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Frontside: Acadiana Railway Backside: Acadiana Railway Acadiana R.R. Flag

Acadiana Railway

Item: 5-A     Price: $45.00

Remarks: Established in 1990. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Louisiana short line.

History

The Acadiana Railway Company operates freight service from Crowley, Louisiana, to a connection with UP at Eunice (21.6 miles) and then via trackage rights over the UP to Opelousas (20.9 miles). The company continues over its own line from Opelousas to Bunkie, Louisiana, (36.1 miles). Five miles of former SP switching track at Opelousas are operated. AKDN also leases Thibodeaux Industrial Lead from McCall, Louisiana, to Lula, Louisiana, (5 miles). Traffic includes agricultural products, edible oils and general freight.

The Eunice line was built by the New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railroad before 1900. The Eunice and Bunkie lines are former Missouri Pacific lines and were sold to the current owner in October 1990. Short line service started October 15, 1990. Thibodeaux Industrial Lead was leased and freight service started September 2000.

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Frontside: Alaska Railroad Backside: Alaska Railroad Alaska R.R. Flag

Alaska Railroad

Item: 4-A     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Adlake forged.
Great block lettering.

History

The Alaska Railroad (reporting mark ARR) is a Class II railroad which extends from Seward and Whittier, in the south of the state of Alaska, in the United States, to Fairbanks (passing through Anchorage), and beyond to Eielson Air Force Base and Fort Wainwright in the interior of that state. Uniquely (for the US), it carries both freight and passengers throughout its system, including Denali National Park. The railroad has a mainline over 470 miles (760 km) long and is well over 500 miles (800 km) including branch lines and siding tracks. It is currently owned by the state of Alaska.

The railroad is connected to the contiguous 48 via three rail barges that sail between the Port of Whittier, Alaska and Harbor Island in Seattle (the Alaska Railroad-owned Alaska Rail Marine, from Whittier to Seattle, and the CN Rail-owned Aqua Train, from Whittier to Prince Rupert, British Columbia) but does not currently have a direct, land-based connection with any other railroad lines on the North American network.

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Frontside: Alton Railway Co Backside: Alton Railway Co Alton R.R. Flag

Alton Railway Co

Item: 5-A     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Adlake forged.
Great block lettering.

History

The Alton Railroad was the final name of a railroad linking Chicago to Alton, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri. Its predecessor, the Chicago & Alton Railroad (reporting mark C&A) was purchased by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in 1931 and was controlled until 1942 when the Alton was released to the courts. On May 31, 1947 the Alton Railroad was merged into the Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad.

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Frontside: Alton Railroad Backside: Alton Railroad Giant camera

Alton Railroad

Item: 6-A     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. KeLine forged.
Superb block lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The Alton was the first railroad to install a dining car, the Delmonico, in regular service. It was built by George Pullman in the CB&Q Railroad's Aurora, Illinois shops. Two more dining cars, the Tremont and the Southern were also built and leased by the Chicago and Alton, providing dining car service on all of its Chicago to East St. Louis trains. In 1932 the Alton was the first Chicago-St. Louis Railroad to install air conditioning on its passenger trains.

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Frontside: Alton Railroad Backside: Alton Railroad Alton locomotive No.5276

Alton Railroad

Item: 7-A     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Elongated barrel. Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The first sleeping car designed by George Pullman was built in the C&A's Bloomington shops and introduced on September 1, 1859 on the Chicago-St. Louis route. Sleeping cars were operated over most routes between Chicago, Peoria, Bloomington, St. Louis and Kansas City in principal train consists. Successor Gulf-Mobile & Ohio operated Chicago-St. Louis sleeping car service until December 31, 1969, the last railroad to do so between the two cities.

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Frontside: Alton & Southern Railroad Backside: Alton & Southern Railroad A&S R.R. Flag

Alton & Southern Railroad

Item: 9-A     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Single digit beauty!

History

The Alton & Southern Railroad was formed in 1910, and in 1913 it absorbed the Denverside Connecting Railway (founded in 1910), and the Alton & Southern Railway (founded in 1911). The company was operated as a subsidiary of the Aluminum Ore Company, which was itself a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), to serve the Bayer process bauxite-to-alumina refinery at Alorton, Illinois.

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Frontside: Alton & Southern Railroad Backside: Alton & Southern Railroad Alton & Southern Railroad No.16 Mikado engine and tender.

Alton & Southern Railroad

Item: 10-A     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged?
Attractive serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

Alcoa sold the line to the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railway (C&NW) in 1968, and it was reorganized as the Alton & Southern Railway. In 1972, the C&NW share's were sold to the St. Louis Southwestern Railway (SSW). In 1982, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) took ownership of the Missouri Pacific share and then became full owner in 1996 with the acquisition of SSW parent Southern Pacific Transportation Company. The Alton & Southern is still a legally separate entity but is wholly owned by Union Pacific Railroad.

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Frontside: Alton & Southern Railroad Backside: Alton & Southern Railroad A&S R.R. Flag

Alton & Southern Railroad

Item: 11-A     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Nice pocket worn lettering and carmel patina.

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Frontside: Ann Arbor Railroad Backside: Ann Arbor Railroad AA RR Flag

Ann Arbor Railroad

Item: 12-A     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Attractive serif lettering and patina.

History

Chartered in 1895, the Ann Arbor Railroad pioneered ferries, capable of carrying fully loaded rail cars across Lake Michigan. A railroad survivor of all the economic downfalls of the 20th century, the fifty mile short line still operates today. Since 2013, the Ann Arbor is owned by the Watco Companies Rail Service

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Frontside: Ann Arbor Railroad Backside: Ann Arbor Railroad AA RR Flag

Ann Arbor Railroad

Item: 13-A     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.

History

Chartered in 1895, the Ann Arbor Railroad pioneered ferries, capable of carrying fully loaded rail cars across Lake Michigan. A railroad survivor of all the economic downfalls of the 20th century, the fifty mile short line still operates today. Since 2013, the Ann Arbor is owned by the Watco Companies Rail Service

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Frontside: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad Backside: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad A&BB R.R. Flag

Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad

Item: 15-A     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged
Superb block lettering and patina.
Low serial number.

History

The Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad was a switching railroad that was built to serve various industries around cities of Barberton and Akron in Ohio. The main purpose was to switch chemical cars for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Babcox and Wilcox Companies as well as O.C. Barber's match works, all in Barberton. It was controlled by the Akron-Canton & Youngstown, Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania and Erie railroads.

In 1984, PPG industries in Barberton closed up most of their operations and ABB lost 65% of their business. However, luck turned around in 1985, when they acquired Conrail trackage in Rittman and gained access to the Morton Salt and Packaging Corporation of America factories. In 1994 the railroad was a sold to the Akron Barberton Cluster Railway which in turn is owned by the Wheeling and Lake Erie Railway.

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Frontside: Atlanta-Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad Backside: Atlanta-Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad AB&A R.R. Flag

Atlanta-Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad

Item: 16-A     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Attractive serif lettering and fine pocket wear.
Very low serial number.

History

The Atlanta-Birmingham & Atlantic Railway was formed in 1914 as a reorganization of the Atlanta-Birmingham & Atlantic Railroad, which had been created in 1905 to purchase the Atlantic & Birmingham Railway and extend its track into Birmingham Alabama, from an end point at Montezuma, Georgia. The railroad went into receivership in 1921 and was acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1926. They reorganized the line as the Atlanta-Birmingham& Coast Railroad, which connected to their Louisville & Nashville Railroad division.

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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Backside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL R.R. Flag

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Item: 17-A     New Listing     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.

History

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad is a former U.S. Class I railroad from 1900 until 1967. In 1958 the ACL and SAL announced they were considering merger, and in 1960 they petitioned the ICC to merge as the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. The two companies served much the same territory, and they had 75 common points. The principal argument for merger was the elimination of duplicate lines and facilities. Much of the original ACL network has been part of CSX Transportation since 1986.

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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Backside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL Gainesville, Florida.

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Item: 18-A     New Listing     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Nice block lettering and carmel patina.

History - continued from above

The history of the Atlantic Coast Line (ACL) began in 1830 with the organization of the Petersburg Railroad, which opened between its namesake city in Virginia and the north fork of the Roanoke River opposite Weldon, North Carolina. The Richmond & Petersburg Railroad (R&P) was organized in 1836 and formed a connection with the Petersburg Railroad in 1838, after an initial period during which the two companies interchanged freight and passengers with riverboats but not with each other

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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railway Backside: Atlantic Coast Line Railway AC R.R. Flag

Atlantic Coast Line Railway

Item: 19-A     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Adlake forged
Attractive block lettering and patina.
No "RY" stamp on ACL keys above.

History - continued from above

After the turn of the century ACL grew quickly into a large system of railroads, some leased, some controlled, some wholly owned. With the acquisition in 1902 of the Plant System; the Savannah-Florida & Western Railway and its leased lines and subsidiaries, plus steamship lines and hotels), ACL expanded south from Charleston, South Carolina into Georgia and Florida. The ACL Railroad was considered one of the three strong railroads of the South (the other two were the L&N and the Southern. During World War II ACL's passenger traffic increased 200 percent and freight traffic 150 percent. The railroad provided an alternate to coastal shipping, threatened by German submarines, and also served the fast-emerging military industry in the Southeast.

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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Backside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad ACL locomotive No.829 (2-8-2) & tender

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Item: 20-A     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ACL signal padlock key.
Key will work with this style ACL- signal-lock

History - continued from above

The Atlantic Coast Line served the Southeast, with a concentration of lines in Florida. Numerous named passenger trains were operated by the railroad for Florida-bound tourists, with the Atlantic Coast Line contributing significantly to Florida's economic development in the first half of the 20th century.

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Frontside: Akron-Bedford & Cleveland Railroad Backside: Akron-Bedford & Cleveland Railroad ABC R.R. Flag

Akron-Bedford & Cleveland Railroad

Item: 22-A     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Bohannanr forged.
Stylish ring barrel and and fine pocket wear.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Nice relic!

History

Chartered in 1895 the Alphabet Railroad, began service between Akron and Cleveland, Ohio on November 9, 1895. At the time of its completion, it was the longest electrified rail line in the world. Around 1900 the ABC Railroad merged with several other area railroads to form the Northeast Ohio Traction & Lighting Company (NOT&LCo) which operated the line until 1932.

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Frontside: Alabama Power Company Backside: Alabama Power Company Alabama Power Co

Alabama Power Company

Item: 24-A     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
When coal was king.

History

Alabama Power Company was founded on Dec. 4, 1906. For more than 100 years the Powell Avenue steam plant served as a major source of energy for Birmingham.

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Frontside: Alabama Power Company Backside: Alabama Power Company Alabama Power Co

Alabama Power Company

Item: 25-A     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
When coal was king.

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Frontside: Arkansas Southern Railroad Backside: Arkansas Southern Railroad A&N engine & tender

Arkansas Southern Railroad

Item: 28-A     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina. Not to be
confused with today's Arkansas Southern Railroad.

History

The Arkansas Southern Railroad was chartered in the very late 1800's. The short line was the first segment of Rock Island's (the Rock had yet to reach Chicago), Louisiana Division. The Arkansas Southern Railroads' original route ran from Eldorado, Arkansas to Sabine City Texas, a distance of 287 miles, with branches to Shreveport and Monroe Louisiana.

The Arkansas Southern Railroad connected with the St.Louis-Iron Mountain & Southern Railway at Eldorado, Arkansas.

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Frontside: Altoona & Philipsburg Connecting Railroad Backside: Altoona & Philipsburg Connecting Railroad Pomeroy Trail, Newark

Altoona & Philipsburg Connecting Railroad

Item: 29-A     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.

History

The A&PC Railroad exisisted in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Samuel P. Langdon controlled the Altoona & Philipsburg Connecting Railroad, a short line coal hauler in the Philipsburg, PA area. On April 1, it was announced that the A&PC had been bought by the New York & Pittsburgh Air Line Railroad, which had been organized on March 22, 1906. One of the directors was John Langdon, a mine owner in Huntingdon County and probably a relative and agent of Samuel P. As the road was then in the hands of a court-appointed receiver, the NY&PAL's ability to carry out this transaction was highly suspect. It did briefly operate the A&PC, which in the meantime was sold to David L. Krebs, for the bondholders; the sheriff of Clearfield County turned the railroad over to him on September 27, and it was reorganized as the Philipsburg Railroad the next year. Litigation by the NY&PAL to regain control continued, unsuccessfully, until 1909. The PJE&E, which had managed to get a number of the A&PC's gondola cars returned to Langdon's Oak Ridge Coal Co. rather than to the A&PC, remained in existence as a paper railroad and was foreclosed on April 12, 1909. It was reorganized as the Philipsburg & Johnstown Railroad on September 14, 1909, and was listed as defunct by the Public Utilities Commission in 1911-1912.

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Frontside: Apalachicola Northern Backside: Apalachicola Northern Railroad AN R.R. Flag

Apalachicola Northern Railroad

Item: 30-A     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Nice block lettering and carmel patina.

History

The Apalachicola Northern Railroad was a short-line railroad which operated in the Florida Panhandle. It owned and operated a 96-mile (154 km) between Port Saint Joe, Florida and Chattahoochee, Florida, with a short spur to Apalachicola, Florida. It was founded in 1903 and ceased operating in 2002 when the St. Joe Company, its corporate parent, leased its line to the AN Railway.

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Frontside: Ashland Railway Backside: Ashland Railway Ashland R.R. Flag

Ashland Railway

Item: 35-A     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and patina.

History

Ashland Railway (reporting mark ASRY) is a Class III shortline railroad operating within North Central Ohio and based in Mansfield, Ohio. Since inception in 1986, Ashland Railway has grown to provide service 24 hours a day 7 days a week along 55 miles of track, to industries within Ashland, Huron, Richland and Wayne counties. ASRY interchanges with the Norfolk Southern Railway in Mansfield, The Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway in Plymouth and CSX Transportation (CSXT) in Willard. The line runs southeast from Willard through Plymouth and Shelby, to Mansfield. From Mansfield the line runs northeast through Ashland and terminates in West Salem.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad AT&SF R.R. Flag

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 37-A     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged
Superb block lettering and patina.

History

The Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe was chartered on February 11, 1859, to join Atchison and Topeka, Kansas, with Santa Fe, New Mexico. In its early years, the railroad
opened Kansas to settlement. Much of its revenue came from wheat grown there and from cattle driven north from Texas to Wichita and Dodge City by September 1872.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie    1939 movie Union Pacific

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 38-A     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
Nice older SF Ry key.

History - continued from above

The Atchison-Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (ATSF), often abbreviated to Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad AT&SF R.R. Flag

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Item: 39-A     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1800's.
Forged by the Slaymaker/Barry Co.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.

History - continued from above

In 1907, AT&SF and SP jointly formed the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP), which took over several short railroads and built new lines connecting them to form a route from San Francisco north to Eureka, California. In 1928, Santa Fe sold its half of NWP to SP. In addition, Santa Fe purchased the U.S. portion of the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway (the Mexican portion of the line became the Chihuahua-Pacific Railway, now part of National Railways of Mexico).

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad AT&SF engine No.2929    The Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Item: 40-A     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1800's. Forged by the Slaymaker/Barry Co.
Superb serif lettering and patina. #1 = bit style.

History - continued from above

Because long stretches of its main line traverse areas without water, Santa Fe was one of the first buyers of diesel locomotives for freight service. The railroad was known for its passenger trains, notably the Chicago-Los Angeles El Capitan and Super Chief (currently operated as Amtrak's Southwest Chief), and for the on-line eating houses and dining cars that were operated by Fred Harvey. Several of these Harvey Houses survive - most notably the El Tovar, which is positioned right alongside the Grand Canyon.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway AT&SF turntable

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 42-A     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Elongated barrel. Nice serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

The companies were so confident that the merger would be approved they began repainting locomotives and non-revenue rolling stock in a new unified paint scheme. After the ICC's denial, railfans joked that SPSF really stood for "Shouldn't Paint So Fast."

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Mexican immigrants

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 43-A     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway    SF March 1943. Vaughn, NM SF train depot

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 44-A     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and patina.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway AT&SF EMD F7

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 46-A     derail key     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. KeLine forged.
Nice block lettering and gold patina. This two-step bit
Derail key will work with certain Pennsy & Conrail locks.
Lock key drop is the shape of the #9

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway No Parking

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Item: 47-A     derail key        Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Nice block lettering and rustic gold patina.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad AT&SF R.R. Flag

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Item: 48-A     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1800's.
Forged by the Slaymaker/Barry Co.
Unmarked Santa Fe #4 = bit style.

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Dates quoted for keys are approximate dates. Railroad switch keys initials (reporting mark) are assumed to be correct and accurate.
Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 11/15/2019

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