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Kansas City Southern Railroad Kansas City Southern Railroad KCS R.R. Flag

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 3-K     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
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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Kansas City Southern Railroad Kansas City Southern Railroad Kansas City, Missouri. Picture postcard of Union Depot.    Aerial view of KC Union Station

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 4-K     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Superb block lettering and dark patina.

Current Merger News

Railroads have a lousy history when it comes to consolidation. So bad, in fact, that the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) in 2000 imposed a moratorium on major deals. But Kansas City Southern, as the smallest of the major North American railroads, has always been seen as the possible exception, and earlier this year the company was the subject of a bidding war between Canadian National and Canadian Pacific.

The Biden administration is reportedly displeased with the level of consolidation in the railroad sector. STB regulators are now going over the details.

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Kansas City Southern Railroad Kansas City Southern Railroad Former KC stockyards    Former KC stockyards

Kansas City Southern Railway Co.

Item: 5-K     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Nice block lettering and bright gold patina.

Current Merger News - Continued from above

All's not lost for Kansas City Southern, even if the STB comes out against the Canadian National deal. Canadian Pacific has already won approval for a similar trust, and a Canadian Pacific/Kansas City Southern combination on paper would be a much easier sell to regulators. Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern are the two smallest major North American railroads, and combined their total revenue is still less than Canadian National alone. It could still be possible Canadian Pacific would be allowed to buy Kansas City Southern even if Canadian National is not. News Source: Lou Whiteman@Motley Fool

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Kansas City Southern Railway Kansas City Southern Railway KCS advertisment    KCS border train

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 6-K     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Superb serif lettering and silver patina.

History - continued from above

KCS operates over a railroad system consisting of 3,400 route miles that extend south to the Mexico-United States border at which point another KCS railroad, Kansas City Southern de México (KCSM), can haul freight into northeastern and central Mexico and to the Gulf of Mexico ports of Tampico, Altamira, and Veracruz, as well as to the Pacific Port of Lázaro Cárdenas, fulfilling the vision of KCS founder Arthur Edward Stilwell.

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Kansas City Southern Railway Kansas City Southern Railway Proposed KCS and Candian National Merger Route    KCS train Texas

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 7-K     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Superb serif lettering and silver patina.

History - continued from above

In 1962, Kansas City Southern Industries, Inc. (KCSI) was established when the company began to diversify its interests into other industries. At that time, KCS became a subsidiary of KCSI. In 2002, KCSI formally changed its name to Kansas City Southern (KCS), with KCS remaining a subsidiary.

KCS has the shortest north-south rail route between Kansas City, Missouri, and several key ports along the Gulf of Mexico in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The KCS, along with the Union Pacific railroad, is one of only two Class I railroads based in the United States that has not originated as the result of a merger between previously separate companies.

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Kansas City Southern Railway Kansas City Southern Railway KCFS&M crew    KCFS&M wreck crew

Kansas City Southern Railway

Item: 8-K     New Listing     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Nice stamp marks and patina.

History - continued from above

From 1940 to 1969, the Kansas City Southern operated two primary passenger trains, the Flying Crow (Trains #15 & 16) between Kansas City and Port Arthur (discontinued on May 11, 1968) and the Southern Belle (Trains #1 & 2) between Kansas City and New Orleans (discontinued on November 2, 1969). In 1995, a new Southern Belle was created as an executive train to entertain shippers and guests. It also pulls the Holiday Express train in December, making the rounds to several KCS cities and stations.

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Kansas City Terminal Railway Kansas City Terminal Railway KCT R.R. Flag

Kansas City Terminal Railway Co.

Item: 12-K     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s
Early A&W hex stamp = 1st series.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.
Same style KCT as key's 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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Kansas City Terminal Railway Kansas City Terminal Railway Aerial view of KC Union Station.    KCT engine WAMX No.2005

Kansas City Terminal

Item: 13-K     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.
Same style as KCT key's above/below.

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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Kansas City Terminal Kansas City Terminal Kansas City streetcars

Kansas City Terminal

Item: 14-K     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and patina.
Same style as 2 KCT key's above.

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Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Kentucky & Indiana Terminal K&IT R.R. Flag

Kentucky & Indiana Terminal

SOLD     Price: $50.00

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

History

In 1880, both the Kentucky and Indiana state legislatures authorized the Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Company to build a bridge between New Albany, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky (in the Portland area). The original bridge was built from 1881-1885 and had one railroad track, in addition to space for wagons/buggies and pedestrians to cross. In 1893 the company went into receivership, and in 1900 it was bought out by the B&O Railroad, the Monon Railroad, and the Southern Railroad. The name was changed to the Kentucky & Indiana Bridge and Railroad Company that year, and in 1910 it became the Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad Company. A new bridge was built from 1910-1912. The K&IT RR was purchased by the Southern Railroad in December of 1981. The next year, Southern merged with Norfolk & Western to form the Norfolk Southern railroad, which still owns the bridge today.

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Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railroad Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railroad Kansas City KCKV&W No.27

Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railway

Item: 20-K     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the A&W Co.
Pocket worn (&) ampersand. Great gold patina.

History

The Kansas City Kaw Valley & Western Railway 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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Kansas City Northwestern Railroad Kansas City Northwestern Railroad MoPac R.R. Flag

Kansas City Northwestern Railroad

Item: 21-K     Price: $125.00

Remarks: Operated independently 16 years 1893-1909.
Fine tapered barrel. Pocket worn serif lettering
and superb gold patina.

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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Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad Lackawanna R.R. Flag

Lackawanna & Montrose Railroad

Item: 4-L     Price: $145.00

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

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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Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad Lackawanna R.R. Flag

Lackawanna & Wyoming Valley Railroad

Item: 6-L     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the A&W Co.
3rd rail Pennsy electric interurban trolley line.
Superb block lettering and two-tone 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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Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad LC&M locomotive

Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad

Item: 8-L     New Listing     Price: $175.00

Remarks: Chartered in 1868
Bohannan forged.
Iron ore feeder line for the D&H.
Superb serif lettering and dark carmel patina.
No.15 most likely issued in 1st couple years of operation.

History

The Lake Champlain and Moriah Railroad was a six mile shortline owned by Republic Steel that was used to bring iron ore from Mineville to Port Henry. The line was abandoned in 1968.

In 1868, Port Henry Iron Ore Company funded and began construction of the line. Many of the engines bore familiar names, like “Witherbee,” “G. Sherman,” “Cedar Point,” and “Adirondack.” When the Lake Champlain & Moriah Railroad replaced the Moriah Plank Road, the effect on mining operations was significant, reducing the cost per ton of ore shipped from 90 cents over the Moriah Plank Road to 32 cents per ton by rail.

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Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad LE&E R.R. Flag

Lake Erie & Eastern Railroad

Item: 10-L     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
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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Lake Lake Erie & Western Railroad LE&W R.R. Flag

Lake Erie & Western Railroad

Item: 12-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. pre-1927
Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Stylish accent ring.

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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Lake Erie & Western Railway Lake Erie & Western Railway LE&W track wash-out

Lake Erie & Western Railway

Item: 13-L     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Excellent serif lettering and patina.
Given the moniker the "Natural Gas Route."

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Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Lake Ontario Shore Railroad RW&O R.R. Flag

Lake Ontario Shore Railroad

Item: 15-L     New Listing     Price: $225.00

Remarks: Operated 1873-1874
HQ in Oswego, NY
Excellent serif lettering and gold patina.
Very few keys in existence
A rare 1!

History

The LOSRR was chartered to be built from Suspension Bridge, New York to Oswego, New York in 1858. The Lake Ontario Shore Railroad Company was founded in Oswego on March 27, 1868. Under Chief Engineer James Ross, work commenced in August 1871 in Red Creek, New York. Tracks were open to Oswego, New York in 1873.

Despite heavy support from on-line and planned on-line communities, the LOSRR was unable to handle its great financial obligations. Reasons include a lack of manufacturing industries, bypassing Rochester, New York and close competition with the New York Central Railroad. Construction only got as far as Kendall, New York. On September 22, 1874 the railroad was sold in court under foreclosure to the Rome, Watertown and Ogdensburg Railroad, who reorganized the railroad as the Lake Ontario Railroad Company on September 29. On October 22, this company and the RW&O made an agreement to consolidate, which was filed with the New York Secretary of State on December 23, 1875.

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Lake Shore Electric Railroad Lake Shore Electric Railroad LSE R.R.

Lake Shore Electric Railroad

Item: 17-L     Ohio interurban     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. pre-1927
Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.

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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Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad NYC R.R. Flag

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 19-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. 1800s
Early A&W hex stamp = 1st series.
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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Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS R.R's engine shop, Norwalk, CT

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

Item: 20-L     Price: $135.00

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

History - continued from above

On April 22, 1833, the Erie and Kalamazoo Railroad was chartered in the Territory of Michigan to run from the former Port Lawrence, Michigan (now Toledo, Ohio), near Lake Erie, northwest to Adrian on the River Raisin. The Toledo War soon gave about one-third of the route to the state of Ohio. Trains commenced operating, pulled by horses, on November 2, 1836; the horses were replaced by a newly arrived steam locomotive, Adrian No. 1, in August 1837.

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Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS R.R.

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

SOLD     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Excellent block lettering and gold patina.
Unusual style bit

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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Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad LS&MS R.R.    LS&MS advertisement poster    LS&MS R.R.

Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad

SOLD     car key     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. pre-1927.
Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Stylish barrel ring and great patina. Key has
a smaller barrel opening than switch key.
Rarer of the two styles.

History - continued from above

In 1968, the New York Central merged into Penn Central, and in 1976, it became part of Conrail. In 1976, the Southern Division from Elyria to Millbury was abandoned, with parts of the former right of way now in use as a recreational trail, the North Coast Inland Trail. Under Conrail, the Lake Shore main line was part of the New York City–Chicago Chicago Line.

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Lamoille Valley Railroad Co. Lamoille Valley Railroad Co. LVRC Flag

Lamoille Valley Railroad Co.

Item: 24-L     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Keyline forged.
Very nice stamp marks and gold patina.

History

Previously the St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad, the Lamoille Valley Railroad Company started operations on January 1, 1978, operating the Vermont state owned trackage between Swanton and St. Johnsbury.

The 96 miles of track across the top of Vermont has been operated by a number of railroads throughout its history. Up until 1925 it was part of the Boston & Maine. Then it operated as the St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain. Bankruptcy in 1944 led to a reorganization and a name change to the St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley Railroad LV R.R. Flag

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 26-L     "C" series     Price: $95.00

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

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.

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Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley flagship colors     Lehigh Valley boxcar

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 27-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. 1904-21
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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Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley Railroad LV R.R. depot     Lehigh Valley Railroad, Sayre Station

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 28-L     call box key     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. post 1930
Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Given the moniker, "Route of the Black Diamond."

History - continued from above

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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Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley Railroad Lehigh Valley Railroad engine

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Item: 29-L     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Corbin forged steel shorty.

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Litchfield & Madison Railway Litchfield & Madison Railway C&NW R.R. Flag

Litchfield & Madison Railway

Item: 31-L     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
Given the moniker, "St. Louis Gateway Route."
Semi rare key.

History

The Litchfield and Madison was incorporated on March 1, 1900 by James Duncan to take over an isolated line of the Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad between Litchfield, Illinois and Madison, Illinois. At that time, Duncan also took over the Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis. In 1926, the L&M constructed a connection to the Chicago and North Western at Benld, Illinois. The railroad served as the entry to East St. Louis, Illinois for both the Chicago and North Western and the Illinois Central Railroad. In addition, in the 1925-1926 time frame, the C&NW obtained trackage rights over the L&M from Benld to East St. Louis. At the same time, the L&M received minor reciprocal trackage rights over the C&NW.

The railroad was headquartered in Edwardsville, Illinois. During its life, the L&M was known for being both a bridge railroad and also a hauler of coal. Most of the coal consisted of loads brought southbound to the St. Louis area from mines in the area.

On August 1, 1957, lawyers for the Chicago and North Western filed paperwork to acquire the Litchfield and Madison outright. The Interstate Commerce Commission quickly granted the C&NW's application. The purchase price for the railroad was $8 million.

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Little Miami Railroad Little Miami Railroad PRR Flag    Little Miami R.R.

Little Miami Railroad

Item: 33-L     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
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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Long Island Railroad Long Island Railroad Long Island R.R. Flag

Long Island Railroad

Item: 35-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. 1921-30
Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and bright 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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Long Island Railroad Long Island Railroad LI yard switcher

Long Island Railroad

Item: 36-L     Price: $45.00

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

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Louisville & Atlantic Railroad Louisville & Atlantic Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Atlantic Railroad

SOLD     New Listing     Price: $195.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
101 mile short line coal hauler-Versailles to
Beattyville Junction. Absorbed into the L&N in 1909.
Very low serial #

History

In October 1889, the Louisville Southern Railroad supported the construction of the Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine & Beattyville Railroad (known as the “Riney-B”). This line connected with the Louisville Southern at Versailles. This route ran from Versailles, Nicholasville, Valley View, Richmond, Irvine and Beattyville. The line was completed in the summer of 1890 to Irvine. Financial problems forced this line into receivership in December 1891. During 1897, the company was sold at foreclosure and reorganized as the Louisville & Atlantic Railroad.

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Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A R.R. Flag

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 39-L     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold 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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Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A No.396

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 40-L     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel 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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Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Tales of Wells Fargo    Tales of Wells Fargo

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 41-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. 1904-21
Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

During the late 1920s, a group of investors led by Harvey Couch began acquiring Louisiana & Arkansas stock. These investors owned electric and telephone utilities in Arkansas and Louisiana and believed that railroad ownership in their service area would also be profitable. When control of the L&A was thus secured on January 16, 1928, a new company was chartered in Delaware in 1928 to acquire the former Louisiana and Arkansas Railway Company, and to acquire and lease the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company, that operated a marginally profitable railroad between New Orleans and Shreveport.

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Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Louisiana & Arkansas Railway LA 1st locomotive

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 42-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Post 1939 LA&T and L&A merger key.

History - continued from above

The Harvey Couch interests began purchasing stock of the Kansas City Southern Railway (KCS) in 1937. After gaining control of the KCS in 1939, a decision was made to merge the two properties. Kansas City Southern was the surviving corporation, with the Louisiana & Arkansas as a KCS subsidiary, but the KCS president and the controlling stockholders were all from the L&A. This merger created "single line" railroad freight service between Kansas City and New Orleans, and on September 2, 1940, a new KCS-L&A diesel powered streamliner, the Southern Belle, was inaugurated to connect the two cities.

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Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Louisiana & Arkansas Railway L&A No.103

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Item: 43-L     LA&T style bit    Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the A&W Co.
Great block lettering and superb patina.
Post 1939 LA&T and L&A merger key.

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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 47-L     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N engine No.500

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 48-L     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. 1904-21
Slaymaker forged.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering and gold 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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N Union Station 1907.    L&N Union Station 1907.

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 49-L     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb serif lettering and gold 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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 50-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Forged by the Modern Industries Co.
Superb block lettering and dark 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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 51-L     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Superb serif lettering and 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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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad 1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass    1975 movie Breakheart Pass

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 52-L     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N Union Station 1907.

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 53-L     Price: $55.00

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

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Louisville & Nashville Railroad Louisville & Nashville Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Item: 54-L     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co. Key listed in the
"American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

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Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Texas state Flag

Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co.

Item: 55-L     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Early A&W hex stamp = 1st series.
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.

On April 14, 1930, it was renamed the Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas Railway Company.

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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 11/18/2021

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