FreightWaves Haul of Fame: LTL carrier Red Star Express

A TNT Red Star Express tractor-trailer. (Photo: Gary Morton Collection)

The story of Red Star Express began in the 1920s when John Bisgrove, just a boy at the time, “borrowed” his father’s watch, only to immediately swap it, and a hutch of rabbits, for a horse named “Happy.” He then used his horse to go into business for himself, hauling his neighbor’s stove ashes, wood shavings and groceries in upstate New York. Bisgrove was only in the seventh grade. 

When he married his high school sweetheart in 1932, he presented her with a bright red Dodge Brothers truck. Red...

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