 1900 there were four principal parcel express companies, all of which included the rapidly advancing railways as one of their means of transport: Adams Express Company, Southern Express Company, American Express Company, and Wells Fargo. In 1913 the U.S. Post Office introduced its Parcel Post service, which offered major competition for the express companies. Despite this, private railway express business increased steadily through the end of World War I.

During World War I, the United States Railroad Administration (USRA) took over the nation's railroads. Under the USRA, the four major and three minor express companies were consolidated as American Railway Express, Inc., save the portion of Southern Express that operated over the Southern Railway and the Mobile & Ohio. Railway Express Agency office, San Augustine, Texas, 1939 REA electric truck circa 1920.

In March 1929, the assets and operations of American Railway Express Inc. were transferred to Railway Express Agency (REA). REA was owned by 86 railroads in proportion to the express traffic on their lines - no one railroad or group of railroads had control of the agency. In response to customer demand, REA added a Chicago, Illinois-based refrigerator car line. In 1927, REA began an Air Express Division. In 1938, the remainder of Southern Express also joined the consolidated REA.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Focused on the production of HO and N Scale post World War II to 1970s era North American vehicles, the Sylvania, Ohio based Classic Metal Works was founded in 1997, by William J. Giacci.

Primarily constructed out of die-cast metal, Mini Metals CMW products are factory assembled and decorated.


Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-05-11 14:35:19. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-09 10:48:10

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