UP Global One pig yard

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

"A Website for the Railroad Enthusiast"

All Key Sales are Final
Ulster & Delaware Railroad Ulster & Delaware Railroad U&D RR Flag

Ulster & Delaware Railroad

Item: 2-U     New Listing     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Superb stamp marks and silver patina.
Gotta love the serial #99-a rare 1!

History

The Ulster and Delaware Railroad (U&D) was a railroad located in the state of New York. It was often advertised as "The Only All-Rail Route to the Catskill Mountains." At its greatest extent, the U&D extended 107 miles from Kingston Point on the Hudson River through the Catskill Mountains to its western terminus at Oneonta, passing through the counties of Ulster, Delaware, Schoharie and Otsego.

The U&D's peak year came in 1913, with 676,000 passengers carried up into the Catskills plus substantial amounts of freight. By the time of the Great Depression of 1929 and thereafter, most of the passenger traffic had been lost to private cars on improved highways, buses and shared limousines (called "hacks"); trucks had taken most of the non-commodity freight business; and the railroad was in serious financial trouble and a shadow of its former self. The New York Central acquired the failing U&D on February 1, 1932, under pressure from the Interstate Commerce Commission.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Railroad Union Railroad Union RR Flag

Union Railroad Company

Item: 3-U     Price: $60.00

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

History

On July 2, 1894 the Union Railroad came into existence. From 1894-1907, the original URR extended from East Pittsburgh to Hays, a distance of six miles. The Union Railroad was unique given that it was basically a switching railroad and yet its loads were incredibly heavy made up of either; ore, coke, coal, slag or steel. This unique combination in addition to the steep grades around Pittsburgh demanded some special tractive force. In 1898 the largest locomotive of the time was built for the Union Railroad. The engine was a 2-8-0 had more weight on its drivers (208,000 pounds) than any built up to that time. This was locomotive 95 in the U RR. stable and according to the article was built by Pittsburg's Locomotive Works.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Railroad Union Railroad Moviie Western How the West was Won

Union Railroad Company

Item: 4-U     Price: $50.00

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

History - continued from above

Today the URR is a Class III switching railroad located in Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania. The company is owned by Transtar, Inc., which is itself a subsidiary of USS Corp, more popularly known as United States Steel.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad UP R.R. Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 7-U     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
A&W football style stamp = 2nd series.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
A well preserved beauty!

History - continued from above

The original company was incorporated on July 1, 1862, under an act of Congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and it provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific as a war measure for the preservation of the Union. It was constructed westwardly from Council Bluffs, Iowa to meet the Central Pacific line, which was constructed eastwardly from San Francisco Bay.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie    1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 8-U     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
A nice 1!

History - continued from above

The Union Pacific legacy began in 1862 with the original company, called the Union Pacific Rail Road, which was part of the First Transcontinental Railroad project, later known as the "Overland Route".Two more Union Pacific railroads were formed after that, the Union Pacific Railway (the second company) which absorbed the original company in 1880 and the Union Pacific "Railroad" (the third company) which absorbed the Union Pacific Railway in 1897-1898.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad    1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie    1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 9-U     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
A&W football style stamp = 2nd series.
Superb block lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad which operated from 1897 to 1998 is referred to as Mark I and it makes up the bulk of the Union Pacific history. The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad produced the well known Big Boy steam locomotives such as the Union Pacific 4014 and the Union Pacific 4012. Other well known steam locomotives were also produced by the third Union Pacific Railroad such as the Union Pacific 3985, the Union Pacific 3977, and the Union Pacific 844. The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad also produced the Union Pacific 6936 diesel locomotive.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie    1939 movie    1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 10-U     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

The current Union Pacific Railroad, the fourth incarnation, began in 1969 as the Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SP, SPTC or SPTCo), the last incarnation of the Southern Pacific railroad; the Southern Pacific Transportation Company became the fourth incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1998 with the Union Pacific-Southern Pacific merger which included SP's smaller railroads, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and the SPCSL Corporation. The current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad inherits all operations of the third Union Pacific Railroad. The current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad is referred to as Mark II. All together, a total of four railroads used the "Union Pacific" name; however, all four railroads are commonly grouped as one railroad.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific    1939 movie    1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 11-U     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

The parent company, Union Pacific Corporation was established in 1969, the same year the current railroad (Mark II) began. Besides the Southern Pacific, the Denver and Rio Grande Western, the St. Louis Southwestern and the SPCSL Corporation, the parent company, Union Pacific Corporation, acquired other western railroads over the years such as the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, the Western Pacific Railroad and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and all became part of the Union Pacific system, growing the Union Pacific system.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad Big Four handcar crews.

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 12-U     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s
Hex stamp = A&W 1st series.
Superb pocket worn lettering and gold patina

History - continued from above

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western). Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie    1939 movie    1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 13-U     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. 1904-21
Superb stamp marks and patina.
Slaymaker rarity!

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 14-U     Price: $145.00

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

Five roads = UP-Union Pacific | OSL-Oregon Short Line | SJGI-St. Joseph & Grand Island
LASL-Los Angeles & Salt Lake | OWRN-Oregon Washington R.R. & Navigation.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Road & Bridge Union Pacific Road & Bridge Replica CP's locomotive, Jupiter    East meets West    Replica of UP's locomotive UP-119

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 15-U     road & bridge     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s
Slaymaker/Barry forged key.
Great looking R&B UP oldie!

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Road & Bridge Union Pacific Road & Bridge CP & UP built 19 tunnels combined    Directors of the UP Railroad    Miss Union Pacific Jan Shepard

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 16-U     road & bridge     Price: $120.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
A&W football style stamp = 2nd series No.5 issue.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and gold patina.
Great oldie!

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific R&B Union Pacific R&B Traveling photographer for the UP R.R.    Union Pacific Work train

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 17-U     road & bridge     Price: $70.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Rustic looking with nice stamp marks.

Click on image to view larger picture




Union Pacific Road & Bridge Union Pacific Road & Bridge Lampoon mocks the UP for accepting money from the state of Oregon    UPY locomotive

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 18-U     New     road & bridge     Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800s
Early A&W hex stamp = 1st series.
Very nice stamp marks.

Click on image to view larger picture




UP Tool Rack UP Tool Rack Railroad Helltowns

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 19-U     tool rack key     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900s
Forged by the Adlake Co.
Great block lettering and gold patina.
A nice 1!

Click on image to view larger picture



UP Tool Rack UP Tool Rack Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 20-U     tool rack key     Price: $75.00

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

Click on image to view larger picture



UP Tool Rack UP Tool Rack Union Pacific Railroad locomotive No.924

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 21-U     tool rack key     Price: $125.00

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

Click on image to view larger picture



UP Motive Power & Car Key UP Motive Power & Car Key Cheyenne Indians

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 22-U     motive power & cab key     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900s. Like new!
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Railroad 1939 movie Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 23-U     Price: $35.00

Remarks: Union Pacific high security steel key.


Click on image to view larger picture



United States Steel United States Steel USS R.R. Flag

United States Steel (USS)-Lorain Tubular Operation

Item: 29-U     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900s
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.
A rarity.

History

Lorain Tubular Operations, located approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures high-quality seamless pipe for customers in the construction and oil and gas exploration and production industries. The facility has an annual production capability of 780,000 net tons, and major product lines include oil country tubing, casing and drill pipe; standard and line pipe; and coupling stock

U.S. Steel once owned the Northampton & Bath Railroad. The N&B was an 11-kilometer (6.8 mi) short line railroad built in 1904 that served Atlas Cement in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and Keystone Cement in Bath, Pennsylvania. By 1979 cement shipments had dropped off such that the railroad was no longer economically viable and the line was abandoned. A 1.5-kilometer (0.93 mi) section of track was retained to serve Atlas Cement. The remainder of the right-of-way was transformed into the Nor-Bath Trail.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Union Stock Yards, Chicago    Chicago stockyard

Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Railroad

Item: 32-U     Price: $95.00

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

History

The Union Stock Yard & Transit Co., or the Yards, was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century, starting in 1865. The district was operated by a group of railroad companies that acquired swampland and turned it to a centralized processing area. By the 1890s, the railroad money behind the Union Stockyards was Vanderbilt money. The Union Stockyards operated in the New City community area for 106 years, helping Chicago become known as "hog butcher for the world" and the center of the American meatpacking industry for decades.

When the Union Stock Yard and Transit Company of Chicago was incorporated in 1865 to consolidate the Chicago stock yards, its powers included the construction of a railroad outside the city limits (then Pershing Road and Western Avenue) to link the stock yards with the railroads entering Chicago south of Roosevelt Road. All nine of these railroads - the Chicago & Alton Railroad, Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Chicago & Great Eastern Railway, Chicago & North Western Railway, Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad, Michigan Central Railroad, Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad, and Pittsburgh-Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway - had previously come to an agreement to finance the new property as a replacement for their individual yards.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Chicago stockyard entrance

Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Railroad

Item: 33-U     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s. C = cattle yard?
Superb block lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

Settlement in the area that was to become known as the "Back of the Yards" began in the 1850s before there were any meat packers or stockyards in the area. At this time the area was known as the "Town of Lake." Indeed, the area would continue to be called Town of Lake until 1939. Witness that the newspaper of the area was called the Town of Lake Journal. Only with the founding of the community organization called the "Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council" in 1939 did the neighborhood west and south of the meat packinghouses start being called the "Back of the Yards." It was a name that the residents proudly claimed as their own. In 1939, the Town of Lake Journal officially changed its name to Back of the Yards Journal.

Click on image to view larger picture



Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Postcard of the Chicago stockyard

Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Railroad

Item: 34-U     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
Double digit serial #.

History - continued from above

From the Civil War until the 1920s and peaking in 1924, more meat was processed in Chicago than in any other place in the world. Construction began in June 1865 with an opening on Christmas Day in 1865. The Yards closed at midnight on Friday, July 30, 1971, after several decades of decline during the decentralization of the meatpacking industry. The Union Stock Yard Gate was designated a Chicago Landmark on February 24, 1972, and a National Historic Landmark on May 29, 1981.

Click on image to view larger picture


V



Vandalia Railroad Vandalia Railroad Vandalia R.R. Flag

Vandalia Railroad

Item: 4-V     car key     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900s
Bohannan forged?
Nice block lettering and gold patina.
Vandalia & Pennsy post 1917 merger key.
Key has a Pennsy style bit.

History

The Vandalia Railroad was formed in 1905 by a merger of several lines in Indiana and Illinois including the Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad and the St. Louis-Vandalia & Terre Haute Railroad which covered a route from Indianapolis, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri. Another route between Terre Haute, Indiana and Toledo, was created with the inclusion of the Terre Haute & Logansport and Logansport & Toledo branches.

Click on image to view larger picture



Vandalia Railroad Vandalia Railroad How the West was Won.

Vandalia Railroad

Item: 5-V     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. pre-1927
Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Nice serif lettering and gold patina.
Vandalia & Pennsy post 1917 merger key.

History - continued from above

In 1917 the line was acquired by the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (the Panhandle) giving the Pennsylvania Railroad a direct route from New York City to St. Louis. In 1968 PRR merged with New York Central Railroad to become Penn Central and in 1976 becoming part of Conrail. Much of the North-South line was abandoned with the Conrail formation but parts of the East-West line survive as part of CSX Transportation.

Click on image to view larger picture



Virginian Railroad Virginian Railroad Virginian Railway No.135    VGN R.R. Flag    Virginian Railway No.100

Virginian Railroad

Item: 10-V     Price: 125.00

Remarks: mid 1900s
Superb serif lettering and patina.
One of about 3 different styles - all scarce.

History

The Virginian Railway was a Class I railroad located in Virginia and West Virginia. The VGN was created to transport high quality smokeless bituminous coal from southern West Virginia to port at Hampton Roads. The Virginian was considered a folly at the time of construction, as so much capital was spent on making the railroad as flat and straight as possible, "As though the Virginia hills did not exist." In the long run this proved to be a very profitable route as operating costs were low due to the relative lack of grades and little curvature of track. Throughout a profitable 50-year history, VGN continued the Page-Rogers philosophy of "paying up front for the best." It achieved best efficiencies in the mountains, rolling piedmont and flat tidewater terrain. Known for operating some of the largest and best steam, electric, and diesel motive power, it became nicknamed "Richest Little Railroad in the World." Merged into the Norfolk and Western Railway in 1959, a large portion of the former VGN remains in service today.

Click on image to view larger picture



Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Virginia Blue Ridge Railway VBR Piney River Shop    VBR engine No.9.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway

Item: 11-V     Price: $145.00

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

History

The company was incorporated in 1914, and construction was started in 1915. The VBR extended from Tye River Depot in Nelson County, where it interchanged with the Southern Railway, to Massies Mill. The railroad followed the course of the Tye and Piney Rivers for several miles before entering the mountains. It was initially built to haul chestnut for lumber out of the heavily-timbered Piney River area to local mills until World War I. The chestnut blight wiped out much of the timbered areas. However, the railroad later served several quarries in the area where titanium dioxide and aplite were mined. It passed through the communities of Roses Mill, Piney River, Canopy, Lowesville, and Buffalo Mine.

The line was abandoned in 1980. In the early 21st century, part of the roadbed was being developed as a rails-to-trails project, the Blue Ridge Railway Trail.

Click on image to view larger picture



Vineland Railroad Vineland Railroad CRRofNJ R.R. Flag

Vineland Railroad

Item: 12-V     Price: 125.00

Remarks: early 1900s Fraim stamp.
Nice stamp marks and carmel patina.
Absorbed into CNJ in 1917.
New Jersey egg hauler.

History

The Vineland Railroad was chartered in the late 1800s. Because the town of Vineland was known for the high volume of eggs it supplied the country, the railroad was known locally as a chicken and egg railroad. The Vineland Railway started at the end of the NJS at Atsion, crossed the Camden and Atlantic at Winslow Junction, and reached the agricultural town of Vineland in 1870. This company was backed by Charles K. Landis, the founder of Vineland as a somewhat utopian community. The railway was continued onward to Delaware Bay at Bay Side in 1871. The New Jersey Southern's plan now was to reach Baltimore by means of the Vineland Railway, a boat across Delaware Bay, a railroad across the Delmarva Peninsula, and a boat across Chesapeake Bay, according to a statement issued in 1873 over the signature of Jay Gould, President.

Although Vineland, like most of America, was hit hard by the Great Depression, it rebounded after World War II. The town became known as the “Egg Capital of the World,” as chicken farming grew as a local industry. In 1957, the town and surrounding borough incorporated into one 69-square-mile community, making Vineland the largest town (by area) in New Jersey.

Click on image to view larger picture



Dates quoted for keys are approximate dates. Railroad switch keys initials (reporting mark) are assumed to be correct and accurate.
Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 10/26/2021

Top

contact webmaster