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Front Side: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad Back Side: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad

Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 3 - A&BB brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

The Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad was a switching railroad that was built to serve various industries around cities of Barberton and Akron in Ohio. The main purpose was to switch chemical cars for Pittsburgh Plate Glass, Babcox and Wilcox Companies as well as O.C. Barber's match works, all in Barberton. It was controlled by the "Akron-Canton & Youngstown, Baltimore & Ohio, Pennsylvania and Erie railroads.

Offering for sale is a Akron & Barberton Belt brass switch lock set. Forged by "Adlake," the back side of the lock is clearly stamped "A&BB". The spring drop is very
snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock is in excellent condition and still has its original chain. A very attractive brass lock set!

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Front Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Back Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Lock Set: 5 - ACL circa 1936 brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $175.00

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark ACL) was a former U.S. Class I railroad from 1900 until 1967, when it merged with long-time rival Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Much of the original ACL network has been part of CSX Transportation since 1986.

For 80 years young, Mother Nature has been good to this Atlantic Coast Line lock. The initials "ACL" are clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. Forged by "Adlake", the lock has an attractive brass hasp, which complements its steel body. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "336" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1936." Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition. A very handsome lock set!

The year 1936 witnessed the US construction of Hoover Dam completed. The Summer Olympics open in Berlin. At the Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens, a black man from the United States, upsets Hitler by winning the 100-meter dash. The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his appearance in U.S. newspapers. In California, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic. Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison.

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Front Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Back Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 6 - ACL signal box brass lock set 1   Price: $45.00

The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark ACL) was a former U. S. Class I railroad from 1900 until 1967, when it merged with long-time rival Seaboard Air Line Railroad to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. Much of the original ACL network has been part of CSX Transportation since 1986.

This "Atlantic Coast Line" brass signal lock was well utilized on the ACL and still work's great. Adding some character, the lock has a few dings, only to be over shadowed by it's body's dark patina. There is no visible foundry stamp, a guess would be "Yale" forged. Lock is in excellent working condition, it opens and latches with ease. The key is not the original. A great all around utility lock!

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Front Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Back Side: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Atlantic Coast Line Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 7 - ACL signal box brass lock set 2   Price: $75.00

You have to admire the great art work stamped on this terrific looking ACL signal lock. The lock is forged by the "Corbin Cabinet Lock Co." In excellent condition, it opens and latches with ease. Key shown, is not the original. Another nice all around utility lock!

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Front Side: Alton & Southern Railroad Back Side: Alton & Southern Railroad

Alton & Southern Railroad

Lock Set: 8 - A&S brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

The Alton & Southern Railroad was formed in 1910, and in 1913 it absorbed the Denverside Connecting Railway (founded in 1910), and the Alton & Southern Railway (founded in 1911). The company was operated as a subsidiary of the Aluminum Ore Company, which was itself a subsidiary of the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa), to serve the Bayer process bauxite-to-alumina refinery at Alorton, Illinois. Alcoa sold the line to the Missouri Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railway (CNW) in 1968, and it was reorganized as the Alton & Southern Railway. In 1972, CNW's share was sold to the St. Louis Southwestern Railway. In 1982, the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) took ownership of the Missouri Pacific share and then became full owner in 1996 with the acquisition of SSW parent Southern Pacific Transportation Company. The Alton & Southern is still a legally separate entity but is wholly owned by UP.

Offering for sale is a pristine "Adlake," all brass Alton & Southern lock set. The initials "A&S RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The attractive "Fraim" forged key = a very nice set.

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Lock Set: 10 - AT&SF signal box locks   Price: $14.00 each or 2 for $25

All cleaned up and ready to use, is this pair of "Raco" Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe signal locks. Although it may look like silver paint on the locks, it is actually Mother Nature's weathering that has eroded the protective top layer of soft aluminum thereby, exposing the lock's true steel patina. "ATSF" is clearly stamped on the bottom casing of each lock. A very compact secure lock that works great!

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 11 - AT&SF derail steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $145.00

The Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

For sale is this "Adlake" steel "Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe" derail lock set. Along with a year rivet "77," the back side of the lock is clearly stamped "AT&SF D." The spring drop is very snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Sporting it's original chain, the matching AT&SF brass derail key make this set a perfect marriage.

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 12 - AT&SF circa 1961 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $155.00

Offering for sale for the first time is a very attractive AT&SF "Slaymaker" steel switch lock set. The initials "AT&SF" are clearly stamped on the front shackle and the year "1961" on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The steel keeper for the locks' chain is mobile and not rusted in place. The matching Slaymake AT&SF brass key make this set a perfect marriage.

In 1961 John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president on January 20, 1961 while the Russian's Sputnik 9 put a dog into orbit. President Kennedy announces before a special joint session of Congress his goal to put a man on the Moon before the end of the decade. In sports, Floyd Patterson KOs Ingemar Johansson in 6 for heavyweight boxing championship.

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 13 - AT&SF circa 1974 steel switch lock & brass key set 3   Price: $135.00

Yet another AT&SF for sale is this steel "Adlake" lock set. The initials "AT&SF" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The year "74" is stamped on the back upper left rivet. The lock still has it's very clean and like new original chain attached. The matching AT&SF brass key make this another fine set to own.

In 1974 Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, an action taken to avoid being removed by impeachment and conviction in response to his role in the Watergate scandal. In baseball, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth's home run record, by hitting his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 14 - AT&SF steel switch lock & brass key set 4   Price: $100.00

Hello Keyline collectors, offering for sale is a AT&SF steel switch lock. The initials "AT&SF RY S" are clearly stamped on the back. In excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original few links of chain attached. The matching AT&SF Keyline brass key make this another nice looking switch lock set to own.

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Front Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Back Side: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 15 - AT&SF general purpose steel lock sets (3 available)   Price: $85.00

For sale is a general purpose Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe steel lock and key set. The initials are clearly stamped "AT&SF" on the front hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. There is no visible foundry stamp, my guess would be "Yale" forged. Although the key is not stamped Santa Fe, the key code on the key matches the code number on the hasp. This is a nice small lock that can be utilized in many ways around your home. It's worth mentioning, that this style of lock, no matter from what railroad, are the most difficult to find keys for. This lock has the correct number on key and the hasp, which are rare to find. The other two AT&SF lock sets I have for sale, are similar in every way with the exception, the key codes do not match. All 3 locks have their original chains and are in good condition. The 2 locks (links below), work just fine with the generic keys.

Set 2-frontside | Set 2-backside| Set 3-frontside | Set 3-backside

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Front Side: Atlanta & West Point Railroad Back Side: Atlanta & West Point Railroad

Atlanta & West Point Railroad

Lock Set: 18 - A&WP brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

The Atlanta and West Point Railroad was a railroad in the U.S. state of Georgia, forming the east portion of the Atlanta-Selma West Point Route. The Atlanta & West Point name ended in June 1986, when the railroad company was absorbed by the Seaboard System.

Pleased to be offering for sale is this Atlanta & West Point cast brass lock. The lock is in excellent condition, and over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the it. Forged by the "J.H. Climax Co.," the front of the hasp is clearly stamped "A&WP." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The brass key is not the original, but it works well with the lock. A great looking lock set!

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 20 - B&O circa 1978 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $95.00

The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway took financial control of the B&O in 1963. The B&O already had a controlling interest in the Western Maryland Railway. In 1973 the three railroads were brought together under one corporate identity, the Chessie System, although they continued to operate as separate railroads.

Like new! Offering for sale is a Baltimore & Ohio steel switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "B&O R.R." are clearly stamped on the back along with a year rivet "78." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Sporting it's original chain, this B&O lock is in excellent condition and includes the handsome B&O brass stamped key.

In the year 1978, the Japanese car imports account for half the US import market following the energy crisis and increase in fuel prices that fuels demand for economy cars. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II. Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System. For collectors my age, Federal Reserve interest rates year end = 11.75%. Blast from the past; a 8 track player retails for $169.00. How many clunky 8 track tapes did your machine eat and spit out!

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Rip Track Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Rip Track

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

New     dwarf signal    Listing

Lock Set: 21 - B&O circa 1968 steel rip track switch lock & brass key   Price: $195.00

For sale is a rare Baltimore & Ohio repair track steel lock. "Slaymaker" forged, "B&O" is clearly stamped on the front of the hasp, and "RT 1968" on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in great condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching Slaymaker forged brass Rip Track key make this another perfect marriage. A great looking lock set!

The turburlent 60's. The year 1968 witnessed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary (June 5), dies June 6. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis (April 4). On a lighter note, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC. Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 22 - B&O brass switch lock set 1  Price: $100.00

It is now part of the CSX Transportation (CSX) network, and includes the oldest operational railroad bridge in the USA. The B&O also included the Leiper Railroad, the first permanent horse-drawn railroad in the U.S. In later years, B&O advertising carried the motto: "Linking 13 Great States with the Nation." Part of the B&O Railroad's immortality has come from being one of the four featured railroads on the U.S. version of the board game Monopoly, but it is the only railroad on the board which did not serve Atlantic City, New Jersey, directly.

For sale is a "Fraim/Slaymaker" forged lock. This handsome dark brass lock is clearly stamped "B&O R.R." on the face of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Sporting it's original chain, this B&O lock is in excellent condition and includes the very nicely stamped B&O key.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 23 - B&O brass switch lock set 2   Price: $100.00

For sale is a Baltimore & Ohio brass lock. The initials are clearly stamped "B&O R.R." on the front body. Forged by the "Fraim/Slaymaker Company," the lock, like most, has seen service. The locks' two-tone patina enhances the rugged beauty of the lock. The spring drop cover slides a bit high on the bottom but is still snug with good spring action. Lock opens and latches with ease and has it's original 8 inch spike chain. The attractive elongated barrel B&O stamped key is included. A very nice set.

Early engineering - when construction began on the B&O in the 1820s, railroad engineering was in its infancy. Unsure exactly which materials would suffice, the B&O erred on the side of sturdiness and built many of its early structures of granite. Even the track bed to which iron strap rail was affixed consisted of the stone.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 24 - B&O yellow brass switch lock set 3   Price: $100.00

Another fine Baltimore & Ohio brass lock for sale, is this one. Forged by the "Fraim/Slaymaker Company." The lock still has it's original long spike chain. Like different switch keys, each brass lock has its own natural shade of patina. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural two-tone patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock! Most likely caused by age and repetitive use, you need to pull up on the hasp while turning the key. A very nice lock with a very nice key.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 25 - B&O brass switch lock set 4   Price: $115.00

Yet another fine Baltimore & Ohio brass lock for sale, is this one. Forged by the "Fraim/Slaymaker Company". The lock still has it's original long spike chain. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. A great looking set!

In 1843, Congress appropriated $30,000 for construction of an experimental 38-mile (61 km) telegraph line between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore along the B&O's right-of-way. The B&O approved the project with the agreement that the railroad would have free use of the line upon its completion. An impressive demonstration occurred on May 1, 1844, when news of the Whig Party's nomination of Henry Clay for U.S. President was telegraphed from the party's convention in Baltimore to the Capitol Building in Washington. On May 24, 1844, the line was officially opened as Samuel F. B. Morse sent his famous words "What hath God wrought" from the B&O's Mount Clare station to the Capitol Building along the wire.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 26 - B&O brass switch lock set 5   Price: $145.00

A handsome lock set for sale is this "Slaymaker" forged, Baltimore & Ohio brass lock set. The lock has been well taken care of and is in excellent condition. The Slaymaker arrow insignia is stamped on the front and the lock still sports its orginal chain. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. A true marriage, the lock includes the attractive Slaymaker B&O brass key. A very nice rarity!

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 27     Price: $125.00

Like new! Offering for sale is a Baltimore & Ohio brass signal dept. lock and key. The lock is in excellent condition, it appears the lock has seen little service and works great. There are no visiable manufacturer stamp marks. The matching No.4 key has a "Corbin" stamp mark, so I would assume the lock was also Corbin forged. A very handsome lock set!

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Front Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Back Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Lock Set: 28 - BAR steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad (reporting mark BAR) was a United States railroad company that brought rail service to Aroostook County in northern Maine. Brightly painted BAR box cars attracted national attention in the 1950s. First-generation diesel locomotives operated on BAR until they were museum pieces. The economic downturn of the 1980s coupled with the departure of heavy industry from northern Maine forced the railroad to seek a buyer and end operations in 2003.

Here is a lock set from the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, a popular line with easterners. A fine set it is too, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. "BAR" is clearly stamped on the front of the hasp. There are no foundry stamp marks, a guess would be "Slaymaker" forged. The brass rivets complement the clean appearance of the lock's body. The brass BAR stamped key is an original. A great addition for your collection.

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Front Side: Chicago Belt Railroad Back Side: Chicago Belt Railroad

Belt Railway of Chicago

Lock Set: 29 - Belt circa 1988 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $75.00

The Belt Railroad located on the southwest side of Chicago, is a major automated hump yard for all Class 1 "owning" railroads. Forged by "Adlake Co.," this steel Belt lock is in excellent condition. Along with a year rivet "88," the name "Belt" is clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the original brass Belt stamped key.

Here at home in 1988, Chicago gives Cubs right to install lights & play up to 18 night games. Jose Canseco is baseball's 1st to steal 40 bases & hit 40 HRs. Donald Trump bills Mike Tyson $2,000,000 for 4 month advisory service! Had to mention this one, Lori Davis of Long Island sues Mike Tyson for grabbing her buttocks!

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Front Side: Burlington Northern Railroad Back Side: Burlington Northern Railroad

Burlington Northern Railroad

Lock Set: 31 - BN circa 1976 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $95.00

The Burlington Northern Railroad was the product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads; the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane-Portland & Seattle Railway and the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four. The merged railroad was initially going to be called "Great Northern Pacific & Burlington Lines."

For sale is a great looking Burlington Northern lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "BN" are clearly stamped on the back along with a date year rivet "76." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock has its original spike chain, which hardly seems weathered. A handsome set! Includes the stamped BN brass key.

Notable events 1976: Conrail (Consolidated Rails Corporation) is formed by the U.S. government, to take control of 13 major Northeast Class-1 railroads that had filed for bankruptcy protection. Conrail takes control at midnight, as a government-owned and operated railroad until 1986, when it is sold to the public. United States Bicentennial: From coast to coast, the United States celebrates the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. In sports, the Cincinnati Reds sweep the NY Yankees to win the World Series.

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Front Side: Burlington Northern Railroad Back Side: Burlington Northern Railroad

Burlington Northern Railroad

Lock Set: 32 - BN brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $100.00

The Burlington Northern Railroad was the product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads; the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane-Portland & Seattle Railway and the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four. The merged railroad was initially going to be called "Great Northern Pacific & Burlington Lines."

For sale is a very attractive "Burlington Northern" steel and brass lock set. "Keyline" forged, the initials "BN INC" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original spike chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. This lock was well taken care of, on and off the BN. The matching Keyline brass key = a handsome lock set!

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Front Side: Burlington Route Railroad Back Side: Burlington Route Railroad

Burlington Route Railroad

aka  Chicago-Burlington & Quincy

Lock Set: 33 - Burlington Route steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $150.00

The Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad (reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington or "Q."

For sale is a handsome Burlington Route steel switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "BR" are clearly stamped on the back of the lock. Stamped on the front hasp are the initials "CS 4S." For it's age, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug and the hasp has great spring action. The lock has it's original 8" chain attached. The matching A&W Burlington Route key make this set a perfect marriage. Nice Q lock sets like this set are difficult to find.

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Front Side: Chicago & Alton Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Alton Railroad

Chicago & Alton Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksNew   Signal Dept. Lock   Listing Flashing Cross Bucks

SOLD - C&A brass signal lock set   Price: $175.00

First time offering: For sale is a very rare Chicago & Alton signal brass lock set. "C&A SIGNAL" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Forged by the "Miller Co.," the lock is in great condition, the drop cover has good spring action, it opens and latches with ease. Like most signal locks, it is small in length and girth. The key is not the original but works well with the lock. It is my belief, I won't ever find another nice C&A signal lock like this one.

The Chicago and Alton Railroad (reporting mark C&A),was purchased by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1931 and was controlled until 1942 when the Alton was released to the courts. On May 31, 1947 the Alton Railroad was merged into the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad.

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Front Side: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

New     dwarf signal    Listing

Lock Set: 35 - CB&Q steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $275.00

The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad (reporting mark CBQ) was a railroad that operated in the Midwestern United States. Commonly referred to as the Burlington Route, the Burlington or as the Q, it operated extensive trackage in the states of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and also in New Mexico and Texas through subsidiaries Colorado and Southern Railway, Fort Worth and Denver Railway, and Burlington-Rock Island Railroad.

First time offering: For sale is a Chicago-Burlington & Quincy steel switch lock. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "CB&Q RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is not snug but is secure, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock has it's original spike chain attached. Although there is no date stamp, I would guess early 1930c. Q switch keys being far and rare, I've matched the lock up with a very nice Burlington Route brass key. A rare and handsome lock set!

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Front Side: CB&Q Railroad Back Side: CB&Q Railroad

Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Lock Set: 36 - CB&Q (2) brass signal lock sets   Price: $95.00

Offering for sale is a great pair of brass CB&Q signal lock sets. Pertaining to both lock sets; the initials are clearly stamped "CB&Q RR" on the front hasp. Although there are no foundry stamps, as communicated to me via email by Hansel's grandson - Jim, the locks were forged by the Hansel Mfg. Co. Both locks are in great shape, the spring drop is very snug and the hasp opens and latches with ease. The butterfly steel keys are interchangeable and work great with either lock. Compared to switch locks, mid size locks are more versatile to utilize around your home such as, front and back yard gates. A handsome pair!

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Front Side: Central of Georgia Railroad Back Side: Central of Georgia Railroad

Central of Georgia Railroad

SOLD - C of G steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $165.00

The Central of Georgia Railway (reporting mark CG) started as the Central Rail Road and Canal Company in 1833. As a way to better attract investment capital, the railroad changed its name to Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia. This railroad was constructed to join the Macon and Western Railroad at Macon, Georgia, and run to Savannah.

A great looking lock set for sale is this C of G steel "Adlake". The initials "CofGA" are clearly stamped on the back. The drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action, it opens latches with ease. The numerical numbers "362" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1962." Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in superb condition and includes the handsome CofG brass key.

In 1962 the United States Navy SEALs are established and John Glenn is 1st American to orbit Earth (Friendship 7). President Kennedy begins blockade of Cuba by banning all Cuban imports and exports. Marilyn Monroe is found dead at age 36 from "acute barbiturate poisoning." In sports, Jackie Robinson is 1st African American elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame. Bob Feller is also elected. Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single NBA basketball game.

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Front Side: Canadian National Railroad Back Side: Canadian National Railroad

Canadian National Railroad

Lock Set: 39 - CNR steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

Canadian National Railways, incorporated June 6, 1919, is the longest railway system in North America, controlling more than 30,000 km of track in Canada and the United States. Now known as Canadian National (CN), the former Crown corporation expanded its holdings to include marine operations, hotels, telecommunications and resource industries.

For sale is a steel "Mitchell" forged Canadian National Railroad lock and brass key. The lock is in good condition, the spring drop is very snug and the hasp opens and latches with ease. The extra long chain is made of a very thick gauge steel. The original CNR brass key make this another perfect marriage lock set.

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Front Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

New     dwarf signal    Listing

Lock Set: 42 - C&O circa 1975 brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $145.00

The Chesapeake & Ohio Railway was a Class I railroad formed in 1869. Led by industrialist C. P. Huntington, it reached from Virginia's capital city of Richmond to the Ohio River by 1873, where the railroad town (and later city) of Huntington, West Virginia was named for him.

Offering for sale is a very attractive Chesapeake & Ohio lock set. "Adlake" forged, it has a steel body and brass hasp and, is in excellent condition. The backside of the lock is clearly stamped "C&O" along with a year rivet "75." Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action, it opens and latches with ease. Since the lock was stamped C&O , I paired it up with a Adlake key that was also just stamped C&O. A great looking set!

The seventies, I remember them well. Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana. In 1975 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen. "Wheel Of Fortune," debuts on NBC-tv while Gunsmoke goes off the the air. "Jaws," based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released. In sports, Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year.

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Front Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad

SOLD - C&EI brass switch lock set   Price: $125.00

The Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad (reporting mark CEI) was a Class I railroad that linked Chicago to southern Illinois, St. Louis, and Evansville. Founded in 1877, it grew aggressively and stayed relatively strong throughout the Great Depression and two World Wars before being purchased by the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. MoPac merged the C&EI corporate entity in 1976 and was later acquired itself by the Union Pacific Railroad.

For sale is this handsome C&EI brass lock. The initials "C&EI RR" are clearly stamped on the front hasp and "S" stamped on the reverse side. There is no visible foundry stamp, a guess would be "Hansel" forged. Along with it's original chain, the light brass C&EI key complements the lock's dark brass color and it's drop cover. The lock has excellent spring action. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A unique and handsome brass lock set.

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Front Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago Great Western Railroad

Chicago Great Western Railroad

Lock Set: 48 - CGW circa 1949 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $175.00

The Chicago Great Western was headquartered in Minnesota, first in Brainerd, then in Saint Paul. It had a tumultuous financial history; the NP merged with other lines in 1970 to form the Burlington Northern Railroad, which became BNSF Railway in 1996.

First time offering: For sale is a Chicago Great Western steel switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "CGW" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, the spring drop is snug, it opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "249" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1949." Because of the locks' age, I paired it up with a very nice A&W CGW brass stamped key. A great looking lock set!

Notable events for 1949: The Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, Denver and Rio Grande Western and Western Pacific railroads inaugurate the California Zephyr passenger train between Chicago and Oakland, California, as the first long distance train to feature Vista Dome cars as regular equipment. Harry S. Truman is sworn in for a full term, as President of the United States. The Los Angeles area is hit with a massive snow storm. The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, airs on NBC in the United States. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is established.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 50 - Milwaukee brass switch lock set 1   Price: $125.00

For sale is a very attractive Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific & Pacific brass lock set. Although there is no visible foundry stamp, the lock has all the characteristics of being forged by the Hansl MFG. Co. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. The initials "CMStP&P RR" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches like new. The dark brass Milwaukee key make this set a very handsome pair. Note: pictures do not display the true dark brass color, I lightened them for better viewing.

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

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Lock Set: 51 - Milwaukee brass switch lock set 2   Price: $275.00

The Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad (commonly known as The Milwaukee Road) (reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) was abandoned following a bankruptcy. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad thirty-one years ago on January 1, 1986. The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. In 1874, the name was changed to Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul after absorbing the Chicago & Pacific Railroad Company. In the 1890s the Milwaukee's directors felt they had to extend the railroad to the Pacific to remain competitive with other roads.

For sale is a very attractive Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul brass lock set. There is no visible foundry stamp. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock. The spring drop is very snug, because of it's age, you must pull up on the hasp while turning the key. The just as old matching Milwaukee key make a great looking set!

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 52 - Milwaukee brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $95.00

By 1973 the Milwaukee Road operated about 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometres) of main track, but it was losing business to its chief competitor, the newly merged Burlington Northern, and to interstate trucking. In 1977 it again entered bankruptcy proceedings and in 1980 it began selling and abandoning parts of its transcontinental line in order to shrink to a core system serving the Middle West. Intercity passenger service was turned over to the National Railway Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) in 1971, although it continued to operate commuter service between Chicago and its suburbs.

For sale is a very nice Milwaukee lock set. The hasp is brass with a steel body. The backside of the lock is clearly stamped "CMSt.P&P" and is in excellent working condition. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Tthe set does include the matching MILW brass key. Another great looking Milwaukee lock set!

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Front Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 53 - Milwaukee steel switch lock set   Price: $100.00

Another attractive steel lock for sale, is this Milwaukee Road "Keyline" switch lock. Still sporting it's original spike chain, the backside of the lock is clearly stamped "CMSt.P&P RR." The lock is in excellent working condition, the spring drop swings a tad high but is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The Keyline Milwaukee brass key make this lock set a perfect marriage.

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Front Side: Columbus & Newark Railroad Back Side: Columbus & Newark Railroad

Columbus & Newark Railroad

Lock Set: 57 - C&N circa 1957 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

The Columbus & Newark (subdivision) rails heading east from Columbus to Newark, Ohio were jointly owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.

Another first time offering, for sale is a Columbus & Newark steel lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the lock is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The initials "C&N" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp and "1957" on the flip side. The matching C&N brass key make this another perfect marriage!

1957 witnessed the continued growth of bigger taller tail fins on new cars and more lights, bigger with more powerful engines and an average car sold for $2,749. The Soviet Union launched the first space satellite Sputnik 1. Movies included "Twelve Angry Men" and "The Bridge Over the River Kwai," and TV showed "Perry Mason" and "Maverick" for the first time. The music continued to be Rock and Roll with artists like "Little Richard." The popular toys were Slinkys and Hula Hoops. The continued growth of the use of credit was shown by the fact that 2/3 of all new cars were bought on credit. Some of the areas that would cause problems later were starting to show South Vietnam is attacked by Viet Cong Guerrillas and Troops are sent to Arkansas to enforce anti segregation laws.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 58 - CNW steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $195.00

With many steel Adlake North Western locks on the market, it is a rarity to be offering for sale a C&NW "Fraim" forged lock set. "C&NW" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp and Fraim stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in excellent condition, it opens and latches with ease. The drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action. The matching Fraim brass key make this lock set another perfect marriage.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 59 - CNW steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $75.00

The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (reporting mark CNW) was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States. It was also known as the North Western.

The North Western was a popular railroad in the midwest, it is now part of the giant Union Pacific. For sale is a "Adlake" forged steel switch lock. In great working condition, the initials "C&NW" are clearly stamped on the back. The lock opens and latches with ease. The drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action. Includes a very nice brass C&NW stamped key.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 60 - CNW circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $75.00

Another nice C&NW lock set for sale is this steel "Adlake." In great working condition, the initials "C&NW" are clearly stamped on the back, along with a year rivet "77." The lock opens and latches with ease. The drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action. Includes a very nice brass C&NW stamped key.

Notable events 1977: Apple Computer is incorporated. Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th President of the United States. George Lucas's Star Wars opens in cinemas and becomes the highest-grossing film of its time. It also makes sci-fi films very popular. Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86 (born 1890). The Commodore PET computer is first sold. In sports, Reggie Jackson blasts 3 home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Front Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad Back Side: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 61 - CNW brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

There are a myriad of C&NW steel locks in circulation, but you do not see too many brass switch lock sets. For sale is a very attractive all brass, Chicago & North Western Railroad lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, "C&NW" is clearly stamped on the backside hasp. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. To add more character to the set, I've teamed up the lock with a very nice Slaymaker key. A handsome couple!

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 62 - Rock circa 1959 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $125.00

The Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (CRI&P RR) (reporting marks RI, ROCK) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was also known as the Rock Island Line, or, in its final years, The Rock. Its predecessor, the Rock Island and La Salle Railroad Company, was incorporated in Illinois on February 27, 1847, and an amended charter was approved on February 7, 1851, as the Chicago & Rock Island Railroad

Another popular railroad of the past and offering for sale, is this steel "Adlake" Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific lock. The initials "CRI&P" are clearly stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "259" stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1959." It opens and latches like it just left the foundry yesterday. The lock has it's original chain attached. The A&W brass key, which is much older than the lock, make this aother handsome lock set. A sharp relic!

The year 1959 was filled with events. Alaska (Jan. 3) and Hawaii (Aug. 21) become the 49th and 50th states. St. Lawrence Seaway opens, allowing ocean ships to reach Midwest (April 25). Cuban President Batista resigns and flees (Jan. 1). Fidel Castro assumes power (Feb. 16). Frank Sinatra wins his first Grammy Award, Best Album for Come Dance with Me. Finally, my hometown White Sox were defeated in the World Series against the Dodgers, 4-2.

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 63 - Rock steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $125.00

Offering for sale is this attractive Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad lock set. The initials "CRI&P" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock is in excellent condition and has it's original spike chain attached. The A&W brass key, which is much older than the lock, make this aother handsome Rock set. A very clean-well functioning lock!

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Front Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Back Side: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 64 - Rock brass switch lock set   Price: $75.00

Like new! A Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific brass lock. This great looking lock looks like it never utilized. Lock was most likely held in storage and never put in service. Forged by the "Hansl MFG. Co." and clearly marked "CRI&P RR" on the front side shackle. The drop cover has excellent spring action and is very snug. The lock opens and latches with ease and has it's original 8 inch spike chain attached. Includes a very nice brass CRI&P stamped key.

In common with most American railroad companies, the Rock Island once operated an extensive passenger service. The primary routes served were: Chicago-Los Angeles, Chicago-Denver, Memphis-Tucumcari, and Minneapolis-Dallas.

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Front Side: Big Four Railway Back Side: Big Four Railway

Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

aka, the "Big Four"

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Lock Set: 65 - Big Four steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $225.00

The Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway, also known as the Big Four Railroad and commonly abbreviated CCC&StL, was a railroad company in the Midwestern United States. It operated in affiliation with the New York Central system. Its primary routes were in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio.

For sale is a handsome BIG 4 Railway steel switch lock. "CCC&STL" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. This switch lock has seen it's share of service, weathered, there is no visible manufacturer's stamp mark; my guess is "Fraim" forged. Still sporting it's original spike chain, the attractive brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in great working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The handsome BIG 4 brass key make this another great marriage! Collectors, don't procrastinate on this set, it won't be for sale long.

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Front Side: Big Four Railway Back Side: Big Four Railway

Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

aka, the "Big Four"

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Lock Set: 66 - Big Four brass signal dept. lock & steel key   Price: $145.00

For sale is a very attractive BIG 4 Railway brass signal dept. lock. Made for "CCC&STL RY" is clearly stamped on the front. "Yale" forged, the lock is in great working condition. Although the aluminum key is not the original, it still works well with the lock. A great looking lock set!

In 1906 the Big Four was acquired by the New York Central Railroad, which operated it as a separate entity until around 1930. The Big Four's lines were later incorporated into Penn Central in 1968 with the merger of New York Central and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Penn Central declared bankruptcy in 1970, and in 1976 many of Big Four's lines were included in the government-sponsored Conrail.

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Front Side: Conrail Back Side: Conrail

Conrail

Lock Set: 67 - Conrail steel lock & brass key   Price: $75.00

Conrail, the Consolidated Rail Corporation, (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeastern United States between 1976 and 1999, when its routes were split between the CSX Corporation and Norfolk Southern Railway. Conrail, a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company, operates now as a joint-subsidiary for some limited functions.

Conrail lasted 23 years and then joined the other "fallen flags." For sale is a steel "Keyline" lock and brass key. The initials "CR" are clearly stamped on the back and "Elkhart, IND" on the shackle. The lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is snug and has good spring action, it opens and latches with ease. Includes the PRR knobby brass key.

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Front Side: Conrail Back Side: Conrail

Conrail

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Lock Set: 68 - Conrail (nee NYC rip track) circa 1994 steel lock & brass key lock set   Price: $125.00

Like new! For sale is a great looking Conrail, ex-New York Central rip track steel lock and brass key set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "CR" are clearly stamped on the back and, has a year rivet "94." Sporting its original chain, the lock is in excellent condition; the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The brass rip track key is stamped "NYC." Forged 5 years before the Conrail name ceased to exist, this lock set is another nice addition for someones display case.

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Front Side: CSXT Railroad Back Side: CSXT Railroad

CSXT Railroad

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Lock Set: 70 - CSXT steel rip track switch lock & brass key   Price: $135.00

Just acquired and like new. For sale is this sharp looking "CSXT" rip track lock set. The initials "CSXT MECH - BLUE SIGNAL LOCK" are clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, it's still sporting its original chain. The spring drop is very snug and has superb spring action, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Also, as a added treat for rip track lock collectors, the matching brass key is numbered and stamped CSXT. A very attractive rip track lock set, most likely will not find another like it soon!

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Front Side: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Back Side: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 71 - DL&W brass switch lock set   Price: $225.00

The Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Company (DL&W or Lackawanna Railroad) was a U.S. Class 1 railroad that connected Buffalo, New York, and Hoboken, New Jersey, a distance of about 400 miles (640 km). Incorporated in 1853, the DL&W was profitable during the first two decades of the twentieth century, but its margins were gradually hurt by declining traffic in coal, competition from trucks, and high New Jersey taxes. In 1960, the DL&W merged with rival Erie Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.

Prized by collectors, this cast brass DL&W lock is a real beauty. The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug and has superb spring action. The hasp opens with ease, but requires the key to be turned to latch. "Fraim" is faintly stamped on the locks' shackel. The lock still has its original spike chain, it's keeper moves freely. The original Fraim forged DL&W stamped key = a handsome looking set!

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Front Side: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Back Side: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Lock Set: 72 - D&RGW steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow-gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah. The Rio Grande was also a major origin of coal and mineral traffic.

For sale, a Denver & Rio Grande Western steel lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "D&RGW" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock has it's original spike chain attached and includes the D&RGW brass stamped key.

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Front Side: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad Back Side: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Lock Set: 75 - DT&I circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

The Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad (reporting mark DTI) operated from 1905 to 1983 between its namesake cities of Detroit, Michigan, and Ironton, Ohio, via Toledo. At the end of 1970, it operated 478 miles of road on 762 miles of track; that year it carried 1,244 million ton-miles of revenue freight.

Here's a railroad steel lock set that pops up periodically on the market. For sale is this great looking "Adlake" forged steel lock and matching brass key. The initials "DT&I" are clearly stamped on the back, along with a year rivet "75." Still sporting it's original spike chain, this lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A very nice set!

In 1975 we had the Watergate scandal: John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are found guilty of the Watergate cover-up. The unemployment rate peaks at 9.0% ending the Post-War Boom. In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. U.S. President Gerald Ford survives a second assassination attempt, this time by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco. Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.

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Front Side: Erie Railroad Back Side: Erie Railroad

Erie Railroad

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Lock Set: 76 - Erie circa 1959 steel switch & brass key set   Price: $245.00

The Erie Railroad was a railroad that operated in the northeastern United States, originally connecting New York City - more specifically Jersey City, New Jersey, where Erie's former terminal, long demolished, used to stand - with Lake Erie. It expanded west to Chicago with its 1941 merger with the former Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, also known as the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad (NYPANO RR). Its mainline route proved influential in the development and economic growth of the Southern Tier, including cities such as Binghamton, Elmira, and Hornell.

For sale is an attractive Erie Railroad steel switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, "Erie RR" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The backside of the hasp is stamped "S" "1959." Still sporting it's original spike chain, the attractive brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. This Erie lock is in great condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The handsome Slaymaker brass key make this another great marriage! Collectors, don't procrastinate on this set, it won't be for sale long.

The year 1959 witnessed President Dwight D. Eisenhower sign a bill to grant statehood to Hawaii. Busch Gardens opens in Tampa, Florida. The Marx Brothers make their last television appearance, in The Incredible Jewel Robbery, part of General Electric Theatre. Mattel's Barbie doll debuts in the United States. The USS George Washington is launched as the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.

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Front Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad Back Side: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Lock Set: 78 - FP&E steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

First time offering: For sale is this great looking steel Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "FP&E" are clearly stamped on the backside. This lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has its original chain and includes the matching FP&E original brass key.

The Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad was a short line railroad established in 1910 and located in northeastern Ohio. Despite being owned by a couple of big railroads and having a slightly different name (Fairport, Painesville & Eastern Railway instead of Fairport, Painesville & Eastern Railroad ), the FP&E continued to operate until it was merged into the N&W in 1984. The former FP&E main line between Perry and Fairport Harbor still exists today, but now it is just a branch line of the Norfolk Southern Railway, and is known as the Fairport Industrial Track (part of the Pittsburgh Division).

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

Lock Set: 81 - Frisco brass switch lock set   Price: $125.00

The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (reporting mark SLSF), also known as the Frisco, was a railroad that operated in the Midwest and South Central U.S. from 1876 to April 17, 1980.

Offering for sale is this great looking Frisco brass lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the name "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the back. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. This lock is in good condition, although the spring drop is not snug, the dust cover is still secure. The hasp opens and latches well. A very nice Frisco relic!

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 82 - Frisco steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $100.00

The St. Louis-San Francisco Railway was incorporated in Missouri on September 7, 1876. It was formed from the Missouri Division and Central Division of the Atlantic & Pacific Railroad. This land grant line was one of two railroads (the other being the M-K-T) authorized to build across Indian Territory.

A great looking Frisco lock for sale, is this steel "Adlake" lock. The name "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the back. This lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original chain attached and includes the matching Frisco brass key. A very nice set!

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

Lock Set: 83 - Frisco circa 1979 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

Like new! Yet another great looking Frisco lock for sale, is this steel "Adlake" lock. Along with a rivet "79," "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the back. This lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original (like new) chain attached and includes the matching Frisco brass key. Another very nice set!

Notable events for 1979: The Superliner railcar enters revenue service with Amtrak. McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal. October 7 - Pope John Paul II visits the United States, starting in Boston. Year end Dow Jones Industrial Average 838pt. Interest rates year end Federal Reserve 15.25%. Cost of a gallon of gas 86 cents. The Sahara Desert experiences snow for 30 minutes. In sports: The Pittsburg Steelers win the 1979 Superbowl.

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Front Side: Frisco Railroad Back Side: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 84 - Frisco brass switch lock set   Price: $85.00

For sale is a handsome Frisco brass lock set. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Forged by "Adlake," the lock is in great condition. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. This lock is not the standard switch lock used in the transportation department. I have ruled out the lock belonging to the mechanical department (rip track). My guess is the lock belonged to the MofW dept. I would date this particular lock as being forged in the 1950 to early 1960 era. The locks' drop takes a straight barrel key, and although the key is not the original, I have matched the lock up with a nice brass oldie. A very nice set!

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Front Side: Grand Trunk Railway Back Side: Grand Trunk Railway

Grand Trunk Railway

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Lock Set: 86 - GT RY circa late 1800's steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $245.00

The Grand Trunk Railway was a railway system that operated in the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario and in the American states of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

A real beauty for sale is this "Adlake" forged Grand Trunk Railway steel lock. Over the years, Mother Nature has bestowed upon the lock a nice charcoal patina. The pictures have been lightened for better viewing. Still sporting it's original chain, "GTRY" is clearly stamped on the back. For it's age, the lock is in good condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching GT RY brass key make this set a perfect marriage. Nice GT oldie!

According to the railroad's corporate history, by 1900 Grand Trunk would unite the operations of the Chicago and Grand Trunk Railway and all of its lines in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana under a subsidiary company called the Grand Trunk Western Railway. Soon after, all switch locks and keys would be stamped GTW or GTW RR. Although this GT RY lock is not dated, it pre-dates the aforementioned consolidation.

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Front Side: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 88 - GM&O circa 1967 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $95.00

The Gulf-Mobile & Ohio (reporting mark GMO) was a Class I railroad in the central United States whose primary routes extended from Mobile, Alabama, and New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Louis and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Chicago, Illinois. From its two parallel lines through eastern Mississippi, the GM&O also served Montgomery and Birmingham, Alabama, as well as Memphis, Tennessee.

For sale is a Gulf-Mobile & Ohio steel lock. The initials "GM&O-ND" are stamped on the frontside shackle. The back of the shackle has the numerical numbers "12" (December) & "1967." Along with the attractive brass rivets, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug. Athough the hasp has a little slack, the lock opens and latches with ease. Lock includes the handsome brass GM&O stamped key.

Notable events that occurred in 1967, were many. To name a few, the Chicago Blizzard strikes with a record 23 inches of snow fall causing 800 buses and 50,000 automobiles to be abandoned. The United States Department of Transportation begins operation and the "Milton Berle Show" last airs on ABC-TV.

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Front Side: Great Northern Railroad Back Side: Great Northern Railroad

Great Northern Railroad

Lock Set: 90 - GN circa 1968 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $95.00

The Great Northern was the only privately funded and successfully built transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads. A proud GN insisted on using their own last name in the Burlington Northern marriage.

Offering for sale is this attractive GN steel lock and matching brass key. The handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock.The initials "GN RY" are clearly stamped on the front shackle, the year "1968" and "S" stamped on the backside hasp. The lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A nice set.

The turburlent 60's. The year 1968 witnessed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary (June 5), dies June 6. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis (April 4). On a lighter note, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC. Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles.

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Front Side: Great Northern Railroad Back Side: Great Northern Railroad

Great Northern Railroad

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Lock Set: 91 - GN circa 1955 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $145.00

Here's another sharp looking Great Northern steel lock for sale. The initials "GN RY" are clearly stamped on the front shackle, the year "1955" and "S" stamped on the backside hasp. The lock is in excellent condition. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching Fraim/Slaymaker key make this set a perfect marriage.

In 1955 Ray Kroc opens his first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois. The Disneyland theme park opens to the public in Anaheim, California. Gunsmoke debuts on the CBS television network. General Motors becomes the first American corporation to make over US$1 billion in a year. The Brooklyn Dodgers win the World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 2-0 in Game 7 of the 1955 Fall Classic.

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Front Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Back Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

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Lock Set: 92 - H&BTM circa 1903 brass switch lock set   Price: $200.00

The Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad & Coal Company was chartered on May 6, 1852. From 1872 and on, the PRR had control of this south central Pennsylvania short line.

A great looking lock set for sale is this 116 year old Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad brass lock set. Fraim forged, "H&BTM R.R." is clearling stamped on the front of the hasp. On the backside hasp, there is a date stamp of "1903." Still sporting it's very old chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Note: Although the lock works the way I've stated, the lock can be opened by pulling up on the hasp. If you would like to purchase the lock by it's lonesome, the price is $150.00. With a minor repair, I believe this old relic can be fixed to lock properly.

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Front Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Back Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Lock Set: 94 - H&BTM steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $175.00

Forged by "Adlake," this H&BTM lock is in great condition. "H&BTM" is clearling stamped on the front of the hasp. There is no date stamp on the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The attractive "Fraim" forged brass key make this a great looking set.

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Front Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Back Side: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Huntingdon & Broad Top (Mountain) Railroad

Lock Set: 95 - H&BT circa 1936 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $125.00

A very nice and interesting lock for sale, is this steel Huntingdon & Broad Top. The initials "H&BT" are clearly stamped on the front hasp. The year "1936" is clearly stamped on the backside hasp. To elaborate a little more about this particular lock, it is definitely older than the H&BTM lock above. The lock does not take the normal H&BTM key, which leads me to believe this lock was utilized by another department other than transportation such as, MofW or Rip Track. Overall, the lock is in great condition. "Slaymaker" forged, the spring drop is very snug but has no spring action. Still sporting it's original chain, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Along with the attractive brass rivets, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complement the overall appearance of the lock. A H&BTM key would not even fit into the key drop. I dislike selling a lock without a key. Realizing I might never find the correct key for this lock, I have substituted a Hocking Valley key. Two great relics together!

In the year 1936, the US construction of Hoover Dam completed. The Summer Olympics open in Berlin. At the Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens, a black man from the United States, upsets Hitler by winning the 100-meter dash. The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his appearance in U.S. newspapers. In California, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opens to traffic. Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison.

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Front Side: Hocking Valley Railroad Back Side: Hocking Valley Railroad

Hocking Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 97 - HV brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

The Hocking Valley Railway was a railroad in the U.S. state of Ohio, with a main line from Toledo to Athens and Pomeroy via Columbus.

For sale is a very attractive cast brass Hocking Valley Railway lock set. "Bohannan" forged, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The chain is not the original, but still adds some character to the lock. The Hocking Valley brass key make this a very handsome pair for some collector.

In 1975 we had the Watergate scandal: John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are found guilty of the Watergate cover-up. The unemployment rate peaks at 9.0% ending the Post-War Boom. In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. U.S. President Gerald Ford survives a second assassination attempt, this time by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco. Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.

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Front Side: Indianapolis Union Railway Back Side: Indianapolis Union Railway

Indianapolis Union Railway

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Lock Set: 98 - IU steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $175.00

The Indianapolis Union Railway Company, is a terminal railroad operating in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was organized on May 31, 1850, as the Union Track Railway Company. Since 1999, the company has been owned and operated by CSX. The IU railway has the bragging rights for having built the first Union Staion (1853) in the United States.

Here's a nice switch lock from a railroad whose relics hardly pop up on the market. For sale is a "Adlake" forged, Indianapolis Union Railway steel switch lock. "IU RY" is clearly stamped on it's backside with a year rivet "75." Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in good condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. I've matched this lock up with a very nice IU brass key. Another handsome lockset for a collector's display case.

In 1975 we had the Watergate scandal: John N. Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are found guilty of the Watergate cover-up. The unemployment rate peaks at 9.0% ending the Post-War Boom. In Detroit, Michigan, Teamsters Union president Jimmy Hoffa is reported missing. U.S. President Gerald Ford survives a second assassination attempt, this time by Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco. Thrilla in Manila: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in a boxing match in Manila, Philippines.

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Front Side: Illinois Central Railroad Back Side: Illinois Central Railroad

Illinois Central Railroad

Lock Set: 99 - IC circa 1962 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $75.00

Here in Chicago, the former Illinois Central-now Canadian National had a big presence in the Chicago area. Offering for sale a "Adlake" Illinois Central switch lock. The initials "IC RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "362" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1962." The matching IC key which is included, makes this a very nice set.

In 1962 the United States embargo against Cuba is announced. Project Mercury: while aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the Earth, three times in 4 hours, 55 minutes. The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas. Johnny Carson takes over as permanent host of NBC's The Tonight Show, a post he would hold for 30 years.

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Illinois Central Railroad

Lock Set: 100 - IC steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $75.00

The Illinois Central Railroad (reporting mark IC), sometimes called the Main Line of Mid-America, is a railroad, (now CP) in the central United States, with its primary routes connecting Chicago, Illinois, with New Orleans, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama.

Like "new." For sale is a steel "Keyline" forged, Illinois Central R.R. lock. The back of the lock is clearly stamped "IC RR." "Elkhart, IND" is stamped on the shackle. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. This IC lock has hardly been utilized. It is fair to say, that this could one of the last of the stamped IC locks forged prior to the Canadian National take over. Includes the matching brass Keyline IC stamped key. A very nice set.

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Front Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Back Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Lock Set: 102 - ICG circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

Here is a ICG Railroad lock for sale that has hardly seen any service. Forged by "Adlake," the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. "ICG RR" is clearly stamped on the backside of the lock along with a year rivet "77." I have paired this lock up with my one and only ICG key. This lock has it's original extra long chain attached.

Year 1977 brought the world's first personal computer, the Commodore PET, it is demonstrated at the winter Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. The movie Star Wars was released. Elvis Presley performs his last-ever concert, in Indianapolis, Indiana's Market Square Arena. Later that year Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll dies in his home in Graceland at age 42. In baseball history, Reggie Jackson hits three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to World Series victory.

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Front Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Back Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 103 - ICG signal box brass lock set 1   Price: $100.00

This polished brass ICG lock is like new! Forged by the "Hansl MFG. Co." Lock is clearly stamped "ICG RR" on the shackle and "IC RR" on the key. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. As an extra bonus, I have included a spare generic brass key. A very attractive set!

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Front Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Back Side: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 104 - ICG signal box brass lock set 2   Price: $100.00

You do not see too many Illinois Central locks like this around. This polished brass ICG lock is like new! Forged by the "Hansl MFG. Co." Lock is clearly stamped "ICG RR" on the shackle and "ICG RR" on the key. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Smaller in size than a switch lock, it probably seen service as a signal box lock. As an added bonus, as shown, includes an extra generic brass key. Where needed, makes for a nice medium purpose lock for around your house.

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Front Side: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Back Side: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 106 - IHB circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

One of the most underrated Belt lines in the U.S., which is still in operation. How many railroads today can boast roots since 1896. For sale is a "Adlake" forged steel switch lock. The initials "IHB" are clearly stamped on the back along with a year rivet "75." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the matching brass IHB stamped key. A very nice clean set!

The seventies, I remember them well. Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana. In 1975 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen. "Wheel Of Fortune," debuts on NBC-tv while Gunsmoke goes off the the air. "Jaws," based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released. In sports, Giants pitcher John "the Count of" Montefusco wins NL Rookie of Year.

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Front Side: Kansas City Public Service Railroad Back Side: Kansas City Public Service Railroad

Kansas City Public Service Railroad

Lock Set: 107 - KCPS circa 1947 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $225.00

The Kansas City Public Service Company was the most well known name for a series of public transit operators in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, until being sold to the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority in 1969.

First time offering for sale, is a Kansas City Public Service lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "KCPS" are clearly stamped on the front hasp. There is a date stamp of "1947" on the backside of the hasp. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp has great spring action. To latch, the key must be in the starting position. The matching KCPS Slaymaker brass key make this a very rare set for your lock collection.

Two years after WW2, the year 1947 brought many special events, to name a few: Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball professional since the 1880s, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Edaville Railroad is opened in Massachusetts as the first railway theme park. The movie Miracle on 34th Street, a Christmastime classic, is first shown in theaters. The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is introduced. A moth lodged in a relay is found to be the cause of a malfunction in the Harvard Mark II electromechanical computer, logged as "First actual case of bug being found. The program Meet the Press makes its television debut on the NBC-TV network in the United States.

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Front Side: Kansas City Southern Railroad Back Side: Kansas City Southern Railroad

Kansas City Southern Railroad

Lock Set: 108 - KCS brass switch lock set   Price: $125.00

The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and third-oldest Class I railroad in North America (just behind Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway) still in operation.

For sale is a Kansas City Southern brass lock set. Visible but hardly legible, is some stamped writing on the back left side of the shackle. Using a spy glass, I could read only the last two letters, "Co." The lock is the size of other heart shaped locks, though the key is smaller and similar to a signal lock key. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock has it's original extra long 20 inch chain attached. A great looking lock set!

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Front Side: Lehigh Valley Railroad Back Side: Lehigh Valley Railroad

Lehigh Valley Railroad

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Lock Set: 109 - LV circa 1963 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $175.00

The Lehigh Valley Railroad was one of a number of railroads built in the northeastern United States primarily to haul anthracite coal.

First time offering: For sale is a steel Lehigh Valley Railroad lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "LV RR" are clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "263" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1963." The matching LV brass key make this another great marriage!

The year 1963 witnessed the assassination of US President Kennedy on November 22nd which thrust Lyndon Johnson into the role of president and the murder two days later of Lee Harvey Oswald by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The year 1963 saw the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman (British Railways No. 60103) makes its last scheduled run, before going into the hands of Alan Pegler for preservation. The long-running soap opera General Hospital debuts on ABC Television in the United States. The United States Postal Service launches the ZIP Code System.

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Front Side: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Back Side: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

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Lock Set: 110 - L&A circa 1978 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

For sale, is a Louisiana & Arkansas steel lock set. "Adlake" forged, "L&A RR" is clearly stamped on the back, along with a year rivet "78." The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the matching L&A brass key make for another perfect marriage!

In the year 1978, the Japanese car imports account for half the US import market following the energy crisis and increase in fuel prices that fuels demand for economy cars. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla becomes Pope John Paul II. Illinois Bell Company introduces first ever Cellular Mobile Phone System. For collectors my age, Federal Reserve interest rates year end = 11.75%. Blast from the past; a 8 track player retails for $169.00. How many clunky 8 track tapes did your machine eat and spit out!

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Front Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Back Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 111 - L&N brass switch lock set 1   Price: $195.00

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. 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.

For sale is a cast brass Louisville & Nashville lock set. The front side of the lock is clearly stamped in embossed raised letters, "L&N RR." The original chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Factory key code numbers are stamped on it's hasp. The original L&N brass key make this another perfect lock set marriage!

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Front Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Back Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville

Lock Set: 112 - L&N brass switch lock set 2   Price: $195.00

Prized by collectors, this Louisville & Nashville brass lock has a lot of character. The initials L&N R.R. are clearly stamped on the face of the lock. This is one heavy duty lock which opens and latches with ease. The back of hasp is stamped with the factory key code numbers. The drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action. Forged in a era when railroads still cared about what they put their logo on. This L&N lock has infinite years of use left. Do not let this one get away! Lock has it's original chain attached and includes the very attractive brass L&N stamped key. No thief is going to get at your goods with this L&N lock!

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Front Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Back Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 113 - L&N circa 1929 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $185.00

For sale is a very attractive Louisville & Nashville steel lock. Along with attractive brass rivets, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complement the overall appearance of the lock. The initials "L&N R.R." are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The back of the hasp has is stamped "E.T. Fraim Lock Co." with a date stamp of "2-29." The lock is in excellent working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. With only a couple links of original chain attached, I have add a few more inches of chain. The Fraim forged L&N brass key, which is probably as old as the lock, make a very handsome lock set for your showcase.

The last year of the "Roaring Twenties," 1929 ushered in the Chicago "St. Valentine's Day Massacre." The big stock market crash occured that year too, with the "Great Depression" soon to follow. In sports, NY Yankees become 1st team to wear uniform numbers. Through it all, the Louisville & Nashville survived and rolled on.

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Front Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Back Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

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Lock Set: 113 - L&N circa 1965 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $175.00

For sale is a another attractive Louisville & Nashville steel lock. Much younger than it's brother above, the attractive brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The initials "L&N R.R." are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The back of the hasp has is stamped "4 (April) 1965." Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in good working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The Fraim forged L&N brass key make this set a great pair.

The year 1965 made history when Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in for a full term as President of the United States. Vietnam War: Some 3,500 United States Marines arrive in Da Nang, South Vietnam, becoming the first American ground combat troops in Vietnam. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others lead 3,200 civil rights activists in the third march from Selma, Alabama, to the capitol in Montgomery. The soap opera Days of Our Lives debuts on NBC in the United States.

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Front Side: Maine Central Railroad Back Side: Maine Central Railroad

Maine Central Railroad

Lock Set: 116 - MC brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

The Maine Central Railroad Company (reporting mark MEC) was a former U. S. Class I railroad in central and southern Maine. It was chartered in 1856 and began operations in 1862. By 1884, Maine Central was the longest railroad in New England. The Maine Central remained independent until 1981, when it became part of what is now the Pan Am Railways network in 1981.

A beauty in it's own right and for sale, is this cast brass Maine Central lock and matching key. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The body of the lock is clearly stamped "MC RR" on one side and "WB" (Bohanan initials) on the flip side. This lock is the "C" type which is stamped on the lock's hasp as well as on the key. The lock has it's original 8 inch spike chain attached.

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Front Side: McCloud River Railroad Back Side: McCloud River Railroad

McCloud River Railroad Co.

Lock Set: 117 - McCloud River wrought iron steel lock & brass key set   Price: $275.00

FIRST TIME OFFERING: For sale is a rare - early 1900 McCloud River Railroad wrought iron steel "Moon" lock. Forged by the "Corbin Lock Co.," its drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action; the hasp opens and latches with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Your average Adlake steel switch lock and key weighs 13.2 ounces. This McCloud River steel lock set weighs in at 1 pound 12oz. This is one heavy duty lock, (not a later-lighter Moon lock), with a 5/8" thick hasp. The handsome brass key is stamped with the "MCCR RR" initials. The lock has been well taken care of and is in excellent condition. It's original steel chain attached, this is another rare lock set!

The McCloud River Railroad was established as a logging line operating in the state's timber rich northern region. It was established in 1897 by lumber mill interests who were looking to move their finished product as quickly as possible to market and with a nearby connection to the much larger Central Pacific (then an SP subsidiary), a railroad seemed quite logical. During the railroad's peak years it owned a system stretching nearly 100 miles and while it was built to move timber and it also operated as a standard common carrier shipping whatever freight was available (and for more than 50 years also dispatched passenger trains). As timber demand declined the railroad slowly cut back although new ownership also led to its downfall. It closed in 2009 and the property is now for sale as a rail/trail as of 2012.

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Front Side: Michigan Central Railroad Back Side: Michigan Central Railroad

Michigan Central Railroad

Lock Set: 118 - MC brass switch lock set 1   Price: $145.00

For sale is a "Fraim" forged Michigan Central brass switch lock set. The lock is clearly stamped, "MCRR" on its' frontside hasp and "S" on the backside. The hasp opens and latches with ease. The spring drop is secure, but there is no spring action. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complement's the lock. Includes the matching brass Michigan Central stamped key. A nice pair!

The Michigan Central Railroad (reporting mark MC) was originally incorporated in 1846 to establish rail service between Detroit, Michigan and St. Joseph, Michigan. The railroad later operated in the states of Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois in the United States, and the province of Ontario in Canada. After about 1867 the railroad was controlled by the New York Central Railroad, which later became part of Penn Central and then Conrail. After the 1998 Conrail breakup Norfolk Southern Railway now owns much of the former Michigan Central trackage.

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Front Side: Midland Valley Railroad Back Side: Midland Valley Railroad

Midland Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 119 - MV circa 1945 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $135.00

For sale is a steel Midland Valley "Adlake" forged lock set. Still sporting it's original chain, this lock is in excellent condition. The initials "MV RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "245" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1945." The matching MV key, which is included, makes this another great set to own.

The year 1945 witnessed many major events occur, most having to do with the closing days of WW2: President Franklin Roosevelt dies suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia; Vice President Harry Truman becomes the 33rd President. May 8 - Victory in Europe Day: The Allies accept Germany's unconditional surrender. Atomic bombing of Hiroshima: The United States drops an atomic bomb (nicknamed "Little Boy") on Hiroshima, Japan, at 8:15 a.m. (local time). The United States drops an atomic bomb nicknamed "Fat Man" on Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:02 a.m. (local time). Emperor Hirohito announces Japan's surrender on the radio. The United States calls this day V-J Day (Victory over Japan). World War II ends: The final official surrender of Japan is accepted by the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, and Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz for the United States. On the lighter side: cost of a first-class stamp: $0.03. In baseball, World Series Detroit vs. Chicago Cubs (4-3)

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Front Side: Midland Valley Railroad Back Side: Midland Valley Railroad

Midland Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 120 - MV steel utility lock set   Price: $115.00

A great looking lock set for sale, is this Midland Valley Railroad steel utilty lock set. A large majority of railroads used utility locks for general purposes such as, locking outlying crew and clerk office doors, equipment, tool boxes, etc. Railroad utility locks, in a category of their own, are the most difficult locks to find a correct key for. Most are largely sold on the market without keys. If the lock does come along with a key, most times, it will be a generic. For the reasons I just stated, this Midland Valley lock set is a great relic to own. Not only does this lock have a key, it is the original key. Both lock and key are Fraim/Slaymaker forged. The stamped key number (38), matches with the key code number (38), stamped on the locks' hasp. Still sporting it's original chain, this lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A rarity!

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Front Side: Midland Valley Railroad Back Side: Midland Valley Railroad

Midland Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 121 - MV brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

Another attractive lock set for sale, is this cast brass Midland Valley lock set. The initials "MV RR" are clearly stamped on the front hasp "Adlake" forged, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the brass MV key is the original. A handsome relic for some collector's showcase!

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Front Side: Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway Back Side: Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway

Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway

Lock Set: 122 - MN&S circa 1980 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

The Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway (reporting mark MNS) was an 87-mile-long (140 km) American short line railroad connecting Minneapolis and Northfield, Minnesota. It was incorporated in 1918 to take over the trackage of the former Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company, also known as the Dan Patch Lines. On 2 June 1982 it was acquired by the Soo Line Railroad, which operated it as a separate railroad until merging it on January 1, 1986.

Like new! For sale, a Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway steel lock set. "Adlake" forged, the lock is still sporting it's original chain and is in excellent condition. The initials "MN&S RY" are clearly stamped on the back along with a year rivet "80." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching MN&S RY brass key makes this a perfect marriage lock set..

The year 1980 witnessed many tragedies. March 31 1980 - Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad operates its final train. John Lennon is shot dead outside his apartment in New York City by Mark David Chapman. The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens kills 57 and causes US$3 billion in damage.The Rubik's cube makes its international debut at The British Toy and Hobby Fair, Earl's Court, London. The first 24-hour news channel, Cable News Network (CNN) is launched. 1980 World Series - Philadelphia Phillies over Kansas City Royals (4-2).

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Front Side: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Back Side: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway

Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste.Marie Railway

aka  Soo Line Railroad

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Lock Set: 123 - MStP&SSM circa 1936 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $275.00

The Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (reporting mark SOO) was a Class I railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Midwest United States. Commonly known since its opening in 1884 as the Soo Line after the phonetic spelling of Sault, it was merged with several other major CP subsidiaries on January 1, 1961, to form the Soo Line Railroad.

Just in and offering for sale, is a very handsome Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie steel lock. The initials "MSTP&SSM RY" are stamped on frontside of the hasp. The initial's "CD" (Chicago Division), "SW" (Switch), and the year "1936" are stamped on the backside of the hasp. Along with the attractive brass rivets, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complement the overall appearance of the lock. Although there are no visible manufacturer's stamp marks, I would say it's Fraim forged. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching Sault Ste. Marie brass key make this another attractive rare lock set to own!

In 1936 the Santa Fe railroad inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train, between Chicago and Los Angeles. Construction of Hoover Dam is completed in the United States. Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison. Margaret Mitchell's epic historical romance Gone with the Wind is first published in the United States. The 1936 Summer Olympics open in Berlin, Germany, and mark the first live television coverage of a sports event in world history.

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Front Side: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Back Side: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 124 - MK&T brass signal lock set   Price: $95.00


For sale is a ornate "Yale" MK&T brass signal lock set. The signal lock is in good condition, the hasp pops right open when you turn the key. "MK&T" and signal dept. is embossed on the front of the lock. A great utility lock to use around the house.

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Front Side: Monon Railroad Back Side: Monon Railroad

Monon Railroad

aka  Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway

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Lock Set: 125 - Monon circa 1956 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $275.00

The Monon Railroad, also known as the Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway from 1897 to 1956, was an American railroad that operated almost entirely within the state of Indiana.

A popular railroad lock for sale is this Monon steel lock. "Adlake" forged, the numerical numbers "156" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged in the first quarter of "1956." Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The Monon stamped brass key make this another perfect marriage! Note: For some reason, maybe popularity, Monon switch keys come at a high price.

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Front Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad Back Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 126 - MO-PAC steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $115.00

Swallowed up by the Union Pacific (the "BIG MOP UP") the Missouri Pacific Railroad is another collector's favorite. "Adlake" forged, the back of the lock is clearly stamped "MOPAC." Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, it opens and latches with ease. The matching brass MoPac key make a handsome set to own.

Notable events for 1983: Five people are killed and 18 others injured when a road train is deliberately driven into a motel at Ayers Rock, NT (the driver, Douglas Edward Crabbe, is convicted in March 1984). Vanessa L. Williams becomes the first African American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Washington Redskins beat the Miami Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

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Front Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad Back Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad

MoPac Railroad

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aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 127 - MO-PAC circa 1979 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $115.00

For sale is another great looking MoPac steel lock for sale. "Adlake" forged and sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, it opens and latches with ease. Along with a year rivet "79," the back of the lock is clearly stamped "MOPAC LINE." The matching brass MoPac key make this another perfect marriage.

Notable events for 1979: The Superliner railcar enters revenue service with Amtrak. McDonald's introduces the Happy Meal. October 7 - Pope John Paul II visits the United States, starting in Boston. Year end Dow Jones Industrial Average 838pt. Interest rates year end Federal Reserve 15.25%. Cost of a gallon of gas 86 cents. The Sahara Desert experiences snow for 30 minutes. In sports: The Pittsburg Steelers win the 1979 Superbowl.

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Front Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad Repair Track Back Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad Repair Track

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 128 - MO-PAC repair track steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $75.00

For those MP collectors and offering for sale, is this steel "Adlake" Repair Track lock. The lock is in great working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The back of the lock is clearly stamped "MOPAC." Some blue paint is still visible in some spots. Also, the lock has a stamp year rivet "83." Lock includes the original brass Mopac stamped key. This set + the set below = great pair.

Every time I think of the 1980's, I think of "disco" music and the "Bee Gees." In February of 1983, America saw Michael Jackson's "Thriller" album go to #1 & stay #1 for 37 weeks. In Major League Baseball, those alive witnessed Reggie Jackson as the 1st major leaguer to strike out 2,000 times.

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Front Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad MofW Back Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad MofW

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 129 - MO-PAC circa 1963 MofW steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

Hard to find, a very clean and attractive looking Missouri Pacific Maintenence of Way lock set. Forged by the "Slaymaker Co.", the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The front of the hasp is clearly stamped "MP MW." Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The back of the hasp is clearly stamped "1968." Includes the matching brass Slaymaker stamped key. This set + the set above = great pair.

The year 1963 - the biggest news from 1963 was the assassination of the US President Kennedy on November 22nd which thrust Lyndon Johnson into the role of president and the murder two days later of Lee Harvey Oswald by nightclub owner Jack Ruby. The year 1963 saw the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman (British Railways No. 60103) makes its last scheduled run, before going into the hands of Alan Pegler for preservation. The long-running soap opera General Hospital debuts on ABC Television in the United States. The United States Postal Service launches the ZIP Code System.

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Front Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad Back Side: Missouri Pacific Railroad

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 130 - MO-PAC general use brass lock set   Price: $65.00

Offering for sale is a MoPac "general use" lock set. Painted a enamel gray, I have restored this lock to it's present condition. The polished brass lock which is "Fraim" forged and stamped on the backside hasp, is in excellent condition, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Unknown if the steel butterfly key is an original, it works like one. A nice medium size lock and a great looking relic set!

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Front Side: Mobile & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 131 - M&O steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

The Mobile & Ohio Railroad was a railroad in the Southern U.S. The M&O was chartered in January and February 1848 by the states of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee. It was planned to span the distance between the seaport of Mobile, Alabama and the Ohio River near Cairo, Illinois. On September 13, 1940 it was merged with the Gulf-Mobile and Northern Railroad to form the Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad.

For sale is a great looking Mobile & Ohio cast steel lock. "Fraim" forged, the initials "M&O RR" are clearly stamped on the hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock. The brass GM&O key (great serial #1111) works well with the lock. A great looking relic!

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Front Side: New York Central Railroad Back Side: New York Central Railroad

New York Central Railroad

Lock Set: 132 - NYC - tool house steel lock & brass key set   Price: $95.00

The New York Central Railroad was a railroad primarily operating in the Great Lakes region of the United States. The railroad primarily connected greater New York and Boston in the east with Chicago and St. Louis in the Midwest along with the intermediate cities of Albany, Buffalo, Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Detroit. New York Central was headquartered in New York City's New York Central Building, adjacent to its largest station, Grand Central Terminal.

For sale is a New York Central Railroad steel "Tool House" lock. The locks' brass rivets compliment the overall apperance of the lock. In great working condition, the lock opens and latches with ease. A tad smaller in size than the brass NYC tool locks, "NYCS" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. As shown in the picture, "TH" is stamped on the backside hasp. There is no visible manufactuer's logo, but my guess would be "Corbin" forged. The matching brass key is is also stamped TH. A nice medium size lock to secure your goods.

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Front Side: New York Central Systems Railroad Back Side: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

Lock Set: 133 - NYCS wrought iron steel Moon lock set   Price: $275.00

For sale is a rare - early 1900 New York Central New York Central Systems Railroad wrought iron steel "Moon" lock set. The lock has been well taken care of and is in excellent condition. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Forged by the "Corbin Lock Co.," its drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action; the hasp opens and latches with ease. Your average Adlake steel switch lock and key weighs 13.2 ounces. This NYC steel lock set weighs in at 1 pound 12oz. and stands 5 inches tall. This is one heavy duty lock, (not a later-lighter Moon lock), with a 5/8" thick hasp. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To make the set complete, and add some character, I utilized a chain from another moon lock. The steel Moon key is stamped with the "NYCS" initials. A great looking lock set!

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Front Side: New York-Ontario & Western Railway Back Side: New York-Ontario & Western Railway

New York-Ontario & Western Railway

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Lock Set: 136 - NYO&W circa 1928 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $325.00

The New York, Ontario and 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. It was the first notable U.S. railroad with its mainline entirely abandoned.

A handsome lock set for sale is a New York-Ontario & Western Railway steel switch lock and brass key. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. "Adlake" forged, the initial's NYO&W RY" are clearly stamp on it's backside. The numerical numbers "228" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged in the second quarter of "1928." Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The NYO&W stamped brass key make this another perfect marriage! A very rare set with a whole lot of history in it's time.

In 1928, a year before Probition, Charles Lindbergh is presented the Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight. The first machine-sliced and machine-wrapped loaf of bread are sold in Chillicothe, Missouri, using Otto Frederick Rohwedder's technology. Aviator Amelia Earhart starts her attempt to become the first woman to successfully cross the Atlantic Ocean. Wilmer Stultz was the pilot. The U.S. Congress approves the construction of Boulder Dam, later renamed Hoover Dam.

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Front Side: NKP Railroad Back Side: NKP Railroad

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Lock Set: 137 - NKP Track Dept. steel lock & brass key set   Price: $195.00

First time offering: For sale is another sharp looking Nickel Plate lock set. "Corbin" forged, "NKP TD" is clearly stamped on frontside hasp. The key code numerical number "100" is stamped on the backside hasp. The handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original 15" double knotted galvanized chain attached. This is the first time I've come across an NKP track department lock. The lock is larger than your average railroad utility lock, but a tad smaller than a switch lock. Stylish in it's own right, the brass unmarked key works like the lock was forged yesterday. A rare, handsome set!

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Front Side: NKP Railroad Back Side: NKP Railroad

New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

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Lock Set: 138 - NKP circa 1954 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

A handsome set for sale, is this steel Nickel Plate switch lock set. With the help of the locks' steel alloys, Mother Nature is still working her wonders to produce a dark patina. "Adlake" forged, "NKP" is clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. There are key code numbers stamped on the frontside hasp. The numerical numbers "54" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged in "1954." There should be another number 0-4, stamped before the "5," but it is badly weathered and unreadable. The missing number would have revealed which quarter of 1954 the lock was forged. The good thing is the year, which is visible. Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The brass NKP stamped key make this another perfect lock set marriage!

Notable 1954 events: Marilyn Monroe marries baseball player Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall. Bill Haley & His Comets record "Rock Around the Clock", thus starting the rock and roll craze. The last 'new' episode of The Lone Ranger radio program is broadcast, after 2,956 episodes over a period of 21 years. The first Burger King opens in Miami, Florida.

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Front Side: NKP Railroad Back Side: NKP Railroad

Nickel Plate Railroad

Lock Set: 139 - NKP steel/ brass utility lock set   Price: $115.00

For sale is a sharp looking Nickel Plate lock set. "Fraim" forged, "NKP" is clearly stamped on frontside hasp. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The face of the locks' dark discoloration, is the work of Mother Nature. Although the key is not the original, it does work well with the lock. A very nice medium size lock and a great collectors item.

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Front Side: NKP Railroad Back Side: NKP Railroad

NKP Railroad

aka  New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 140 - NKP brass lock set   Price: $75.00

For sale is this great looking brass NKP signal lock. The key is unmarked. Hasp pops right open when you turn the key and locks securely. A nice all around security lock.

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Front Side: Northern Alabama Railroad Back Side: Northern Alabama Railroad

Northern Alabama Railroad

Lock Set: 141 - NA brass signal lock set   Price: $100.00

The Northern Alabama Railroad was owned by the Southern Railway and absorbed into the Southern 1939.

First time offering: For sale, is a rare all brass Northern Alabama Railroad signal box lock set. Forged by the "Adams & Westlake Co., "NA SIGNAL" is clearly stamped on frontside hasp. Although the key is not the original key, (kudos to any collector that has an original NA key), it does work well with the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A very nice medium size lock and a great collectors item.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 142 - N&W steel utility lock set   Price: $95.00

The Norfolk & Western Railway (reporting mark N&W), 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.

For sale is a N&W long shank steel utility lock set. "Yale" forged, "N&W" is clearly stamped on the body. The hasp opens and latches with ease. I know for a fact, this style of utility lock was used for industry gates. A great heavy duty lock to secure your goods!

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 143 - N&W circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $75.00

Here is a N&W steel lock that has seen some service. "Adlake" forged, "N&W" is clearly stamped on the back with a date year rivet "75." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Lock includes original brass N&W stamped key. A fine working lock set!

The year 1975, still furloughed from the N&W; I witnessed Chrysler Corp offer the 1st car rebates. Jackie Wilson, slips into an irreversible coma; he dies in 1984. Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end. In sports, on June 12, Billy Williams's hit his 400th career HR and Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railway Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railway

Norfolk & Western Railway

Lock Set: 144 - N&W circa 1944 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $195.00

For sale is a handsome Norfolk & Western steel lock. "Slaymaker" forged, "N&W" is stamped on the frontside hasp, and "1944" on the reverse. The attractive brass/steel rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock.The Slaymaker N&W brass key make this lock set the perfect marriage. A great looking lock set with a whole lot of history!

In 1944 the war was raging in Europe and the Pacific. June 6 - WWII - D-Day: 155,000 Allied troops shipped from England land on the beaches of Normandy in northern France, beginning Operation Overlord and the Invasion of Normandy. The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release the first posters featuring Smokey Bear. General Douglas MacArthur becomes the second U.S. Five-Star General.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 145 - N&W circa 1968 steel repair track switch lock & brass key   Price: $195.00

For sale is this attractive "Slaymaker" forged, "Norfolk & Western," repair track steel lock. When I purchased this set, the lock was in sad condition and needed a face lift. Utilized on the N&W's rip track switches, the lock was painted blue. Years of being exposed to the elements, most of the blue paint was gone. What blue paint remained, was badly faded and the dried paint chips were falling off every time I handled the lock. Thanks to the paint, the lock was well preserved, thus the fresh look. This lock is 24 years younger then the N&W lock above. All cleaned up and ready for show, the lock is now in great condition. "N&W" is clearly stamped on the frontside of the hasp and "1968" on the backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The N&W rip track stamped key which, are themselves rare, make another perfect marriage.

The turburlent 60's. The year 1968 witnessed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary (June 5), dies June 6. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis (April 4). On a lighter note, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC. Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 146 - N&W brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very attractive Norfolk & Western brass lock set. The initials "N&W" are clearly stamped on the back. Forged by the "Adlake" Co., the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Although the lock had a couple links of chain attached, for a little more character, I added few more inches of chain. Lock includes an original brass N&W stamped key. A great looking lock set that will last another 100 years!

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 147 - N&W cast brass switch lock set   Price: $215.00

The Norfolk & Western Railway 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.

Like new! N&W cast brass fancy back lock for sale. Although there are no visible manufacturers stamp marks, the lock has all the characteristics of being Fraim or Adlake forged. The lock seems to have seen little if any railroad service. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Sporting it's original "like new" chain, the chains' keeper moves freely in either direction. The N&W matching key make this another handsome lock set.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Item: 148     Price: $95.00

For sale is a Norfolk & Western Railroad signal lock set. Forged by "Yale," "N&W Signal Dept." is clearly stamped on the front. The "Yale" trademark, is stamped on the back. The lock is in great condition, it opens and latches with ease. The key is not have a railroad stamp but works great. Nice!

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Front Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 149 - N&W signal box brass lock set   Price: $95.00

For sale is a Norfolk & Western Railroad signal lock and key. Forged by "Yale". "N&W" is stamped on the front of the lock as well as the key. The "Yale" trademark, is stamped on the hasp. The lock is in great condition, it opens and latches with ease. The lock's rich carmel patina makes this a very attractive set.

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Front Side: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Back Side: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad

Norfolk & Portsmouth (Belt Line) Railroad

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Lock Set: 150 - N&P brass switch lock set   Price: $225.00

First time offering: it's always nice to offer a lock from a railroad that is still in operation. For sale is a Norfolk & Portsmouth Railroad brass switch lock set."Yale" forged, "N&P RR" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. This "waffle" style lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. It almost seems like the lock just left the foundry yesterday, it reveals to have seen little, if any service. Still sporting it's original chain, it's keeper moves freely. The matching N&P stamped brass key make this another great looking lock set to own and display in your collection.

The Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad is a class III railroad operating in southern Virginia. The NPBL serves Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake and has been operating since 1896. It is a Class III terminal switching railroad, incorporated in the State of Virginia as the Southeastern and Atlantic Railroad Company on March 4, 1896, currently operating over 26 miles of road in the Hampton Roads communities of Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Northern Pacific Railroad

Northern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 151 - NP circa 1958 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $145.00

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.

For sale is a Northern Pacific steel switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the lock is clearly stamped "NP Switch" on the backside. It's original chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "158" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1958." Like the NP lock, the brass key is also stamped NP SWITCH. A very hansome lock set!

1958: The first successful American satellite, Explorer 1, is launched into orbit. Ruth Carol Taylor is the first African American woman hired as a flight attendant. Working for Mohawk Airlines, her career lasts only six months, due to another discriminatory barrier - the airline's ban on married flight attendants. Unemployment in Detroit reaches 20%, marking the height of the Recession of 1958 in the United States. The plastic hula hoop is first marketed. Have Gun Will Travel debuts on American radio.

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Front Side: Northern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Northern Pacific Railroad

Northern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 152 - NP steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $110.00

For sale is another eye catching Northern Pacific steel lock for sale. "Adlake" forged, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original chain attached and includes a very nice Northern Pacific stamped brass key. A great looking lock set!

In later years, consolidation in American railroading brought the Northern Pacific together with the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, the Great Northern Railway, and the Spokane, Portland and 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: Ontario Northern Railway Back Side: Ontario Northern Railway

Ontario Northern Railway

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Lock Set: 153 - ON steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

The Ontario Northland Railway is a Canadian railway operated by the Ontario Northland Transportation Commission, a provincial Crown agency of the government of Ontario. Originally built to develop the Lake Timiskaming and Lake Nipissing areas, the railway soon became a major factor in the economic growth of the province.

For sale is a Ontario Northern Railway steel switch lock. Somewhat of an anomaly, this railroads' artifacts rarely pop up in the U.S. "Adlake" forged, "ON RY" is clearly stamped on the backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp opens and latches with well. The matching ON brass key make this set a perfect marriage.

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Front Side: Pacific Electric Railway Back Side: Pacific Electric Railway

Pacific Electric Railway

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Lock Set: 154 - PE circa 1951 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $275.00

The Pacific Electric Railway Company, nicknamed the Red Cars, was a privately owned mass transit system in Southern California consisting of electrically powered streetcars, interurban cars, and buses and was the largest electric railway system in the world in the 1920s. Organized around the city centers of Los Angeles and San Bernardino, it connected cities in Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County and Riverside County. Dates of operation: 1901-1961

For sale, is a rare Pacific Electric steel lock and brass key set. "Adlake" forged, "PE RY" is clearly stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "251" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1951." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The attractive "Fraim" forged PE brass key is a perfect match for this lock relic. A California interurban favorite!

In 1951, the new United Nations headquarters officially opens in New York City. The Twenty-second Amendment to the United States Constitution, limiting Presidents to two terms, is ratified. The Marshall Plan expires after distributing more than $13.3 billion USD in foreign aid to rebuild Europe

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania Railroad

Lock Set: 155 - PRR brass switch lock set   Price: $125.00

For sale is a very well taken care of, all brass "Pennsylvania" lock. Forged by "Adlake," the back of the lock is clearly stamped with the initials "PRR." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the great looking brass PRR stamped key. A very nice lock and key set from one of the greatest railroads! This lock set + PC set below = a great pair!

The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania Railroad

Lock Set: 156 - PRR steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $95.00

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 consecutive years.

For sale is a steel Pennsylvania switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the frontside hasp is clearly stamped with the initials "PRR." Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock.The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Nice clean Pennsy lock set!

Notable events for 1967: The Department of Transportation begins operation. Ronald Reagan, past movie actor and future President of the U.S., is inaugurated the new governor of California. Jimmy Hoffa begins his 8-year sentence for attempting to bribe a jury. The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is enacted. Super Bowl I: The Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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Front Side: Penn Central Railroad Back Side: Penn Central Railroad

Penn Central Railroad

Lock Set: 157 - PC brass switch lock set   Price: $100.00

The Penn Central Transportation Company, was an American Class I railroad headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that operated from 1968 until 1976. It was created by the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. The New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad was added to the merger in 1969; by 1970, the company had filed for what was, at that time, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Brother of the Pennsylvania lock above, this "Penn Central" lock and key could pass as twins. Offering for sale is this "Adlake" brass lock with the brass PC stamped key. One of six railroads that formed Conrail in 1976, the lock is clearly stamped "PC RR" on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. I believe the manufacturing of these brass locks was the last of the Adlake ornate locks forged. A great looking lock and key set! This lock set + PRR set above = a great pair!

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania (Penna Co.) Railroad

Lock Set: 158 - Penna cast brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very attractive Penna (Pennsylvania) brass car lock. Some poor fool who did not know any better had painted this lock. Restored to it's original color, the lock is in good condition. "Bohannan" forged, "Penna Co." is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock. I paired the lock up with a very nice Bohannan forged "C" stamped Penna brass key. A great looking Pennsy set!

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Front Side: Peninsula Terminal Co. Back Side: Peninsula Terminal Co.

Peninsula Terminal Co.

Lock Set: 159 - PT brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

The railroad was incorporated in 1916, and was leased to UP and Spokane-Portland & Seattle Railroad until 1931. It is now owned by Larry Kirkeby and John Manos, effective July 1, 1994.

An attractive lock set for sale is this "Adlake" forged Peninsula Terminal Co. brass lock set. A short line railroad located in Portland Oregon, this Peninsula Terminal lock is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The initials "PT Co" are clearly stamped on the back. An original brass PT CO. key make a perfect marriage lock set.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway Back Side: Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway

Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway

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Lock Set: 160 - PC&Y steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00


Chartered in 1881, the PC&Y was a freight connection railroad owned jointly by the Pennsy and the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie. Still in use today, the PC&Y Railroad Bridge is a single track over the Ohio River, between Stowe Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and Neville Island.

First time offering: For sale is a Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "PC&Y" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "452" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1952." The key is not the original key. The brass key that comes with the lock works well with it.

In 1952, America is six years into the "baby boomer" era, the "Today Show" premieres with Dave Garroway & Jack Lescoulie on NBC-TV. 1952 also saw the 1st landing by an airplane at the North Pole. In sports, Rocky Marciano KOs Jersey Joe Walcott in 13 for heavyweight boxing title.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Lock Set: 162 - PL&E steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $115.00

The Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad also known as the "Little Giant", was formed on May 11, 1875. Company headquarters were located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The line connected Pittsburgh in the east with Youngstown, Ohio at nearby Haselton, Ohio in the west and Connellsville, Pennsylvania to the east. The eventual closure of the steel mills led to the end of the P&LE as an independent line in 1992.

This steel "Adlake" Pittsburgh & Lake Erie lock is in great condition. The initials "P&LE" are clearly stamped on the back and a date year rivet "77." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the handsome brass P&LE stamped key. A great looking lock and key set!

Worthwhile to mention that in 1977, Elvis Presley sings in Indianapolis, the last performance of his career and North Korea shoots down US helicopter, killing 3. In sports, White Sox draft Harold Baines #1 and Nolan Ryan notches his 4th career 19-strikeout game.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 163 - P&LE signal box brass lock set   Price: $75.00

The P&LE was known as the "Little Giant," since the tonnage that it moved was out of proportion to its route mileage. While it operated around one tenth of one percent of the nation's railroad miles, it hauled around one percent of its tonnage. Those were some busy times for our nation's railroads.

You can own a tiny percentage of this fallen flag, offering for sale is this great looking Pittsburgh & Lake Erie signal lock. "P&LE RR" is stamped on the front face of the lock. Also, worn but still visible, is the word "signal". Forged by "Yale", the lock has seen some service but still works great, opening and latching with ease. Even though I admire many of the signal locks I come into contact with, my thing has always been switch locks. Being a retired conductor/switchman, those are the type of locks I was use to handling on the job. A collector of signal locks would be more knowledgeable in determining the date the lock was forged. No doubt the lock is a relic. Over the years the patina has turned into an attractive tri-tone color. In my travels, I have seen a few of these P&LE signal locks, though never with a key. A very nice all around utility lock set.

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Front Side: Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad Back Side: Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad

Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad

Lock Set: 164 - P&RV circa 1947 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $100.00

How this P&RV railroad lock made it all the way from the southern part of Mexico to Chicago, is anyone's guess. Potosi, a city in Mexico's San Luis state, is an important commercial and industrial center at the crossing of the trunk line of the "National Railroad" and the Tampico branch of the "Mexican Central". I acquired this information from an article of "Mining World" dated October 26th, 1907. To sum up what I read from the article, the P&RV railroad hauled mostly ore from the area's surrounding mines to Rio ("river") Verde.

The initials "P&RV RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "447" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1947." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock does not come with the original key. A Burlington Northern key works great with the lock. Truly an anomaly, chances are, I will never see another like it. Thanks to the warm Mexican climate, this Adlake lock is in great condition. A very nice railroad relic!

1947: WW II peace treaties were signed and Howard Hughes flies "Spruce Goose", a huge wooden airplane. In sports, Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit. Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello and Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year."

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Front Side: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway Back Side: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway

Peoria & Pekin Union Railway

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Lock Set: 165 - PP&U circa 1977 switch lock & brass key   Price: $95.00

For sale is a Peoria & Pekin Union Railway steel lock set. "PP&U" is clearly stamped on the backside. "Adlake" forged, the lock works great, the drop cover is snug and has good spring action. The hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching brass PP&U key, make this another nice lock set.

Notable events 1977: Apple Computer is incorporated. Jimmy Carter is sworn in as the 39th President of the United States. George Lucas's Star Wars opens in cinemas and becomes the highest-grossing film of its time. It also makes sci-fi films very popular. Groucho Marx, comedic legend, star of stage and screen, dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, at the age of 86 (born 1890). The Commodore PET computer is first sold. In sports, Reggie Jackson blasts 3 home runs to lead the New York Yankees to a World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Front Side: Reading Railroad Back Side: Reading Railroad

Reading Railroad

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Lock Set: 166 - Reading circa 1968 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

For sale is a very handsome Reading Railroad steel lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the lock works great. The attractive brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The drop cover is snug and has great spring action. The hasp opens and latches with ease. Clearly stamped "RDG CO SW" on it's front hasp, the year "1968" is stamped on the reverse. The stamped number "2" is not a key code number. The stamped 2 indicates the 2nd quarter of 1968 that the lock was forged. Still sporting it's original 8" chain, I teamed the lock up with a very nice "Slaymaker" Reading brass key. A very nice set!

The turburlent 60's. The year 1968 witnessed Sen. Robert F. Kennedy shot and critically wounded in Los Angeles hotel after winning California primary (June 5), dies June 6. Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, is slain in Memphis (April 4). On a lighter note, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In debuts on NBC. Album of the Year: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles.

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Front Side: Richmond Connection Railroad Back Side: Richmond Connection Railroad

Richmond Connection Railroad

Lock Set: 167 - RC brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

The Richmond-Fredericksburg & Potomac and Richmond & Petersburg Railroad Connection was chartered March 3, 1866, and opened May 1, 1867, as a connection between the RF&P and the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad (later part of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad) west of downtown Richmond. It was operated jointly by those two companies. In addition, a downtown connection was owned by the R&P past Broad Street Station.

First time offering for sale, is this cast brass "Richmond Connection Railroad" lock set. Forged by "Bohannan," the front of the hasp is clearly stamped "RICH. CON. RR." I cannot say if this is the original key for this lock or not. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock, which I would date from the early 1900's, still has it's original chain attached. A rare lock like this and it's parent railroad's lock below, would make a nice pair.

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Front Side: Richmond-Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Back Side: Richmond-Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad

Richmond-Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad

SOLD - RF&P brass switch lock set   Price: $275.00

The RF&P was a bridge line, with a slogan of "Linking North & South" on a system that stretched about 113 miles. Until around 1965 RF&P originated less than 5% of its freight tonnage, probably less than any other Class I railroad. For much of its existence the RF&P connected with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railroad at Richmond. At Alexandria and through trackage rights to Union Station in Washington, D.C., connections were made with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway.

First time offering for sale, is this brass Richmond-Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad lock. The initials "RF&P RR" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The lock opens and latches with ease. The backside of the hasp is stamped with either the date or manufacturer. Very hard to decipher, I believe it is the date. A superb marriage lock set.

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Front Side: Rutland Railroad Back Side: Rutland Railroad

Rutland Railroad

Lock Set: 169 - Rutland steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $225.00

The Rutland Railroad (reporting mark RUT) was a railroad in the northeastern United States, located primarily in the state of Vermont but extending into the state of New York at both its northernmost and southernmost ends. After its closure in 1963 parts of the railroad were taken over by the State of Vermont and are now operated by the Vermont Railway.

First time offering a very nice steel "Adlake" Rutland Railroad lock set. "Rutland" is clearly stamped on the back. The hasp has excellent spring action. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock is in excellent condition and has it's original chain attached. The matching brass Rutland key make this a very handsome lock set.

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Front Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad Back Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

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Lock Set: 170 - SAL circa 1955 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $175.00

The Seaboard Air Line Railroad (reporting mark SAL), which styled itself "The Route of Courteous Service," was an American railroad whose corporate existence extended from April 14, 1900 until July 1, 1967, when it merged with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, its longtime rival, to form the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad. The company was headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, until 1958, when its main offices were relocated to Richmond, Virginia. The Seaboard Air Line Railway Building in Norfolk's historic Freemason District still stands and has been converted to luxury apartments.

Popular among collectors and offering for sale, is a Seaboard Air Line Railroad lock set. Although, there are no visible manufacturer's stamp marks, the lock as all the characteristics of it being "Slaymaker" forged. "Seaboard" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Still sporting it's original 12" chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Another handsome lock set!

Notable events for 1955: U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sends the first U.S. advisors to South Vietnam. Ray Kroc opens his first McDonald's in Des Plaines, Illinois. Disneyland opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The long-running program Gunsmoke debuts on the CBS-TV network. General Motors becomes the first American corporation to make a profit of over one billion dollars in one year.

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Front Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad Back Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

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Lock Set: 171 - SAL brass/steel switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

Offering for sale is a Seaboard steel lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "SAL RR" are clearly stamped on the back. This SAL lock has a brass hasp and steel body. Along with attractive brass rivets, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complement the overall appearance of the lock. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock. The lock is in good condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. I have teamed the lock up with a very nice SCL brass key.

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Front Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad Back Side: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

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Lock Set: 172 - SAL circa 1951 brass/steel switch lock set 3   Price: $175.00

Offering for sale, yet another handsome Seaboard lock set. The initials "SAL RR" are clearly stamped on the back. This SAL lock has a brass hasp and steel body. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "251" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1951." The lock still has it's original chain, the matching SAL brass key = perfect marriage.

The year 1951 witnessed the conflict in Korea heat up. On Feb. 1, the third A-bomb test was completed in the desert of Nevada. Apr 19, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, relieved of his command by President Truman, bid farewell to Congress, quoting a line from a ballad: "Old soldiers never die; they just fade away." In baseball, May 1, Mickey Mantle hit his 1st HR. Boxing-Oct 26, Rocky Marciano defeated Joe Louis at Madison Square Garden.

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Front Side: Back Side: Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 173 - SCL signal box brass lock set   Price: $85.00

The Seaboard Coast Line emerged on July 1, 1967, following the merger of the Seaboard Air Line Railroad with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

For sale is this sharp looking SCL stamped brass signal lock. In pristine condition, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Though there are no foundry stamp mark, a guess would be "Yale" forged. Key shown, is not the original. Another nice all around utility lock from a very popular railroad.

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Front Side: Soo Line Railroad Back Side: Soo Line Railroad

Soo Line Railroad

Lock Set: 174 - Soo Line steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

Although it is named for the Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad (MStP&SSM), which was commonly known as the Soo Line after the phonetic spelling of Sault, it was formed in 1961 by the consolidation of that company with two other CP subsidiaries, the Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railroad and Wisconsin Central Railroad.

First time offering a very nice, almost like new, Soo Line steel lock. "Adlake" forged, "Soo Line" is clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the matching Soo Line brass key make this another great looking lock set!

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Front Side: Southern Railroad Back Side: Southern Railroad

Southern Railroad

Lock Set: 175 - Southern circa 1922 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $215.00

For sale is a grand old steel Southern lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "S RY ES" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "122" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1922." Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina. This 96 year old Southern relic is in excellent condition and if taken care of properly, will last another 96 years. The lock still sports it's original chain and it's keeper moves freely. As the years went by, it's interesting to note how lock masters such as, Adlake initiated moderate changes in the hasp and body style to evolve. Comparing this Southern steel lock to the Adlake steel lock above, you can see a difference in the way the hasp's arch and height is formed. The Adams & Westlake matching brass key is also stamped, "S RY ES." A very handsome lock set!

1922 (Roaring Twenties) milestones: President of the United States Warren G. Harding introduces the first radio in the White House. Lincoln Memorial is dedicated by Former US President William Howard Taft. The Roaring '20s were marked by prosperity after World War I, drastic changes for women that included the right to vote and freedom from corsets and long, structured clothing to a more modern style of dress. Ladies bobbed their hair and displayed a more liberated demeanor. Prohibition brought the age of speakeasies and bootleggers, and everyone did the Charleston. The frivolity and excess ended with a loud crash of the stock market in October 1929, which was the first signal of the Great Depression to come.

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Front Side: Southern Railroad Back Side: Southern Railroad

Southern Railroad

Lock Set: 176 - Southern circa 1916 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $145.00

103 years old, and works like it came out of the foundry yesterday. For sale is a Southern steel "Adlake" switch lock. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina. Pictures do not do this lock justice, it shows better in your hand. The initials"S RY ES" are clearly stamped on the hasp. The spring drop is secure but not snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "316" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1916." Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complement's the lock. My 2nd oldest steel lock that is dated. A great Southern relic!

March 1916, witnessed Mexican General "Francisco Pancho Villa" invade the US (18 killed). In Europe, the Battle of Verdun in WW I begins (1 million casualties). In sports, Honus Wagner, 42, is oldest to hit an inside-the-park homerun and women are allowed to attend a boxing match.

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Front Side: SSW Railroad Back Side: SSW Railroad

St. Louis Southwestern Railroad

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aka  Cotton Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 177 - SSW steel switch lock & brass key set 1  Price: $195.00

The St. Louis Southwestern Railway (reporting mark SSW), known by its nickname of "The Cotton Belt Route" or simply Cotton Belt, is a former US Class I railroad which operated between St. Louis, Missouri, and various points in the states of Arkansas, Kansas and Texas from 1891 to 1992.

For some unknown reason, here is a lock set that you rarely see on the market. For sale is a very nice St. Louis Southwestern Railway lock set. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in excellent condition. "SSW" is clearly stamped on the back of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching SSW brass key make this another perfect marriage.

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Front Side: SSW Railroad Back Side: SSW Railroad

St. Louis Southwestern Railroad

aka  Cotton Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 178 - SSW steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $125.00

The Southern Pacific Company (SP) gained Interstate Commerce Commission approval to control the Cotton Belt system on April 14, 1932, but continued to operate it as a separate company until 1992, when the SP consolidated the Cotton Belt's operations into the parent company.

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Front Side: Southern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 179 - SP circa 1975 steel switch lock & key   Price: $125.00

Offering for sale is a steel "Adlake" forged, Southern Pacific lock. The initials "SP T CO" are clearly stamped on the back along with a date year rivet "75." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock has it's original spike chain and includes the handsome steel SP Co. stamped steel key.

The year 1975: still furloughed from the N&W; I witnessed Chrysler Corp offer the 1st car rebates. Jackie Wilson, slips into an irreversible coma; he dies in 1984. Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind: The U.S. begins to evacuate US citizens from Saigon prior to an expected North Vietnamese takeover. U.S. involvement in the war comes to an end. In sports, on June 12, Billy Williams's hit his 400th career HR and Billy Martin fired as Texas Rangers manager.

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Front Side: Southern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 180 - SP CS-4 circa 1936 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $175.00

The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Offering for sale is a "Adlake" forged, Southern Pacific steel switch lock. "CS-4S" is stamped on the front shackle. The initials "SPC" are stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "136" are stamped under the drop cover; this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1936." It's original spike chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. An old lock deserves a suitable old key. Includes a very nice Adams & Westlake SP brass key. A very nice relic!

In 1936, Southern Pacific Communications began selling surplus capacity on its microwave and fiber optic telecom system (laid along their railroad rights of way) to corporations for use as private lines. This service would evolve into Sprint; the name coming from the acronym for Southern Pacific Railroad Internal Networking Telephony.

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Front Side: Southern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 181 - SP CS-4 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $100.00

The Southern Pacific Transportation Company (reporting mark SP), earlier Southern Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Company, and usually called the Southern Pacific or (from the railroad's initials) Espee, was an American Class I railroad. It was absorbed in 1988 by the company that controlled the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad and eight years later became part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Offering for sale is a steel "Adlake" forged, Southern Pacific switch lock. The initials "SP T CO" are clearly stamped on the backside; "CS-4S" is stamped on the front shackle. It's original spike chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the attractive SP stamped brass key.

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Front Side: Southern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 182 - SP CS-4 circa 1974 steel switch lock & brass key set 3   Price: $100.00

For sale is a fair weathered Southern Pacific steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "SPT CO" are clearly stamped on the backside; "CS-4S" is stamped on the front shackle. The year "74" is stamped on the back upper left rivet. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Includes the handsome brass SP stamped key. Another handsome lock set.

In 1974 Richard Nixon becomes the first President of the United States to resign from office, an action taken to avoid being removed by impeachment and conviction in response to his role in the Watergate scandal. In baseball, Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves breaks Babe Ruth's home run record, by hitting his 715th career home run off Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

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Front Side: Southern Pacific Railroad Back Side: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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SOLD - SP CS-24 Road & Bridge brass lock set   Price: $275.00

Just listed: For sale is a rare Southern Pacific CS-24 Road & Bridge brass lock set. Forged by the Adams & Westlake Co., Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the locks' ornate stamp marks. Overall, the lock is in good condition, the drop cover has good spring action, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching R&B brass key add to the locks' attractiveness. A great looking set for your collection!

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Front Side: Texas Central Railway Back Side: Texas Central Railway

Texas Central Railway

Lock Set: 185 - TC circa 1958 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $145.00

The Texas Central Railway Company was chartered on May 30, 1879, to serve as a feeder line to the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company. Effective May 1, 1914, the Texas Central was leased to the Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railway Company of Texas. For the next fifty-three years the Texas Central was operated under lease.

For sale is a "Texas Central Railway" steel "Slaymaker" forged lock. The initials "TC RR" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp with a year stamp date "1958" on the backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in excellent condition, it's keeper moves freely, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Not in possession of a Texas Central key, I have teamed the lock with a nice "Slaymaker" stamped key, which works just fine. A rare lock and very nice set!

1958 highlights: The U.S. Army inducts Elvis Presley, transforming The King Of Rock & Roll into U.S. Private #53310761. Unemployment in Detroit reaches 20%, marking the height of the Recession of 1958 in the United States. President Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first American elected official to be broadcast on color television. The plastic hula hoop is first marketed in the United States. Pope John XXIII succeeds Pope Pius XII as the 261st pope. Jack Kilby invents the first integrated circuit while working at Texas Instruments. The 1958 World Series was a rematch of the 1957 Series, with the New York Yankees beating the defending champion Milwaukee Braves in seven games for their 18th title.

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Front Side: Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway Back Side: Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway

Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway

Lock Set: 186 - T&CI brass switch lock set   Price: $265.00

First time offering: For sale is a very rare Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway brass lock set. "T&CI RY" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. There are no visiible foundry stamp marks; I would guess either Bohannan or Slaymaker forged. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Although the key provided is not the original, it works well with the lock. The attached chain is not the original and was added on. The handsome "waffle" style body is great on the eyes. I seriously doubt you will find another T&CI lock in circulation.

The Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway was incorporated in 1903. It was originally intended to be a 70-mile long inter-city electric railway from Goshen to the Ohio state line. It was near the geographic center of a group of interurban lines being built and connected end-to-end with the the goal of providing interurban service from Toledo, Ohio, to Chicago. But what ended up happening was financial constraints permitted only the Fort Wayne Division to be built. It was subsequently purchased by the Fort Wayne & Northwestern Railway in 1913, which, in turn, was acquired by the Indiana Service Corp. in 1924, and then became part of the Indiana Railroad Co. in 1937. Service continued between Fort Wayne and Garrett until 1949, when the tracks were torn up.

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Front Side: Toledo & Western Railroad Back Side: Toledo & Western Railroad

Toledo & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 187 - T&W brass switch lock set   Price: $195.00

For sale is a Toledo & Western brass lock. "T&W RR" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The lock was forged by the "Theo M. Edwards Co." of Syracuse, N.Y. The lock is in excellent condition, it opens and latches with ease. The drop cover is snug, and has great spring action. The lock still has about 6" of galvanized chain attached. I took a chance and puchased this lock w/o a key. After trying a couple dozen different keys, I discoved this lock works exceptionally well with a BN key style. A rare 1!

The Toledo & Western was built in 1900 and 1901 from Toledo, Ohio to Adrian, Mississippi, as a short line railroad but to interurban standards. It was designed for both freight and passenger service. Another line was built to Pioneer by 1903. After several reorganizations, passenger service was abandoned in 1933. Final abandonment of the T&W came in 1935.

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Front Side: Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad Back Side: Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad

Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 188 - TP&W circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $85.00

The Toledo-Peoria & Western Railway (TPW) is a short-line railroad that operates from Mapleton, IL through Peoria, IL, and on to Logansport, IN with trackage rights in other areas of Indiana and Illinois.

A handsome set is this "Adlake" Toledo-Peoria & Western steel lock and matching brass key. The initials "TP&W" are clearly stamped on the back and a date year rivet "77". The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Lock has its original chain attached.

Year 1977 brought the world's first personal computer, the Commodore PET, it is demonstrated at the winter Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago. The movie Star Wars was released. Elvis Presley performs his last-ever concert, in Indianapolis, Indiana's Market Square Arena. Later that year Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll dies in his home in Graceland at age 42. In baseball history, Reggie Jackson hits three home runs to lead the New York Yankees to World Series victory.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 189 - UP circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $85.00

The Union Pacific Railroad is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago, Illinois and New Orleans, Louisiana. The Union Pacific Railroad network is the largest in the United States and employs 42,600 people. It is also one of the world's largest transportation companies.

For sale is a steel "Adlake" Union Pacific lock set. The initials "UP RR NO 1" are clearly stamped on the back along with a date year rivet "75." It's original chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. This UP lock seems to have seen little service, and is in excellent condition. The UP stamped brass key make this lock set another perfect marriage.

1975 experienced gas prices at 44 cents per gallon. Average Cost of new house $39,300.00 and the average monthly rent was $200.00. The Unemployment Rate in the US reaches 9.2% and recession is recognized by President Ford. Patty Hearst becomes Most Wanted and is arrested for armed robbery. Jimmy Hoffa ex teamsters boss disappears never to be seen again. One of the very first blockbuster films, Jaws, is released during June. Baseball's 1975 World Series, Cincinnati Reds defeated Boston Red Sox in a (4-3) series.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 193 - UP circa 1962 brass switch lock set 1   Price: $145.00

For sale is a brass "Adlake" forged "Union Pacific" switch lock. The initials "UP RR Switch No.1" are clearly stamped on the back. This UP lock has it's original chain attached and is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The numerical numbers "462" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1962." This particular Union Pacific lock and key make a perfect marrage. The lock was forged "462" and the serial number of this A&W key is "264." The same number sequence for the lock and key is no coincidence. In 1962 the Union Pacific presented this set to a Kansas UP switchman/conductor as a parting retirement memento. A great UP relic set!

The year 1962 witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis: USSR to build missile bases in Cuba; Kennedy orders Cuban blockade, lifts blockade after Russia backs down (Aug.-Nov.). The United States Navy SEALs, elite special forces, are activated. SEAL Team One is commissioned in the Pacific Fleet and SEAL Team Two in the Atlantic Fleet. On a happier note, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. In Los Angeles, the first MLB baseball game is played at Dodger Stadium.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 194 - UP brass switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

For sale is a very attractive Union Pacific brass lock set. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark brown patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "UP RR Switch No.1" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. To add some character to this set, I teamed the lock up with a dark brass UP key. Most UP brass switch locks are of the yellow-gold color. The colorization of this lock might have come from the foundry (adding a certain alloy) to produce this color or, the lock must have been exposed to unknown weather elements. Regardless, of how this lock achieved it's color, it's a real beauty!

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 195 - UP fancy back brass switch lock set 1   Price: $175.00

For sale is a cast brass Union Pacific lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "Switch CS1" are clearly stamped on the face of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original chain attached. A handsome UP key is a great match and great set!

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 196 - UP fancy back brass switch lock set 2   Price: $160.00

For sale is a cast brass Union Pacific lock set. Forged by the "Adams & Westlake Co.," the initials "Switch CS1" are clearly stamped on the face of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The lock still has it's original chain attached. A nice oldie Adams & Westlake brass UP key is a great match!

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad-UPMP&C Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad-UPMP&C

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 197 - UPMP&C circa 1964 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $185.00

For all the skeptics that thought a UP Motive Power & Cab lock did not exist, here is a superb one for sale. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "UPMP&C" are clearly stamped on the front of the hasp, with a date stamp of "1964" on the backside hasp. Fifty-two years young, this UP lock is in excellent condition, the attractive brass rivets complement the over all appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Though there are many UPMP&C keys circulating on the market, a matching lock is hard to come by. The lock still has it's original chain attached and includes the handsome matching brass key. A great looking lock set!

On February 9, 1964, the Beatles first appeared on the, Ed Sullivan show (73.7 million viewers). The space race was heating up between the US and Russia. Also, in 1964, the first Kennedy half dollar is issued. In sports, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers southpaw, Sandy Koufax is first to strike out the side on 9 pitches.

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Front Side: Virginian Railway Back Side: Virginian Railway

Virginian Railway

Lock Set: 201 - VGN circa 1957 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $310.00

The Virginian Railway was a Class I railroad located in Virginia and West Virginia in the United States. The VGN was created to transport high quality "smokeless" bituminous coal from southern West Virginia to port at Hampton Roads.

Like new! For sale is a steel "Slaymaker" Virginian Railway lock. Still sporting it's orignal chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. Stamped on the frontside hasp are the initials, "VGN." Still sporting it's original chain, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The lock is in great working condition, the chains' keeper moves freely, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. The matching VGN brass key make this another perfect marriage and a handsome set to own. A rare 1!

Notable events 1957: September 14, cult Western series "Have Gun Will Travel", premieres on CBS. Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show for the 3rd and final time. Dwight D. Eisenhower is privately sworn in for a second term as President of the United States. May 3, 1957 - Brooklyn Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley agrees to move the team from Brooklyn, New York, to Los Angeles.

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Front Side: Wabash Railroad Back Side: Wabash Railroad

Wabash Railroad

Lock Set: 204 - Wabash circa 1954 steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $175.00

The Wabash Railroad (reporting mark WAB) was a Class I railroad that operated in the mid-central United States. It served a large area, including track in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri and the province of Ontario. Its primary connections included Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri, Detroit, Michigan, Buffalo, New York, St. Louis, Missouri, and Toledo, Ohio. The Wabash's major freight traffic advantage was the direct line from Kansas City to Detroit, without going through St. Louis or Chicago. Despite the Wabash name disappearing in the 1960s, the company continued to exist on paper until being merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1991.

For the collectors who favour Wabash locks, don't pass this one up. "Slaymaker" forged, the lock is clearly stamped "Wabash R.R." on the front of the shackle. The reverse side of the shackle has a date stamp of "1954" and "S." The attractive brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. When purchased, the lock did not have a chain. To add more character to it, I've attached a chain that complements the lock. The Slaymaker forged key make this lock set a perfect marriage.

Notable events for 1954: Rose & Cotton Bowl are 1st sport colorcasts, Elvis Presley pays $4 to a Memphis studio & records his 1st two songs, "Casual Love" & "I'll Never Stand in Your Way." Also, the United States explodes Castle Bravo, 15 megaton hydrogen bomb at Bikini Atoll - most powerful nuclear device ever detonated by the US.

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Front Side: Western Pacific Railroad Back Side: Western Pacific Railroad

Western Pacific Railroad

New     dwarf signal    Listing

Lock Set: - WP steel Team Track switch lock & UP brass key   Price: $275.00

The first Western Pacific 1865-70 was absorbed by the Central Pacific Railroad. The second Western Pacific, chartered in 1903, was formed to break the SP"s monopoly in Northern California.

For sale is a very rare Western Pacific steel lock. "Adlake" forged, the lock is clearly stamped "WP RR." This lock is different from the standard WP switch lock in two ways. 1. The lock requires a Union Pacific key to unlatch it. 2. On the frontside hasp, there is a large "T" stamped on each side. I communicated with a retired WP train conductor, he stated he had never come across this type of switch lock. It is my belief, that the double T stamp indicates "TEAM TRACK." A railroad Team Track is basically a siding where boxcars can be spotted for unloading/loading. Team tracks were usually located by train depots or other places of business that a railroad serviced. To explain the UP key to open it, it's likely both roads had trackage rights on each other's main lines, and shared the Team track. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. In all my years of collecting, I have never seen another WP switch lock like this one. The handsome UP brass key works well with the lock. A nice anomaly, this lock is truly a rare one to own and a great conversation piece!

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Front Side: Wabash-Chester & Western Railroad Back Side: Wabash-Chester & Western Railroad

Wabash-Chester & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 205 - WC&W steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $95.00

The Wabash-Chester & Western Railroad was organized February 20th, 1878. A downstate Illinois short line,
it ceased operating under it's own reporting mark and was absorbed into the larger Wabash Railroad. stamped-initials

For sale is a Wabash-Chester & Western steel lock. "Adlake" forged, the front side of the hasp is lightly stamped "WC&W RR." I have never come across a WC&W key, kudos to any collector who has one. After many different key attempts, I discovered a W&LE key worked well. The lock is in good condition, still sporting it's original chain, it opens and latches with ease. A very rare railroad lock!

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Locks with keys - sold as is



Front Side: Consolidated Edison Co.of NYC Back Side: Consolidated Edison Co.of NYC

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Lock Set: 1-D - CECONY   Price: $25.00


Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., (CECONY), a regulated utility providing electric and gas service in New York City and Westchester County, New York, and steam service in the borough of Manhattan.

Although this relic is minus it's dust cover, this solid brass 1957 Con Ed lock works great. Nice momento or utility lock for around the house.

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Front Side: Slaymaker utility lock Back Side: Slaymaker utility lock

Slaymaker utility lock set

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Lock Set: 2-D - Slaymaker steel lock set   Price: $45.00

For sale is a "Slaymaker" forged steel lock set. Although, this particular lock does not have a railroad stamp, there are many on the market that do. Problem is, they very rarely have a matching key. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is snug, the lock opens and latches with ease. Perfect medium size lock with a thick hasp to secure your goods.

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Front Side: Yale brass lock Back Side: Yale brass lock

Yale brass lock set

Lock Set: 6-D - Yale brass lock set   Price: $40.00


Another nice looking lock set for sale is this "Yale" waffle style brass lock. Although the lock does not show a railroad's stamp mark, I believe it to be a Chicago North Western. A C&NW key will work with this lock. The locks' dust cover is snug, it opens and latches with ease. A very nice set!

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Locks w/o keys - sold as is



Front Side: Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad Back Side: Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

Lock Set: 9-D - 3 C&IM- steel switch lock   Price: 45.00


This lock is good condition, it opens and latches well. A C&O key will also work the lock.

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Front Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Back Side: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 11-D - L&N brass switch lock   Price: $50.00

For sale is a cast brass Louisville & Nashville lock. The lock works very well with a key, opens and latches. The defect-the hasp does not lock securely, you can just pull the hasp up w/o a key. Regardless, the lock would still look great in a collector's showcase.

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Note:

All locks are inspected, and as a courtesy, cleaned and oiled. In addition, all locks include a ten day examination period. Upon receipt of lock set being delivered; if not satisfied, buyer has ten days to return the lock. Lock and key must be in same conditon as when shipped. Return shipping fees are the buyers responsilbility.

Last updated 08/10/2019

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