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Front Side: N de M Railroad Back Side: N de M Railroad NdeM passenger train at Mexico City     N de M Flag     A railyard in Mexico

N de M Railroad

SOLD     New Listing     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. State owned 1938-1998.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History

Ferrocarriles Nacionales de Mexico, (better known as N de M) was Mexico's state owned railroad company from 1938 to 1998, and prior to 1938 (dating from the regime of Porfirio Diaz) a major railroad controlled by the government that linked Mexico City to the major cities of Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juarez on the U.S. border. The first trains to Nuevo Laredo from Mexico City began operating in 1903.

N de M absorbed the Mexican Central Railroad (Ferrocarril Central Mexicano, first section from Mexico City to Leon, Guanajuato, opened in 1882) in 1909, thus acquiring a second border gateway at Ciudad Juarez (adjacent to El Paso, Texas). The N de M was nationalized by President Lazaro Cardenas del Rio in 1938, and privatized 60 years later by President Ernesto Zedillo. N de M operated most railway trackage through the central and northeastern regions of the republic.

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Front Side: Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad NC&StL R.R. Flag     NC&StL locomotive

Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 5-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: Operated from 1851-1957. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History

The Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway was a railway company operating in the southern United States in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. It began as the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, chartered in Nashville in December 11, 1845, built to 5 ft (1,524 mm) gauge and was the first railway to operate in the state of Tennessee. From this link between two Tennessee cities, it gradually grew until it formed one of the important railway systems of the South by the turn of the twentieth century.

During the Civil War the rail line was strategic to both the Union and Confederate armies. The Tennessee campaigns of 1862 and 1863 saw Union troops force the Confederates from Nashville to Chattanooga along the line of the railroad. The tracks and bridges were repeatedly damaged and repaired, and at different times carried supplies for both armies. In 1885, the railroad successfully defended itself before the Supreme Court in Nashville, C. & St. L. R. Co. v. United States from repaying postage payments for mail in 1861 that was not delivered due to the war.

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Front Side: Nashville & Florence Railroad Back Side: Nashville & Florence Railroad L&N R.R. Flag

Nashville & Florence Railroad

Item: 6-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: Operated from 1851-1957. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and rustic copper patina.

History

The Nashville & Florence Railroad was formed in 1879 to construct a 79 mile line from Columbia, Tennessee to Florence Alabama. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad, quietly watching the development and knowing the geography of the area could be rich in iron ore and timber, quickly purchased a majority of of stock. The L&N then advanced the project of moving the planned line forward which had laid dormant for three years. The Nashville & Florence Railroad was eventually absorbed into the rapidly growing Louisville & Nashville Railroad network.

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Front Side: New York Central & Hudson River Railway Back Side: New York Central & Hudson River Railway NYC No. 999

New York Central & Hudson River Railway

Item: 7-N     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Merged into the
NYC in 1914. Pocket worn "RY" stamped on front.

History

In 1867 Cornelius (the Commodore) Vanderbilt, acquired control of the Albany to Buffalo running NYC, with the help of maneuverings related to the Hudson River Bridge in Albany. On November 1, 1869 he merged the NYC with his Hudson River Railroad into the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad. This extended the system south from Albany along the east bank of the Hudson River to New York City, with the leased Troy and Greenbush Railroad running from Albany north to Troy. The New York Central & Hudson River and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern were merged in 1914 to form the New York Central Railroad Company.

Vanderbilt's other lines were operated as part of the NYC; these included the New York and Harlem Railroad, Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, Canada Southern Railway and Michigan Central Railroad.

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Front Side: New York Central & Harlem Railroad Back Side: New York Central & Harlem Railroad NYC horsecar

New York Central & Harlem Railroad

Item: 8-N     New Listing     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Eventually merged in the NYC Railroad.

History

The company was incorporated on April 25, 1831 as the New York and Harlem Railroad, to link New York City with suburban Harlem. Eventually the rail line was leased to the New York Central, and the street railway line to the Metropolitan Street Railway Company (and later the New York Railways Company). When Grand Central Terminal was completed, the divorce of the two was quite obvious, but before that, where exactly did the street railway operate? For the most part, on Fourth Avenue, and extending as south as Ann Street, about a mile from the southern tip of Manhattan island.

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Front Side: New Jersey Railroad Back Side: New Jersey Railroad Pennsy R.R. Flag

New Jersey Railroad

Item: 9-N     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Young looking oldie!
Superb block lettering superb patina.

History

On March 7, 1832 the New Jersey Rail Road and Transportation Company (NJRR) was chartered as a parallel line to the Camden and Amboy. Regular NJRR service began September 15, 1834 between Newark and Jersey City, using a temporary track over Bergen Hill. An extension to Elizabeth opened December 21, 1835, using the turnpike from the south end of Broad Street.

On February 1, 1867, the C&A and NJRR were informally joined as the United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Companies (UNJ). The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) approved a lease of the UNJ on May 15, 1871, and the UNJ approved May 19. On May 18, 1872 the C&A, D&R Canal and NJRR were consolidated, forming the United New Jersey Railroad and Canal Company. The new company was split into two divisions: the New York Division consisted of the NJRR and the C&A Trenton Branch towards Philadelphia, while the Amboy Division was the original C&A main line.

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Front Side: New York & Jamaica Railroad Back Side: New York & Jamaica Railroad LI RR Flag

New York & Jamaica Railroad

Item: 10-N     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and great carmel patina.
Gobbled up by the Long Island R.R. in 1860.

History

New York & Jamaica Railroad Company was organized about 1857, and constructed a railroad from the terminus of the Long Island Railroad in Jamaica to the water's edge at Hunter's Point, and when ready for opening the trains of the Long Island Railroad, instead of running over the Brooklyn & Jamaica Railroad into the city of Brooklyn, turned off at Jamaica and were brought to Hunter's Point. This diverted the main line of travel on Long Island from the city of Brooklyn to the new terminus. This new line was opened in 1860. About the same time its property, corporate rights and franchises were acquired by the Long Island Railroad Company. From that time the Brooklyn & Jamaica Railroad was run as a branch road between Jamaica and East New York.

Jamaica is a major hub station of the Long Island Rail Road, and is located in Jamaica, Queens, New York City. It is the largest transit hub on Long Island and is one of the busiest railroad stations in the country with weekday ridership exceeding 200,000 passengers.

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Front Side: New York & Greenwood Lake Railway Back Side: New York & Greenwood Lake Railway Erie R.R. Flag

New York & Greenwood Lake Railway

Item: 11-N     Price: $145.00

Remarks: Operated 1878-1943. Forged by J.H. Climax Co.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina. Unique style bit.

History

The New York & Greenwood Lake Railway owned a line between Croxton, Jersey City, New Jersey and Greenwood Lake, New York. Service on the line was provided by the Erie Railroad.

The Montclair Railway was established in 1867. It was founded by Julius Pratt, who had renamed Montclair, New Jersey, for what was then West Bloomfield. By the mid-1870s it ran between Croxton and Sterling Forest at the New York state line, but financially unstable railroad went into receivership, and in 1875 became the Montclair & Greenwood Lake Railway. In 1878 the company was re-organized as the New York & Greenwood Lake Railway (NYGL), under control of the Erie Railroad

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Front Side: New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad Back Side: New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad Erie RR Flag

New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad

Item: 12-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
Different style cut than NYP&O key below.

History

The Nypano Railroad, earlier the New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad, was organized from the bankrupt Atlantic & Great Western Railroad in March 1880. The road was owned by five of the English investors in the A&GW and ran from Salamanca, New York to Dayton, Ohio. J. H. Devereaux, former president of the A&GW, was elected first president of the new company. Devereaux was succeeded by Jarvis M. Adams who, on March 6, 1883, leased the NYP&O to the New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad. On February 27, 1896 the property was sold under foreclosure to representatives of the Erie, and subsequently reorganized as the Nypano. The company was merged into the Erie in 1941.The NYP&O was originally built on a 6 ft broad gauge between the rails. On June 22, 1880 the line was converted to 4 ft. 8 1/2 in standard gauge.

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Front Side: New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad Back Side: New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad Erie RR Flag

New York-Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad

Item: 13-N     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Fraim forged.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.
Different style cut than NYP&O key above.

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Front Side: New York-Ontario & Western Railroad Back Side: New York-Ontario & Western Railroad GEl 44-ton switcher

New York-Ontario & Western Railroad

Item: 15-N     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Block lettering and attractive gold patina. Key ring groove
on top of hilt. Given the moniker "Old and Weary."

History

The railroad began life as the New York & Oswego Midland Railroad, organized by Dewitt C. Littlejohn in 1868. Its mainline extended from Weehawken, New Jersey in the greater New York City area to Oswego, New York, a port city on Lake Ontario. It had branch lines to Scranton, Pennsylvania; Kingston, New York; Port Jervis, New York; Monticello, New York; Delhi, New York; Utica, New York and Rome, New York. The part south of Cornwall, New York was operated over the New York Central Railroad's West Shore Railroad via trackage rights.

The New York-Ontario & Western Railway, more commonly known as the O&W or NYO&W, was a regional railroad with origins in 1868, lasting until March 29, 1957 when it was ordered liquidated by a US bankruptcy judge. The O&W holds the distinction of being the first notable U.S. railroad to be abandoned in its entirety.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central Railroad

Item: 18-N     Moon Key     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Corbin forged?
Different style cut than Moon key below.

History

The New York Central Railroad (NYC), also known as New York Central or New York Central System or The Central, was a railroad operating in the northeastern and midwestern United States. Headquartered in New York City, the New York Central was a large railroad, and it had several subsidiaries whose identity remained strong in local loyalties.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad Strangers on a Train    Strangers on a Train poster    Strangers on a Train

New York Central Railroad

Item: 19-N     Moon Key     Price: $50.00


Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Corbin forged?
Different style cut than Moon key above and
same bit as key below.

History - continued from above

In broad geographic terms, the New York Central proper was everything east of Buffalo plus a line from Buffalo through Cleveland and Toledo to Chicago (the former Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway). NYC included the Ohio Central Lines (Toledo through Columbus to and beyond Charleston, West Virginia) and the Boston & Albany Railroad (neatly defined by its name). The Michigan Central Railroad was a Buffalo-Detroit-Chicago line and everything in Michigan north of that. NYC's Grand Central Terminal in New York City is one of its best known extant landmarks. In 1968 the NYC merged with former rival Pennsylvania Railroad to form the Penn Central which, later became absorbed in the government formed "Conrail."

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central Systems Railroad

Item: 20-N     Moon Key     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Corbin forged?
Same style cut than Moon key above.

History - continued from above

Planning and justifying the merger took nearly a decade, during which time the eastern railroad scene had changed radically, in large measure because of the impending merger of NYC and PRR. The Erie merged with the DL&W to create the Erie Lackawanna Railway (EL) in 1960, C&O acquired control of B&O, and N&W took in the Virginian Railway, Wabash, Nickel Plate, Pittsburgh & West Virginia and Akron, Canton & Youngstown. Stockholders of the PRR and NYC approved the merger of the two railroads on May 8, 1962. ICC approved the merger four years later, and on February 1, 1968, the Penn Central (PC) came into existence and fell apart faster than it went together.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad west side cowboy     NYC R.R.

New York Central Railroad

Item: 21-N     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Great block lettering and superb gold patina.
Key used on lines east of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad NY Citys' Grand Central Station

New York Central Railroad

Item: 22-N     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. A&W forged?
Superb block lettering and dark patina.
Key used on lines east of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central Railroad

Item: 23-N     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice pocket worn block lettering. Superb
gold patina. Key used on lines east of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central Back Side: New York Central Strangers on a Train

New York Central Railroad

Item: 24-N     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Attractive pocket worn block lettering and
gold patina. Key used on lines east of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central System Back Side: New York Central System NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central System Railroad

Item: 25-N     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
Key used on lines east of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central System Back Side: New York Central System NS paying tribute to NYC

New York Central System Railroad

Item: 26-N     New Listing     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Key used on lines west of Buffalo.

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Front Side: New York Central System Back Side: New York Central System NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central System Railroad

Item: 27-N     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
NYC/OCL key - Ohio Central Lines style bit.

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Front Side: New York Central System Back Side: New York Central System Strangers on a Train.    Strangers on a Train    Robert Walker

New York Central System Railroad

Item: 28-N     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Steel shorty.

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Tool House Back Side: New York Central Railroad Tool House NYC R.R. Flag

New York Central Railroad

Item: 29-N     tool house key     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged?
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Early TH key, no "S" for system.

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Front Side: New York Central System Tool House Back Side: New York Central System Tool House NYC train car

New York Central System Railroad

Item: 30-N     tool house key     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged?
Nice serif lettering and gold patina.

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Front Side: New York Metro Back Side: New York Metro New York Metro train car

New York Metro

Item: 31-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Passenger rail line.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.

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Front Side: New York State Railways Back Side: New York State Railways NYS-RY Flag

New York State Railways

Item: 32-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Great looking trolley key!

History

New York State Railways was a subsidiary of the New York Central Railroad that controlled several large city streetcar and electric interurban systems in upstate New York. It included the city transit lines in Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Oneida and Rome, plus various interurban lines connecting those cities. New York State Railways also held a 50% interest in the Schenectady Railway Company, but it remained a separate independent operation.

Ridership across the system dropped through the 1920s as operating costs continued to rise, coupled with competition from better highways and private automobile use. New York Central sold New York State Railways in 1928 to a consortium led by investor E. L. Phillips, who was looking to gain control of the upstate utilities. Phillips sold his stake to Associated Gas & Electric in 1929, and the new owners allowed the railway bonds to default. New York State Railways entered receivership on December 30, 1929. The company emerged from receivership in 1934, and local operations were sold off to new private operators between 1938 and 1948.

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Front Side: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Back Side: New Hope & Ivyland Railroad Pennsy R.R. Flag

New Hope & Ivyland Railroad

Item: 33-N     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Attractive block lettering and superb gold patina.

History

The NH&I got its start as the Northeast Pennsylvania Railroad. Its trains began running between New Hope and Philadelphia in 1891. Later incorpated into the Reading System, the NH&I became a classic milk route, providing freight and passenger servive to residents of a rural area.

The NHRR was originally known as the New Hope Branch of the Reading Company (RDG), which leased the North Pennsylvania Railroad, of which it was a part. The railroad ran as far as Hartsville Station (near Bristol Road) until March 29, 1891, when the line was extended to the long-desired terminal of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

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Front Side: Newburyport Railroad Back Side: Newburyport Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Newburyport Railroad

Item: 34-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb serif lettering and patina.
Key bit style is very similar to a B&M key

History

After World War I, the Newburyport Branch experienced a decline in ridership, and in 1924, the B&M tried to end service, but passenger and industry protest kept it open. In 1940, the B&M successfully applied to close the line between Newburyport and Topsfield, and service ended there in December 1941. The following year it abandoned the line between Georgetown and the paper mill in Bradford, servicing the paper mill from the B&M main line instead. In 1950, passenger travel ceased between Topsfield and Danvers, and in 1959, all passenger travel on the line came to an end.

The Newburyport Railroad (later known as the Newburyport Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad) was a railroad that came about from the merger of three small rail companies into one rail line to compete with the Eastern Railroad for service between Newburyport and Boston, Massachusetts. The Newburyport Railroad ran from Newburyport to Wakefield, Massachusetts, where it connected with the Boston and Maine (B&M) for service into Boston.

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Front Side: Northampton & Bath Railroad Back Side: Northampton & Bath Railroad N&B boxcar

Northampton & Bath Railroad

Item: 35-N     Price: $130.00

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

History

Chartered in 1902, this shortline railroad connected from the LV, CNJ, and RDG at Northampton to the L&NE and DL&W at Bath.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad N&PB R.R. Flag

Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad

Item: 37-N     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb box lettering and patina. A beauty!

History

The Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad (NPBL) is a class III railroad operating in southern Virginia. The NPBL serves Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake and has been operating since 1898. The NPBL is owned fifty-seven percent by Norfolk Southern Railway and forty-three percent by CSX Transportation. The NPBL interchanges with; Chesapeake and Albemarle Railroad, CSX Transportation, Bay Coast Railroad (formerly the Eastern Shore Railroad), and Norfolk Southern. The NPBL is a terminal switching company that owns 36 miles of track, (plus 27 miles of trackage rights) and links commerce around the deepwater port from Sewells Point to Portsmouth Marine Terminal, including the Southern Branch Elizabeth River.

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Front Side: Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway Back Side: Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway NW

Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway

Item: 39-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Nice Pennsy oldie!
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.
NW is stamped on both sides.

History

The Pennsylvania Trolley Lines received a face lift and by May 2, 1909, the new electrified railway had twenty-seven trains going through Cambridge Springs, serving as the connection to Meadville. A traveler who used the line from Cambridge Springs to Erie would expect a commute of about 85 minutes. However, On November 6, 1912, it was agreed that the two services would merge and become one operation, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Railway, providing direct service between Erie and Meadville.

In 1925, with the introduction of bus service to Erie and Meadville, the decline of the trolleys expanded even further. Service was cut from downtown Meadville in September 1927, service was ended to Linesville the same year. The Meadville and Conneaut Park line was canceled in August 1928. Finally, the last service of trolley lines through Cambridge Springs, which went from Meadville to Erie, was ended on September 28, 1928.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Northern Pacific Railroad NP R.R. Flag

Northern Pacific Railroad

Item: 40-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the F/S Hdw. Co.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History

The Northern Pacific Railway (NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly 40 million acres of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana on Sept. 8, 1883.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railway Back Side: Northern Pacific Railway NP engine No.2223 & coaches

Northern Pacific Railway

Item: 41-N     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

In 1886 the Northern Pacific also opened colonization offices in Germany and Scandinavia, attracting farmers with cheap package transportation and purchase deals. The success of the NP was based on the abundant crops of wheat and other grains and the attraction to settlers of the Red River Valley along the Minnesota-North Dakota border between 1881 and 1890. The Northern Pacific reached Dakota Territory at Fargo in 1886, and began its career as one of the central factors in the economic growth of North Dakota. The climate, although very cold, was suitable for wheat, which was in high demand in the cities of the United States and Europe. Most of the settlers were German and Scandinavian immigrants who bought the land cheaply, and raised large families. They shipped huge quantities of wheat to Minneapolis, while buying all sorts of equipment and home supplies to be shipped in by rail.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railway Back Side: Northern Pacific Railway Tracks laid on a frozen Missouri River

Northern Pacific Railway

Item: 42-N     Price: $65.00

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

History - continued from above

After the turn of the century the Northern Pacific had a record of steady improvement. Together with the Great Northern, the Northern Pacific also gained control of the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, gaining important access to Chicago, the central Middle West and Texas, as well as the Spokane-Portland & Seattle Railway, an important route through eastern and southern Washington. Its physical plant was upgraded continuously, with double-tracking in key areas, and automatic block signaling along its entire main line. This in turn gave way to centralized traffic control, microwave and radio communications as time progressed.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railway Back Side: Northern Pacific Railway NP R.R.

Northern Pacific Railway

Item: 43-N     Price: $50.00

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

History - continued from above

The NP's premier passenger train, the "North Coast Limited" was among the safest and finest in the nation, suffering only one passenger fatality in nearly 70 years of operation.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railway Back Side: Northern Pacific Railway NP R.R. Flag

Northern Pacific Railway

Item: 44-N     New Listing     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Nice serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

In later years, consolidation in American railroading brought the Northern Pacific together with the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, the Great Northern Railway and the Spokane-Portland & Seattle Railway on March 2, 1970, to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. Ironically, the merger was allowed despite a challenge in the Supreme Court, essentially reversing the outcome of the 1904 Northern Securities ruling.

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Front Side: Norfolk Southern Railroad Back Side: Norfolk Southern Railroad NS R.R. Flag

Norfolk Southern Railroad

Item: 46-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Pocket worn block lettering and superb patina.
Not to be confused with today's Class-1 Norfolk Southern.

History

The Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) was the final name of a railroad that ran from Norfolk, Virginia, southwest and west to Charlotte, North Carolina. It was acquired by the Southern Railway in 1974, which merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1982 to form the current Norfolk Southern Railway.

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Front Side: Northwestern Elevated Railroad Back Side: Northwestern Elevated Railroad Car No.1029     A local NW L train     NWL operated until 1924

Northwestern Elevated Railroad

Item: 47-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Merged into Chicago Rapid Transit Company in 1924.

History

The Northwestern Elevated Railroad was the last of the privately constructed rapid transit lines to be built in Chicago. The line ran from the Loop in downtown Chicago north to Wilson Avenue in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood with a branch to Ravenswood and Albany Park that left the main line at Clark Street. The line survives as the Brown and Purple lines and as the northern portions of the Red Line of the Chicago 'L' system.

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Front Side: Newburgh & South Shore Railroad Back Side: Newburgh & South Shore Railroad NS R.R. Flag

Newburgh & South Shore Railroad

Item: 48-N     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by Adlake Co.

History

The Newburg & South Shore Railroad (reporting mark NSR) is a railroad that operates in Cleveland, Ohio. The line operates on 13 miles of railroad track. It was originally built to service U.S. Steel mills in Cleveland. The line is owned by Omnitrax

Also known as the South Shore Belt Line, the N&SS served industrial sites in the Cleveland area. Only seven main-line miles long, it was completed in 1904 as a wholly owned railroad of the US Steel Corporation. Its railbed bore heavy 90 lb/yard (45 kg/metre) rail and presented N&SS trains with 2 miles of 1% grades and 2 miles of 1.15% grade.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad N&W R.R. Flag

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 50-N     Post 1964 N&W/NKP merger key     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. 1960's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Key as same style bit as a NKP key

History

The Norfolk & Western Railway (NW), was a US class I railroad, formed by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. It was headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, for most of its 150-year existence. Its motto was "Precision Transportation." It had a variety of nicknames, including "King Coal" and "British Railway of America" even though the N&W had mostly articulated steam on its roster. During the Civil War, the N&W was the biggest railroad in the south and moved most of the products with their steam locomotives to help the South the best way they could.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad N&W crew

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 51-N     New Listing     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. 1960's. Adlake forged.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Given the moniker, "King Coal."

History - continued from above

NW was famous for manufacturing its own steam locomotives, which were produced at the Roanoke Shops, as well as its own hopper cars. Around 1960, NW became the last major American railroad to convert from steam locomotives to diesel motive power.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad N&W R.R. Flag

Norfolk & Western Railroad

SOLD     New Listing    Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. 1960's. Forged by the F/S Hdw. Co.?
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina. Original style
N&W key. Will work with a N&W Cast brass Lock
and certain steel Adlake locks.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad N&W's, Jawn Henry

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 53-N     Post 1964 N&W-Wabash merger key     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. 1960's. Forged by the Adlake Co.

History - continued from above

In 1982, NW merged with the Southern Railway, another profitable carrier, to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation (NS), but it continued paper operations until it was merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1997.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad N&W R.R. Flag

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 54-N     Post 1964 N&W-Wabash merger key     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. 1960's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Block lettering and rustic gold patina.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Signal Dept. Key Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Signal Dept. Key N&W streamliner #611

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 55-N     signal lock key     Price: $18.00

Remarks: Key will work with this style N&W signal lock

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Utility Key Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Utility Key N&W bridge crew pose on Kenova Bridge    N&W bridge crew pose on Kenova Bridge    N&W bridge crew pose on Kenova Bridge

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Item: 56-N     utility key     Price: $15.00

Remarks: Although not stamped N&W, this American key
will work with this style ™American brand tall shank steel lock.
This type of N&W lock was utilized on industry gates and doors.

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Front Side: Nickel Plate Road Back Side: Nickel Plate Road NKP R.R. Flag

Nickel Plate Road

Item: 58-N     aka, the "New York-Chicago & St. Louis R.R."     Price: $65.00

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

History

The Nickel Plate Railroad was constructed in 1881 along the South Shore of the Great Lakes connecting Buffalo and Chicago to compete with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. The railroad operated in the mid-central United States. Commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, the railroad served a large area, including trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Its primary connections included Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo. In 1964 the Nickel Plate Road and several other mid-western carriers were merged into the larger Norfolk and Western Railway

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Front Side: Nickel Plate Road Back Side: Nickel Plate Road NKP flagship colors

Nickel Plate Road

Item: 59-N     Price: $60.00

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

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Front Side: Nickel Plate Road Back Side: Nickel Plate Road NKP No.526

Nickel Plate Road

Item: 60-N     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.
MofW key. A rare 1!

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Front Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad NKP R.R. Flag

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 61-N    Price: $100.00

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

History

The Nickel Plate Railroad was constructed in 1881 along the South Shore of the Great Lakes connecting Buffalo and Chicago to compete with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. The railroad operated in the mid-central United States. Commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, the railroad served a large area, including trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Its primary connections included Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo. In 1964 the Nickel Plate Road and several other mid-western carriers were merged into the larger Norfolk and Western Railway

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Front Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railway Back Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railway NKP No.743

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

Item: 62-N     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Handsome tapered barrel
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.

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Front Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad NKP R.R. Flag

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 63-N     New Listing     Price: $100.00

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

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Front Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Back Side: New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad Origin of the NKP moniker

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 64-N     rip track key     Price: $150.00

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

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Front Side: Nickel Plate Road Railroad Back Side: Nickel Plate Road Railroad NKP No.765 (2-8-4)

Nickel Plate Road Railroad

Item: 65-N     signal lock key     Price: $17.00

Remarks: Key will work this type of NKP Yale signal lock
If the key does not work your lock, you can return it.

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Front Side: New York & Long Branch Railroad Back Side: New York & Long Branch Railroad JCL R.R. Flag     Pennsy RR Flag

New York & Long Branch Railroad

Item: 67-N     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the F/S Hdw. Co.
Elongated barrel. Nice serif lettering and dark patina.

History

The New York & Long Branch Railroad (NYLB) was a railroad in central New Jersey, running from Bay Head Junction in Bay Head to Perth Amboy, where it connected to the Central Railroad of New Jersey's Perth Amboy & Elizabethport Railroad. The railroad was jointly owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Central Railroad of New Jersey and became property of Conrail in 1976. It is now part of New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line.

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Front Side: New York & Long Branch Railroad Back Side: New York & Long Branch Railroad Asbury Park station stop

New York & Long Branch Railroad

Item: 68-N     Price: $150.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Stylish ring barrel.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

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Front Side: New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad Back Side: New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad Erie R.R. Flag

New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad

Item: 70-N     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the T. Slaight Co.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering. Tapered barrel
and superb gold patina. Nice Slaight oldie!

History

The New York & Erie Railroad Company was enfranchised and incorporated in 1832, and construction was begun in 1835 near Deposit, N.Y. The year 1851 saw 446 miles of trunk line across New York state completed to Dunkirk, N.Y., on Lake Erie at a huge cost. The railroad was extended to Jersey City, N.J., and to Buffalo, N.Y., but in 1861 the company failed and was reorganized as the Erie Railway Company. The company gained sound financial footing during the Civil War before it became the subject of a tremendous financial battle. Daniel Drew, Jay Gould and James Fisk allied themselves and from 1866 to 1868, outmaneuvered with the aid of unauthorized stock issues, political chicanery and incessant litigation - Cornelius Vanderbilt, to keep control of the Erie Railway Company.

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Front Side: New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad Back Side: New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad Vanderbilt & James Fisk

New York-Lake Erie & Western Railroad

Item: 71-N     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Attractive dark ring barrel and fine pocket wear.
Superb dark serif lettering. Excellent natural patina.

History - continued from above

In 1960 the Erie merged with the Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad to form the Erie-Lackawanna. In 1976 this organization and five other lines that had gone bankrupt were merged to form the Conrail system, which in 1999 became part of the CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads.

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Front Side: New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad Back Side: New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad NYNH&H R.R. Flag

New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad

Item: 72-N     signal dept. key     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Rustic style key with superb block lettering and patina.


History

The New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad (NH), commonly known as the New Haven, was a railroad that operated in New England from 1872 to 1968, dominating the region's rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century.

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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 08/20/2018

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