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Front Side: Central Pacific Railroad Back Side: Central Pacific Railroad Completion of the Pacific Railroad    Central Pacific R.R. Flag    Central Pacific workcamp in Nevada

Central Pacific Railroad Company

    For display only    

Remarks: ca. 1800's. Very rare Central Pacific key.
Forged by the CP/Southern Pacific R.R.- Sacramento shops.
Tapered barrel, superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Key could be this Southern Pacific keys' twin. A well preserved beauty!

History

The Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) is the former name of the railroad network built between California and Utah, US, that built eastwards from the West Coast in the 1860s, to complete the western part of the "First Transcontinental Railroad" in North America. It is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Many 19th century national proposals to build a transcontinental railroad failed because of the energy consumed by political disputes over slavery. With the secession of the South, the modernizers in the Republican Party controlled the US Congress. They passed legislation authorizing the railroad, with financing in the form of government railroad bonds. These were all eventually repaid with interest. The government and the railroads both shared in the increased value of the land grants, which the railroads developed. The construction of the railroad also secured for the government the economical "safe and speedy transportation of the mails, troops, munitions of war, and public stores.

Planned by Theodore Judah, the Central Pacific Railroad was authorized by Congress in 1862. It was financed and built through "The Big Four" (who called themselves "The Associates"): Sacramento, California businessmen Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopkins. Crocker was in charge of construction. Construction crews comprised 12,000 Chinese emigrant workers by 1868, when they constituted eighty percent of the entire work force. They laid the first rails in 1863. The "Golden spike," connecting the western railroad to the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah, was hammered on May 10, 1869. Coast-to-coast train travel in eight days became possible, replacing months-long sea voyages and lengthy, hazardous travel by wagon trains.

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Front Side: Central New England Railroad Back Side: Central New England Railroad CNE R.R. Flag    Central New England Railway

Central New England Railroad

Item: 3-C     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Acquired by the NY-NH&H Railroad in 1904.
Attractive serif lettering compliments this rustic looking key.

History

The Central New England Railway (reporting mark CNE) was a railroad from Hartford, Connecticut and Springfield, Massachusetts west across northern Connecticut and across the Hudson River on the Poughkeepsie Bridge to Maybrook, New York. It was part of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Route, an alliance between railroads for a passenger route from Washington to Boston, and was acquired by the New York- New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1904.

At the time of the 1969 merger of the NH into Penn Central, all that remained of the original CNE was the westernmost section, from Maybrook over the Poughkeepsie Bridge and southeast along the Dutchess County Railroad to the former NY&NE as well as the easternmost portion to the northern part of Bloomfield, CT, from Hartford. The westernmost section was part of the Maybrook Branch, continuing east over former NY&NE and other lines to Derby. With the 1974 closure of the Poughkeepsie Bridge, the Maybrook Branch was abandoned west of Hopewell Junction. In 1976 the remaining line became part of Conrail. The Connecticut Department of Transportation later acquired it and in January 1999 the Central New England Railroad acquired the 8.7 mile (14 km) Griffins Industrial Track.

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Front Side: Carolina-Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Carolina-Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad CC&O R.R.

Carolina-Clinchfield & Ohio Railroad

Item: 4-C     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca.; early 1900's. Early Clinchfield key.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Clinchfield collectors view key
with the original Clinchfield railroad name South & Western.

History

The Clinchfield Railroad was an operating and holding company for the Carolina-Clinchfield and Ohio Railway (reporting mark CCO). The line ran from the coalfields of Virginia and Elkhorn City, Kentucky, to the textile mills of South Carolina. The 35-mile segment from Dante, Virginia, to Elkhorn City, opening up the coal lands north of Sandy Ridge Mountains and forming a connection with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway at Elkhorn City, was completed in 1915.

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Front Side: Clinchfield Railroad Back Side: Clinchfield Railroad Clinchfield R.R. Flag

Clinchfield Railroad

Item: 5-C     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Stylish ring barrel. Great gold patina. This key + CRR key below = nice set.
Both key style's are pictured in the "American Railways Switch Key Directory."
Rarer of the two Clinchfield key styles.

History - continued from above

The Clinchfield was the last Class I railroad built in the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. The 266-mile railroad provided access to numerous scenic wonders of the Appalachian region and is probably best known for the state-of-the-art railroad engineering techniques applied in its construction, as exemplified by the Clinchfield Loops climbing the Blue Ridge Mountains north of Marion, North Carolina.

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Front Side: Clinchfield Railroad Back Side: Clinchfield Railroad Clinchfield E-3 Challenger    Clinchfield E-3 Challenger

Clinchfield Railroad

Item: 6-C     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Serif lettering and attractive dark patina. This key + CRR key above = nice set.
Both key style's are pictured in the "American Railways Switch Key Directory."

History - continued from above

The Clinchfield Railroad began operating the line December 1, 1924, and for many years it was leased jointly by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Louisville & Nashville Railroad. When the L&N merged with the ACL's successor, the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, effective January 1, 1983, forming the Seaboard System Railroad, the separate operating company was unnecessary and was merged into the Seaboard. The line is now owned and operated by CSX Transportation as their Blue Ridge Subdivision (Spartanburg to Erwin, Tennessee) and Kingsport Subdivision (Erwin to Elkhorn City).

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Front Side: Chicago & Alton Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Alton Railroad C&A R.R. Flag

Chicago & Alton Railroad

Item: 7-C     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adams & Westlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Excellent stamp marks.

History

The Alton & Sangamon Railroad was chartered on February 27, 1847 to build a railroad connecting the agricultural area centered on Springfield, Illinois, with Alton, on the east bank of the Mississippi River 20 miles north of St. Louis. The railroad opened in 1851. During the ensuing decade it was extended north through Bloomington to Joliet and was renamed the St. Louis-Alton & Chicago Railroad. The Chicago & Alton Railroad was organized in 1861 to purchase the Kansas City-St. Louis & Chicago Railroad.

Timothy Blackstone, president of the J&C, became president of the C&A. The C&A Railroad became reincorporated as the C&A Railway on April 2, 1900, to take over a line from Springfield to Peoria; the following day it leased the C&A Railroad. The two companies were consolidated as the C&A Railroad in 1906. In 1904 control passed to the Union Pacific Railroad and the Rock Island, and in 1907 to the Toledo-St. Louis & Western Railroad (part of the Nickel Plate). In 1912 the C&A began a string of deficit years that continued almost unbroken to 1941. It lost much of the coal traffic it had carried to Chicago, and the cattle trade from Kansas City disappeared (Blackstone had been one of the developers of the Chicago Union Stock Yards). In 1922, the C&A entered receivership.

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad purchased the C&A at a foreclosure sale in 1929. B&O incorporated the Alton Railroad on January 7, 1931, and on July 18 of that year the Alton purchased the property of the C&A Railroad. For 12 years the Alton Railroad was operated as part of the B&O, but on March 10, 1943, B&O restored its independence (Alton had filed for reorganization on November 25, 1942. Several midwestern railroads considered purchasing the Alton but declined; the Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad (GM&O) offered merger. In 1945 GM&O paid B&O approximately $1.2 million for all its claims against the Alton and all its Alton stock. The effective date of the merger was May 31, 1947.

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Front Side: Central Railroad of New Jersey Back Side: Central Railroad of New Jersey CNJ Terminal    CNJ RR Flag

Central Railroad of New Jersey

Item: 8-C     Price: $40.00

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

History

The earliest railroad ancestor of the CNJ was the Elizabethtown & Somerville Railroad, incorporated in 1831 and opened from Elizabethport to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1836. Horses gave way to steam in 1839, and the railroad was extended west, reaching Somerville at the beginning of 1842. From 1883 to 1887 the CNJ was leased to and operated by the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad, with which it formed a New York-Philadelphia route. CNJ resumed its own management after reorganization in 1887. In 1901, the Reading Company, successor to the Philadelphia & Reading, acquired control of the CNJ through purchase of a majority of its stock, and at about the same time Baltimore & Ohio Railroad acquired control of the RDG, gaining access to New York over RDG and CNJ rails.

The CNJ was absorbed into Conrail in April 1976 along with several other prominent bankrupt railroads of the northeastern United States.

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Front Side: Chicago-Burlington & Northern Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Burlington & Northern Railroad BN R.R. Flag

Chicago-Burlington & Northern Railroad

Item: 9-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Stylish ring barrel.
Superb gold patina. Excellent serif lettering and fine pocket wear.

History

The Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or Q, the Burlington Route served a large area, including the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Wyoming, and New Mexico and Texas via subsidiary railroads. Its primary connections included Chicago, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver. Because of this extensive trackage in the midwestern and mountain states, the railroad used the advertising slogans "Everywhere West," "Way of the Zephyrs" and "The Way West."

In 1970 the Q merged with three other railroads to become the Burlington Northern Railroad.

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Front Side: Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad Back Side: Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad C&BL R.R. engine No.45

Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad

Item: 10-C     Price: $75.00

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

History

The Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad Company was incorporated December 31, 1923, under general laws of Pennsylvania and was organized on January 14, 1924.

A steel hauler short line railroad located in Johnstown, PA, comprised of the Western and Northern divisions and southerly portion of the Hinckston division is owned by the Cambria Iron Company but subleased to the carrier by the Bethlehem Steel Products Company.

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Front Side: Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad Back Side: Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad C&BL switcher No.104

Conemaugh & Black Lick Railroad

Item: 11-C     New Listing     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Keyline forged.
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.

History - See 11-C

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Front Side: Colorado & Southern Railway Back Side: Colorado & Southern Railway C&S RR Flag

Colorado & Southern Railway

Item: 12-C     New Listing     Price: $95.00

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

History

The Colorado & Southern Railway (C&S, CS) was an American Class I railroad in the western United States that operated independently from 1898 to 1908, then as part of the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad until it was absorbed into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1981.

The railway began as the consolidation of bankrupt railroads on 1898. The Colorado Central Railroad and Cheyenne & Northern Railway were brought together to form the Union Pacific-Denver & Gulf Railway in 1890. When Union Pacific went bankrupt in 1893 they were separated from the Union Pacific and united with the Denver-Leadville & Gunnison Railway and others, by Frank Trumbull to form the Colorado & Southern Railroad in 1898. In 1908 the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad bought control of the C&S. It would later merge into the Burlington Northern Railroad in 1981.

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Front Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Beach Grove Indiana Big 4 mechanical shops

Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 15-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - See 14-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Big 4 R.R. Flag

Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 16-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - See 14-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad Big 4 system map

Chicago-Cleveland-Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 17-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - See 14-C

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Front Side: Combs-Cass & Eastern Railway Back Side: Combs-Cass & Eastern Railway Combs depot

Combs-Cass & Eastern Railway

Item: 18-C     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Absorbed into the Frisco.
Nice pocket wear and great carmel patina.
Last railroad built in northwestern Arkansas.

History

The carrier was Incorporated January 22, 1915, as the Black Mountain & Eastern Railroad Company under the laws of the State of Arkansas. The name of this company was changed to Combs-Cass & Eastern Railroad Company on August 1, 1916.

The Combs-Cass & Eastern Railroad Company (CC&E) has several distinctions. It was the last railroad built in northwestern Arkansas. It reached the highest elevation of the railroads operating in northwest Arkansas and was the sole standard gauge logging railroad there. Prominent Arkansan J. William Fulbright became president at the age of eighteen, thus becoming the youngest railroad president in the United States.

The railroad owned five cars; all lettered "Black Mountain & Eastern", these included two boxcars, one ex-Frisco caboose, and two gasoline-powered maintenance vehicles. The railroad likely relied on the Frisco for flat cars to carry semi-finished timber to the large J. H. Phipps mill in Fayetteville (Washington County) and a smaller Phipps mill at Combs. The Frisco had also provided bridge-building equipment to construct the four large trestles.

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Front Side: Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway Back Side: Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway CH&D R.R. train station

Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway

Item: 19-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Great block lettering & patina.
Given the moniker, "Charge High and Damn Rough Ride."

History

In 1926, the former Cincinnati & Dayton Traction Company was reorganized under the new name Cincinnati-Hamilton & Dayton. The C&DTC right-of-way was part of the former Ohio Electric Railway's line between Dayton & Cincinnati. This new interurban company (which had no relationship with the steam railroad of the same name which eventually was absorbed by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad) was headed by a former Univ of Penn Wharton School professor of finance, Dr. Thomas Conway, Jr., who had already been successful in reviving the intrurban Chicago-Aurora & Elgin Railroad.

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Front Side: Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway Back Side: Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway CH&D R.R. train station

Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railway

Item: 20-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Nice CH&D oldie!
Superb large serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The Cincinnati & Dayton Traction Company was an electric interurban railway that existed between 1926 and 1930 in the U.S. state of Ohio. It was absorbed in 1930 into the new Cincinnati & Lake Erie interurban railway. In typical interurban fashion, in open country it had its own right of way, although this was often adjacent and parallel to a road. In cities and towns it operated on city streets. This included two and three car freight/express trains as well as passenger cars.

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Front Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad CE&I R.R. Flag

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

Item: 22-C     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. A&W steel forged key.
Superb block lettering and silver patina.

History

The Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad was a Class I railroad that linked Chicago to southern Illinois, St. Louis, and Evansville. Founded in 1877, it grew aggressively and stayed relatively strong throughout the Great Depression and two World Wars before being purchased by the Missouri Pacific Railroad (MP or MoPac) and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad (L&N). MoPac merged the C&EI corporate entity in 1976 and was later acquired itself by the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Front Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Murder in the Private Car    Murder in the Private Car    Murder in the Private Car

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

Item: 23-C     Price: $25.00

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

History - continued from above

The C&EI Railroad was organized in 1877 as a consolidation of three others; the Chicago-Danville & Vincennes Railroad (Chicago-Danville, November 1871), the Evansville-Terre Haute & Chicago Railroad (Danville-Terre Haute, October 1871) and the Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad (Terre Haute-Evansville, November 1854). Intended to merge or purchase railroads that had built lines between the southern suburbs of Chicago and Terre Haute, Indiana through Danville, Illinois, the C&EI constructed a new line from Chicago to a Mississippi River connection in extreme southern Illinois at Thebes.

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Front Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad MoPac R.R. Flag

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

Item: 24-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.

History - continued from above

The Missouri Pacific Railroad began to quietly purchase C&EI stock in 1961. After approval was gained from the Interstate Commerce Commission, Mopac assumed control of the C&EI in May 1967. One of the stipulations of the merger required sale of part of the railroad to the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. The line directly south of Chicago to near Danville was actually purchased by both railroads (and continues to be owned and operated jointly by MoPac and L&N's successors, Union Pacific Railroad and CSX Transportation). The C&EI was maintained as a separate subsidiary for a few years, but Missouri Pacific merged it in 1976.

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Front Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad C&EI designed & built cafe coach car

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

Item: 25-C     repair track key     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History - See 22-C

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Front Side: Choctaw Northern Railroad Back Side: Choctaw Northern Railroad CO&G RR Flag

Choctaw Northern Railroad

Item: 26-C     Price: $125.00

Remarks: Chartered in 1901. Slaymaker forged.
CN purchased by the CO&G Railroad for $1,027,500 May 3, 1902.
Same bit style as a CO&G key.

History

In 1901 the Watonga and Northwestern Company was formed to build a railroad line from Geary, OK, to Watonga. Sometime during the construction of the line, the Watonga and Northwestern Railroad changed it's name to the Choctaw Northern Railroad Company. Once the line was completed, the Choctaw Northern was purchased by the Choctaw-Oklahoma & Gulf Railroad. Shortly thereafter, the COG itself was purchased outright by the CRI&P Railroad.

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Front Side: Central Illinois Public Service Company Back Side: Central Illinois Public Service Company 1933 movie Nuisance    1933 movie Nuisance    1933 movie Nuisance

Central Illinois Public Service Company

Item: 27-C     Price: $25.00

Remarks: Chartered in 1902. Slaymaker forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina. Different style cut than CIPS key below.

History

The Central Illinois Public Service Company was an electric streetcar holding company and power utility first organized in 1902. Under its later quarter billion dollar holding company, CIPSCO Inc. (formerly NYSE: CIP), it merged in 1997 with the larger neighboring Union Electric Company of Missouri (formerly NYSE: UEP) to form Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) based in St. Louis, Missouri. Now a subsidiary, AmerenCIPS is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois.

In 1902, in Mattoon, Illinois, the core of the company was born as the Mattoon City Railway Streetcar company, the first of the company's many later interurban electric railways. In 1910, the Mattoon City Railway was reorganized as the Central Illinois Public Service Company.

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Front Side: CIPS-CO Back Side: CIPS-CO the

Central Illinois Public Service Company

Item: 28-C     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Fraim forged.
Nice block lettering and two-tone patina. Different style cut than CIPS key above.

History - See 27-C

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Front Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad CGW R.R. Flag

Chicago Great Western Railway

Item: 29-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Chicago Great Western Railroad was a Class I railroad that linked Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and Kansas City. Through mergers and new construction, the railroad, named Chicago Great Western after 1892, quickly became a multi-state carrier. One of the last Class I railroads to be built, it competed against several other more well-established railroads in the same territory, and developed a corporate culture of innovation and efficiency to survive.

Nicknamed the "Corn Belt Route" because of its operating area in the midwestern United States, the railroad was sometimes called the "Lucky Strike Road," due to the similarity in design between the herald of the CGW and the logo used for Lucky Strike cigarettes. On July 1st 1968 it merged with the Chicago & North Western Railway (C&NW), which abandoned most of CGW's trackage.

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Front Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad CGW R.R. Flag

Chicago Great Western Railway

Item: 30-C     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Nice CGW oldie!

History - See 29-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Indiana & Southern Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Indiana & Southern Railroad  B&O R.R. Flag

Chicago-Indiana & Southern

Item: 31-C     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Great serial number "A 222"
Nice serif lettering and attractive gold patina.
CI&S key predates the NYC merger. Very rare key!

History

The Chicago-Indiana & Southern Railroad (reporting mark CI&S) is a defunct railroad which operated in the states of Illinois and Indiana during the early 20th century. The CI&S was formed in 1906 from the consolidation of the two other railroads; the Indiana-Illinois & Iowa Railroad and the Indiana Harbor Railroad. The new railroad also owned the capital stock of the Danville & Indiana Harbor Railroad. The stock of the new company itself was wholly owned by the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway and the Michigan Central Railroad, both of which were part of the New York Central system. A 1907 report called the CI&S a "tributary to the Lake Shore." The railroad operated two lines: a north-south line between Indiana Harbor (East Chicago, Indiana) and Danville, Illinois, and a line from the Spring Valley coalfields at Seatonville, Illinois, to South Bend, Indiana. Together the two lines controlled 301 miles of track. In 1914 the CI&S was one of several railroads consolidated to form the modern New York Central Railroad.

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Front Side: Chicago Junction Railway Back Side: Chicago Junction Railway NS R.R. Flag

Chicago Junction Railway

Item: 32-C     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb dark block lettering and patina.

History

The Chicago Junction Railway operated a switching and terminal railroad in Chicago, connecting the Union Stock Yards with most other railroads in the city. It also briefly operated an outer belt, which became the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad in 1907. The New York Central Railroad acquired control of the company in 1922 and leased it to subsidiary Chicago River & Indiana Railroad. The line is now owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway

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Front Side: Chicago Junction Railway Back Side: Chicago Junction Railway Hand operated turntable

Chicago Junction Railway

Item: 33-C     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History - See 34-C

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Front Side: Cincinnati-Indiana & Western Railroad Back Side: Cincinnati-Indiana & Western Railroad  B&O R.R. Flag

Cincinnati-Indiana & Western Railroad

Item: 34-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb deep gold patina. The CI&W was merged into the B&O system in 1927.

History

The Cincinnati-Indianapolis & Western Railroad was established in 1915 as a reorganization of the Cincinnati-Indianapolis & Western Railway, which in turn was created in 1902 as a merger of the Indiana-Decatur & Western Railway (ID&W) and Cincinnati-Hamilton & Indianapolis Railroad (CH&I). Predecessors of the ID&W include the Indianapolis-Decatur & Western Railway (1888-1894), the Indianapolis & Wabash Railway (1887-1888), the Indianapolis-Decatur & Springfield Railway (1875-1887), and the Indiana and Illinois Central Railway (1853-1875).

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Front Side: Columbia Iron & Metal Back Side: Columbia Iron & Metal CI&M engine No.32

Columbia Iron & Metal Co.

Item: 35-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Attractive block lettering.
Superb copper like patina.

History

The more I searched for information on this short line, the more I discovered that very little existed.
What I did discover, was the Columbia Iron & Metal was a short line that was located in Girard, Ohio.

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Front Side: Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad Back Side: Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad CNL R.R. engine

Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad

Item: 38-C     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and dark patina.
Different style cut than CN&A key below.

History

The Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad was a 75-mile railroad line between Columbia and Laurens.

The first locomotive of the CN&L was built in 1887 and sold in 1922. The CN&L ran daily passenger trains from Union Station in Columbia to Laurens, always pulled by steam until discontinued in 1952. Not surprisingly, the railroad saw to the creation of towns along its line. Towns such as Irmo, Chapin, Little Mountain, Prosperity and Joanna owe their existence in part to their locations along the CN&L. In 1924 the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad acquired control of the line. It became part of the CSX Transportation system in 1984.

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Front Side: Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad Back Side: Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad SC R.R. engine

Columbia-Newberry & Laurens Railroad

Item: 39-C     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Different style cut than CN&A key above.

History - See 38-C

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Front Side: Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad Back Side: Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad Cornwall & Lebanon train

Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad

Item: 40-C     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. very early 1900's. Double accent ring.
Serif lettering and superb patina. Unique style barrel.

History

The Cornwall & Lebanon Railroad opened in 1883 and directly competed for ore traffic with the Cornwall Railroad. It ran from Lebanon, Pa through Cornwall and Mount Gretna down to Conewago. This little line was eventually acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1918. It was abandoned by Penn Central in 1972 after Hurricane Agnes badly damaged the track and not enough freight revenue warranted its rebuilding.

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Front Side: Chicago Lakeshore & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Chicago Lakeshore & Eastern Railroad The Horse Soldiers

Chicago Lakeshore & Eastern Railroad

Item: 41-C     Price: $135.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb gold patina. Rare key.

History

The Eastern is the successor of the Calumet & Blue Island Railway Company, which was incorporated in Illinois on September 20, 1889. By agreement dated February 17, 1897, entered into by and between the Calumet & Blue Island and the Chicago-Lake Shore & Eastern Railway Company, incorporated in Indiana on April 9, 1895, the franchise rights and other property of the latter were transferred to the former, and by the terms of the same agreement the name of the Calumet & Blue Island was changed to Chicago-Lake Shore & Eastern Railway Company. This agreement was filed in the office of the Secretary of State of Illinois on Febrauary 20, 1897, and in the office of the Secretary of State of Indiana on February 25, 1897.

The line thus acquired by the Calumet & Blue Island extended from the Illinois-Indiana State line to Pine Junction, Ind., a distance of about 8 miles, but in 1908 the portion of this line between Indiana Harbor and Pine Junction, about 3 miles, was abandoned. On August 18, 1890, the Calumet & Blue Island purchased from the Illinois Steel Company.

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad CP R.R. Flag

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 42-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Mitchell Co. of Canada.
Elongated barrel. Nice Serif lettering and superb patina.
Given the moniker, "Can't Please."

History

Chartered in 1881 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, it owns approximately 14,000 miles of track all across Canada and into the United States, stretching from Montreal to Vancouver, and as far north as Edmonton. Its rail network also serves major cities in the United States, such as Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, and New York City.

The railway was originally built between Eastern Canada and British Columbia between 1881 and 1885 (connecting with Ottawa Valley and Georgian Bay area lines built earlier), fulfilling a promise extended to British Columbia when it entered Confederation in 1871. It was Canada's first transcontinental railway, but currently does not reach the Atlantic coast. Primarily a freight railway, the CPR was for decades the only practical means of long-distance passenger transport in most regions of Canada, and was instrumental in the settlement and development of Western Canada. The CP is now operated by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited.

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad CP Ry

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 43-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Mitchell Co. of Canada.
Dark serif lettering and fine pocket wear. Excellent carmel patina.

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad
CP R.R. Flag

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 44-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Most likely Mitchell forged.
Nice serif lettering and superb patina. A nice CPR oldie!

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad CP Chinese section gang

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 45-C     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. Nice CPR oldie!

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad CP R.R. Flag

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 46-C     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Another nice CPR oldie!

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Port Arthur 1st transcontinental Train

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 47-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Mitchell forged.
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad Back Side: Canadian Pacific Railroad CP R.R. Flag

Canadian Pacific Railroad

Item: 48-C     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Mitchell forged.
Ex-fine pocket wear and superb gold patina. Nice spare.

History - See 42-C

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Front Side: Cleveland-Canton & Southern Railroad Back Side: Cleveland-Canton & Southern Railroad CC&S R.R. Flag

Cleveland-Canton & Southern Railroad

Item: 49-C     Price: $300.00

Remarks: Operated 1890-99. Forged by the Romer Co.
Attractive serif lettering and double ring barrel.
Superb steel patina. Very rare key.

Only CC&S key I have seen and might be one of only a few in the collection circles.

History

A second-wave railroad was the narrow gauge Cleveland-Canton & Southern, a coal-hauler. An outgrowth of the Ohio & Toledo and the Youngstown & Connotton Valley Railroad companies, this line reached Cleveland from Canton and Kent in Jan. 1882, under the flag of the Connotton Northern Railroad. Like the others, it was susceptible to economic downswings, and the recession of 1884-85 threw the Connotton Northern into a receivership that produced the Cleveland & Canton Railroad, a standard gauge carrier. The Panic of 1893 prompted further corporate reshaping when the Cleveland & Canton became the Cleveland-Canton & Southern. Ultimately, in 1899 the railroad, which gave Cleveland convenient access to east Ohio coal fields, found a financially, healthy home within the Wheeling & Lake Erie system.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad CM&St.P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 50-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Loeffelholz Co.
Attractive serif lettering and superb patina. A nice Milwaukee oldie!

History

The Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul & Pacific Railroad (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road) , was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension was embargoed through the states of Montana, Idaho, and Washington. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986. The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads, and is commemorated in buildings like the historic Milwaukee Road Depot in Minneapolis, Minnesota and in railroad hardware still maintained by railfans, such as the Milwaukee Road 261 steam locomotive.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Milwaukee Electric train

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 51-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Loeffelholz Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Given the moniker, "The Milwaukee Road."

History - continued from above

The battle over control of the Northern Pacific Railway and the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1901 made the Milwaukee Road aware that without its own route to the Pacific it would be at its competitors' mercy The boom in the Pacific Northwest ended around 1910, and the Panama Canal opened in 1914. Traffic on the Milwaukee Road's route to the Pacific came nowhere near the projections but the debt incurred in building it remained. The route choice was questionable; it bypassed several major population centers and passed through areas with limited local traffic potential. In addition, most of the line paralleled that of the Northern Pacific.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad CM&St.P R.R. Flag     PRR Flag

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad
Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 52-C     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
CMSTP / PRR initial stamp. Key will work with a Adlake MILW lock.

History - continued from above

The Milwaukee & Waukesha Rail Road was chartered in 1847. Before it laid its first rails in 1850, its name was changed to Milwaukee & Mississippi, and in 1851, it reached Waukesha, Wisconsin, 20 miles west of Milwaukee. In the next few years the railroad built or bought lines from Racine, Wisconsin to Moline, Illinois; from Chicago to Savanna, Illinois, and two lines west across southern Minnesota. In 1893, the CM&StP acquired the Milwaukee & Northern, which reached from Milwaukee into Michigan's upper peninsula.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad CM&St.P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 53-C     Price: $45.00

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

History - continued from above

In 1921 the Milwaukee leased the Chicago-Terre Haute & Southeastern (CTH&SE) and in 1922 acquired the Chicago-Milwaukee & Gary to gain access to the coalfields of southern Indiana via the CTH&SE. Both of those railroads were heavily in debt. The Milwaukee Road entered receivership in 1925. The company emerged from reorganization in 1928 as the Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul & Pacific Railroad.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad CMStP&P Ry crew

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 54-C     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.

History - continued from above

The Milwaukee Road aggressively marketed passenger service through much of its history, maintaining a high quality of service until the end of private intercity passenger operations in 1971. The Milwaukee prided itself on its passenger operations, providing the nation with some of its most innovative and colorful trains. The railroad's home-built equipment was among some of the best passenger equipment ever run on any American railroad. The Milwaukee's reputation for high quality service was the principal reason that UP shifted its service to the Milwaukee Road for its "City" streamliners in 1955.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railway Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad CM&St.P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railway

Item: 55-C     New Listing     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Attractive block lettering and silver patina.
Key has one time "RY" stamp. Nice MILW oldie!

History - See 50-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad CM&StP

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Item: 56-C     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 50-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad CM&StP Ry

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Item: 57-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb block lettering and patina."Paul & Pacific"
stamped keys have a different style cut than St.P keys.

History - See 50-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad CM&St.P RR Flag

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

SOLD     baggage car cellar key     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Loeffelholz Co.
Superb block lettering and copper patina.

History - See 50-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Milwaukee train depot, Westby Wisconsin. Circa; 1909

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Item: 59-C     rip track key     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Excellent block lettering.
Fine pocket wear and superb patina.

History - See 50-C

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Front Side: Columbus & Newark Route Back Side: Columbus & Newark Route Pennsylvania R.R. Flag     B&O RR Flag

Columbus & Newark Route

Item: 60-C     Price: $65.00

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

History

The rails heading east from Columbus to Newark, Ohio were jointly owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. This 33 mile stretch was a bit like the waist of an hour glass. At the Newark end PRR trains from Steubenville - Pittsburgh and B&O trains from Wheeling - Pittsburgh shared the track. From the west at Columbus PRR trains from Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago came together on the Columbus-Newark Sub-Division along with B&O trains from Midland City-Cincinnati.

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Front Side: Columbus & Newark Route Back Side: Columbus & Newark Route First Union Station-Columbus Ohio, ca: 1851

Columbus & Newark Route

Item: 61-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Attractive serif lettering.
Superb carmel patina.

History - See 60-C

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Front Side: Columbus & Newark Route Back Side: Columbus & Newark Route Pennsylvania R.R. Flag     B&O RR Flag

Columbus & Newark Route

Item: 62-C     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 60-C

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Front Side: Canadian Northern Railroad Back Side: Canadian Northern Railroad CN R.R. Flag

Canadian Northern Railroad

Item: 63-C     New Listing     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Attractive serif lettering.
The Canadian Northern Railroad operated from 1899-1923.

History

The Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) is a historic Canadian transcontinental railway. At its demise in 1923, when it was merged into the Canadian National Railway (reporting mark CN), the CNoR owned a main line between Quebec City and Vancouver via Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

CNoR had its start in the independent branchlines that were being constructed in Manitoba in the 1880s and 1890s as a response to the monopoly exercised by Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR). Many of these branchlines were built with the sponsorship of the provincial government, which sought to subsidize local competition to the federally subsidized CPR; however, significant competition was also provided by the encroaching Northern Pacific Railway (NPR) from the south.

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Front Side: Canadian National Railroad Back Side: Canadian National Railroad CNR R.R. Flag

Canadian National Railroad

Item: 64-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Mitchell Co. of Canada.
Attractive serif lettering and two-tone patina. A nice CNR oldie.
Given the moniker, "Certainly No Rush."

The railway was referred to as the Canadian National Railways (CNR) between 1918 and 1960
and as Canadian National/Canadien National (CN) from 1960 to present.

History

Canadian National Railways, incorporated June 6, 1919, is the longest railway system in North America, controlling more than 30,000 km of track in Canada and the United States. Now known as Canadian National (CN), the former Crown corporation expanded its holdings to include marine operations, hotels, telecommunications and resource industries. However, the core of CN was still its railway system, which had its origins in the amalgamation of five financially troubled railways during the years 1917-23; the Grand Trunk and its subsidiary, the Grand Trunk Pacific, the Intercolonial, the Canadian Northern, and the National Transcontinental. In 1995, CN was sold to private investors.

Today CN owns about 20,400 route miles (32,831 km) of track in 8 provinces; the only two not served by CN are Newfoundland & Labrador and Prince Edward Island.

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Front Side: Canadian National Railroad Back Side: Canadian National Railroad

Canadian National Railroad

Item: 65-C     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Mitchell Co. of Canada.
Attractive block lettering and two-tone patina. Another CNR oldie.

History - See 64-C

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad C&NW R.R. Flag

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 66-C     New Listing     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
Given the moniker, "Cheap and Nothing Wasted."

History

The Chicago & North Western Railway was chartered on June 7, 1859. It had purchased the assets of the bankrupt Chicago-St. Paul & Fond du Lac Railroad five days earlier. On February 15, 1865, it officially merged with the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, which had been chartered on January 16, 1836. Since the Galena & Chicago Union started operating in December 1848, and the Fond du Lac railroad started in March, 1855, the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad is considered to be the origin of the North Western railroad system. The Winona & St. Peter Railroad was added to the network in 1867.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad The C&NW passenger depot in 1893    Ogilvie Trans. Center

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 67-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Block lettering and great patina.

History - continued from above

The North Western had owned a majority of the stock of the Chicago-St. Paul-Minneapolis & Omaha Railway (Omaha Road) since 1882. On January 1, 1957 it leased the company, and merged it into the North Western in 1972. The Omaha Road's main line ran from an interchange with the North Western at Elroy, Wisconsin, to the Twin Cities, down to Sioux City, Iowa, and then finally to Omaha, Nebraska.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad C&NW R.R. Flag

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 68-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca.; early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Block lettering and nice gold patina.

History - See 66-C

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad C&NW's Wood St. yard

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 69-C     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 66-C

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railway Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railway C&NW R.R. Bridge

Chicago & North Western Railway

Item: 70-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Nice CNW oldie!

History - See 66-C

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad C&NW streamlined Class Hudson

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 71-C     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina. Another nice CNW oldie!

History - See 66-C

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad C&NW Proviso Yard    C&NW streamlined Class Hudson

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Item: 72-C     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Great pocket wear. Attractive serif lettering and gold patina.

History - See 66-C

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Front Side: Chicago North Shore & St.Paul Railroad Back Side: Chicago North Shore & St.Paul Railroad Chicago North Shore & St.Paul locomotive No.451    North Shore Line flatcar 1513

Chicago North Shore & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 73-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. MofW - Rip Track key?
Elongated barrel, superb block lettering and gold patina.
Possible predecessor style key - Waukegan & North Shore Rapid Transit Co.

History

Chartered in 1916, the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad, often called the North Shore Line, was an interurban railroad line
that operated between Chicago, Illinois, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, until its abandonment in 1963.

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Front Side: Cowell Portland Cement Back Side: Cowell Portland Cement CPC RR Flag

Cowell Portland Cement Co.

Item: 74-C     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Rare key.

History

The Cowell Portland Cement Company operated about 2 miles of standard gauge railroad track and spurs around their plant, excluding the rails of the Bay Point & Clayton Railroad. The Company's standard gauge line extended from the crushing mills to the main plant, a distance of about one and a half miles, upon which the Company's engine, No. 2, hauled a number of drop-bottom steel cars of 10 tons capacity.

The main line consisted of a 3-mile narrow gauge (42") track running from the crushing mills to the quarry. In addition, there were about one and a half miles of similar narrow gauge track for loading, passing and sidings. There were 42 Kilbourn & Jacobs rocker-bottom steel cars of 6 tons capacity in active service, as well as a few old Western side-dump cars with wooden frames which were kept in storage.

The line operated with four narrow gauge saddle tank locomotives, all of which were purchased from the Baldwin Locomotive Company: two in 1907 (Nos. 3 & 4), one in 1916 (No. 5), and one in 1924 (No. 6).

The Cowell Cement Plant, world's largest, was founded in 1908 by Henry Cowell, who later gave it to his son, Samuel. Workers in the plant were for the most part required to live in the nearby village of Cowell - and to buy their groceries and other necessities from the company store, at outrageously high prices, with the amounts of their purchases deducted from their paychecks. The plant made the Cowell family rich, but it was a nuisance to nearby Concord farmers because it spewed white caustic dust into the air, which settled on their crops. The plant management refused to abate the dust. The farmers sued and lost. Finally, in 1933, a young lawyer named John Garaventa took the farmers' case. After a 53 day trial the judge ordered the cement company to put dust collectors on each of its eight vent chimneys and Garaventa became a public hero - the Ralph Nader of his day. The cement plant continued in business until 1947, when the workers went on strike and the management decided to close the plant rather than meet the employees' terms. The old plant and the nearby village became an artist colony, with many craft shops and a wallpaper factory. The old Cowell hospital became a childcare center.

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Front Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad C&O R.R. Flag

Chesapeake & Ohio Railway

Item: 75-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway was a Class I railroad formed in 1869. Led by industrialist C. P. Huntington, it reached from Virginia's capital city of Richmond to the Ohio River by 1873, where the railroad town (and later city) of Huntington, West Virginia was named for him.

Tapping the coal reserves of West Virginia, the C&O's Peninsula Extension to new coal piers at the harbor of Hampton Roads resulted in the creation of the new City of Newport News. Coal revenues also led the forging of a rail link to the Midwest, eventually reaching Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo in Ohio and Chicago, Illinois.

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Front Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Back Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Handley, WV ca. 1975

Chesapeake & Ohio Railway

Item: 76-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the F/S Hdw. Co.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

By the early 1960s the C&O was headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1972, under the leadership of Cyrus Eaton, it became part of the Chessie System, along with the Baltimore & Ohio and Western Maryland Railway. The Chessie System was later combined with the Seaboard Coast Line and Louisville and Nashville, both the primary components of the Family Lines System, to become a key portion of CSX Transportation in the 1980s. A substantial portion of Conrail was added in 1999.

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Front Side: Columbus & Greenville Railroad Back Side: Columbus & Greenville Railroad Southern R.R. Flag      IC R.R. Flag

Columbus & Greenville Railroad

Item: 77-C     Price: $55.00

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

History

The first Columbus & Greenville Railway (reporting mark C&G) was formed by the sale of the Southern Railway operated Southern Railway in Mississippi, to local interests. It continued independent operations until 1972 when it was bought by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad.

The second Columbus & Greenville Railway (reporting mark CAGY) was founded in 1974 and began operations in 1975 over divested Illinois Central Gulf Railroad trackage across the state of Mississippi. Its terminals, as the name implies, are Columbus and Greenville, Mississippi.

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railway Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railway CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railway

Item: 78-C     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and attractive yellow-gold patina.
Both style cuts are pictured in the "American Railways Switch Key Directory."
This key stamped "RY" and Rock key below stamped "RR" = nice set.

History

The Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was a prominent Class I railroad in the midwestern United States, commonly known as the "Rock Island." In 1854 when the line connected the Mississippi to Chicago and the East Coast, the event was marked by a large promotional voyage called the Grand Excursion. In 1856, the line crossed the Government Bridge, the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi, connecting farms in Iowa and beyond to Chicago. By 1900 it was playing a major role in the Midwestern agrarian economy, serving 1700 grain elevators in hundreds of small communities. After 1920, however, it was harder and harder to compete with trucks on newly paved highways in a region that was oversupplied with rail lines.

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P switch engine 529

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 79-C     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina. Very nice early Rock key.
This key stamped "RR" and Rock key above stamped "RY" = nice set.

History - continued from above

In 1847 the Rock Island & La Salle Railroad Company was chartered to build between Rock Island, Illinois, on the Mississippi River, and La Salle, where connections would be made with the Illinois & Michigan Canal to Chicago. Contractor Henry Farnam persuaded the organizers to extend the railroad as far as Chicago to connect with other railroads. The charter was so amended, and the railroad was renamed the Chicago & Rock Island (C&RI). Construction began on October 1851. The first train ran southwest from Chicago to Joliet, 40 miles, on October 10, 1852 powered by 4-4-0 Rocket.

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 80-C     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.

The line's abandonment in 1980 ranks as the longest and most complicated in U.S. railroad history.
The company was originally founded in Rock Island, Illinois, and the railroad was popularized in the song "Rock Island Line."

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 81-C     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Another nice Rock oldie!

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 82-C     New Listing     Price: $50.00

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

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P Railroad, Oklahoma's Wewoka Depot

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 83-C     rip track key     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice block lettering and fine pocket wear. Superb yellow-gold patina.
Read about the Wewoka Switch History
Key bit has the exact same style as CNO&TP key.

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 84-C     Hand Car     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb block lettering.
This key + key above = nice set.

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P RR company officials pose with crew. Circa; 1880

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 85-C     Hand Car     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Fine pocket ware, nice block lettering and superb dark patina.
Same style cut as HC key above.

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad CRI&P R.R. Flag

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Item: 86-C     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
No stamp mark - CRI&P scale key.

History - See 80-C

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Front Side: Chicago Rapid Transit Back Side: Chicago Rapid Transit CRT R.R. Flag

Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad

Item: 87-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Block lettering and superb carmel patina.
Bit type is successor to South-Side-Elevated Key

History

The Chicago Rapid Transit Company (CRT) was a privately owned firm providing rapid transit rail service in Chicago, Illinois and several adjacent communities between the years 1924 and 1947. The CRT is one of the predecessors of the Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago's present mass transit operator.

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Front Side: Chicago Rapid Transit Back Side: Chicago Rapid Transit CTA cars

Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad

Item: 88-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
Bit type is successor to South-Side-Elevated Key

History - continued from above

The CRT network was entirely at or above grade level until the 1943 opening of the State Street subway, now part of CTA's Red Line. Following World War II and the continuing financial malaise of the privately owned bus, streetcar and elevated/subway operators, both the city government of Chicago and the Illinois legislature favored consolidating the three separate systems into a single, public-owned authority. The assets and operations of the CRT were assumed by the newly established Chicago Transit Authority on October 1, 1947.

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Front Side: Chicago Rapid Transit Back Side: Chicago Rapid Transit CRT R.R. Flag

Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad

Item: 89-C     New Listing     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and copper patina.
Bit type is successor to South-Side-Elevated Key
This key and 2 keys listed below = nice tri set.

History - See 87-C

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Front Side: Chicago Transit Authority Back Side: Chicago Transit Authority CTA R.R. Flag

Chicago Transit Authority Railroad

Item: 90-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
This key + CTA RT key below = nice set.

History

Chicago Transit Authority, also known as CTA, is the operator of mass transit within the City of Chicago, Illinois and some of its surrounding suburbs, including the trains of the Chicago 'L' and CTA bus service. The CTA is an Illinois independent governmental agency that started operations on October 1, 1947 upon the purchase and combination of the transportation assets of the Chicago Rapid Transit Company and the Chicago Surface Lines streetcar system. In 1952, CTA purchased the assets of the Chicago Motor Coach Company, which was under the control of Yellow Cab Company founder John D. Hertz, resulting in a fully unified system. Today, the CTA is one of the three service boards financially supported by the Regional Transportation Authority.

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Front Side: Chicago Transit Authority Back Side: Chicago Transit Authority CTA 4377

Chicago Transit Authority Railroad

Item: 91-C     rip track key     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Superb block lettering and patina.
This key + CTA key above = nice set.

History - See 90-C

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Front Side: CTA-CSL Back Side: CTA-CSL CTA passengers

Chicago Surface Lines & Chicago Transit Authority

Item: 92-C     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Old meets new, past meets present. Chicago interurban. A great set!

History - See 90-C

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Front Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Back Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway CStPM&O R.R. Flag

Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway

Item: 93-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.

History

The Chicago-St. Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railway or Omaha Road was a railroad in the U.S. states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. It was incorporated in 1880 as a consolidation of the Chicago-St. Paul & Minneapolis Railway and the North Wisconsin Railway. The Chicago & North Western Railway gained control in 1882. The C&NW leased the Omaha Road in 1957 and merged the company into itself in 1972.

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Front Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Back Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Engineer & Fireman of the CMSt.PM&O R.R. engine 157 & tender. Circa; 1922

Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad

Item: 94-C     western division     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - See 90-C

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Front Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Back Side: Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad Mechanical employees of the CMSt.PM&O Railroad. Circa; 1929

Chicago-St.Paul Minneapolis & Omaha Railroad

Item: 95-C     New Listing     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's.. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Ex-fine pocket wear and superb carmel patina.

History - See 90-C

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Front Side: Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad Back Side: Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad CSS&SB R.R. Flag     CSS&SB R.R. Flag>

Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad

Item: 96-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Ex-fine pocket wear and superb carmel patina.

History

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend Railroad, also known as the South Shore Line, is a Class III freight railroad operating between Chicago, Illinois, and South Bend, Indiana. The railroad serves as a link between Class I railroads and local industries in northeast Illinois and northwest Indiana. It built the South Shore Line electric interurban and operated it until 1990, when it transferred it to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District. The railroad is owned by the Anacostia and Pacific Company.

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Front Side: Chicago South Shore Railroad Back Side: Chicago South Shore Railroad Eastbound CSS train

Chicago South Shore Railroad

Item: 97-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Ex-fine pocket wear and superb carmel patina.

History - See 96-C

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Front Side: Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad Back Side: Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad CTT R.R. Flag

Chicago Terminal Transfer Railroad

Item: 98-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. In 1910, the B&O (B&O-CT- key)
absorbed this line and continued to use the CTT's key style.

History

In May of 1887, a new company, the Chicago Terminal Transfer merged the Chicago & Calumet Terminal. In June, a subsidiary of the Northern Pacific Railroad. the Chicago & Calumet Terminal Railway (C&CT) consolidated several terminal railroads in the Chicago area with lines running between the Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway at McCook, Illinois to the south and south-east to Hammond, Indiana and a connection with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

On January 6, 1910 the Baltimore & Ohio Chicago Terminal Railroad was created to purchase the CTT at foreclosure, giving the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, and the B&OCT, control of both the terminal railway systems, the CTT and C&CT, as well as Grand Central Station. 1931 - There were, at this time, 32 intercity passenger train movements inbound and outbound from the Grand Central station on the B&OCT, including 12 on the B&O, 12 on the Pere Marquette, and 4 each on the Soo Line and Chicago Great Western. The B&OCT was also hauling many freight carloads on its transfer lines from Franklin Park, to the Indiana border and to Chicago Heights, and it also served many industrial sites. In 1960 the Grand Central traffic had diminished to 14 movements, 6 on the B&O, 6 on the C&O (former Pere Marquette) and 2 on the Soo Line. The CGW had given up passenger service in 1956. In 1969 Grand Central Station is closed. A "fallen flag," in 1986 the B&O (B&OCT) merged into CSXT.

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Front Side: Central Vermont Railroad Back Side: Central Vermont Railroad CV R.R. Flag

Central Vermont Railroad

Item: 99-C     Price: $60.00

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

History

The Central Vermont Railroad traces it's roots way back to October 31, 1843, when the Vermont Central Railroad was chartered. Through the CV's early years the railroad aquired other roads like the Stanstead-Shefford & Chambly Railroad, Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain Railroad to name a few. Also, in the CV's early years, the Consolidated Railway was formed on June 30, 1884, to consolidate the Central Vermont and Vermont & Canada and to settle litigation between the two companies. A new Central Vermont Railroad was formed on July 1, 1884 to take over from the Consolidated Railway.

On January 1, 1871, the Vermont Central leased the Rutland Railroad system, giving it routes from Burlington to Bellows Falls and Chatham, New York. The New London Northern Railroad was leased on December 1, 1871. On November 2, 1872 the name was changed to the Central Vermont Railroad.

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Front Side: Central Vermont Railroad Back Side: Central Vermont Railroad the Horse Soldiers

Central Vermont Railroad

Item: 100-C     New Listing     Price: $325.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1800's. Stylish ring barrel.
Superb stamp marks and patina. Well preserved Civil War key.

History - continued from above

The Central Vermont Railway was another of the fabled New England railroads like the; Boston & Maine, Rutland, Maine Central, and others that once connected southern Connecticut (at New London) with Montreal, Quebec on the U.S./Canadian border. While the CV did have money troubles at various times throughout its history the railroad was a mostly profitable system ferrying traffic to and from the U.S. and Canada (somewhat interesting considering that the nearby Rutland Railroad was always having financial woes and eventually shutdown in 1961). After the Canadian National Railway, which had controlled the CV for many years, became a private company in 1995, it sold the railroad, which eventually became part of today's New England Central Railroad, which remains a profitable operation.

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Front Side: Central Vermont Railroad Back Side: Central Vermont Railroad CV engine No.707

Central Vermont Railroad

Item: 101-C     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 99-C

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Front Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad C&WI R.R. Flag

Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad

Item: 103-C     Price: $195.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Super low serial number.
Handsome tapered barrel. Superb serif lettering and patina.
Very early style cut.

History

The Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad was the owner of Dearborn Station in Chicago and the trackage leading to it. It was owned equally by five of the railroads using it to reach the terminal, and kept those companies from needing their own lines into the city. It is now a subsidiary of the Union Pacific Corporation.

The C&WI was chartered June 5, 1879, and soon opened a line in May 1880, from Dolton, where the Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad merged with the Columbus-Chicago & Indiana Central Railway, north to Dearborn Station on the south side of the Chicago Loop. The alignment ran north from Dolton to the crossing of the Illinois Central Railroad just south of its junction with the Michigan Central Railroad at Kensington, then continued northwest and north, eventually coming along the west side of the Pittsburgh-Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway (PRR) at 47th Street. Then it continued north to cross the PFW&C and head northeast at Alton Junction, crossing the St. Charles Air Line Railroad and Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railway before turning back north the rest of the way to Dearborn Station.

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Front Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad C&WI 52nd St. coach yard

Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad

Item: 104-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Low serial number. Excellent gold patina.

History - continued from above

Soon after, the Chicago & Western Indiana Belt Railway and South Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad were merged into the C&WI on January 26, 1882. Several more lines were built using their charters; a branch from the main line at 74th Street, west and north to the Chicago-Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway at Cragin, a branch from 87th Street east to various connections at South Chicago, and a branch of that line from Pullman Junction south and southeast, parallel to and east of the New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railway (NKP), to just shy of State Line Junction in Hammond, Indiana. At Hammond two more connections were made; the Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway (Monon) and the Chicago & Atlantic Railway (Erie). Those two companies also acquired shares in the C&WI, bringing the total to five. The State Line & Indiana City Railroad later gave the Wabash-St. Louis & Pacific Railway a second access point to the C&WI at Hammond, and a sixth railroad; the Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway used Dearborn Station, but used its own line on the east side of the C&EI from Alton Junction to the station.

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Front Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad C&WI 14th St. coach yard

Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad

Item: 105-C     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History - continued from above

Centralized traffic control was introduced in 1973, combining 40th Street and 47th Street, later 59th Street and 74th Street, a four-tower combination was operated by the train dispatcher located at 47th Street tower after their relocation from Dearborn station. The C&WI also had their own police department, and their officers were designated special agents and police-certified through the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement. The C. & W. I. RR sold all their locomotives, and were one of the first railroads in the late 1940s to completely use diesel engines, and later their work force was reduced to approximately 130 employees throughout the 1980's and 1990's.

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Front Side: C&WI R.R. Back Side: C&WI R.R. Chicago's Englewood Station    CWI's Englewood Union Station

Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad

Item: 106-C     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice carmel patina and serif lettering.
Different style cut then the C&WI keys listed above.

History - See 103-C

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Front Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad C&WI Alco RS-1 engine

Chicago & Western Indiana Railroad

Item: 107-C     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Different style cut then the C&WI keys listed above.

History - See 103-C

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Front Side: Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway Back Side: Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway GT R.R. Flag

Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway

Item: 108-C     car key    Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Attractive tapered barrel
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.

History

Grand Trunk Western began as a route for the Grand Trunk Railway of Canada (GTR) to link its line to Chicago through lower Michigan. GTR's objective was to have a mainline from shipping ports in Portland, Maine to rail connections in Chicago through southern Ontario and Quebec that would serve Toronto and Montreal.

In 1859 the Grand Trunk completed its route to Sarnia, Ontario and began a ferry service across the St. Clair River to Port Huron. GTR would lease the Chicago-Detroit & Canada Grand Trunk Junction Railroad to reach Detroit and from there would then run over the Michigan Central Railroad's line from Detroit into Chicago. It was on the line from Port Huron to Detroit that a 12-year-old Thomas Edison held his first job as a newsboy and candy butcher onboard passenger trains. Grand Trunk would establish its own route to Chicago across Michigan when the New York Central Railroad's William Henry Vanderbilt took over control of the Michigan Central in 1878. GTR sought to put together a route by acquiring three railroads it had already been sending some of its Chicago bound trains on since 1877. The Chicago & Lake Huron Railroad, the Chicago & Northeastern Railroad (C&NE) and the Peninsular Railway of Michigan & Indiana together formed a direct route from Port Huron through Flint and Lansing, Michigan to Valparaiso, Indiana where it connected into Chicago on the Pittsburgh-Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad. However, Vanderbilt owned the Chicago & Northeastern section of the route from Flint to Lansing and would charge Grand Trunk higher rates to move its freight over the line. Vanderbilt would soon sell the C&NE to Grand Trunk when GTR bought the other two lines in 1879 and proposed building its own route between Flint and Lansing just north of Vanderbilt's line.

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Front Side: Chicago & Grand Trunk Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Grand Trunk Railroad GTW Durand, MI

Chicago & Grand Trunk Railroad

Item: 109-C     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Ex-fine pocket wear and great gold patina.

History - continued from above

Grand Trunk completed its own route into Chicago from Valparaiso in 1880 and
incorporated the entire line from Port Huron to Chicago as the Chicago & Grand Trunk Railway.

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Front Side: Chicago & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Pacific Railroad CM&St.P R.R. Flag

Chicago & Pacific Railroad

Item: 110-C     New Listing     Price: $345.00

Remarks: ca. 1800's. A very rare key.
Tapered barrel accent ring. Superb serif lettering and patina.
Absorbed into the Milwaukee Road. Possible only C&P key in circulation.

History

The Chicago and Pacific Railroad Company was chartered as the Chicago and Atlantic Railroad Company in 1865. The name was changed to Chicago and Pacific in 1872. The Chicago and Pacific had the option of constructing a railroad from Chicago west to Savanna, Illinois, on the Mississippi River. The line was to be built in three sections or divisions, with a separate issue of stock for each division: from Chicago to Elgin, Illinois; from Elgin to Byron, Illinois; and from Byron to Savanna. Unfortunately, the railroad's officers and Board of Directors did not foresee the financial panic of 1873 and the effect this would have on the Chicago and Pacific.

The company tried to raise money by selling bonds secured by a mortgage on the railroad's property. Financial conditions caused by the Panic made it almost impossible to raise the money. The failure of many railroads made investors wary of railroad securities, especially if the company was not an old, established name. The officers borrowed heavily and became so deeply indebted that the company went into receivership in 1876. After this, the Chicago and Pacific and its officers were involved in ceaseless litigation. As a result of one of these suits, Blair et al. vs. the Chicago and Pacific Railroad et al., a United States Circuit Court judge ordered the railroad company's property to be sold. The foreclosure sale took place on 1 May 1879, when the company's property was bought by an agent acting for John I. Blair. Blair had been one of the company's largest creditors, and it was his lawsuit against the railroad that resulted in the foreclosure decree. At one time, Blair owned more miles of railroad than anyone in the United States, a feat he accomplished by buying up insolvent railroads at bargain prices.

According to the foreclosure decree, the Chicago and Pacific had one year to raise the sum spent by the railroad's purchaser and to redeem the property. The company attempted to reorganize and to find another company or individuals willing to put up the redemption money. The Chicago-Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad Company supplied the money and the company's property was redeemed in April 1880. In return, the Chicago and Pacific line was leased to the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul. By that time, many of the Chicago and Pacific's old officers had sold their shares, and persons friendly to the Chicago-Milwaukee & St. Paul had acquired a controlling interest in the company.

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Front Side: Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railroad Back Side: Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railroad CCC&I R.R. Flag

Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railroad

Item: 111-C     Price: $275.00

Remarks: Operated from 1868-89. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Handsome accent ring and two-tone patina. A very rare key.
At least 125 years old! Picked up by the "Big 4."

History

The CC&C was chartered in 1836. In the 1840s, construction from Cleveland through Galion and Delaware to Columbus was begun. The road entered Columbus from the north, running east and parallel to Fourth Street, then swinging southwestward to enter the passenger depot of the Columbus & Xenia Railroad. On February 21, 1851 a grand excursion train with 425 passengers took members of the state and city government to Cleveland, returning them to Columbus after a day's layover. Regular traffic was begun in April 1851, a full year after service began on the C&X. In 1868 the CC&C was merged with the Bellefountaine Railroad to form the Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway. At that time the railroad still hadn't reached Cincinnati, and it was up to the CCC&I to finish the job.

The Cleveland-Columbus & Cincinnati Railroad was the second railroad to enter Columbus, Ohio. It eventually became a part of the New York Central Railroad.

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Front Side: Cleveland-Southwestern & Columbus Railroad Back Side: Cleveland-Southwestern & Columbus Railroad CS&C RR Flag

Cleveland-Southwestern & Columbus Railroad

Item: 112-C     Price: $295.00

Remarks: Operated 1907-1931. Super low serial number.
Handsome short tapered barrel and superb serif lettering.
Gotta love the serial #111. A very rare key.

History

The Cleveland-Southwestern & Columbus, the 2nd-largest interurban in the state at one time, connected Cleveland with Columbus to the south and Norwalk to the west. It originally was chartered in 1876 as a horsecar line known as the Cleveland & Berea Street Railway Co. but it did not exercise its full franchise privileges. The line was rechartered by the Pomeroy family in 1891 as an electric-powered railway running from Cleveland to Berea and began operation in 1895. Later that year, the Pomeroys formed a partnership with the Cleveland banking firm of M. J. Mandelbaum & Co in order to finance the line's extension to Elyria. The Pomeroy-Mandelbaum syndicate continued purchasing and operating other short rail lines, and in 1903 their holdings were merged into the Cleveland & Southwestern Traction Co., which provided service as far as Norwalk and Wooster. Southern routes to Bucyrus and Columbus were acquired and on 4 March 1907 the 225-mile Cleveland-Southwestern & Columbus Railway was chartered. Known for its distinctive dark-green cars, the railway also operated several amusement parks along its routes to draw riders, including Puritas Springs Park in Cleveland.

The CS&C went into receivership in 1922. Although it returned a profit in 1923 after abandoning its Norwalk-Oberlin run, continued losses led to further abandonments in 1926 and the replacement of rail service with buses. After that, the line became known as the Southwestern. The Southwestern made transportation history in 1928 by offering the first coordinated rail-air service package to Detroit in conjunction with Stout Air Services, Inc. Passengers purchased a through ticket to Detroit, and the CS&C dropped off riders at the Cleveland Airport for the flight to their destination. Revenues continued to plunge however, and in 1929 the line went into receivership again and made its final trip on 28 Feb. 1931. Some of Southwestern's bus operations were taken over by the North Olmsted Municipal Bus line.

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Front Side: Mexican Central Railway Back Side: Mexican Central Railway Mexican Central Ry train

Mexican Central Railway

Item: 113-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early-1900's. Bohannan forged.
Attractive block lettering and superb carmel patina.
One of the former oldest Mexican railroads.

History

The Mexican Central Railway (Ferrocarril Central Mexicano) was one of the primary pre-nationalization railways of Mexico. Incorporated in Massachusetts in 1880, it opened the main line in March 1884, linking Mexico City to Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso and connections to the Southern Pacific Railroad, Texas and Pacific Railway, and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway. Other major branches included Irapuato to Guadalajara (completed in 1888), Chicalote to Tampico (completed in 1890), and Guadalajara to Manzanillo (completed in 1908). The Mexican Central acquired control in June 1901 of the Monterey and Mexican Gulf Railroad, which connected the Mexican International Railroad at Reata (near Monterrey) to Tampico, and connected its main line with this line at the Monterrey end through a branch from Gomez Palacio. The Mexico, Cuernavaca and Pacific Railroad, owner of an unfinished line from Mexico City to Acapulco (completed to Rio Balsas), joined the system in November 1902, and in 1905 the Mexican Central bought the Coahuila and Pacific Railway (Torreon to Saltillo), which paralleled the branch from Gomez Palacio to Monterrey and was to be operated jointly with the National Railroad of Mexico.

The Mexican government gained control in 1906, and in February 1909 the Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico (National Railways of Mexico) took over the property. Following privatization in the 1990s, Ferromex acquired most of the former Mexican Central, the primary exception being the branch from Chicalote to Tampico, which was assigned to Transportacion Ferroviaria Mexicana (now Kansas City Southern de Mexico).

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Front Side: Cornwall Railroad Back Side: Cornwall Railroad Cornwall R.R. Flag

Cornwall Railroad

Item: 114-C     Price: $175.00

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

History

The first railroad to reach Cornwall was the North Lebanon Railroad. It was incorporated in 1850 by George Dawson Coleman and William Coleman and opened in 1855. The railroad extended for about six miles from the ore banks in Cornwall to the Union Canal in Lebanon City. Originally ore laden carts were pulled by teams of mules. This type of operation only lasted seven months until a locomotive was purchased, capable of pulling the same weight as a team of one hundred mules. In 1870, the name was changed to the Cornwall Railroad. In 1857 the Lebanon Valley Railroad reached Lebanon and built an interchange with the North Lebanon RR there (the Lebanon Valley Railroad quickly became part of the Phildelphia & Reading Railroad).

The Cornwall Railroad remained a very prosperous line well up through the 1950's and into the early 1960's. In just the year of 1949 alone, the railroad hauled 1,448,000 tons of iron ore, significantly more than the annual revenue of 51,068 tons in the 1850's. In 1950, the line replaced its fleet of steamers with much more efficient diesel-electric locomotives. However, in 1962 Bethlehem Steel created a new concentrator plant in Rexmont. For many years prior to this, raw ore was shipped up to Lebanon to be processed there at the original concentrator. The reduction in revenue due to shipping only processed ore devastated the Cornwall Railroad. It was only two years later in 1964 that the Reading Company acquired the ailing Cornwall.

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Front Side: Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad Back Side: Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad CWP&S RR Flag

Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad

Item: 115-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and natural gold patina.
Different style bit than CWPS key below.

History

Now part of the Chicago Rail Link, Chicago West Pullman traces its history to the 1880's and the growth of Chicago industry. Cyrus McCormick, having founded International Harvester, wanted to grow his business by also controlling his suppliers. High grade Steel was vital to the production of the "reaper," Harvester's primary product.

As a part of that strategy, McCormick gained control of the predecessor of Wisconsin Steel, located in South Chicago. The Chicago, West Pullman & Southern Railroad was founded by McCormick, to transport steel between Wisconsin Steel and Harvester's plants. Any remaining steel production was sold to McCormick's good friend, George Pullman, who ran the huge Pullman Works on Chicago's South Side. A reliable and controllable Railroad was needed to economically provide timely deliveries, so the Chicago West Pullman & Southern Railroad was born and built to serve these two 19th century giants.

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Front Side: Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad Back Side: Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad Tales of Wells Fargo    Tales of Wells Fargo

Chicago-West Pullman & Southern Railroad

Item: 116-C     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Handsome block lettering and natural gold patina.
Different style bit than CWPS key above.

History - continued from above

In 1983, CWP was formed and bought the Chicago West Pullman & Southern from the bankrupt estate of Wisconsin Steel, which had been spun off by Harvester and left to flounder. CWP invested in members of railroad management, brought them in as shareholders and went on to acquire six short-line and medium sized railroads.

After operating these lines for several years, we eventually combined them with another operator and have maintained various investments in a variety of public and private operators of and suppliers to railroads, barges, trucking and logistics/supply chain management companies.

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Front Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway Back Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway CNO&TP R.R. Flag

Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railroad

Item: 117-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Elongated barrel. Superb block lettering and patina.


History

The Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway (CNO&TP); is a railroad that runs from Cincinnati, Ohio, south to Chattanooga, Tennessee, forming part of the Norfolk Southern Railway system. The rail line that it operates, the Cincinnati Southern Railway, constructed to Chattanooga in 1880, is owned by the City of Cincinnati and is leased to the CNO&TP under a long-term agreement. It is the only such long-distance railway owned by a municipality in the United States. The CNO&TP's lease of the Cincinnati Southern Railway is currently set to expire in 2026, with an option for a 25-year renewal. The agreement is governed by the Trustees of the Cincinnati Southern Railway, who are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cincinnati.

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Front Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway Back Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway CNO&TP 2-8-0

Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railroad

Item: 118-C     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Elongated barrel. Superb block lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The construction of the railway was spurred by a shift of Ohio River shipping, at the time an important economic engine in Cincinnati, to the nascent railroad industry. Fearful of losing further shipping traffic (and its commensurate employment and tax revenue), the City recognized the need to remain competitive by developing its own railroad infrastructure. Forbidden by the Ohio Constitution from forming a partnership with a stock corporation in such an endeavor, the City took upon itself the building of the railway, and city voters approved $10 million in municipal bonds in 1869 to begin construction.

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Front Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway Back Side: Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railway CNO&TP R.R. Flag

Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific Railroad

Item: 119-C     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Low serial number. Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Different style cut then CNO&TP keys above.
Key bit is exact same style as CRI&P RT key.

History - continued from above

The Cincinnati-New Orleans & Texas Pacific is operated by Norfolk Southern as part of the Central Division. Between Cincinnati and Somerset the line is under control of the North End Dispatcher, Knoxville, Tennessee. More than 50 trains a day can be seen on the CNO&TP, with the heaviest concentration between Danville and Harriman, Tennessee. Quite a bit of the traffic is intermodal and automotive. General manifests, local freights, grain, coal, and other bulk commodities make up the rest of the traffic.

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Front Side: Cumberland Valley & Waynesboro Railroad Back Side: Cumberland Valley & Waynesboro Railroad PRR Flag

Cumberland Valley & Waynesboro Railroad

Item: 120-C     Price: $225.00

Remarks: Operated 1901-1906. Handsome ring tapered barrel.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.
115 years old! A very rare key.

History

The Mont Alto Railroad was a railroad in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, originally built to connect the blast furnaces of the Mont Alto Iron Company to the Cumberland Valley Railroad. It was later extended south to reach Waynesboro.

Incorporated as the Scotland and Mont Alto Railroad on May 3, 1864, it was proposed to run from the Cumberland Valley Railroad near Scotland to the iron company's furnaces near Mont Alto. Renamed the Mont Alto Rail Road on November 22, 1871, it opened from Chambersburg to Mont Alto in October 1872.

On April 27, 1901, the Mont Alto Rail Road was sold at foreclosure, and reorganized on June 7, 1901 as the Cumberland Valley and Waynesboro Railroad. Mont Alto Park was turned over to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1902. The new company was sold to the Cumberland Valley Rail Road on June 30, 1906

The Cumberland Valley was itself merged into the Pennsylvania Railroad on 1919; the bulk of the Cumberland Valley & Waynesboro became the Waynesboro Branch, and the spur from Ledy to Mont Alto Park the Mont Alto Park Track. The PRR List of Stations and Sidings from 1923 reveals a mostly rural branch, with little industry online except for sand mining at Pond Bank and manufacturing in the town of Waynesboro.

The Mont Alto Park spur was the first part to be dismantled; then in 1972, the entire railroad from Chambersburg to Waynesboro was abandoned by Penn Central. After a brief revival of service in 1975, it was permanently abandoned in 1976 on the formation of Conrail.

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Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 01/14/2018

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