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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Southern Railroad KCS RR Flag

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 4-K     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Handsome elongated barrel.
Superb block lettering and dark patina.
Nice KCS oldie!

History

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and second-oldest Class I railroad company still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries. (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 6,000 route miles of track.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Southern Railroad KC stockyards    KC stockyards

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 5-K     New Listing     Price: $115.00

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

History

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and second-oldest Class I railroad company still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries. (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 6,000 route miles of track.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Southern Railroad KCS RR Flag

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 6-K     New Listing     Price: $115.00

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

History

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and second-oldest Class I railroad company still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries. (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 6,000 route miles of track.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railway Backside: Kansas City Southern Railway KCS advertisment

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 7-K     New Listing     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. A nice 1!
Superb serif lettering and silver patina.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railway Backside: Kansas City Southern Railway KCS border train    Postcard ca. 1948

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 8-K     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
Different style cut than KCS keys above.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railway Backside: Kansas City Southern Railway KCS  train at Hunt Yd in Greenville, TX

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 9-K     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged.
Attractive block lettering and excellent patina.
Possible signal/utility key?

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Southern Railroad KCS RR Flag

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 10-K     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged.
Attractive block lettering and excellent patina.
Same style cut as key above.

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Frontside: Kansas City Terminal Railway Backside: Kansas City Terminal Railway KCT RR Flag

Kansas City Terminal Railway Co.

Item: 12-K     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.
Key could be brother of KCT key below.

History

The Kansas City Terminal Railway (KCT) is a Class III railroad terminal railroad that serves as a joint operation of the trunk railroads that serve the Kansas City metropolitan area, the United States' second largest rail hub. It is operated by the Kaw River Railroad.

The railway was created after a series of floods in 1903, 1904, and 1908 inundated the West Bottoms each time and temporarily closed the Union Depot there. The 12 original trunk railways of the city at the time joined together to build the new Union Station and to coordinate the bridges and switches that serve the city. Under an Interstate Commerce Commission order, the railway operated and then oversaw the liquidation of the Rock Island Line from 1979 to 1980.

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Frontside: Kansas City Terminal Railway Back Side: Kansas City Terminal Railway Aerial view of KC Union Station.    Freshly painted KCT locomotive WAMX No.2005

Kansas City Terminal Railway Co.

Item: 13-K     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Key closely related to KCS key above.

History - continued from above

The original trunk railroads that were owners of the Kansas City Terminal were:

Alton Railroad, Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Chicago Great Western Railway, Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad, Kansas City Southern Railway, Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, Missouri Pacific Railroad, St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, Union Pacific Railroad and the Wabash Railroad.

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Frontside: Kansas City Terminal Railway Backside: Kansas City Terminal Railway KCT No.76 (SW1200)    Kansas City postcard showing cable-powered streetcars

Kansas City Terminal Railway Co.

Item: 14-K     Price: $45.00

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

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Frontside: Kansas-Oklahoma & Gulf Railway Backside: Kansas-Oklahoma & Gulf Railway Muskogee Company

Kansas-Oklahoma & Gulf Railway

SOLD     Price: $125.00

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

History

The Kansas-Oklahoma & Gulf Railway (reporting mark KOG) (KO&G) was formed on July 31, 1919 from the assets of the bankrupt Missouri-Oklahoma & Gulf Railway. The KO&G largely consisted of a single line from Baxter Springs, Kansas, to Denison, Texas, prior to its purchase by Missouri Pacific's Texas & Pacific Railway in 1964 and merger in 1970.

The KO&G owed much of its latter existence to its status as a bridge line between the Missouri Pacific at Okay, Oklahoma and the Missouri Pacific-controlled Texas & Pacific Railway at Denison, Texas. This traffic was the main source of revenue for the KO&G and was the primary reason that the MP acquired it.

The KO&G came under common control of the Muskogee Company (often referred to as the "Muskogee Roads" or the "Muskogee Lines") in 1925, sharing common management with the Midland Valley Railroad and the Oklahoma City-Ada-Atoka Railway from 1930 to 1964.

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Frontside: Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railroad Backside: Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railroad Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western No.27

Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railway

Item: 18-K     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Attractive pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railway (reporting mark KV&W) was an interurban electric railway that ran between the American cities of Lawrence, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, between 1914 and 1963. Passenger service was eliminated on the Lawrence segment prior to its demise in 1949. The line between Kansas City, Kansas and Bonner Springs, Kansas remained an electric freight operation until 1963. Major portions of KS Highway 32 are built on the original roadbed.

The line was opened in 1914 between Kansas City and Bonner Springs, Kansas. In 1916 the line extended to Lawrence. The line had 75 passenger station stops.

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Frontside: Kansas City Northwestern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Northwestern Railroad MoPac R.R. Flag

Kansas City Northwestern Railroad

Item: 20-K     Price: $125.00

Remarks: Operated independently 16 years 1893-1909.
Attractive tapered barrel. Pocket worn serif lettering
and superb patina. KCNW original style switch key.
See post-MoPac style KCNW key bit below.

History

Chartered in 1893, the Kansas City Northwestern Railroad was sold to the Missouri Pacific Railroad Corporation
of Nebraska in 1909, and did not become part of the reorganized Missouri Pacific Railroad.

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Frontside: Kansas City Northwestern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Northwestern Railroad AL&G train crew, Iron Mountain station 1911    < --- past & present --- >    AL&G train crew, Iron Mountain station 1911

Kansas City Northwestern Railroad

SOLD     Price: $125.00

Remarks: Operated 16 years 1893-1909. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Post 1909 MoPac style key bit.

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Frontside: Kansas City Southern Railroad Backside: Kansas City Southern Railroad KCS RR Flag

Kansas City Southern Railroad

Item: 23-K     coach/caboose key     Price: $25.00

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Frontside: Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad Backside: Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad Lackawanna R.R. Flag

Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad

Item: 3-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Unique style bit.
Superb serif lettering and patina. A nice Lackawanna rarity!
Line part of the DL&W's interurban service.

History

The Lackawanna & Montrose was incorporated September 30, 1889, The main line extends westerly from Alford to Montrose, 9.931 miles. The company also owns 1.803 miles of yard tracks and sidings. Its road thus embraces 11.734 miles of all tracks owned and used. The Lackawanna & Montrose is controlled by the Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company and its railroad comprises the Montrose branch of the latter carrier's system.

This line ran from Montrose to Alford, where it connected with the Delaware & Lackawana line. Some sections of this line were turned into modern Mountain Riding Trails.

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Frontside: Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Backside: Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Lackawanna R.R. Flag

Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad

Item: 6-L     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
3rd rail Pennsy electric interurban trolley line.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad, more commonly known as the Laurel Line, was a Pennsylvania third rail electric interurban streetcar line which operated commuter train service from 1903 to 1952, and freight service until 1976.

Electrification was decommissioned in 1953, as diesel operations began. It was purchased by the Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad in 1957, but operated as an independent subsidiary under it and the Erie Lackawanna until its inclusion in Conrail in 1976.

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Frontside: Lake Shore Electric Railroad Backside: Lake Shore Electric Railroad LSE R.R.

Lake Shore Electric Railroad

Item: 8-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina. Ohio interurban.

History

The Lake Shore Electric Railway (LSE) was an interurban electric railway that ran primarily between Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio by way of Sandusky and Fremont. Through arrangements with connecting interurban lines, it also offered service from Fremont to Fostoria and Lima, Ohio, and at Toledo to Detroit and Cincinnati.

Lake Shore Electric went into bankruptcy on October 5, 1932. It continued operation under court ordered receivership thereafter until abandonment. As its passenger business waned with the increasing number of private automobiles on paved roads and the effects of the Depression, it outlasted most connecting interurban lines by concentrating on freight business.

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Frontside: Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad Backside: Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad LE&E R.R. Flag

Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad

Item: 10-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
This key + LE&W key below = nice set.
A rare 1!

History

The Lake Erie & Eastern was incorporated March 28, 1904, under the general laws of the State of Ohio, for the purpose of constructing and operating a railroad extending from a connection with the Youngstown branch of the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Company at Struthers, Ohio, to Brier Hill, in the city of Youngstown, Ohio, a distance of about 7 miles.

The Lake Erie and Eastern was controlled jointly by The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad Company and The Mahoning Coal Railroad Company. It once served the steel industries in the vicinity of Youngstown, Ohio.

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Frontside: Backside: Lake Erie & Western Railroad LE&W R.R. Flag

Lake Erie & Western Railroad

Item: 11-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Stylish accent ring.
Very early LE&W key, bit is very similar to key below, minus the slit.
This key + LE&E key above = nice set.

History

The Seney Syndicate linked several short railroads in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to form the Lake Erie & Western Railroad in 1879 and 1880. The Lake Erie & Western extended from the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway at Fremont, Ohio 350 miles westward to Bloomington, Illinois.

In 1900, the Lake Erie & Western came under the control of the New York Central Railroad. After operating it as a separate entity for two decades, the New York Central sold the Lake Erie & Western to the Nickel Plate Road in 1922.

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Frontside: Lake Erie & Western Railway Backside: Lake Erie & Western Railway Railcars weighing down railroad bridge in Noblesville, IN

Lake Erie & Western Railway

Item: 12-L     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. F/S forged?
Excellent serif lettering and patina. This key stamped
"RY + LE&W key above stamped "RR" = nice set.
Given the moniker the "Natural Gas Route."

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Frontside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Backside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS RR Advertisement

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 14-L     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Excellent block lettering gold patina.

History

The Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, established in 1833 and sometimes referred to as the Lake Shore, was a major part of the New York Central Railroad's Water Level Route from Buffalo, New York, to Chicago, Illinois, primarily along the south shore of Lake Erie (in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio) and across northern Indiana. The line's trackage is still used as a major rail transportation corridor and hosts Amtrak passenger trains, with the ownership in 1998 split at Cleveland between CSX to the west and Norfolk Southern in the east.

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Frontside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Backside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS R.R's engine shop, Norwalk, CT

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 15-L     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Excellent block lettering and gold patina.
This key + key below = nice set.

History - continued from above

Around 1877, Cornelius Vanderbilt and his New York Central & Hudson River Railroad gained a majority of stock of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. The line provided an ideal extension of the New York Central main line from Buffalo west to Chicago, along with the route across southern Ontario (Canada Southern Railway and Michigan Central Railroad). On December 22, 1914, the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad merged with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway to form a new New York Central Railroad. While the original main line was to the south of Sandusky Bay between Toledo and Elyria, the northern alignment (the Sandusky Division) eventually became the main line. The NYC's destiny (Conrail) was 62 years away.

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Frontside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Backside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS R.R.

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 16-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged?
Excellent block lettering and gold patina.
Different style bit than LS&MS key above.
This key + key below = nice set.

History - continued from above

In October 1867 the Cleveland-Painesville & Ashtabula Railroad leased the Cleveland & Toledo Railroad. The CP&A changed its name to the Lake Shore Railway on March 31, 1868, and on February 11, 1869, the Lake Shore absorbed the Cleveland & Toledo. On April 6 the Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad and Lake Shore merged to form the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway, which absorbed the Buffalo & Erie Railroad on June 22, giving one company the whole route from Buffalo to Chicago.

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Frontside: Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Backside: LS&MS R.R.    LS&MS R.R.

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 17-L     car key     Price: $135.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged
Stylish barrel ring and great patina. Key has
a smaller barrel opening than standard LS&MS
switch key. Rarer of the two styles.

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Frontside: Lancaster & Quarryville Railroad Backside: Lancaster & Quarryville Railroad Lancaster Station

Lancaster & Quarryville Railroad

Item: 19-L     Price: $275.00

Remarks: Operated from 1875-1915.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.
A very rare key that was most likely issued (#2),
in it's first year of operation-1875. 144 years old.
Unique style bit.

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Frontside: Lehigh & New England Railroad Backside: Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad L&NE R.R. Flag

Lehigh & New England Railroad

Item: 21-L     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering and gold patina.
Anthracite coal hauler.

History

The Lehigh and New England Railroad was organized April 2, 1895 as the successor to the Pennsylvania, Poughkeepsie and Boston Railroad.

The Lehigh & New England Railroad was a Class I railroad located in Northeastern United States that acted as a bridge line. It was the second notable U.S. railroad to file for abandonment in its entirety, the first being the New York, Ontario & Western Railway.

The Pennsylvania, Slatington and New England Railroad was sold at foreclosure to William W. Gibbs, president of the Poughkeepsie Bridge Company, on July 12, 1887, and was reorganized as the Pennsylvania, Poughkeepsie and Boston Railroad (also known as the "Pickles, Pork, and Beans" Line). Construction was begun, but the company again went bankrupt, and was sold at foreclosure December 14, 1894.

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Frontside: Lehigh Valley Railroad Backside: Lehigh Valley Railroad LV R.R. Flag

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 23-L     New Listing     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
"C" series issue.

History

The Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV) was one of several Class I railroads located in the Northeastern United States, and was built for the purpose of transporting anthracite coal. It was sometimes known as the "Route of the Black Diamond," named after the anthracite it transported.

On April 1, 1976, the LVRR including its main line were merged into the U.S. government's Consolidated Rail Corporation (Conrail) ending 130 years of existence and 121 years of operation of the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

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Frontside: Lehigh Valley Railroad Backside: Lehigh Valley Railroad Norfolk Southern Pays Homage; LV RR Engine No.8104

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 24-L     New Listing     Price: $85.00

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

History - continued from above

During its existence, the Lehigh Valley Railroad used a rail line that later became known as the Lehigh Line in order for it to operate. The Lehigh Line was the railroad's first rail line constructed, which was built in 1855 between Easton, Pennsylvania, and Allentown, Pennsylvania, and it served as the main line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad.

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Frontside: Little Miami Railroad Backside: Little Miami Railroad PRR Flag    LM R.R.

Little Miami Railroad

Item: 26-L     Price: $145.00

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

History

The Little Miami Railroad was a railway of southwestern Ohio, running from the eastern side of Cincinnati to Springfield, Ohio. By merging with the Columbus and Xenia Railroad it created the first through rail route from the important manufacturing city of Cincinnati to the state capital, Columbus.

On February 23, 1870, the Little Miami Railroad leased in perpetuity, renewable forever, all of its assets, including the DX&P, the D&W, and the C&X, to the Pittsburg, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railway, retroactive to December 1, 1869.

When the Pennsy's successor, the Penn Central company, collapsed into bankruptcy in 1970, the LMRR was still active. It would become part of Conrail and merged out of existence December 23, 1981.

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Frontside: Long Island Railroad Backside: Long Island Railroad Long Island R.R. Flag

Long Island Railroad

Item: 28-L     New Listing     Price: $85.00

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

History

The Long Island Rail Road (LI), legally known as the Long Island Rail Road Company and often abbreviated as the LIRR, is a commuter rail system in southeastern New York, stretching from Manhattan to the eastern tip of Suffolk County on Long Island. With over 334,000 daily passengers, it is the busiest commuter railroad in North America. It is also one of the few commuter systems in the world that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round. It is publicly owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as MTA Long Island Rail Road. The current LIRR logo combines the circular MTA logo with the text Long Island Rail Road, and appears on the sides of trains. The LIRR is one of two commuter rail systems owned by the MTA, the other being "Metro-North Railroad". Established in 1834 and having operated continuously since then, it is the oldest U.S. railroad still operating under its original name and charter.

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Frontside: Long Island Railroad Backside: Long Island Railroad LI yard switcher

Long Island Railroad

Item: 29-L     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Different style cut than LI key above.

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Frontside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Backside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A R.R. Flag

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 32-L     New Listing     Price: $75.00

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

History

The Louisiana & Arkansas Railway (LA) was a railroad that operated in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The railroad's main line extended 332 miles, from Hope, Arkansas to Shreveport and New Orleans. Branch lines served Vidalia, Louisiana (opposite Natchez, Mississippi), and Dallas, Texas.

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Frontside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Backside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A No.396

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 33-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $95.00

Remarks: Post 1939 LA&T and L&A merger key.
Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

The Louisiana & Arkansas Railroad was incorporated in Arkansas in 1898 for the purpose of acquiring former logging railroad properties in Arkansas and Louisiana. The railroad was constructed and initially operated under the leadership of William Buchanan, a prosperous timberman with extensive investments in southwest Arkansas and northwest Louisiana. Buchanan's partners were Harvey C. Couch and William Edenborn. Buchanan's primary company, Bodcaw Lumber Company, was headquartered in Stamps, Arkansas, and that city also served as headquarters of the L&A until the late 1920s. It was reorganized in 1902 as the Louisiana & Arkansas Railway.

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Frontside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Backside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway LA 1st locomotive

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 34-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $75.00

Remarks: Post 1939 LA&T and L&A merger key.
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.

History - continued from above

The identity of the Louisiana & Arkansas gradually disappeared in the 1950s and 1960s, as the Kansas City Southern name was adopted for all properties. By 1966, all reference to the Louisiana & Arkansas had disappeared from the annual stockholder reports of Kansas City Southern. The Shreveporter, once the pride of the L&A, was discontinued on January 24, 1962, and the Southern Belle was discontinued on November 2, 1969, ending all passenger train service on the former Louisiana & Arkansas. In 1992, Kansas City Southern dissolved the subsidiary Louisiana & Arkansas Railway, although the former L&A route continues to be a major component of the Kansas City Southern.

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Frontside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Backside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A No.396

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 35-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $125.00

Remarks:Post 1939 LA&T and L&A merger key.
Forged by the A&W Co.
Great block lettering and superb patina.

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Frontside: Louisville & Interurban Railroad Backside: Louisville & Interurban Railroad L&I RR Interurban rail car No.907

Louisville & Interurban Railroad Co.

Item: 37-L     Price: $115.00

Remarks: Operated From 1901-35. A nice one!
Superb block lettering and patina.

History

The Louisville and Interurban Railroad (L&I) was an interurban line that operated in and around Louisville, Kentucky during the first half of the 20th century. The L&I was owned by the Louisville Traction Company, which also operated local streetcar service through Louisville Railway Company.

The first line opened in 1901 to LaGrange. The next lines, one to Jeffersontown and the other to Prospect opened in 1904. Subsequent routes were built to Okolona (1905), Orell (1907), and Fern Creek (1908). In 1911, L&I acquired the Louisville & Eastern Railroad. The L&E consisted of lines from Louisville to Shelbyville and La Grange. From 1931 to 1935, all routes were abandoned.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 40-L     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged.
Nice pocket worn block lettering. Superb patina.
Given the moniker, "The Old Reliable."

History

The Louisville & Nashville Railroad (LN) was a Class I railroad that operated freight and passenger services in the southeast United States. Chartered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1850, the road grew into one of the great success stories of American business. Operating under one name continuously for 132 years, it survived civil war and economic depression and several waves of social and technological change.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N Union Station 1907.    L&N engine No.500

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 41-L     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Kentucky Co. MI forged.
Nice block lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

Under Milton H. Smith, president of the company for thirty years, the L&N grew from a road with less than three hundred miles of track to a 6,000-mile system serving thirteen states. As one of the premier Southern railroads, the L&N extended its reach far beyond its namesake cities, stretching to St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; and New Orleans, Louisiana. The railroad was economically strong throughout its lifetime, operating both freight and passenger trains in a manner that earned it the nickname, "The Old Reliable".

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 42-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb block lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

The line to Memphis was opened in April 1861. It was a joint effort by the L&N, the Memphis & Ohio, and the Memphis-Clarksville & Louisville railroads.By then the Civil War had begun, with Kentucky on one side and Tennessee on the other. During the war Union and Confederate forces fought up and down the L&N, destroying as they went. By mid-1863 the major action of the war had moved to the Southeast. L&N began to pick up the pieces and get to business-and there was enough business that L&N prospered.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 43-L     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

In 1898 L&N became the sole lessee of the Georgia Railroad and the affiliated Western Railway of Alabama and Atlanta & West Point Railroad but almost immediately assigned a half interest in the lease to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL). In April 1902 Edwin Hawley and John W. Gates acquired a large block of L&N stock which they sold within a few weeks to J.P. Morgan & Co. Before the year was over Morgan sold his L&N interest - 51 percent to the ACL. In May 1902 L&N and SOU, both under J. P. Morgan's control, jointly purchased the Monon Railroad. Many pieces of the Seaboard System Railroad were in place 80 years before the creation of that railroad.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad 1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass    1975 movie - Breakheart Pass

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 44-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History - continued from above

In 1971 the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, successor to the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, purchased the remainder of the L&N shares it did not already own, and the company became a subsidiary. By 1982 the railroad industry was consolidating quickly, and the Seaboard Coast Line absorbed the Louisville & Nashville Railroad entirely. Then in 1986, the Seaboard System merged with the C&O and B&O and the new combined system was known as the Chessie System. Soon after the combined company became CSX Transportation (CSX), which now owns and operates all of the former Louisville and Nashville lines.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N Union Station 1907.

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 45-L     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged?
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
A scarce L&N key.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 46-L     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Rugged block lettering and gold patina.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Scene from 1962 epic western - How the West was Won

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 47-L     New Listing     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged?
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Same style key as above.

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Frontside: Louisiana Great Northern Railway Backside: Louisiana Great Northern Railway Louisiana

Louisiana Great Northern Railway

Item: 49-L     New Listing     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. NOGN style key.
Superb block lettering and copper patina. Key listed in
"Don Stewart's Railroad Switch Keys & Padlocks."
Incorporated in 2 states, Mississippi & Louisana.

History

The New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company was incorporated under Louisiana law on January 27, 1905. A sister concern, the New Orleans Great Northern Railroad Company of Mississippi, was incorporated on May 9, 1905, and the two companies were merged into one under the Louisiana charter on August 6, 1906.

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Frontside: Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Backside: Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Texas state Flag

Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co.

Item: 51-L     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W (hex logo) Co.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and two-tone patina.
Nice Texas oldie!

History

The Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company, organized in; 1896 by William Edenborn as the Shreveport and Red River Valley Railway Co., was; re-organized May 9, 1903, as Louisiana Railway and Navigation Co. It was known;as the Edenborn Line and was completed and placed in operation October 1, 1906; as the short line between Shreveport and New Orleans. This line was owned;outright by Mr. Edenborn, the only railroad in the U.S. owned by one individual

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Frontside: Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Backside: Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Former depot LRY&NCO

Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co.

Item: 52-L     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
A nice 1!

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Dates quoted for keys are approximate dates. RRT believes the railroad company's initials stamped on each key to be the correct.
Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 09/09/2019

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