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Front: Idaho Northern Railroad Back: Idaho Northern Railroad UP RR Flag

Idaho Northern Railroad

Item: 3-i     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. 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.

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Front: Illinois Northern Railroad Back: Illinois Northern Railroad U.S Military Railroad    AT&SF R.R. Flag    Lincoln's private funeral car

Illinois Northern Railroad

Item: 5-i     New Listing     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. 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.

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Front: Iron Railroad Back: Iron Railroad DT&I R.R. Flag

Iron Railroad

Item: 7-i     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. A rare 1!
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Iron Railroad began operation in 1851 as part of the Detroit, Toledo and Ironton (DT&I). The Iron railroad was constructed along a 13-mile stretch from Ironton north to Center Iron Furnace. The railroad was built by the owners of the iron furnaces in northern Lawrence County to transport their pig iron to the Ohio River and bring supplies back to the furnaces.

By 1892, it was known as the Iron Railway and established a barge service to transport its cars across the Ohio River. In 1920 its stock was purchased by Henry Ford who, over the next 9 years, assured the financial future of the railroad. Nonetheless, in 1929, Ford sold his railroads, including the Iron Railroad, and though it changed hands a few times, it eventually declined and ceased operation in the 1970s.

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad IC R.R. Flag

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 10-i     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. 1800s. 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.

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad IC engine and coaches    IC engine No.74

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 11-i     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s-early 1900s.
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.

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad Illinois Central    A glimpse of nostalgia

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 12-i     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. 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.

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad IC engine NO.3509    IC mechanical workers

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 13-i     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s. A&W forged.
Early A&W hex stamp = 1st series.
Superb lock lettering and carmel patina.
Well preserved oldie!

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.

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie Union Pacific

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 14-i     New Listing     Price: $55.00

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

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie Union Pacific

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 15-i     Price: $125.00

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

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad 1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 16-i     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. Fraim forged.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.
Another nice Fraim oldie!

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad 1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 17-i     Price: $50.00

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

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: Illinois Central Railroad IC train    ICRR No.1048

Illinois Central Railroad

Item: 18-i     Price: $65.00

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

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Front: Illinois Central Railroad Back: 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: 19-i     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s. Adlake forged.

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Front: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Back: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad IC engine No.8952 and slug

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Item: 21-i     New Listing     Price: $50.00

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

History

On August 10, 1972, the Illinois Central Railroad merged with the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad to form the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad (reporting mark ICG). On October 30 that year the Illinois Central Gulf commuter rail crash, the company's deadliest, occurred.

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Front: International & Great Northern Railroad Back: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN R.R. Flag

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 23-i     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s. Very early I&GN key.
Very nice serif lettering and two-tone patina.
Houston & Great Northern legacy style cut?

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.

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Front: International & Great Northern Railroad Back: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN San Antonio depot

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 24-i     New Listing     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s.
Nice block lettering and dark patina.
Original style cut. Great serial #1921

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.

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Front: International & Great Northern Railroad Back: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN engine & crew

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 25-i     New Listing     Price: $115.00

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

History - continued from above

In a bit of planned corporate maneuvering to keep the I-GN within the Mopac fold, the Gulf Coast Lines subsidiary, New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railway, bought the I-GN on June 30, 1924; subsequently, the Gulf Coast Lines were bought by the Missouri Pacific on January 1, 1925. Finally, on March 1, 1956, all of the GCL subsidiaries were merged into the parent Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, and the I-GN ceased its corporate existence

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Front: International & Great Northern Railroad Back: International & Great Northern Railroad I&GN R.R. Flag

International & Great Northern Railroad

Item: 26-i     New Listing     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s.
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Original style cut.
Nice block lettering and carmel patina.

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Front: Ironton Railroad Back: Ironton Railroad Reading R.R. Flag    Ironton Railway    Leigh Valley RR Flag

Ironton Railroad Co.

Item: 28-i     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. 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.

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB R.R. Flag

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 29-i     New     reward key     Listing     Price: $100.00

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

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.

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Early wooden caboose

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 30-i     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Very nice stamp marks and dark patina.

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB engine No.336

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 31-i     Price: $25.00

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

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB North Hump Crew

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 32-i     Price: $25.00

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

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB engine No.336

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 33-i     Price: $25.00

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

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Front: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad IHB switcher

Indiana Harbor Belt Railway

Item: 34-i     Repair Track     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and carmel patina.
Key has the same style bit as a Clinchfield key

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Front: Illinois Terminal Railroad Back: Illinois Terminal Railroad Illinois Traction pin-up

Illinois Terminal Railroad

Item: 39-i     Price: $45.00

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


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Front: Indianapolis Union Railway Back: Indianapolis Union Railway IHB R.R. Flag

Indianapolis Union Railway

Item: 40-i     New Listing     Price: $115.00

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

History

The Indianapolis Union Railway Company is a terminal railroad operating in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was organized on May 31, 1850, as the Union Track Railway Company by the presidents of the Madison and Indianapolis Railroad (M&I), the Terre Haute and Richmond Railroad (TH&R), and the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroad (I&B) for the purposes of establishing and operating joint terminal facilities in Indiana's capital city. The name of the company was changed to its present one on August 12, 1853. The next month, on September 20, Indianapolis Union Station opened its doors, becoming the first union railroad station in the world. Since 1999, the company has been owned and operated by CSX.

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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 1900s. 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.

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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 1900s. 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.

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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 07/18/2021

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