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Front Side: Eastern Railroad Back Side: Eastern Railroad B&M R.R. Flag        Eastern R.R. depot

Eastern Railroad

Item: 2-E     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the J.H.W Climax Co.
Superb block lettering and copper/gold patina. On May 9, 1890, the
Boston & Maine purchased the Eastern outright, dissolving the company.

History

The Eastern Railroad was a railroad connecting Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine. Throughout its history, it competed with the Boston & Maine Railroad for service between the two cities, until the Boston & Maine put an end to the competition by leasing the Eastern in December 1884. Much of the railroad's main line in Massachusetts is used by the MBTA's Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line, and some unused parts of its right-of-way have been converted to rail trails.

The Eastern Railroad Company of Massachusetts was first chartered on April 14, 1836. The line followed the coastline, in contrast to the Boston & Maine's inland route through Massachusetts, and it served North Shore cities such as Lynn, Salem, Beverly, and Newburyport. In keeping with its coastal route, the Eastern Railroad chose to place its Boston terminus in East Boston, a short ferry ride from downtown Boston, rather than building tracks around Chelsea Creek, the Boston Inner Harbor, and the Mystic River into the city.

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Front Side: East Erie Commercial Railroad Back Side: East Erie Commercial Railroad GE gas electric yard switcher

East Erie Commercial Railroad

Item: 3-E     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Erie short line.
Deep stamp marks and superb gold patina.

History

The East Erie Commercial Railroad (EEC) is a small switching railroad that services the GE Locomotive Plant facilities in Erie, Pa. The main line mileage aggregates 6.726 miles. The carrier also owns and uses 3.632 miles of yard tracks and sidings, making a total of 10.358 miles of all tracks. The carrier grants trackage rights to the General Electric Company over a portion of its railroad.

The carrier was incorporated October 17, 1907, under general laws of Pennsylvania, for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and operating a railroad for public use, principally to serve the General Electric Company. The date of organization was October 19, 1907. A supplemental charter dated January 25, 1910, was granted under the same general laws of Pennsylvania.

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Front Side: East Brandywine & Waynesburg Railroad Back Side: East Brandywine & Waynesburg Railroad PRR Flag

East Brandywine & Waynesburg Railroad

Item: 4-E     Price: $325.00

Remarks:: ca. mid 1800's. A very rare key!
Superb serif lettering and patina. Has characteristics
of a Slaymaker/Barry forged key.

History

The East Brandywine & Waynesburg Railroad opened in 1854 to connect Downingtown to Honeybrook Borough along the Brandywine Creek. It was acquired by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1861 and extended to New Holland (Lancaster County) and eventually to Lancaster City where it joined the Pennsylvania Main Line.

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Front Side: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad EJ&E R.R. Flag

Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad

Item: 5-E     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Nice early J key.
This "J" key stamped "RR" + key below stamped "RY" = nice set.
Given the moniker, "Easy Jobs for Everyone."

History

Most railroads like it or not, had a "moniker" bestowed or labled on them. The "J" and "The Chicago Outer Belt Line" were the nicknames given to the EJ&E railroad. The (Class 2) railroad served as a link between Class I railroads traveling to and from Chicago, although it operated almost entirely within the city's suburbs and only entered Chicago where it served the U.S. Steel South Works on the shores of Lake Michigan. On September 26, 2007, the Canadian National Railway announced it plans to purchase a majority of the EJ&E, leaving a portion of the line in Indiana to be reorganized as the Gary Railway. The purchase was approved on December 24, 2008 by the U.S. Surface Transportation Board, and the deal was consummated effective February 1, 2009. In the years immediately following the merger, the railroad existed as a subsidiary of Canadian National, and EJ&E locomotives that were repainted into CN colors were sub-lettered for the EJ&E.

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Front Side: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad EJ&E #673

Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad

Item: 6-E     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina. Gobbled up by the CN.
This "J" key stamped "RY" + key above stamped "RR" = nice set.

History - See 5-E

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 7-E     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Elongated barrel. Nice block lettering and superb patina.

History

The Erie Railroad, chartered in 1832, was a railroad that operated in the northeastern United States, originally connecting New York City with Lake Erie. It expanded west to Chicago with its 1941 merger with the former Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, also known as the New York Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad. Its mainline route proved influential in the development and economic growth of the Southern Tier, including cities such as Binghamton, Elmira and Hornell. The business recession that occurred in the 1950's led the Erie to explore the idea of doing business with the nearby Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad. Problems still persisted after the 1960 merger and in 1976, the Erie (Erie Lackawanna) became part of Conrail. Today most of the former Erie Railroad routes are operated by Norfolk Southern Railway.

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad Erie Alco RS-3

Erie Railroad

Item: 8-E     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Double accent ring barrel. Fine pocket wear. Nice early Erie key.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History - continued from above

The NY&E came upon hard times in the 1850s. Cornelius Vanderbilt (the Commodore), and Daniel Drew both lent the railroad money, and in 1859 it entered receivership and was reorganized as the Erie Railway. Drew and two associates, James Fisk and Jay Gould, engaged in stock manipulations known as the Erie War, with the result that in the summer of 1868 Drew, Fisk, and Vanderbilt were out and Gould was in as president of the Erie.

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 9-E     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb gold patina.
Nicely stamped "E" diamond.

History - continued from above

The Erie held its own against the Great Depression until January 18, 1938 when it entered bankruptcy. Its reorganization, accomplished in December 1941, included purchase of the leased C&MV, swapping high rent for lower interest payments, and purchase of subsidiaries and leased lines. To the surprise of many, Erie began paying dividends.

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad 2-8-4 type locomotive

Erie Railroad

Item: 10-E     Price: $40.00

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

History - continued from above

The Erie prospered throughout the mid-1950s, but then began an irreversible decline. The company's 1957 income was half of that in 1956; by 1958 and 1959, the Erie posted deficits. The business recession that occurred in the 1950s led the Erie to explore the idea of doing business with the nearby Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad (DL&W). The first result of this was the abandonment of duplicate freight facilities in Binghamton and Elmira, New York. Between 1956 and 1957, the Erie shifted its passenger trains from its former Jersey City terminal to the DL&W's newer one in Hoboken. Also, the DL&W's main line between Binghamton and Elmira was abandoned in favor of the Erie's parallel main line in 1958. These successful business consolidations led to merger talks (which, at first, also included the Delaware & Hudson Railroad); on October 17, 1960, the two railroads merged to create the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 11-E     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Elongated barrel. Attractive serif lettering and patina.

History - See 7-E

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad Erie passenger train

Erie Railroad

Item: 12-E     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Elongated barrel. Nice block lettering and carmel patina.

History - See 7-E

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad Erie advertisement

Erie Railroad

Item: 13-E     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and patina. Large round hilt.
Different style cut then Erie keys above. Good possibility MofW key.

History - See 7-E

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad Alco PA-1

Erie Railroad

Item: 14-E     CT = cripple (rip) track     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Superb serif lettering and patina.
Key style listed in "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History - See 7-E

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Front Side: Erie Lackawanna Railroad Back Side: Erie Lackawanna Railroad EL R.R. Flag

Erie Lackawanna Railroad

Item: 15-E     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Given the moniker, "Erie Lack-o-Money."

History

In 1960, due to poor economic conditions of the times, the Erie Railroad and the Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad merged to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. The official motto of the line was "The Friendly Service Route". The northeast railroads,including EL, were in decline due to subsidized highway and waterway competition, high rates of urban property taxation, commuter operations and market saturation (i.e., too many railroad lines competing for what market was remaining). EL struggled for most of the 16 years it existed. The two railroads from which it was formed were losing passengers and freight traffic, and were burdened by years of accumulated debt, confiscatory property taxes, and extensive, money-losing commuter operations. Conrail assumed EL operations on April 1, 1976.

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Front Side: Peru National Railway Company Back Side: Peru National Railway Company Peru Railway

Peru National Railway Company

Item: 17-E     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
How this key made it to the USA is anyone's guess. A rarity!

History

In Peru, the company in charge of the railway system is the 'Empresa Nacional de Ferrocarriles' (ENAFER) or the National Railway Company.

Created by decree on September 19, 1972, it was formed by the nationalization of several foreign-owned companies which had serviced mostly two separate networks: the central railroad serving Lima, and the southern railroad offering a second connection to the Pacific Ocean. It has once again been privatised.

The rail network of Peru includes in total 1886 km of lines, mainly with single track that is standard gauge. On this track is found the highest-altitude railway station in the world, Galera, at 4,781 m (15,686 ft) above sea level. The new "Qingzang Railway" now beats this altitude record.

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Front Side: East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Back Side: East St. Louis & Suburban Railway ESTL&S RY Flag

East St. Louis & Suburban Railway

Item: 18-E     Price: $150.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Handland Buck-Mfg. Co
Handsome tapered barrel. Superb serif lettering and copper patina.

History

The East St. Louis & Suburban Railway was an interurban railroad that operated in Illinois. The system expanded during the industrial growth of St. Louis in the late 19th century, spilling across the Mississippi River to the cheaper land on the Illinois side. From 1870-1910, East St. Louis and the surrounding area attracted industrial development to the transportation hub. During this period, the population of East St. Louis nearly doubled each decade. Amidst this growth, the East St. Louis & Suburban grew by acquiring shorter interurban lines. The system was abandoned sectionally during the 1930s.

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Front Side: Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad Back Side: Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad EMD F7

Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad

Item: 19-E     New Listing     Price: $95.00

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

History

The Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad (reporting mark ELS) is a privately held shortline railroad that operates 347 miles (558 km) of track in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Its main line runs 208 miles (335 km) from Rockland, Michigan, to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it also owns various branch lines and out of service track.

The railroad was founded as the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railway on November 17, 1898, by Isaac Stephenson, a local businessman, with seven miles (11 km) of track from Wells, Michigan, northwest. Over the next several years it built track to Channing, Michigan, where it connected with the Milwaukee Road.

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Front Side: Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad Back Side: Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad E&TH R.R.

Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad

Item: 21-E     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Attractive ring tapered barrel.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.
Great serial number 222!

History

The Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad Company was Evansville, Indiana's first railroad company.
It was first chartered in 1853 by William D. Griswold, a lawyer in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was renamed Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad in 1877.

The Evansville & Crawfordsville Railroad was the first to service Evansville. It helped the town be connected to the rest of the world and fostered its growth.
The E&C RR was a merger of two smaller railroads, The Evansville & Illinois RR planned on connecting Evansville to Mt Carmel, Ill. and Olney, Ill.

In 1911, the railroad consolidated into Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad (C&EI), along with the Evansville Belt Railroad still, around 1951.

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Front Side: Franklin & Carolina Railroad Back Side: Franklin & Carolina Railroad Franklin & Carolina R.R.    Franklin & Carolina R.R.

Franklin & Carolina Railroad

Item: 2-F     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Excellent serif lettering and copper like patina.
North Carolina logging line sold to the ACL in 1958.
Only Franklin & Carolina key I have seen.

History

On May 2, 1944, The Franklin and Carolina Railroad was incorporated. It was wholly owned by Camp Manufacturing Company but was chartered by the Interstate Commerce Commission as a common carrier. The main purpose of the line was to connect Camp's Franklin paper mill and sawmill with the Atlantic Coast Line, in what was then Nansemond County.

Outgoing traffic was paper, lumber, tall oil (a byproduct of paper making used in the manufacturing of cosmetics) and wood pulp. In addition the incoming and outgoing traffic, a great deal of mill switching was done at Franklin, where connections were made with the Atlantic & Danville and Seaboard were made.

Motive power consisted of two steam engines, #30 a Baldwin 2-6-2, and #23, a Baldwin 4-6-0, and two Whitcomb 60 ton diesel-electric switchers, 100 and 110, purchased from the U. S. Army.

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Front Side: Florida East Coast Railroad Back Side: Florida East Coast Railroad FEC R.R. Flag

Florida East Coast Railroad

Item: 3-F     Price: $65.00

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

History

The Florida East Coast Railway (FEC) is a Class II railroad operating in the U.S. state of Florida and since 2007 has been a subsidiary of Railroad Acquisition Holdings, LLC, itself a subsidiary of Fortress Investment Group, LLC. The FEC was historically a Class I railroad owned by Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) from 2000-2006, FOXX Holdings from 1983-2000, and the St. Joseph Paper Company prior to 1983.

The FEC is possibly best known for building the railroad to Key West, completed in 1912. When the FEC's line from the mainland to Key West was heavily damaged by the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, the State of Florida purchased the remaining right-of-way and bridges south of Dade County, and they were rebuilt into road bridges for vehicle traffic and became known as the Overseas Highway. However, a greater and lasting Flagler legacy was the developments along Florida's eastern coast.

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Front Side: Florida East Coast Railroad Back Side: Florida East Coast Railroad Cheyenne TV series

Florida East Coast Railroad

Item: 4-F     New Listing     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

During the Great Depression, control was purchased by heirs of the du Pont family. After 30 years of fragile financial condition, the FEC, under leadership of a new president, Ed Ball, took on the labor unions. Ball claimed the company could not afford the same costs as larger Class 1 railroads and needed to invest saved funds in its infrastructure, fast becoming a safety issue. Using replacement workers, the company and some of its employees engaged in one of the longest and more violent labor conflicts of the 20th century from 1963 until 1977. Ultimately, federal authorities had to intervene to stop the violence, which included bombings, shootings and vandalism. However, the courts ruled in the FEC's favor with regards to the right to employ strikebreakers. During this time, Ball invested heavily in numerous steps to improve its physical plant, installed various forms of automation,was the first US Railroad to operate two man train crews, eliminate cabooses and end all of its passenger services (which were unprofitable) by 1968.

In modern times, the company's primary rail revenues come from its intermodal and rock trains. Since 2007, it has been owned by Fortress Investment Group, which acquired it for over US$3 billion (including non-rail assets). Fortress previously owned conglomerate short line railroad operator RailAmerica, which for a time operated FEC but the two companies never merged; Fortress no longer owns RailAmerica and RailAmerica no longer operates FEC. A former CSX official, James Hertwig, was named as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company effective July 1, 2010.

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Front Side: Florida Southern Railroad Back Side: Florida Southern Railroad Florida Southern locomotive No.8

Florida Southern Railroad

Item: 5-F     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1800's. Born as a narrow gauge line.
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.
Most of the Florida Southern has been abandoned.
Another rare Florida oldie but goodie.

History

The Florida Southern (FS) started its history by the name of the Gainesville-Ocala & Charlotte Harbor Railroad on March 4, 1879 with a route from Lake City to Charlotte Harbor with a branch to Palatka. Construction began in January of 1881 at Palatka, as the branch line to this deep water port city was deemed the most important, as most of the construction materials would come by sea.

The Florida Southern was finished at 299 miles of track, making it the largest narrow gauge system in Florida. It also acquired 2.7 million acres of land grants from the Florida's Internal Improvement Fund, making it the largest land grant in Florida. Around 1890 the road was leased to the Jacksonville Tampa & Key West and operated as part of the Tropical Trunk Line.

A severe freeze in 1895 destroyed the Citrus industry in North & Central Florida which in turn forced the stockholders and bondholder to pass control of the Florida Southern to the Plant System on January 1st, 1896. Henry Plant standard gauged the railroad on July 11, 1896 and coordinated operations with the rest of the Plant System.

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Front Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad FP&E R.R. engine No.105

Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Item: 6-F     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Very early FP&E key.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History

The carrier was incorporated July 16, 1910, under the general laws of the State of Ohio for the
stated purpose of constructing, or otherwise acquiring, and operating a railroad from Fairport to Austinburg, Ohio.

The railroad was built in conjunction with and primarily to serve the Diamond Alkali's
newly-constructed Painesville plant, the companies were independent of each other.

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Front Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad NS R.R. Flag

Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Item: 7-F     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Steel FP&E key.
Nice block lettering and silver patina.
Different bit than FP&E key above.

History - continued from above

In November and December 1965 the N&W and a majority of FP&E's shareholders negotiated a deal that would allow the
Norfolk & Western Railroad to purchase the FP&E. The FP&E would not be merged into the N&W, but would become a wholly-owned subsidiary of that railroad.

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Front Side: Fall Brook Coal Company Back Side: Fall Brook Coal Company FBC R.R.

Fall Brook Coal Company

Item: 8-F     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Double digit serial #.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.
In 1892 name changed to Fall Brook Ry Co.

History

After a foreclosure sale in 1854, Hon. John Magee purchased a controlling interest in the Corning & Blossburg Railroad in New York State, beginning a series of acquisitions and leases which led to the formation in 1892, of the Fall Brook Railway and its ultimate merger into the "New York Central system".

Under the direction of Humphries Brewer, working for John Magee, a large vein of coal was found in Fall Brook, PA. John Magee's Fall Brook Coal Company built seven miles of railroad from Fall Brook to connect to rails in Blossburg. That line, called the "Fall Brook Railroad" was completed in 1859, and Fall Brook, itself, became a busy mining town, with dwellings, sawmills, blacksmith and chutes for handling coal. By 1865, there was a Fall Brook Hotel.

In 1892, the coal and railroad operations of the Fall Brook Coal Company were split, with all the rail operations transferred to the newly named Fall Brook Railway Co. After pursuing - some say pressuring - the Magees for years, Vanderbilt ultimately leased the entire Fall Brook line in 1899, and purchased all interests in 1909. It consolidated them to form the Geneva-Corning & Southern Railroad Company which, in 1914 became the "Fall Brook Division" of the newly inaugurated New York Central System.

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Front Side: Fonda-Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad Back Side: Fonda-Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad FJ&G R.R. Flag

Fonda-Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad

Item: 9-F     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. NY interurban line.
Attractive block lettering and patina. Pocket worn
double ring barrel. Great looking FJ&G oldie!

History

After a foreclosure sale in 1854, Hon. John Magee purchased a controlling interest in the Corning & Blossburg Railroad in New York State, beginning a series of acquisitions and leases which led to the formation in 1892, of the Fall Brook Railway and its ultimate merger into the New York Central system.

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

Frisco Railroad

Item: 11-F     New Listing     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Attractive crisp lettering.

History

The St. Louis & San Francisco Railway, also known as the Frisco, was a railroad that operated in the Midwest and South Central U.S. from 1876 to April 17, 1980. Incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the Missouri Division and Central Division of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad. The Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad, interested in the A & P right of way across the Mojave Desert to California, took the road over until the larger road went bankrupt in 1893; the receivers retained the western right of way but divested the ATSF of the St. Louis-San Francisco mileage on the great plains. The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway had two main lines: St. Louis-Tulsa-Oklahoma City and Kansas City-Memphis-Birmingham. The junction of the two lines was in Springfield, Missouri, home to the company's main shop facility and headquarters.

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad Twisted rail on the Frisco R.R.

Frisco Railroad

Item: 12-F     Price: $55.00

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

History - continued from above

The city of Frisco,Texas was named after the railroad and uses the former railroad's logo as its own logo. The logo is modeled after a stretched-out raccoon skin (giving rise to Frisco High School's mascot, the Fighting Raccoons). From March, 1917, through January, 1959, Frisco, in a joint venture with the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, operated the "Texas Special." This luxurious train, a streamliner from 1947, ran from St. Louis to Dallas,Texas, Ft. Worth, Texas and San Antonio, Texas. While the Texas Special was the most famous passenger train Frisco ever operated, it also rostered an entire fleet of (11) named trains. Due to the harsh economic conditions of that era, the Frisco merged into the Burlington Northern Railroad on November 21, 1980.

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

Frisco Railroad

Item: 13-F     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 11-F

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad Old Frisco. Circa; 1800's

Frisco Railroad

Item: 14-F     Price: $45.00

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

History - See 11-F

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad Frisco R.R.

Frisco Railroad

Item: 15-F     rip track     Price: $90.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Nice stamp marks.
Fine pocket wear and superb carmel patina.

History - See 11-F

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad Frisco R.R. bridge     Frisco Bridge.

Frisco Railroad

Item: 16-F     New Listing     Price: $65.00

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

History - See 11-F

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Front Side: Frisco gas key Back Side: Frisco gas key Frisco R.R. Flag

Frisco Railroad

Item: 17-F     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Hex shaped opening.

History - See 11-F

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Front Side: Fort Smith & Van Buren Railway Back Side: Fort Smith & Van Buren Railway KCS RR Flag

Fort Smith & Van Buren Railway

Item: 18-F     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. A rarity!
Oklahoma shortline operated by the KCS.

History

A twenty-one-mile rail line between Coal Creek and McCurtain was purchased by the Kansas City Southern and operated by them as the Fort Smith and Van Buren Railway.

The Fort Smith & Western Railway (FS&W) was a short line railway running from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Guthrie, Oklahoma, a distance of 217 mile. It was incorporated in 1899 and reached Guthrie in 1903. When the state capitol of Oklahoma moved from Guthrie to Oklahoma City in 1910 the FS&W gained trackage rights over the M-K-T from the main line at Fallis to Oklahoma City. In the early 30's the FS&W was operating a passenger train daily between Fort Smith and Oklahoma City, 227 miles, which included 12 section drawing room sleeping cars and coaches. It also operated a mixed train between Fallis and Guthrie, Oklahoma, 22 miles. When trackage rights, to Oklahoma City were discontinued in 1939 the FS&W closed down. Parts of it were operated by the Fort Smith & Van Buren, a subsidiary of the KCS until abandoned in 1994.

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Front Side: Fort Wayne-Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad Back Side: Fort Wayne-Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad FWC&L R.R. Flag

Fort Wayne-Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad

Item: 19-F     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. A very handsome key.
The line also carried the nickname the "Natural Gas Route."

History

The Fort Wayne-Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad started operations in 1881 and stopped service in 1890 for a total period of operations of 9 years. After the Civil War railroads exploded in the US with hundreds of lines starting service all over the country. This was the the age of steam locomotives and rail travel was still a luxury.

This line was originally known as the Fort Wayne-Muncie & Cincinnati Railroad. Eventually it was consolidated with the Lake Erie & Western. It was a north-south route through New Castle and Muncie.

The FWC&L was a one state railroad and built lines from Fort Wayne to Muncie, New Castle and Cincinnati. This route became part of Norfolk & Western Railway (N&W) with the purchase of Nickel Plate. The line was in the N&W merger that became Norfolk Southern (NS) and is a major route of the NS system.

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Front Side: Fort Worth & Denver Railroad Back Side: Fort Worth & Denver Railroad FW&D R.R. Flag

Fort Worth & Denver Railroad

Item: 20-F     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by Adlake Co.
Key has large block lettering and great patina.
Popular among collectors, this "fallen flag" lasted over 100 years.

History

The Fort Worth & Denver Railway, nicknamed the Denver Road, was a class I American railroad company that operated in the northern part of Texas from 1881-1982 and had a profound influence on the early settlement and economic development of the region. The mainline of the railroad ran from Fort Worth through Wichita Falls, Childress, Amarillo, and Dalhart, to Texline, where it connected with the rails of parent company Colorado & Southern Railway, both of which became a subsidiaries of the Burlington Route in 1908. In 1899 The FW&DC was acquired by the C&S Railway, successor to the Denver & New Orleans Railroad Company. The C&S itself was bought by the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1908, but the three companies continued to operate as separate legal entities. The FW&D's former main line through the Texas Panhandle and North Texas is now a heavily, used route of BN's successor, the BNSF Railway, primarily for coal and intermodal trains between Fort Worth and the western US. In 1989, BN abandoned the former Fort Worth & Denver South Plains, trackage between Estelline and Lubbock.

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Dates quoted for keys are approximate dates. Railroad switch keys initials (reporting mark) are assumed to be correct and accurate.
Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 01/12/2018.

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