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My dad drove a star route, from 57-63. In the morning he loaded mail at both the post office and train depot at Appleton, WI and delivered to 13-14 post offices ending up at Birnamwood, WI, with the reverse route in the evening. I often rode along during summer break, and we would often meet the "Hy-Po" in the early morning as it was coming in to Appleton and we were leaving. I have no idea what make of vehicle it was, but it was larger that our local Bookmobile, which was larger than a school bus. Sorry, that's how little kids measure things. LOL

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I think that's the one the APWU preserved and donated to the Smithstonian, whom it's on loan from.
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Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum in Cleveland had one in their Macedonia warehouse several years ago , which was on a White chassis.
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There was one running between Binghamton and Rochester NY which came close to the little burg that I was raised in and the Star Route carrier had to meet it each day.

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They were still on the road in the early 60s. The idea was they could sort mail while in transit. I remember one accident, they were picking up mail for days.

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Never had any idea there was such a thing as a Highway Post Office when I was growing up. We lived near the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad (It later became a major part of the CSX system) and all mail was delivered to the main post offices from trains and then rural carriers (my dad was one) delivered mail from those offices to ones that were not located near the railroad. There is a White highway post office stored outside at the Transportation Museum in Roanoke but there is no ID or any history with it. I am posting an old photo I took many years ago. Can anyone tell me about when it was built?



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Take a look over here. I used to hang out on this forum before I totally went to old trucks.
http://www.busnut.com/forum/

You can do a search through their archives and find stuff and there is a Crown contingent on there who may have some leads for you.

A Crown HiPo would be a very neat thing in original or mostly original form to bring to a show. They aren't that far off from the Kenworth "Bruck"

Here's the one I fell in love with. Big Cam 400 and a 13 speed. Mack air ride out back with 4.11's. Interior was man cave with all the right stuff but needed a pretty thorough remodel to be nice. I really wonder what happened to it.

http://forums.aths.org/InstantForum2010/Uploads/Images/4e6e1faf-6dee-468f-b49f-6ff1.jpg

Kenworth Bruck - There are very few survivors.

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Not a Bruck...

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They are called a "Highway Post Office" or the Crown folks refer to them as a "Hipo" I almost bought a tandem axle one about 8 or 9 years ago that had been converted to an RV. There aren't too many left.

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I've heard the American Postal Workers Union has a restored one.
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Geoff, you think that could possibly be a blue and white elephant in the room.

When I was a youngster my dad had a truck shop on the highway going through town. The mobile post office would pass by every morning on the way into town to the post office. If had only had the sense enough to make pictures of it then it would bring back some good memories now.

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