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

Eastern Railroad

Item: 2-E     Price: $200.00

Remarks: Absorbed by the B&M in 1890
Superb serif lettering and patina.
129 years young!

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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Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad

Item: 3-E     New Listing     Price: $100.00

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

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 that it planned 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.

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Front: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad Back: Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad EJ&E engine No.673

Elgin-Joliet & Eastern Railroad

Item: 4-E     New Listing     Price: $75.00

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

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 that it planned 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.

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East Carolina Railway

Item: 5-E     Price: $225.00

Remarks: Absorbed by the ACL in 1935.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.
A nice 1!

History

The East Carolina Railway was a short-line railroad that ran from 1898 to 1965. Originating in Tarboro, North Carolina the East Carolina Railway interchanged at Farmville, North Carolina with the original Norfolk Southern Railway.

The railroad was acquired by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) in 1935, but continued to be locally managed by Henry Clark Bridgers until his death in 1951. The railway continued to be operated under the East Carolina Railway name until the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad abandoned the line in 1965. The last train ran on November 16, 1965.

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East Erie Commercial Railroad

Item: 6-E     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. 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.

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Escanaba & Lake Superior Railroad

Item: 9-E     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. A&W forged key.
Great gold patina, and very low serial #33

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.

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.



Front: Elgin & State Line Railway Back: Elgin & State Line Railway C&NW R.R. Flag

Elgin & State Line Railway

Item: 10-E     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. A&W forged?
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History

A subsidiary of the Chicago & North Western, the Elgin & State Line Railway was a local line that serviced the Lake Geneva, Wisconsin area and, what is known today as, the "Fox River Valley" area. A popular tourist get away, Chicagoan's would hop a train and be at the resort in no time. Lake Geneva was thriving when in 1883, the North Western finally absorbed the Elgin & State Line Railway. To avoid condusion in the delivery of mail with Geneva, Illinois, a city along the same rail line, the community that same year formally changed its name to Lake Geneva. Five years later, this railroad would extend its tracks north and west of Lake Geneva to Williams Bay.

By the turn of the century, thousands of travelers congregated in Lake Geneva's hotels and restaurants each summer. Most visitors arrived and departed on North Western passenger trains operating directly between Lake Geneva and Chicago. All trains bound for the Windy City used the former Elgin & State Line Route as far as Cystal Lake, Illinois.

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Front: El Paso & Southwestern Railroad Back: El Paso & Southwestern Railroad SP R.R. Flag

El Paso & Southwestern Railroad

Item: 11-E     New Listing     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. A rare 1!
Superb block lettering and dark patina.

History

The El Paso and Southwestern Railroad began in 1888 as the Arizona and South Eastern Railroad, a short line serving copper mines in southern Arizona. Over the next few decades, it grew into a 1200-mile system that stretched from Tucumcari, New Mexico southward to El Paso, Texas, and westward to Tucson, Arizona, with several branch lines, including one to Nacozari, Mexico. The railroad was bought by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1924 and fully merged into its parent company in 1955. The EP&SW was a major link in the transcontinental route of the Golden State Limited.

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 14-E     New Listing     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Elongated barrel.
Given the moniker, "Weary Erie."

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: Erie Railroad Back: Erie Railroad Erie Alco RS-3    Erie locomotive

Erie Railroad

Item: 15-E     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s.
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice pocket wear and superb gold patina.

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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Fron: Erie Railroad Back: Erie Railroad 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Erie Railroad

Item: 16-E     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. 1800s. Bohannon forged.
Superb serif 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).

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Front: Erie Railroad Back: Erie Railroad 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Erie Railroad

Item: 17-E     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s.
Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Civil War Railroad.

History - continued from above

On October 17, 1960, the Erie merged with former rival Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 18-E     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s.
Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb lettering and two-tone patina.

History - continued from above

Steam last operated on the Erie on March 17, 1954, when the fires were dropped on K-1 class Pacific locomotive No. 2530, used on a commuter run between Jersey City and Spring Valley, New York.

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

Erie Railroad

Item: 19-E     New Listing     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Fraim forged.
Superb lettering and copper patina.

History - continued from above

The Erie Railroad operated a number of named passenger trains, although none were as well-known or successful as others like the Pennsylvania Railroad's Broadway Limited or New York Central Railroad's 20th Century Limited. Some of the Erie's most well known trains included the Erie Limited, Lake Cities, Pacific Express, Atlantic Express, Midlander, Southern Tier Express and Mountain Express. All of these had their western termini in Chicago, except the Mountain Express which terminated in Hornell, in the Southern Tier of New York.

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Front: Erie Railroad Back: Erie Railroad Erie advertisement    Erie passenger train

Erie Railroad

Item: 20-E     Price: $85.00

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

History - continued from above

What was left of the Erie Lackawanna became part of Conrail in 1976.

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Front: Erie Railroad Back: Erie Railroad Alco PA-1    Erie locomotive No.490

Erie Railroad

Item: 21-E     CT = cripple (rip) track     Price: $55.00

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

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Peru National Railway Company

Item: 25-E     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900s. 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: Elmira State Line Railroad Back: Electric Short Line Railroad Manual turntable    Manual engine turntable

Electric Short Line Railroad

Item: 27-E     Price: $125.00

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

History

The Electric Short Line Railway, also known as Luce Electric Lines, was a railroad that operated in Minnesota, originating in Minneapolis and heading westward. The railroad owes its nickname to the fact it was operated by members of the Luce family. The railroad ultimately reached beyond Clara City to Gluek. Today, the line has mostly been abandoned, but its former right-of-way now hosts the Luce Line State Trail operated by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

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Front: East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Back: East St. Louis & Suburban Railway Manual engine turntable    Manual engine turntable

East St. Louis & Suburban Railway

Item: 28-E     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Handland-Buck forged.
Handsome tapered barrel.
Superb serif lettering and carmel 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.

The system was abandoned sectionally during the 1930s.

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Front: NdeM Railroad Back: NdeM Railroad N de M passenger train     NdeM Flag     A railyard in Mexico

Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México

aka "NdeM Railroad"

Item: 2-F     Price: $95.00

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

History

Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico, (better known as N de M) was Mexico's state owned railroad company from 1938 to 1998, and prior to 1938 (dating from the regime of Porfirio Diaz) a major railroad controlled by the government that linked Mexico City to the major cities of Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border. The first trains to Nuevo Laredo from Mexico City began operating in 1903.

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Fitchburg Railroad

Item: 3-F     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s.
Bohannan forged. Barrel accent ring.
Superb serif lettering patina.

History

The Fitchburg Railroad is a former railroad company, which built a railroad line across northern Massachusetts, United States, leading to and through the Hoosac Tunnel. The Fitchburg was leased to the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1900. The main line from Boston to Fitchburg is now operated as the MBTA Fitchburg Line; Pan Am Railways runs freight service on some other portions.

The Boston and Maine Railroad leased the Fitchburg for 99 years from July 1, 1900 as its Fitchburg Division. The two companies merged to form a new B&M December 1, 1919. The MBTA bought the line from Boston to Fitchburg, along with many other lines, from the B&M on December 27, 1976. Guilford Transportation took over the former B&M in June 1983.

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Florida East Coast Railway

Item: 7-F     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid-1900s. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and carmel patina.
Given the moniker, "For Elderly Citizens."

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.

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Florida East Coast Railway

Item: 8-F     Price: $65.00

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

History - continued from above

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: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad Back: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad N&W R.R. Flag    FP&E R.R. engine No.105

Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Item: 11-F     Price: $115.00

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

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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Fonda-Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad

Item: 12-F     Price: $115.00

Remarks: Operated 1857-1984.
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Fonda, Johnstown and Gloversville Railroad was formerly a 132-mile steam engine and electric interurban railroad that connected its namesake towns in east central New York State to Schenectady, New York.

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Frisco Railroad

Item: 13-F     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s.
Key will not work with all Frisco locks.

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

Frisco Railroad

Item: 14-F     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s.
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and 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: Frisco Railroad Back: Frisco Railroad Twisted rail on the Frisco R.R.

Frisco Railroad

Item: 15-F     New Listing     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Slaymaker forged.
Superb large block lettering and carmel patina.
A well preserved beauty!

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Frisco Railroad

Item: 16-F     Price: $45.00

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

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Frisco Railroad

Item: 17-F     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s.
Slaymaker forged?
Nice bold lettering and gold patina.

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Front: Frisco Railroad Back: Frisco Railroad Old Frisco ca. 1800s    Frisco Bridge.

Frisco Railroad

Item: 19-F     MofW key   Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.
Another hard key to find.

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

Fort Smith & Van Buren Railway

Item: 21-F     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Oklahoma shortline operated by the KCS.
Same style bit as a KCS key

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

Fort Wayne-Cincinnati & Louisville Railroad

Item: 24-F     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s.
Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.

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: Fort Worth & Denver City Railway Back: Fort Worth & Denver City Railway FW&D R.R. Flag

Fort Worth & Denver City Railway

Item: 25-F     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Short tapered barrel.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Father of key below.

History

The Fort Worth and Denver City Railway Company (FW&DC) was chartered by the Texas legislature on May 26, 1873. The company would later change its name to the Fort Worth and Denver Railway Company (FW&D) on August 7, 1951.

The FW&DC was the first rail line to penetrate the northwest part of Texas, which contributed greatly to the growth of Texas cities such as Wichita Falls, Childress, Amarillo and Dalhart. In addition, the railroad actively promoted settlement of the rural areas it served, providing free seeds, trees, and tree seedlings to farmers and ranchers to promote cotton and wheat growing as well as erosion prevention.

The main line 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 and Southern Railway, both of which became subsidiaries of the Burlington Route in 1908.

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Front: Fort Worth & Denver Railroad Back: Fort Worth & Denver Railroad Frisco Bridge.

Fort Worth & Denver Railroad

Item: 25-F     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. Forged by Adlake Co.
Block lettering and great gold patina.
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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Front: Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad Back: Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad Frisco R.R. Flag    AT&SF R.R. Flag

Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad

Item: 29-F     Price: $245.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s-early 1900s.
Forged by the A&W Co. Nice block
lettering and patina. Once owned by the
FRISCO, bit style is similar to this FRISCO key.
A rare 1!

History

The Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway, chartered under the laws of Texas on June 1, 1885, was part of a plan conceived by Buckley Burton Paddock and other Fort Worth civic leaders to create a transcontinental route linking New York, Fort Worth, and the Pacific port of Topolobampo, which they believed would stimulate the growth and development of southwest Texas in general, and the economy of Fort Worth in particular.

In 1901, the Frisco purchased the Fort Worth & Rio Grande and on March 1, 1937, Frisco sold the line to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway for $1.5 million, giving the latter an entry into Fort Worth from the west. Santa Fe immediately leased the Fort Worth & Rio Grande to its Texas subsidiary, Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway, into which it was merged on December 31, 1948.

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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 07/13/2021

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