Canadian National Railroad, Chicago, IL

  Contact RRT | Misc. | Locks | Keys | Home | Lanterns | Picture Gallery | Payment  

"a website for the railroad enthusiast"

All Key Sales are Final
Frontside: Idaho Northern Railroad Backside: Idaho Northern Railroad UP RR Flag

Idaho Northern Railroad

Item: 3-i     Price: $245.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. A rare 1!
Nice double barrel accent rings.
Superb stamp marks and gold patina.

History

The Idaho Northern Railroad built a branch line of the Oregon Railroad and Navigation Company (OR&N) in northern Idaho, U.S., connecting the main line at Enaville with Paragon, a distance of 32.83 miles. The company was incorporated on January 10, 1906, and opened on August 1, 1909 as an operating subsidiary of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP), owner of the OR&N. On December 23, 1910, the property of the OR&N and Idaho Northern Railroad were conveyed to new UP subsidiary Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Company.

The line was cut back from Paragon to Prichard after a December 1917 washout. A flood in December 1933 severely damaged the remainder of the line, and the Interstate Commerce Commission authorized its abandonment in 1935.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Northern Railroad Backside: Illinois Northern Railroad U.S Military Railroad 4-4-0 W.H. Whiton    AT&SF R.R. Flag    Lincoln's private car

Illinois Northern Railroad

Item: 5-i     Price: $85.00

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

History

The carrier was incorporated May 15, 1901, under the general laws of the State of Illinois for the purpose of operating a railroad to serve various industries located in Chicago, Illinois. The once short line carrier was a corporation of the State of Illinois, having its principal office at Chicago. It was controlled by the International Harvester Company, the capital stock being held by individuals for the benefit of that company. The property of the carrier was once operated by its own organization.

The 2.38 miles of Chicago area trackage was formerly trackage of the Illinois Northern Railway (INR), a switching carrier owned by International Harvester (IH). IH sold its capital stock in the INR to a group of railroads, one of which was the Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company (ATSF). Later, ATSF, now Burlington Northern Santa Fe acquired all of the former INR interests in the Chicago area.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: International Railroad Backside: International Railroad International R.R. Flag

International Railroad

Item: 7-i     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Nice stamp marks.
Handsome ex-large block lettering.
Superb carmel patina!

History

The International Railroad Company was chartered on August 5, 1870, to build from the south bank of the Red River near Fulton, Arkansas, to Laredo and ultimately to Mexico by way of Austin.

The I&GN, like other railroads of its time, had many financial troubles and went into receivership on several occasions. Jay Gould acquired control of the I&GN in December of 1880. Due to his control of the Missouri Pacific (Mopac) and the Texas & Pacific Railroad, the three were operated as one system, although they each retained their separate corporate identities and seniority districts.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad IC R.R. Flag

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 10-i     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. 1800's. Forged by the S. O'Neill Co.
Nice tapered barrel and superb gold patina.
Over a 150 years old!

History

Chartered in 1851, the Illinois Central Railroad, sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, was (now CN owned) a railroad in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois, with New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama. A line also connected Chicago with Sioux City, Iowa (1870). There was a significant branch to Omaha, Nebraska (1899), west of Fort Dodge, Iowa, and another branch reaching Sioux Falls, South Dakota (1877), starting from Cherokee, Iowa. The Sioux Falls branch has been abandoned in its entirety.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad IC engine and coaches

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 11-i     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.
Similar style hilt like IC key above.
Another IC oldie.

History - continued from above

The IC is one of the early Class I railroads in the US. Its roots go back to abortive attempts by the Illinois General Assembly to charter a railroad linking the northern and southern parts of the state of Illinois. In 1850 U.S. President Millard Fillmore signed a land grant for the construction of the railroad, making the Illinois Central the first land-grant railroad in the United States.

Click on image to view larger picture




Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad Illinois Central E7 4004

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 12-i     Price: $100.00

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

History - continued from above

The Illinois Central was chartered by the Illinois General Assembly on February 10, 1851. Senator Stephen Douglas and later President Abraham Lincoln were both Illinois Central men who lobbied for it. Douglas owned land near the terminal in Chicago. Lincoln was a lawyer for the railroad. Upon its completion in 1856 the IC was the longest railroad in the world. Its main line went from Cairo, Illinois, at the southern tip of the state, to Galena, in the northwest corner. A branch line went from Centralia, (named for the railroad) to the rapidly growing city of Chicago. In Chicago its tracks were laid along the shore of Lake Michigan and on an offshore causeway downtown, but land-filling and natural deposition have moved the present-day shore to the east.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad Canadian National's ex-Illinois Central main line crosses Norfolk Southern's ex-Conrail ex-NYC Kankakee Belt Line.

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 13-i     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's early 1900's.
Forged by the A&W Co. Superb stamp
marks and patina. Another beauty!

History - continued from above

In 1867 the Illinois Central extended its track into Iowa, and during the 1870's and 1880's the IC acquired and expanded railroads in the southern United States. IC lines crisscrossed the state of Mississippi and went as far as New Orleans, Louisiana, to the south and Louisville, Kentucky, in the east. In the 1880s, northern lines were built to Dodgeville, Wisconsin, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Omaha, Nebraska. Further expansion continued into the early twentieth century.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad 1939 movie    1939 movie

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 14-i     New Listing     Price: $100.00

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

History - continued from above

On August 10, 1972, the Illinois Central Railroad merged with the Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad to form the llinois Central Gulf Railroad. On October 30 that year the Illinois Central Gulf commuter rail crash, the company's deadliest, occurred. On February 11, 1998 the IC was purchased by the Canadian National Railway (CN) with the integration of operations beginning on July 1, 1999.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad 1939 movie    1939 movie

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 15-i     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and copper patina.
Nice Illinois Central - Fraim anomaly!

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad IC R.R. Flag

Illinois Central Railroad

SOLD     New   signal key   Listing     Price: $55.00

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

Click on image to view larger picture




Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad IC engine No.3509

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 17-i     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Great block lettering and gold patina.

Click on image to view larger picture




Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad IC R.R. Flag

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 18-i     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.

Click on image to view larger picture




Frontside: Indianapolis & Bellefontaine Railway Backside: Indianapolis & Bellefontaine Railway train orders

Indianapolis & Bellefontaine Railway

SOLD     Price: $325.00

Remarks: Operated 1848-64. Oldest key listed - 170 years old.
Attractive serif lettering, accent ring and superb patina.
Eventually merged into the Big-4 Railroad.

History

The Indianapolis & Bellefontaine Railroad (I&B) was formed in 1848 as a successor to the Pendleton & Indianapolis Railroad. It eventually became the Bellefontaine & Indiana Railroad, which in turn was succeeded by the Bellefontaine Railway in 1864, the Cleveland-Columbus-Cincinnati & Indianapolis Railway in 1868, and the Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway (Big Four) in 1889. Though the I&B once used the four-foot ten-inch Ohio gauge, it was quickly converted to standard gauge (4 ft 8.5 in/1.435 m).

In 1850, the I&B was one of the three founding lines of the Union Track Railway Company (along with the Madison & Indianapolis Railroad and the Terre Haute and Richmond Railroad). Three years later, the UTRC changed its name to Indianapolis Union Railway (IU) and opened the world's first union station in Indiana's capital city.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: International & Great Northern Railroad Backside: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN R.R. Flag

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 23-i     MoPac style bit     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Very early I&GN key.
Very nice serif lettering and two-tone patina.
This key + I&GN key below = rare set!
Post 1880 I&GN key - (Jay Gould) takeover.

History

The International Great Northern Railroad (I&GN) was a railroad that operated in the U.S. state of Texas. It was created on September 30, 1873, when International Railroad and the Houston & Great Northern Railroad merged. The railroad was officially incorporated as the International & Great Northern Railroad Company. Originally, the I&GN operated 177 miles of track from Hearne to Longview, but at its peak it owned 1,106 miles of track. As the railroad expanded, it reached Rockdale in 1874 and Austin on December 28, 1876. The line extended to San Antonio in 1880 and finally to the US-Mexican border town of Laredo on December 1, 1881.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: International & Great Northern Railroad Backside: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN engine & crew

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 24-i       Prior IGN merger key   Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering and gold patina.
This key + I&GN key above = rare set!
H = Hostler?

History - continued from above

The I&GN, like other railroads of its time, had many financial troubles and went into receivership on several occasions. Jay Gould acquired control of the I&GN in December of 1880. Due to his control of the Missouri Pacific (Mopac) and the Texas & Pacific Railroad, the three were operated as one system, although they each retained their separate corporate identities and seniority districts.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: International Sugar & Refinery Co. Backside: International Sugar & Refinery Co. Sugar cane unit train

International Sugar & Refinery Co.

SOLD     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Unclear what railroad
switched the Brooklyn sugar plant, or if the plant had it's
own switchers. Local residents would know. A rare 1!

History

The American Sugar Refining Company (ASR) was the largest American business unit in the sugar refining industry in the early 1900s. It had interests in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean locations, and operated one of the world's largest sugar refineries located in Brooklyn, New York.

Charles Herbert Allen was the first civilian governor of Puerto Rico (1900-1901). On September 15, 1901, Allen resigned as governor. He then headed straight to Wall Street, where he joined the House of Morgan as vice president. He built the largest sugar syndicate in the world, and his hundreds of political appointees in Puerto Rico provided him with land grants, tax subsidies, water rights, railroad easements, foreclosure sales, and favorable tariffs. He used his governorship to acquire an international sugar empire and a controlling interest in the entire Puerto Rican economy.

By 1907 his syndicate, the American Sugar Refining Company, owned or controlled 98 percent of the sugar-processing capacity in the United States and was known as the Sugar Trust. Today his company is known as Domino Sugar.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Ironton Railroad Backside: Ironton Railroad Reading R.R. Flag    Iron Ry engine No.9    Leigh Valley RR Flag

Ironton Railroad Co.

Item: 28-i     Price: $100.00

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

History

The Ironton Railroad, originally incorporated on March 4, 1859 was built to haul iron ore from the mines at Ironton to iron furnaces along the Lehigh River. The rapid growth of the Lehigh Valley iron industry during the 1850s had resulted in a mining boom, but the heavy ore traffic was highly destructive to local roads.

In 1884, shortly after its purchase by Thomas Iron, the first shipment of Portland cement was made over the railroad. Extensive cement deposits lie in the vicinity of the line, and cement became an increasing part of the railroad's traffic. This proved to be its saving grace as the local iron mining industry began to decline. The Siegersville Branch was cut back from Orefield to Siegersville sometime between 1876 and 1900. However, passenger service began on the railroad on November 1, 1898.

The Ironton became the joint property of the Reading and Lehigh Valley Railroads in November 1923.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Backside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB R.R. Flag

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 30-i     reward key     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.
Great serial No. "1973."

History

The Indiana Harbor Belt as we know it today was formed in 1907. The Chicago Junction Railway, a New York Central affiliate, had leased the East Chicago Belt Railroad and the Terminal Railroad in 1898, and had bought the Chicago, Hammond & Western Railroad in 1896. In October of 1907, the ECB's lease was dissolved, and it then acquired the CJ's interest in CH&W and assumed control of the Terminal Railroad as well. The new company was named the Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. Although not a signatory, the New York Central provided the financial backing and quietly orchestrated the entire transaction, reserving trackage rights over all routes of the new railroad.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Backside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Belt wooden caboose    IHB engine No.336

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 31-i     Price: $25.00

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

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Backside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB North Hump Crew

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 32-i     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Different style cut then then all IHB keys listed above and below.

Click on image to view larger picture




Frontside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Backside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB switcher 2256

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 33-i     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and patina.
Different style cut then then all IHB keys listed above.
Key has the same style bit as a Clinchfield key

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Inter-urban Railroad Backside: Inter-urban Railroad Interurban electric R.R.

Inter-urban Railroad

Item: 36-i     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Handlan-Buck Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. In 1899 the Inter-Urban
Railroad was incorporated. That name was used in the early era.

History

On August 13, 1904, the first electric cars carrying passengers made their inaugural trip over the "Interurban". On the same day, a booster power station was started for the first time - and that power station would eventually become the Iowa Electric Power & Light Company and later into CRANDIC parent company Alliant Energy.

The CRANDIC provided both freight and passenger service between Cedar Rapids and Iowa City. A regular schedule began with a two-hour trip between the towns, with a goal of reducing the transit to one hour or less as service became more established. Looking back, it is easy to note that the popularity of the rail service was attributable to the scarcity of automobiles and suitable road systems at the time.

Click on image to view larger picture


Frontside: Illinois Traction Railroad Backside: Illinois Traction Railroad IT R.R. Flag

Illinois Traction System

Item: 38-i     Price: $135.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Handlan-Buck Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Very early IT key.

History

The Illinois Terminal Railroad, known as the Illinois Traction System until 1937, was a heavy duty interurban electric railroad with extensive passenger and freight business in central and southern Illinois from 1896 to 1982. When Depression era Illinois Traction was in financial distress and had to reorganize, the Illinois Terminal name was adopted to reflect the line's primary money making role as a freight interchange link to major steam railroads at its terminal ends, Peoria, Danville, and St. Louis. Interurban passenger service slowly was reduced, and it ended in 1956. Freight operation continued but was hobbled by tight street running in some towns requiring very sharp radius turns. In 1986, ITR was absorbed by a consortium of connecting railroads.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Illinois Terminal Railroad Backside: Illinois Terminal Railroad Illinois Traction pin-up

Illinois Terminal Railroad

Item: 39-i     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Nice block lettering and patina.

Click on image to view larger picture


J


Frontside: Jersey Central Lines Back Side: Jersey Central Lines Central Railroad of New Jersey

Jersey Central Lines (Central R.R. of NJ)

Item: 1-J     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Nice block lettering and carmel patina.

History

The Central Railroad of New Jersey, also known as the Jersey Central or Jersey Central Lines (CNJ), was a Class I railroad with origins in the 1830s. The line was absorbed into Conrail in April 1976 along with several other prominent bankrupt railroads of the northeastern United States.

Click on image to view larger picture



Frontside: Jersey Central Lines Back Side: Jersey Central Lines CNJ Terminal

Jersey Central Lines (Central R.R. of NJ)

Item: 2-J     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb large serif lettering and patina.
A nice 1!

History - continued from above

The earliest railroad ancestor of the CNJ was the Elizabethtown & Somerville Railroad, incorporated in 1831 and opened from Elizabethport to Elizabeth, New Jersey in 1836. Horses gave way to steam in 1839, and the railroad was extended west, reaching Somerville at the beginning of 1842. The Somerville & Easton Railroad was incorporated in 1847 and began building westward. In 1849 it purchased the Elizabethtown & Somerville and adopted a new name: Central Railroad Company of New Jersey.

Click on image to view larger picture



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

Top

contact webmaster