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Frontside: Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad Backside: Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad Locomotive support facilities.    BR R.R. Flag

Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad

Item: 4-G     Price: $215.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Eagle Lock Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. Chartered in 1911.

History

The Galesburg & Great Eastern was a railroad which operated in Knox County, Illinois in the United States. Knox County is located in western Illinois, about 180 miles southwest from Chicago. This interesting railroad ran until the early 1960's, hauling coal from a mine located at Victoria, Illinois to Wataga, Illinois, a distance of ten miles (16 kilometers). Although early plans indicated that the road would extend on to Galesburg (a major railroad center nine miles away), ultimately, the railroad would go there in name only.

When the coal arrived at Wataga it was usually transferred to a CB&Q train and taken to Chicago. On occasion the rail lines also hauled other freight, including grain from area elevators. The G&GE usually operated two round trips per day with a typical train consisting of an engine and a dozen hopper cars. Although it maintained a variety of locomotives it was not uncommon to obtain units from other railroads.

In the late 1950s the coal supply from the Little John Mines was exhausted. The Stonefort Corp. which was the last operator finally declared, "no coal-no railroad" and the line was abandoned.

It has often been asked why the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad didn't include the name Galesburg? It is interesting to note that the early plans of the Galesburg & Great Eastern Railroad would be extended to Galesburg, however it would to there in name only.

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Frontside: Georgia Railroad Backside: Georgia Railroad Georgia R.R.

Georgia Railroad

Item: 5-G     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.
Civil War Railroad. A rare 1!

History

The company was chartered in 1833 in Augusta, Georgia. In 1835, the charter was amended to include banking. Originally the line was chartered to build a railroad from Augusta to Athens, with a branch to Madison. It was converted to 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1/2 in) in 1886.

The banking side of the business was quickly more successful than the railroad side. The Georgia Railroad & Banking Company was perhaps the strongest bank in Georgia for many years. The bankers used some of their wealth to buy controlling interests in the Atlanta & West Point Railroad (A&WP) and the Western Railway of Alabama (WofA), which provided a continuous line from Atlanta to Montgomery, Alabama, although the WofA was standard gauge, while all the other lines in the South were broad gauge.

1983 saw the end of the Georgia Railroad as a separate company, after Family Lines purchased the railroad properties of the Georgia Railroad and Banking Company, which had until then been the subject of a lease. In 1986, SCL merged with the Chessie System, to form CSX Transportation. The same year, Georgia Railroad Bank was acquired by First Union.

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Frontside: Georgia Midland Railroad Backside: Georgia Midland Railroad GM R.R.

Georgia Midland Railroad

Item: 7-G     Price: $75.00

Remarks: Chartered in 2004. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and patina.
Short lived Georgia short line.

History

The Georgia Midland Railroad was a shortline railroad that operated several lines in Georgia that it acquired in 2004 from the initial operations of Ogeechee Railway.

In 2009 the Georgia Midland was purchased by Pioneer RailCorp from Atlantic Western Transportation Company, the holding company for the Heart of Georgia Railroad. Pioneer renamed the railroad as the Georgia Southern Railway. Hauling an average of 5000 carloads per year of aggregate sand, stone, farm products and wood, the Georgia Midland Railroad connected with the Norfolk Southern Railway.

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Frontside: Georgia Central Railroad Co. Backside: Georgia Central Railroad Co. CofG R.R. Flag

Georgia Central Railroad Co.

Item: 9-G     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Early CofG key.
Same style bit as CofG key. A gem!

History

The Central of Georgia Railway started as the "Central Rail Road & Canal Company" in 1833. As a way to better attract investment capital, the railroad changed its name to "Central Rail Road & Banking Company of Georgia." This railroad was constructed to join the Macon & Western Railroad at Macon, Georgia, and run to Savannah. This created a rail link from Chattanooga, on the Tennessee River, to seaports on the Atlantic Ocean. It took from 1837 to 1843 to build the railroad from Savannah to the eastern bank of the Ocmulgee River at Macon; a bridge into the city was not built until 1851. During the Savannah Campaign of the American Civil War, conducted during November and December 1864, Federal troops tore up the rails and converted them into "Sherman's neckties".

In 1907 railroad magnate and financier E. H. Harriman gained a controlling interest in the railway, and in 1909 sold his interest to the Illinois Central Railroad, which he also controlled. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the CofG went into receivership, from which it did not emerge until 1948. In 1956, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (Frisco), seeking a route to Atlantic Ocean ports, gained control of the CofG, but the Interstate Commerce Commission declined to approve a merger of the two roads, so the Frisco sold its CofG stock to the Southern Railway in 1963.

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Frontside: Great Northern Railroad Backside: Great Northern Railroad GN R.R. Flag

Great Northern Railway

Item: 11-G     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.
Given the moniker, "the Billy Goat."

History

The Great Northern Railway was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it wasthe creation of 19th century railroad tycoon James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The GN's route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S. The Great Northern was "the only privately funded and successfully built transcontinental railroad in U.S. history". No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads. In 1910 the Great Northern fell victim to the deadliest avalanche in U.S. history at the site of the defunct town of Wellington, Washington. In 1881 James J Hill took over the 1856 charter of the Minneapolis & St. Cloud Railroad. He first used its franchises to build the Eastern Railway of Minnesota from Hinckley, Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth. Its charter was liberal enough that he chose it as the vehicle for his line to the Pacific. Hill renamed the railroad the "Great Northern Railway."

More than four decades passed before the merger went through on March 2, 1970 with the CB&Q included and indeed half the name of the merged company, the Burlington Northern Railroad (BN). BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway to form the BNSF Railway

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Frontside: Great Northern Railway Backside: Great Northern Railway BNSF-logo

Great Northern Railway

Item: 12-G     New Listing     Price: $125.00

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

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Frontside: Great Northern Railway Backside: Great Northern Railway GN Ry station, Fargo

Great Northern Railway

Item: 13-G     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Tall steel key.
Steam era oiler's key.

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Frontside: Georgetown Railway Backside: Georgetown Railway Georgetown R.R. Flag

Georgetown Railway

Item: 15-G     Price: $115.00

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

History

The original Georgetown Railroad Company was chartered on May 31, 1878, with a commitment to build a railroad the approximately 10 mile distance between Georgetown and Round Rock. The headquarters was in Georgetown. The International-Great Northern Railroad stepped in and purchased the Georgetown Railroad and merged it into their system. The proceeds of the first stock offering was about $50,000, and the end of 1878, the GRR had connected Georgetown to Round Rock. Soon, the railroad found itself in difficult financial straits and George M. Dilly, acting for the receiver of the International & Great Northern Railroad, (I&GN) purchased the Georgetown. Operations merged with that company in 1882.

The branch was operated by the I&GN and its successors until 1959, when it was sold to the new Georgetown Railroad Company.

This company was incorporated on July 25, 1958, to acquire about eight miles of the Georgetown branch then owned by the Missouri Pacific, as successor to the I&GN. The new company acquired the property on March 16, 1959. Although it serves other customers, the major industry on the Georgetown Railroad is the large quarry of the Texas Crushed Stone Company, located near Georgetown. On June 3, 1991, the Georgetown Railroad acquired that portion of the Belton Railroad east of I-35 at Belton and began operating this line as its Belton Subdivision. In 1990 the Georgetown Railroad owned seventeen locomotives and 1,299 cars.

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Frontside: Georgia & Florida Railroad Backside: Georgia & Florida Railroad G&W R.R. Flag

Georgia & Florida Railroad

Item: 16-G     Price: $75.00

Remarks:Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Hard to find key.
Pocket worn stamp marks and nice gold patina.
Given the moniker, "God Forsaken."

History

The Georgia & Florida Railroad was a railroad in the Southern U.S., with a main line from Madison, Florida to Greenwood, South Carolina. The Southern Railway gained control in 1963, reorganized it as the Georgia & Florida Railway, and merged it into subsidiary Central of Georgia Railroad in 1971.

Most of the G&F was assembled by John Skelton Williams, former president of the Seaboard Air Line Railway, between 1906 and 1911.

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Frontside: Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Backside: Genesee & Wyoming Railroad G&W R.R. Flag

Genesee & Wyoming Railway

Item: 18-G     Price: $85.00

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

History

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. is a short-line railroad holding company that owns or maintains interests in 120 railroads throughout five countries (the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands), and operates more than 15,500 miles (24,900 km) of owned and leased track, with more than 3,300 miles (5,300 km) under additional track-access arrangements. The company had its roots in the Class III Genesee and Wyoming Railroad, which began in 1899.

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Frontside: Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Backside: Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Huron Central train

Genesee & Wyoming Railway

Item: 19-G     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.
Given the moniker, "Guilford Fail System."

History - continued from above

Genesee & Wyoming Railroad, predecessor of Genesee & Wyoming Inc., was purchased out of bankruptcy in 1899 by Edward L. Fuller. At that time, the railroad was operating as a 14.5 miles (23.3 km) long single-track line serving a single customer, a salt mine owned by Fuller in Retsof, NY. It was still operating the same line for the salt mine when Mortimer B. Fuller III, great grandson of Edward L. Fuller, purchased the railroad in 1977. The holding company, Genesee & Wyoming Railroad Inc., was organized during the same year, and the railroad became its subsidiary.

With deregulation of the rail industry by the Staggers Rail Act of 1980, railroads began disposing of unprofitable routes. Genesee & Wyoming acquired several of these short line railroads, scattered across the United States, from 1985 to 1996. Its acquisitions began including railroads in other countries in 1997

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Frontside: Georgia Power Company Backside: Georgia Power Company Atlanta 1915

Georgia Power Company

Item: 21-G     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Attractive serif lettering and two-tone patina.

History

Georgia Power is an electric utility headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It was established as the Georgia Railway and Power Company and began operations in 1902 running streetcars in Atlanta as a successor to the Atlanta Consolidated Street Railway Company.

Originally the Georgia Railway and Power Company, it began in 1902 as a company running the streetcars in Atlanta, and was the successor to the Atlanta Consolidated Street Railway Company. In the 1930s, the company published a free newsletter called Two Bells which was distributed on its streetcars; Two Bells was still distributed into the 1960s on the buses of successor Atlanta Transit Company (ATC). From 1937 until 1950, Georgia Power also operated trolleybuses in Atlanta, and in 1950 its network of 31 electric bus routes was the largest trolley bus system in the United States. After the Atlanta transit strike of 1950, the Atlanta Transit Company took over operations. Atlanta Streetcar was formed in the 2000s to establish a new streetcar service along Peachtree Street.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Pacific Railway GTP last spike    GT R.R. Flag    GTP surveyors

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway

Item: 22-G     Price: $325.00

Remarks: Operated 1914-1920. Subsidiary of GT Ry.
Block lettering and superb patina. A very rare key.
Given the moniker, "Get there Perhaps."

History

The Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (reporting mark GTP) was a historical Canadian transcontinental railway running from Winnipeg to the Pacific coast at Prince Rupert, British Columbia. East of Winnipeg the line continued as the National Transcontinental Railway (NTR), running across northern Ontario and Quebec, crossing the St. Lawrence River at Quebec City and ending at Moncton, New Brunswick. The entire line was managed and operated by Grand Trunk Railway.

By 1919 it was obvious that the GTPR was not paying its way. The financial strain broke on March 7 when GTR defaulted on repayment of construction loans to the federal government, whereby the GTPR was nationalized and taken over by a Board of Management operating under the Department of Railways and Canals while legalities were resolved. On July 12, 1920 the GTPR was placed under the management of Crown corporation Canadian National Railways (CNR) and in 1923 was completely absorbed into the CNR.

Nearing bankruptcy in 1919, the entire system was nationalized. In 1923 the government merged the Grand Trunk, the Grand Trunk Pacific, the Canadian Northern and the National Transcontinental lines into the new Canadian National Railways. The Grand Trunk lines, however, kept its distinctive name.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Railway GT R.R. Flag

Grand Trunk Railway

Item: 24-G     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. A&W forged.
Superb dark stamp marks and patina.
Nice oldie!

History

The Grand Trunk Railway was a railway system that operated in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and in the American states of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Railway 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Grand Trunk Railway

Item: 25-G     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

GTR underwent serious financial difficulties as a result of the GTPR, and its shareholders, primarily in the United Kingdom, were determined to prevent the company from being nationalized as well. Eventually on July 12, 1920, GTR was placed under control of another federal government Board of Management while legal battles continued for several more years. Finally, on January 20, 1923, GTR was fully absorbed into the CNR on a date when all constituent companies were merged into the Crown corporation.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway System Backside: Grand Trunk Railway System 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Grand Trunk Railway System

Item: 26-G     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Great block lettering and patina. Imitation is
the sincerest form of flattery. Note the "SYS"
stamp - mirroring the NYC-System's reporting mark.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad Backside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad GT R.R. Flag

Grand Trunk Western Railroad

Item: 27-G     Price: $60.00

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


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Frontside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad Backside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad GT crew

Grand Trunk Western Railroad

Item: 28-G     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Keyline forged.
Block lettering and nice gold patina.


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Frontside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad Backside: Grand Trunk Western Railroad GT R.R. Flag

Grand Trunk Western Railroad

Item: 29-G     Price: $50.00

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


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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Railway GT locomotive

Grand Trunk Railway

Item: 30-G     Price: $95.00

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

History

The Grand Trunk Railway (reporting mark GT) was a railway system that operated in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and in the American states of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The railway was operated from headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, with corporate headquarters in London, England (4 Warwick House Street). The Grand Trunk, its subsidiaries, and the Canadian Government Railways were precursors of today's Canadian National Railways.

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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Railway GT R.R. Flag

Grand Trunk Railway

Item: 31-G     Bldg. & Bridge     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Great stamp marks!
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. Beside the B&B stamp,
LB stamped twice on the front and once on the back side.


History

The Grand Trunk Railway (reporting mark GT) was a railway system that operated in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, and in the American states of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The railway was operated from headquarters in Montreal, Quebec, with corporate headquarters in London, England (4 Warwick House Street). The Grand Trunk, its subsidiaries, and the Canadian Government Railways were precursors of today's Canadian National Railways.

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Frontside: Graysonia-Nashville & Ashdown Railroad Backside: Graysonia-Nashville & Ashdown Railroad GN&A engine

Graysonia-Nashville & Ashdown Railroad

Item: 33-G     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb block lettering and dark gold patina. Key is listed in the
"American Railways Switch Key Directory."

History

The carrier was incorporated October 25, 1922, under the general laws of Arkansas. The articles of incorporation are dated August 29, 1922, which is recorded as the date of organization. The purpose of incorporation was to acquire and operate that part of the railroad formerly owned by the Memphis, Dallas & Gulf Railroad Company, extending from Ashdown to Shawmut, Ark., about 61 miles.

The carrier is an Arkansas corporation, having its principal office at Nashville, Ark. The records reviewed do not indicate that the carrier is controlled by any company, firm, or individual, or that it controls any common-carrier corporation.

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Frontside: Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad Backside: Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad GR&I RR Flag

Grand Rapids & Indiana Railway

Item: 35-G     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Operated 1854-1918.
Dark block lettering and ex-fine pocket ware. Superb gold patina.
The GR&I merged into the Pennsy. Rare key

History

The Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad at its height provided passenger and freight railroad services between Cincinnati, Ohio and the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan, USA. The company was formed on January 18, 1854. After grappling with financial difficulties for many years, the company opened service between Bridge Street in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Cedar Springs, Michigan on December 25, 1867, a distance of about 20 miles. By 1869 the railroad was again in trouble with its creditors, and the courts appointed a receiver, Jesse L. Williams of Fort Wayne, Indiana, to control the company. Under Williams' direction, the Continental Improvement Company was hired on May 1, 1869 to complete the line between Fort Wayne and Little Traverse Bay in Michigan. Fifty-one days later, on June 21, 1869, the Continental Improvement Company had laid the last rail connecting Cedar Springs to Morley, Michigan. Williams was discharged as receiver on June 20, 1871. By 1907 four passenger trains were running north to and from Mackinaw City daily. Passenger train fares were not enough to support the railroad and ridership declined. In 1909 the railroad reported a profit of 24.4 cents for every passenger for each mile carried; by 1921 the railroad was losing 19.5 cents per passenger mile. In 1918, the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad was bought by the Pennsylvania Railroad now Conrail.

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Frontside: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad Backside: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad GR&I RR Flag

Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Item: 37-G     New Listing     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Operated 1938-1972.
Nice block lettering and patina.
Given the moniker, "Grease Mud & Oil."

History

The Gulf, Mobile and Ohio was a Class I railroad in the central United States whose primary routes extended from Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Chicago, Illinois.

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Frontside: GG Railway Backside: GG Railway GG R.R. Flag

GG Railway

Item: 38-G     coach key     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. A rarity.
Great serif lettering and patina.

History

The original Brooklyn-Queens Crosstown Local service began on August 19, 1933, as a shuttle between Queens Plaza on the IND Queens Boulevard Line and Nassau Avenue. This service was designated GG because the IND used double letters to indicate local service. Starting on April 24, 1937, GG trains were extended to Forest Hills-71st Avenue during rush hours, serving as the Queens Boulevard local while E trains ran express west of Continental Avenue. The entire IND Crosstown Line was completed on July 1, 1937, including the connection to the IND Culver Line. GG service ran at all times between Forest Hills-71st Avenue and Church Avenue. Soon after, it was cut back to Smith-Ninth Streets.

The 1939 World's Fair was served by GG trains, some of which were marked as S Special, via the short lived IND World's Fair Line to Horace Harding Boulevard. Trains were extended to the World's Fair Station at all times during the fair, supplemented by PM hour E trains. The fair closed on October 28, 1940, and GG service was truncated back to Forest Hills-71st Avenue.

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Frontside: Hannibal & Naples Railroad Backside: Hannibal & Naples Railroad Wabash R.R. Flag

Hannibal & Naples Railroad

Item: 3-H     Price: $375.00

Remarks: ca. 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Precursor of the Wabash Railroad.
A very rare historical railroad key!

History

The city of Hannibal owned the largest share of stock in the PCRC and the company's board of directors was dominated by entrepreneurs based in that city. After initial efforts toward planning, designing, and surveying the railroad route over a few years, the PCRC was reorganized in 1863 as the Hannibal and Naples Railroad Company, which was again dominated by business interests in Hannibal.

In 1870 the Hannibal & Naples Railroad Company was completed and operated by The Toledo, Wabash & Western Railway.

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Frontside: Hamilton Belt Railway Backside: Hamilton Belt Railway B&O R.R. Flag    CSX R.R. Flag

Hamilton Belt Railway

Item: 4-H    Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Attractive serif lettering and patina. Ohio short line.
HB was Butler County's shortest railroad, 2.9 miles.

History

The 2.9-mile Hamilton Belt Railway operated entirely within Hamilton from 1898 until 2012, serving several industries on the citys' West Side. Its prime customer for 114 years was Champion Papers (later SMART Papers). By 1926, Champion was dispatching 18 to 20 cars of paper daily, and bringing in an average of 144 box cars and 55 coal cars each week. In 1926, HBR tracks were purchased by the B&O. By 1940, Champion's Hamilton mill rail yards had more than 20 miles of track with several steam locomotives shuttling cars around the clock. HBR began losing business to trucks after World War II. It had no locomotives or cars and was worked in succession by the CH&D, the B&O, CSX and, after 1988, by privately-owned short line companies.

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Frontside: Harbor Belt Line Railroad Backside: Harbor Belt Line Railroad PHL 101

Harbor Belt Line Railroad

Item: 7-H     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Excellent serif lettering and gold patina.

History

The Harbor Belt Line was owned by three railroads and the city of Los Angeles Harbor Department.

The Pacific Harbor Line (reporting mark PHL) was formed in 1998 to take over the Harbor Belt Line (HBL). The PHL was formed to create a level playing field for shippers. Up to that time, the HBL was owned and operated by the major railroads in Los Angeles; the Southern Pacific, the Santa Fe Railway and the Union Pacific. The PHL, in contrast, is privately owned by the Anacostia & Pacific Company. It operates on tracks and facilities owned by the ports.

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Frontside: Harbor Belt Line Railroad Backside: Harbor Belt Line Railroad Houston E & W Texas Ry depot-Burke

Harbor Belt Line Railroad

Item: 8-H     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Nice early Belt key.

History - continued from above

PHL was the first railroad to have its locomotive fleet composed only of Tier II and Tier III "clean diesel" locomotives. Pacific Harbor Line was named the 2009 Short Line Railroad of the Year by Railway Age magazine.

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Frontside: Holyoke & Westfield Railroad Backside: Holyoke & Westfield Railroad NYNH&H R.R. Flag

Holyoke & Westfield Railroad

Item: 10-H     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by Romer & Co.
Very nice serif lettering and gold patina.
Absorbed by the NYNH&H Railroad
150 year old beauty!

History

The Holyoke and Westfield Railroad was created by the city in the 1860's to provide a competitor to the CNRR and connected Holyoke with Westfield to the southwest. From there, goods could connect to the New Haven and Boston & Albany railroads.

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Frontside: Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Co Backside: Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Co HB&T R.R. Flag

Houston Belt & Terminal Railway Company

Item: 12-H     New Listing     Price: $125.00

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

History

The Houston Belt and Terminal Railway Company was chartered on August 31, 1905, to provide passenger and freight terminals in Houston for four railroads. Three of the lines, the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Company, the Beaumont, Sour Lake and Western Railway Company, and the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway Company, were part of the system being constructed by Benjamin F. Yoakum. The fourth participant was the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. Each railroad owned a 25 percent interest in the Houston Belt and Terminal.

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Frontside: Hutchinson & Northern Railroad Backside: Hutchinson & Northern Railroad HN R.R. Flag

Hutchinson & Northern Railroad

Item: 14-H     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Started as a electic trolley line.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.
Stamped "HN" on both sides of key.

History

The company began operating in 1923, when its electrified Carey Saltin wells serving the freight line was introduced. HN currently operates a switching and terminal service from a connection with UP and BNSF at Hutchinson to Salt Mine, KS (5.1 miles). Traffic is mainly salt.

The following information was taken from the "Electric Railway Journal," dated March 7, 1914. The construction began with a 14 mile line, laying track from Hutchinson to Burrton. From Burrton the line will be extended west to Nickerson, Sterling and Great Bend, with Dodge City as the eventual terminus.

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Frontside: Hocking Valley Railroad Backside: Hocking Valley Railroad HV R.R. Flag

Hocking Valley Railroad

Item: 16-H     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged?
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Hocking Valley Railway was a railroad in the U.S. state of Ohio, with a main line from Toledo to Athens and Pomeroy via Columbus. The earliest predecessor of the Hocking Valley was the Mineral Railroad, incorporated in April 1864 to build from Athens in the rich Hocking Valley to Columbus. It also had several branches to the coal mines of the Hocking Valley near Athens. The company became part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway system in 1910 and the line between Toledo and Columbus continues to see trains as CSX Transportation Columbus Subdivision. Portions of the main line south of Columbus are now operated by the Indiana & Ohio Railway and Hocking Valley Scenic Railway. When the C&O acquired control of the Pere Marquette Railway in 1929, the Hocking Valley served as its connection to the rest of the system. Finally, the Hocking Valley was merged into the C&O in April 1930.

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Frontside: Hocking Valley Railroad Backside: Hocking Valley Railroad HV train crew

Hocking Valley Railroad

Item: 17-H     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Nice serif lettering and silver patina.
This key + brass HV key below= nice set!

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Frontside: Hocking Valley Railroad Backside: Hocking Valley Railroad HV caboose

Hocking Valley Railroad

Item: 18-H     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by F-S Hdw. Co.
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.
This key + steel HV key above = nice set!

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Frontside: Hudson Valley Railway Back Side: Hudson Valley Railway Hudson-Valley-Map

Hudson Valley Railway

Item: 20-H     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering and gold patina.
Interurban trolley line.

History

A New York state trolley line that operated in the Hudson Valley in the early 20th century. The line ran from Albany to Warrenburg.

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Frontside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Backside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad H&BTM R.R. Flag

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Item: 23-H     New Listing     Price: $125.00

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

This coal hauler supplied the coal for the troop trains during the Civil War and World War 1

History

The Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad and Coal Company was chartered on May 6, 1852, and organized on January 10, 1853. The purpose of the line was to provide a rail link from Huntingdon to Bedford, and to provide a competitive alternate route to local coal producers to break the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad's monopoly on coal that was being shipped from the Cumberland, Maryland, area. The existence of high quality semi-bituminous coal in the Broad Top Mountain region was known since colonial times. Before the railroad, wagon or pole barge was the only practical method of bringing the coal from the remote region to market.

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Frontside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Backside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad H&BTM train    H&BTM 2-8-0 No.38

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Item: 24-H     Price: $125.00

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

History - continued from above

The railroad was at its height in the last decades of the 19th century and the pre-World War I period of the 20th century. The completion of the Bedford Division allowed the PRR to divert most of the lucrative through traffic from the Cumberland area away from the H&BTM. The decline of the Broad Top Mountain coal fields, the maturity of construction bonds, and many ill-advised right of way improvements and equipment purchases took their financial toll. The Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad declared bankruptcy on October 11, 1953, operated its last passenger train in November 1953, and ceased operations on March 31, 1954.

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Frontside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Backside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad H&BTM engine No.38

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Item: 25-H     Price: $165.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Heart = special issue.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

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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 09/09/2019

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