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Frontside: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad Backside: Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad

Akron & Barberton Belt Railroad

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

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

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.

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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Backside: 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 will unlock and latch 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 relic!

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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Frontside: Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Backside: 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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Key shown, is not the original. Another nice all around utility lock!

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Frontside: Alton & Southern Railroad Backside: Alton & Southern Railroad

Alton & Southern Railroad

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

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 will unlock and latch with ease. The attractive "Fraim" forged key = a very nice set.

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.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

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Lock Set: 10 - AT&SF signal box locks   Price: $55

All cleaned up and ready to use, is this trio of "Raco" Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe signal locks. Two steel and one brass, "ATSF" is clearly stamped on the bottom casing of each lock. A very compact secure lock that works great!

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

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Lock Set: 11 - AT&SF steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $175.00

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 a sharp looking "Slaymaker" Santa Fe steel switch lock. The initials "AT&SF RY S" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The year "1967" is stamped the the backside hasp. In excellent condition, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Having only a few links of original chain, I've add links to it and it blends in nicely. The elegant Santa Fe key adds to it's antiqueness.

Notable events 1967: Ronald Reagan, past movie actor and future President of the U.S., is inaugurated the new governor of California. 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. The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution is enacted. The body of U.S. President John F. Kennedy is moved to a permanent burial place at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

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Lock Set: 12 - AT&SF steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $125.00

For sale is another sharp looking Santa Fe steel switch lock. The previous owner polished it up real nice and it looks even better in your hand. "Adlake" forged, the initials "AT&SF S" are clearly stamped on it's backside. This SF lock not only looks great but works great too. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching brass SF key make this a handsome lock set!


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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

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Lock Set: 13 - AT&SF steel switch lock & brass key set 3   Price: $145.00

For sale is an attractive Santa Fe switch lock from the post WW II era. Mother Nature has blessed it with a superb dark patina. "Adlake" forged, the initials "AT&SF RY S" are clearly stamped on it's backside. The numerical numbers "248" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1948. "Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching brass SF key make this another fine lock set!


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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 14 - AT&SF steel switch lock & brass key set 4   Price: $95.00

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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 15 - AT&SF derail steel switch lock & brass key set 5   Price: $145.00

For sale is this "Adlake" steel "Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe" derail switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Sporting it's original chain, the matching AT&SF brass derail key make this set a perfect marriage.

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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Frontside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Backside: Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad

Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railway

Lock Set: 16 - 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 unlocks 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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Frontside: Atlanta & West Point Railroad Backside: Atlanta & West Point Railroad

Atlanta & West Point Railroad

Lock Set: 19 - A&WP brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

Pleased to be offering for sale is this Atlanta & West Point cast brass switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The brass key is not the original, but it works well with the lock. A great looking lock set!

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.

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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 21 - B&O circa 1978 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 22 - B&O circa 1966 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very nice Baltimore & Ohio steel switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "B&O" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp and "1966" on the reverse. Generally speaking, it makes you wonder if railroads had to pay extra for every letter stamped - that is, when locks or keys don't have the R.R. extension stamp. The brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Sporting it's original chain, this B&O lock is in excellent condition and includes the handsome Slaymaker B&O brass stamped key. Nice set!

Notable events for the year 1966: U.S. announces it will substantially increase its number of troops in Vietnam, while demonstrations are held across the United States against the war. Walt Disney dies while producing The Jungle Book, the last animated feature under his personal supervision. Miranda v. Arizona: The Supreme Court of the United States rules that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them. The Monkees television series premieres on NBC. The Washington Redskins defeat the New York Giants 72-41 in the highest scoring game in National Football League history.

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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Rip Track Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Rip Track

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 23 - B&O circa 1968 steel/brass rip track switch lock set 3   Price: $195.00

For sale is a rare Baltimore & Ohio repair track steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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

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Lock Set: 24 - B&O brass switch lock set 1   Price: $100.00

Popular among lock collectors, and for sale, is a very attractive Baltimore & Ohio brass switch lock set. Forged by the "Fraim/Slaymaker Company," it's two-tone yellow/gold patina stands out among the darker brass sets. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has good spring action, the hasp latches with ease. While turning the key, you must pull up on the hasp to open. Sometimes another key might work better. To make this set whole, I've paired this B&O lock up with a matching Fraim/Slaymaker key.

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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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 25 - B&O brass switch lock set 2   Price: $125.00

For sale is a Baltimore & Ohio brass switch lock set. The initials are clearly stamped "B&O R.R." on the front body. Forged by the "Fraim/Slaymaker Co," the lock is in good condition and has a very nice dark brown patina. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've paired this relic up with a great looking B&O brass - FS/Hdw matching key.

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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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 26 - B&O brass switch lock set 3   Price: $125.00

Another very nice B&O brass switch lock set for sale is this "Fraim/Slaymaker" set. Still sporting it's original spike chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The drop cover slides a little high but is very secure. The matching F/S. Hdw. brass B&O key make this another great lock set for your collection!

After several mergers, the B&O became part of the CSX Transportation (CSX) network. The B&O also includes the Leiper Railroad, the first permanent horse-drawn railroad in the U.S.

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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 27 - B&O brass switch lock set 4   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very nice Baltimore & Ohio brass switch lock set. Regarded as one of the great lockmaster's of the 1900s, the lock is "Slaymaker" forged. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching B&O Slaymaker brass key make this another fine set for your showcase!


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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

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Lock Set: 28 - B&O brass switch lock set 5   Price: $125.00

Although the B&O Fraim/Slaymaker brand (F/S Hdw.Co) is the most prevalent cast brass lock on the market, there were other brass B&O locks forged at other foundries as well. For sale is a "Dayton Mfg. Co." (later bought out by the Slaymaker Co.), cast brass B&O lock. Although the chain is not the original, for more character, I added one to it's keeper. The lock has seen it's share of service, which makes it the relic that it is. The spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching B&O brass key make this another fine set for your showcase! Note: In all my years collecting, I have never come across a Dayton Mfg. B&O brass key, but I know they are out there.

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Frontside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Backside: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 29     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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Frontside: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Backside: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Lock Set: 30 - BAR steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

Here is a switch 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 will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Chicago Belt Railroad Backside: Chicago Belt Railroad

Belt Railway of Chicago

Lock Set: 32 - Belt circa 1988 steel switch lock & brass key set   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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Boston & Maine Railroad Backside: Boston & Maine Railroad

Boston & Maine Railroad

Lock Set: 33 - B&M steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $155.00

For sale is a very nice Boston & Maine steel switch lock. "B&M RR" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Although the lock is well weathered, it is stll in great shape. There is no visible foundry stamp, my guess is Corbin forged. Along with it's original chain, the brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've matched this lock up with a B&M key that works very well with it. Another fine set!

The Boston and Maine Corporation, known as the Boston and Maine Railroad, was a U.S. Class I railroad in northern New England. It became part of what is now the Pan Am Railways network in 1983.

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Frontside: Burlington Northern Railroad Backside: Burlington Northern Railroad

Burlington Northern Railroad

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Lock Set: 34 - BN circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key 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 great looking Burlington Northern steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "BN" are clearly stamped on the back along with a year rivet "77." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The lock is in excellent condition and has its original chain attached. A handsome 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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Frontside: Burlington Route Railroad Backside: Burlington Route Railroad

Burlington Route Railroad

aka  Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Lock Set: 37 - Burlington Route steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $175.00

For sale is a handsome Burlington Route steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "BR" are clearly stamped on the back of the lock. Stamped on the front hasp are the initials "CS 4S," which is usually associated with the Southern Pacific. The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The lock has it's original 8" chain attached. The matching A&W Burlington Route key make this set a perfect marriage.

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."

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Frontside: Burlington Route Railroad Backside: Burlington Route Railroad

Burlington Route Railroad

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aka  Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Lock Set: 38 - BR circa 1959 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $160.00

For sale is another attractive Burlington Route steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "BR" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "359" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1959." I've paired this relic up with a very nice BR brass key.

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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Frontside: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad Backside: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

aka  Burlington Route Railroad

Lock Set: 39 - CB&Q steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $245.00

For sale is rare 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The lock has it's original spike chain attached. Although there is no date stamp, I would guess early 1930s. 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!

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.

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Frontside: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad Backside: Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

aka  Burlington Route Railroad

Lock Set: 40 - CB&Q circa 1934 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $345.00

For sale is another very rare Chicago-Burlington & Quincy steel switch lock. Like the Q lock above, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark black patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "CB&Q" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "134" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1934." Pictures don't do this relic justice, it shows better in the natural daylight. The scarce CB&Q brass key make this a very rare set to own.

1934 notable events: The Flash Gordon comic strip is first published in the United States. Demise of the Depression-era Public Enemies: John Dillinger breaks out of Crown Point County Jail with a wooden gun and, a few months later is shot dead in a Chicago alley by FBI agents. American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed and killed by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. The first Three Stooges short, Woman Haters, is released. The Indian Reorganization Act is enacted.

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Frontside: CB&Q Railroad Backside: CB&Q Railroad

Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad

Lock Set: 41 - CB&Q (2) brass signal lock sets   Price: $125.00

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 unlocks 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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Frontside: Canadian National Railroad Backside: Canadian National Railroad

Canadian National Railroad

SOLD - CNR steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $125.00

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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The extra long chain is made of a very thick steel gauge. The original CNR brass key make this another perfect marriage!

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.

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Frontside: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Backside: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 44 - C&O circa 1952 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $125.00

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.

For sale is a nice looking Chesapeake & Ohio steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "C&O" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "252" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1952." Since the lock was just stamped C&O , I paired it up with a nice Adlake brass key, that was also stamped C&O. At 23 years older than the C&O lock below, it looks just as good!

In 1952, despite the war in Korea, Americans considered themselves to be prospering with average worker earning $3,400 per year, a college teacher could expect to earn $5,100 per year. Three out of 5 families owned a car, 2 out of 3 families now had a telephone, 1 in 3 homes had a television. The average woman in America would be married by 20 years of age looking forward to raising a family but few continued with a career after children were born. Fast Food restaurants were growing in popularity, but the scourge of Polio hit many thousands of families ( 50,000 estimated ). Many more cars in America were now fitted with automatic gearboxes and gas cost 25 cents per gallon.

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Frontside: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad Backside: Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 45 - C&O circa 1975 brass/steel switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

For sale is another very attractive Chesapeake & Ohio switch 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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Once again, since the lock was just stamped C&O , I paired it up with a Adlake brass key, that was also stamped C&O. An eye catcher!

1975 notable events: In 1975 Microsoft is founded as a partnership between Bill Gates and Paul Allen.Linda McCartney is charged in US with possession of marijuana. "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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Frontside: Chicago Great Western Railroad Backside: Chicago Great Western Railroad

Chicago Great Western Railroad

Lock Set: 47 - CGW circa 1949 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $165.00

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.

For sale is a Chicago Great Western steel switch lock. "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, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 49 - Milwaukee brass switch lock set 1   Price: $125.00

For sale is a very attractive Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific & Pacific brass switch 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 will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Lock Set: 50 - Milwaukee brass switch lock set 2   Price: $245.00

For sale is a very attractive Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul brass switch 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. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. 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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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 51 - Milwaukee brass/steel switch lock set 1   Price: $100.00

For sale is a very nice Milwaukee switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, it has a brass hasp and 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Nice Milwaukee set!

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.

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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 52 - Milwaukee circa 1976 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $100.00

For sale is another very clean-like new Milwaukee steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, it has a brass hasp and steel body. The backside of the lock has a year rivet "76" and is clearly stamped "CMSt.P&P." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The handsome Milwaukee brass key make this another great looking lock set!

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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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 53 - Milwaukee steel switch lock set 3   Price: $100.00

Another attractive steel lock for sale, is this Milwaukee Road "KeLine" 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The Keyline Milwaukee brass key make this lock set a perfect marriage.


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Frontside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Milwaukee St.Paul & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway

aka "the Monon Railroad"

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Lock Set: 54 - CI&L brass switch lock set   Price: $375.00

Like new! For sale is Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway brass switch lock set. Forged by the "Dayton Mfg. Company (bought out by the Slaymaker Co.), the lock is in excellent condition. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. CI&L keys hard to come by, I've matched this beauty up with a very nice Monon brass key.

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

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Frontside: Columbus & Newark Railroad Backside: Columbus & Newark Railroad

Columbus & Newark Railroad

Lock Set: 55 - C&N circa 1957 steel/brass switch lock set   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.

For sale is a Columbus & Newark steel switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the lock is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Chicago & North Western Railway Backside: Chicago & North Western Railway

Chicago & North Western Railway

SOLD - C&NW circa 1871 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $495.00

For sale is a Chicago & North Western steel switch lock. In excellent condition, this relic was forged during the "Reconstruction Era" and just missed getting scorched by the "Great Chicago Fire." The numerical numbers "171" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1871." "Adlake" forged, the initials "C&NW RY" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. At this era in time (1871), railroad's were only 44 years old in the United States, and the North Western (chartered 1859) , as it was called, was just 12 years running. This relic is a great example to go back with in time. As evidenced by the stamped numbers on the locks' backside hasp, reveals the C&NW, in it's very early years, experimented with assigning serial numbers to it's switch locks. It's also a notable benchmark for North Western collectors. Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the chains keeper moves freely to either side. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches like it came out of the foundry yesterday. I have matched this beauty up with another great relic, the A&W forged C&NW RY brass key. A very rare and handsome set!

Notable events 1871: The Great Chicago Fire was a conflagration that burned in the American city of Chicago on October 8-10, 1871. The fire killed approximately 300 people, destroyed roughly 3.3 square miles of the city, and left more than 100,000 residents homeless. The U.S President Ulysses S. Grant signs the Ku Klux Klan Act. The city of Birmingham, Alabama, is incorporated with the merger of three pre-existing towns. Tad Lincoln, youngest son of President Lincoln (born 1853) dies. The cause of death was most likely tuberculosis. One of America's favorite sport pastimes - Baseball, was in it's infancy. On May 4 - the first supposedly Major League Baseball game is played and four days later May 8 - the first Major League Baseball home run is hit by Ezra Sutton of the Cleveland Forest Citys.

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Frontside: Chicago & North Western Railroad Backside: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 58 - C&NW steel/brass switch lock set 1   Price: $200.00

With many steel Adlake North Western locks on the market, it is a rarity to be offering for sale a C&NW "Fraim" forged switch 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, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Chicago & North Western Railroad Backside: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 59 - C&NW steel switch lock & brass key set 2   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 drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Includes a very nice brass C&NW stamped key.

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Frontside: Chicago & North Western Railroad Backside: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 60 - C&NW circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set 3   Price: $75.00

Another nice C&NW switch 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 drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp unlocks and latches with ease. 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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Frontside: Chicago & North Western Railroad Backside: Chicago & North Western Railroad

Chicago & North Western Railroad

Lock Set: 61 - C&NW brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

There are a myriad of C&NW steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Backside: 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 switch 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 unlocks 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 another 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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Frontside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Backside: 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 switch lock set. The initials "CRI&P" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 64 - Rock Island steel rip track switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

For sale is a Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Repair Track steel switch lock set. The initials "CRI&P" are clearly stamped on the back. Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Another great relic for your lock collection!


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Frontside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 65 - Rock brass switch lock set   Price: $75.00

Like new! A Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific brass switch 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. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. 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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Frontside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Backside: Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

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SOLD - Rock Island "Hand Car" circa 1958 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $425.00

First time offering! For sale is a Chicago-Rock Island & Pacific steel "Hand Car" switch lock and brass key. Except for the transportation department, the Rock painted their switch locks a different color for each department. Red = MofW, blue = RT. Now we all know, that the hand car switch locks were painted black. Purists will approve of the original color left intact. A true anomaly, the lock is in great condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. "Adlake" forged, the numerical numbers "458" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1958." Hardly enough room in the picture, this lock has a 5 foot double knotted chain (click here for a few frontal view). A steel ring at the end of the chain was used as a anchor tie. If you can imagine the cart resting on a slight downward grade, not tied down. Then out of no where, a storm rolls in with wind gusts. You would need a strong chain like the one attached, to hold the cart down. One of a kind, make plenty of room in your showcase for this one! Note: extra postage costs may apply.

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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Frontside: Big Four Railway Backside: Big Four Railway

Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

aka, the "Big Four"

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Lock Set: 67 - Big Four brass switch lock set   Price: $345.00

For sale is Big 4 brass switch lock. Forged by "Adams & Westlake," the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. This relic still has it's original chain attached, which is a rarity by itself. This is one of the more attractive Big 4 brass locks I've come across, you won't regret purchasing it!

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.

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Frontside: Big Four Railway Backside: Big Four Railway

Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

aka, the "Big Four"

Lock Set: 68 - Big Four steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $200.00

Here's another attractive BIG 4 Railway switch lock for sale. "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 will unlock and latch with ease. The handsome BIG 4 brass key make this another great marriage!

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Frontside: Big Four Railway Backside: Big Four Railway

Cleveland-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway

aka, the "Big Four"

Flashing Cross Bucks   Signal Dept. Lock   Flashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 69 - Big Four signal dept. brass lock & steel key   Price: $125.00

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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Frontside: Conrail Backside: Conrail

Conrail

Lock Set: 70 - Conrail (nee PRR) car dept. steel lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

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.

For sale is a steel Conrail switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "CR" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. To make the set complete, I've matched it up with a very nice PRR brass car key. A great looking set!

Notable events 1992: Microsoft releases Windows 3.1. After 30 years, Johnny Carson retires as host of NBC's The Tonight Show. The largest shopping mall in the US, Minnesota's Mall of America, is constructed on 78 acres. Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas defeats incumbent President George H. W. Bush and businessman H. Ross Perot in the US presidential election. Super Bowl XXVI: The Washington Redskins defeat the Buffalo Bills 37-24 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Frontside: Conrail Backside: Conrail

Conrail

Lock Set: 71 - Conrail steel lock & brass key set   Price: $95.00

Conrail lasted 23 years and then joined the other "fallen flags." For sale is a steel "KeLine" steel switch lock and brass key. The initials "CR" are clearly stamped on the back and "Elkhart, IND" on the shackle. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Includes the PRR knobby brass key.


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Frontside: Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad Backside: Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad

Chicago Rapid Transit Railroad

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Lock Set: 72 - CRT steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

The CRT network was entirely at or above grade level until the 1943 opening of the State Street subway, now part of CTA's Red Line. Following World War II and the continuing financial malaise of the privately owned bus, streetcar and elevated/subway operators, both the city government of Chicago and the Illinois legislature favored consolidating the three separate systems into a single, public-owned authority. The assets and operations of the CRT were assumed by the newly established Chicago Transit Authority on October 1, 1947.

For collector's who reside in large cities, I'm sure you appreciate the convenience of rapid transit. For sale is a very nice Chicago relic off the Chicago Rapid Transit Line. Along with a year rivet "82," "CRT" is clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, the steel lock is still sporting its original chain. The spring drop is very snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. After changing the name to CTA, the style of switch keys remained the same. Locks forged in 1947 and after, should have the initials of the new name (CTA) Chicago Transit Authority. A CTA key will work with this CRT lock. This tells me that the lock was mis-stamped at the foundry in 1982, which makes this lock set a very nice anomaly and a great conversation piece!

Notable events 1982: The Commodore 64 8-bit home computer is launched by Commodore International in Las Vegas (released in August); it becomes the all-time best-selling single personal computer model. The United States Air Force Space Command is founded. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., after a march to its site by thousands of Vietnam War veterans. Time magazine's Man of the Year is given for the first time to a non-human, the computer.

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Frontside: CSXT Railroad Backside: CSXT Railroad

CSXT Railroad

Lock Set: 73 - CSXT steel rip track switch lock & brass key set   Price: $115.00

For sale is this sharp looking "CSXT" rip track switch 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 will unlock and latch 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!


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Frontside: Delaware & Eastern Railroadl Backside: Delaware & Eastern Railroad

Delaware & Eastern Railroad

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Lock Set: 74 - D&E brass switch lock set   Price: $395.00

For sale is a rare Delaware & Eastern brass switch lock set. The railroad operated under the D&E name for only 5 years before problems arose. "Adlake" forged, the initials "D&E RR" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching brass D&E key make this a very rare and valuable lock set.

Chartered in 1906 service started later that year. The D&E's first locomotive, an ex-Delaware, Lackawanna and Western locomotive that arrived at Downsville, New York, the D&E's headquarters. After completing over 37 miles of track, the railroad ran into employee and money problems. There wasn't enough money being made from the passenger service in the small Delaware County towns, and the railroad was headed straight for bankruptcy. A wreck also took place in 1908. The railroad went bankrupt in 1911, when it had five locomotives, and it was re-organized later that year as the Delaware and Northern Railroad.

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Frontside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Backside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 75 - DL&W brass switch lock set   Price: $245.00

Prized by collectors, this cast brass DL&W switch lock is a real beauty. The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug and has superb spring action. The hasp will open 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!

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.

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

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 76 - D&RGW steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $125.00

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

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 77 - D&RGW circa 1964 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $175.00

LIKE NEW and for sale, is a Denver & Rio Grande Western steel lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "D&RGW" are clearly stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "364" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1964." 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 original D&RGW brass stamped key.

Notable events 1964: Plans to build the New York City World Trade Center are announced. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa is convicted by a federal jury of tampering with a federal jury in 1962. A Dallas, Texas, jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. 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: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Back Side: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 78 - D&RGW brass switch lock set   Price: $375.00

For sale, a very nice Denver & Rio Grande Western brass lock set. Forged by the "Adams & Westlake Co.," the initials "D&RGW" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Still sporting it's original chain, the brass key works well with the lock. A handsome lock relic-not as banged up as other Rio Grande brass locks I've come across.

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Frontside: Detroit Terminal Railroad Backside: Detroit Terminal Railroad

Detroit Terminal Railroad

Lock Set: 79 - DT brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

For sale is a very nice Detroit Terminal brass switch lock set. "DT RR Co" is stamped on the frontside hasp and the key. The spring drop is very snug and has excellent spring action. Like many other old locks, the lock will latch with ease, but to open, you must pull up the hasp while turning the key. Although there is no visible foundry stamp, a good guess is that this lock was forged during Detroit's Motor City era. It took 15 years to find the matching key for this nice DT lock.

Detroit Terminal Railroad Company was incorporated in the State of Michigan, on December 7, 1905 to own railroad track forming a semi-circle around the City of Detroit. It existed as a railroad until it was merged into its parent company, Consolidated Rail Corp., (Conrail) on May 31, 1984.

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Frontside: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad Backside: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad

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Lock Set: 80 - DT&I steel switch lock & brass key set   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 switch lock and matching brass key. The initials "DT&I" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original spike chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. A very nice set!

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Frontside: Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Backside: Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad

Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad

Lock Set: 81 - DM&IR circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $185.00

The DM&IR was formed by the merger in 1937 of the Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railway (DM&N) and the Spirit Lake Transfer Railway, the Duluth & Iron Range Railroad (D&IR) and Interstate Transfer Railway were added in 1938. All of these had been leased by the DM&N since 1930.

For sale is a very clean Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range steel switch lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the initials "DM&IR" are clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, the spring drop is very snug and has excellent spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching DM&IR brass key works great and together make a fine pair.

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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Frontside: Erie Railroad Backside: Erie Railroad

Erie Railroad

Lock Set: 82 - Erie brass switch lock set   Price: $275.00

For sale is a rare Erie Railroad brass switch lock set. "Fraim" forged, the lock works great. The spring drop lost it's spring action, but is secure, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, for more character, I added one to it's keeper. The matching Fraim forged brass key make a great pair. Note: I offer a 10 day return policy on all lock sets. If not satisfied, buyer can return the lock set no questions asked. For more information, please refer to my Payment page.

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.

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Erie Railroad

Lock Set: 83 - Erie circa 1959 steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $225.00

For sale is a very clean and handsome 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The handsome Slaymaker brass key make this another great marriage! Although I'm tempted to keep this one for myself, it would look great in some collector's showcase.

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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Frontside: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad Backside: Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad

Lock Set: 84 - FP&E steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

For sale is this great looking steel Fairport-Painesville & Eastern Railroad switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Frisco Railroad Backside: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 85 - Frisco steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $155.00

Offering for sale is this great looking Frisco steel and brass switch lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, "Frisco" is embossed in brass on the front. The attractive brass rivets enhance the overall appearance of the locks' dark patina. The spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Like many old lock relics, the spring drop is not snug, but is secure. The matching brass Frisco key works well with this style lock. FYI: This style of Frisco key will not unlock the Frisco steel locks, such as Adlake. A very nice Frisco relic!

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.

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Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 86 - Frisco circa 1962 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   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.

Popular among collectors, the Frisco Railroad was formed from the Missouri Division and Central Division of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad. For sale is a dated Frisco steel switch lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the name "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in good condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "262" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1962." The Frisco brass key make this set a perfect match.

Notable events for 1962: New York City introduces a subway train that operates without a crew on board. The United States Navy SEALs are activated. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy takes television viewers on a tour of the White House. The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas. In sports, Wilt Chamberlain scores 100 points in a single NBA basketball game.

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Frontside: Frisco Railroad Backside: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 87 - Frisco steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $100.00

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

In 1980 the Frisco lost its corporate identity when it was merged into the Burlington Northern system, which in turn joined forces with the Santa Fe in 1997, thus bringing two former adversaries in Oklahoma together.

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Frontside: Frisco Railroad Backside: Frisco Railroad

Frisco Railroad

aka  St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

Lock Set: 88 - Frisco circa 1979 steel switch lock & brass key set 3   Price: $100.00

Like new! Yet another great looking Frisco steel switch lock for sale., "Adlake" forged, "Frisco" is clearly stamped on the backside along with a year rivet"75." This lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Grand Trunk Railway Backside: Grand Trunk Railway

Grand Trunk Railway

Lock Set: 90 - GT RY circa late 1800's steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $195.00

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 switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad Backside: Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Gulf-Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 94 - GM&O circa 1967 steel/brass switch lock set   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 switch 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, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Great Northern Railroad Backside: Great Northern Railroad

Great Northern Railroad

Lock Set: 96 - GN circa 1968 steel/brass switch lock set 1   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 switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Great Northern Railroad Backside: Great Northern Railroad

Great Northern Railroad

Lock Set: 97 - GN circa 1955 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $125.00

Here's another sharp looking Great Northern steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad Backside: Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain Railroad

Lock Set: 98 - H&BTM steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

For sale is a rare Huntingdon & Broad Top Mountain steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, this relic 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 will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Hocking Valley Railroad Backside: Hocking Valley Railroad

Hocking Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 104 - HV brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very attractive cast brass Hocking Valley Railway switch lock set. "Bohannan" forged, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. The Hocking Valley brass key make this a very handsome pair for some collector.

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.

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Frontside: Indianapolis Union Railway Backside: Indianapolis Union Railway

Indianapolis Union Railway

Lock Set: 105 - IU steel switch lock & brass key set   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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad

Illinois Central Railroad

Lock Set: 108 - 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Illinois Central Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Railroad

Illinois Central Railroad

Lock Set: 109 - IC steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $75.00

Like "new." For sale is a steel "Keyline" forged, Illinois Central switch 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 will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Lock Set: 110 - ICG circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

Here is a Illinois Central Gulf Railroad steel switch lock for sale that has hardly seen any service. "Adlake" forged, "ICG RR" is clearly stamped on the backside of the lock along with a year rivet "77." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I have paired this lock up with my one and only ICG key.

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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Frontside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 111 - 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 will unlock and latch with ease. As an extra bonus, I have included a spare generic brass key. A very attractive set!

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Frontside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad Backside: Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Illinois Central Gulf Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 112 - 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Backside: Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 114 - IHB circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set   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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Kansas City Public Service Railroad Backside: Kansas City Public Service Railroad

Kansas City Public Service Railroad

Lock Set: 115 - KCPS circa 1947 steel/brass switch lock set   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.

For sale is a Kansas City Public Service switch lock. "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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Frontside: Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad Backside: Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad

Kentucky & Indiana Terminal Railroad

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Lock Set: 116 - K&IT circa 1963 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $145.00

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

For sale is a steel Kentucky & Indiana Terminal switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "K&IT" are clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in good condition, and has a very dark patina. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "363" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1963." The matching K&IT brass key make this another great lock set!

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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Frontside: Lehigh Valley Railroad Backside: Lehigh Valley Railroad

Lehigh Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 118 - LV circa 1963 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $165.00

The Lehigh Valley Railroad was one of a number of railroads built in the northeastern United States primarily to haul anthracite coal. On April 1, 1976, major portions of the assets of the bankrupt Lehigh Valley Railroad were acquired by Conrail.

For sale is a steel Lehigh Valley switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway Backside: Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Louisiana & Arkansas Railway

Lock Set: 120 - L&A circa 1978 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $165.00

The Louisiana and Arkansas Railway was a railroad that operated in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. The railroad's main line extended 332 miles, from Hope, Arkansas to Shreveport and New Orleans.

For sale, is a Louisiana & Arkansas steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 122 - L&N brass switch lock set 1   Price: $195.00

For sale is a cast brass Louisville & Nashville switch 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 will unlock and latch 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!

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.

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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville

Lock Set: 123 - 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 unlocks 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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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 124 - L&N circa 1929 steel/brass switch lock set 1   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very attractive Louisville & Nashville steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad Backside: Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Louisville & Nashville Railroad

Lock Set: 125 - L&N circa 1965 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

For sale is a another attractive Louisville & Nashville steel switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: L&N Signal Lock Backside: L&N Signal Lock

Louisville & Nashville Signal Lock

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Lock Set: 126 - L&N brass signal lock   4 available   Price: $40.00

For sale is a Louisville & Nashville brass signal lock. "L&N" is clearly stamped on the body of the lock. The lock was forged by the Western Railroad Supply Co. (WRRSCo.). The lock is in great condition and would make a great addition for your signal lock collection. For an alternative of not possessing a signal hex key, see "Item of Interest" at bottom of page.

Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc. was originally organized in 1855 as the American Signal Company. The product line was primarily devoted to the areas of signals and communications for the railroads. In 1889, it successfully developed and marketed the first automatic highway crossing bell warning device. This device was activated by the locomotive passing over, and closing a relay, which in turn activated the bell mechanism..

Over the years the Western-Cullen-Hayes Company exchanged ownership and in 1932 the Company changed it's name to the Western Railroad Supply Company. On June 26, 1936 the Company installed the first "Model 10" Automatic Grade Crossing Warning Barrier device.

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Frontside: Maine Central Railroad Backside: Maine Central Railroad

Maine Central Railroad

Lock Set: 129 - MC brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

A beauty in it's own right and for sale, is this cast brass Maine Central switch lock and matching key. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Michigan Central Railroad Backside: Michigan Central Railroad

Michigan Central Railroad

Lock Set: 131 - MC brass switch lock set   Price: $115.00

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 will unlock and latch with ease. The spring drop is secure, but there is no spring action. Although the chain is not the original, for more character, I added one to it's keeper. 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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Frontside: Midland Valley Railroad Backside: Midland Valley Railroad

Midland Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 132 - MV steel/brass utility lock set   Price: $100.00

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 will unlock and latch with ease. A rarity!

The Midland Valley Railroad (MV) was incorporated on June 4, 1903 for the purpose of building a line from Hope, Arkansas, through Muskogee and Tulsa, Oklahoma to Wichita, Kansas. It was backed by C. Jared Ingersoll, a Philadelphia industrialist who owned coal mining properties in Indian Territory (now part of the state of Oklahoma). The railroad took its name from Midland, Arkansas, a coal mining town in western Arkansas, which was served by the railroad. The Midland Valley gained access to Fort Smith, Arkansas via trackage rights over the Frisco from Rock Island, Oklahoma. In 1967, the Midland Valley Railroad was merged into the Texas & Pacific Railroad, which was absorbed by the Missouri Pacific Railroad in 1983. Midland Valley is now extinct.)

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Frontside: Midland Valley Railroad Backside: Midland Valley Railroad

Midland Valley Railroad

Lock Set: 133 - MV circa 1945 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $150.00

For sale is a very attractive Midland Valley steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "MV RR" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, this lock is in fine working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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." For a collector, what could be more of a keepsake than owning a end of WW2 relic! The matching MV brass key make 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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Frontside: Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway Backside: Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway

Minneapolis-Northfield & Southern Railway

Lock Set: 138 - MN&S circa 1980 steel switch lock & brass key set   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 switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Backside: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway

Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste.Marie Railway

aka  Soo Line Railroad

Lock Set: 140 - MStP&SSM circa 1936 steel/brass switch lock set 1   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.

For sale is a very handsome Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie steel and brass switch 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 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The matching Sault Ste. Marie brass key make this another attractive and 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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Frontside: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway Backside: Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway

Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste.Marie Railway

aka  Soo Line Railroad

Lock Set: 141 - MStP&SSM steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $275.00

For sale is another real beauty from the Minneapolis-St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad. "Fraim" forged, the initials "MSTP&SSM RR" are clearly stamped on backside of the hasp, and "WC" stamped on the frontside hasp. The brass hasp and rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching Sault Ste. Marie brass key make this another great looking lock set to own!

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Frontside: Monon Railroad Backside: Monon Railroad

Monon Railroad

aka  Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway

Lock Set: 142 - Monon circa 1956 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $250.00

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 switch 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." "Monon" is stamped on the backside of the lock. Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The Monon stamped brass key make this another perfect marriage!

Notable 1956 events: Elvis Presley releases his first gold album titled Elvis Presley in the United States. The first episodes of As the World Turns and The Edge of Night are broadcast on the CBS Television Network in the United States. American actress Grace Kelly marries Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. The NBC Peacock logo debuts on television in the United States. A joint resolution of Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing "In God we trust" as the U.S. national motto. Elvis Presley appears on The Ed Sullivan Show in the United States for the first time. Cecil B. DeMille's epic film The Ten Commandments, starring Charlton Heston as Moses, is released in the United States. In sports: Baseball pitcher Don Larsen of the New York Yankees throws the only perfect game in World Series history, in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yogi Berra catches the game. Dale Mitchell is the final out. The New York Yankees win the series. Larsen is named series MVP.

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Frontside: Monon Railroad Backside: Monon Railroad

Monon Railroad

aka  Chicago-Indianapolis & Louisville Railway

Lock Set: 143 - Monon steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $175.00

For sale is another nice looking Monon steel switch lock, minus it's chain. "Adlake" forged, "Monon" is clearly stamped on the backside of the lock. The spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The brass Monon key works well with the lock and makes this set complete.

The Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971, and much of the former Monon right of way is owned today by CSX Transportation.

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Frontside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Backside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

aka  Katy Railroad

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Lock Set: 144 - MKT steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $185.00

Here's a switch lock set you hardly ever see for sale and it's a "First Time Offering." "KeLine" forged, the back of the lock is clearly stamped "MKT RR." Sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching brass Katy key make this another fine set for your lock collection.

The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (reporting mark MKT) was a former Class I railroad company in the United States, with its last headquarters in Dallas. Established in 1865 under the name Union Pacific Railway, Southern Branch, it came to serve an extensive rail network in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri. In 1988, it merged with the Missouri Pacific Railroad and is now part of Union Pacific Railroad.

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Frontside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Backside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

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Lock Set: 145 - MK&T brass signal lock set   Price: $95.00


For sale is a"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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Frontside: Missouri Pacific Railroad Backside: Missouri Pacific Railroad

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 146 - MO-PAC steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $100.00

On July 4, 1851, ground was broken at St. Louis on the Pacific Railroad, the predecessor of the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The first section of track was completed in 1852; in 1865, it was the first railroad in Kansas City, after construction was interrupted by the American Civil War. In 1872, the Pacific Railroad was reorganized as the Missouri Pacific Railway by new investors after a railroad debt crisis. Because of corporate ties extending back to the Pacific Railroad, Missouri Pacific at one time advertised itself as being "The First Railroad West of the Mississippi."

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 the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Missouri Pacific Railroad Backside: Missouri Pacific Railroad

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 147 - MO-PAC circa 1979 steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $100.00

On December 22, 1982 the Missouri Pacific was purchased by the Union Pacific Corporation and combined with the Western Pacific Railroad and Union Pacific Railroad to form one large railroad system. The new entity was called Pacific Rail Systems; though part of the Union Pacific Corporation, all three railroads maintained their own corporate and commercial identity. On December 1, 1989, the Missouri Kansas Texas and the Galveston, Houston & Henderson were merged into the Missouri Pacific after having been acquired by the Union Pacific Corporation in 1988.

For sale is another great looking MoPac steel switch lock for sale. "Adlake" forged and sporting it's original chain, the lock is in great condition, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Missouri Pacific Railroad Repair Track Backside: Missouri Pacific Railroad Repair Track

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 148 - MO-PAC repair track steel switch lock & brass key 3   Price: $75.00

For sale, is a steel "Adlake" Repair Track switch lock. The lock is in great working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Missouri Pacific Railroad MofW Backside: Missouri Pacific Railroad MofW

MoPac Railroad

aka  Missouri Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 149 - MO-PAC circa 1963 MofW steel/brass switch lock set 4   Price: $145.00

Hard to find, a very clean and attractive looking Missouri Pacific Maintenence of Way switch lock set. Forged by the "Slaymaker Co.", the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Mobile & Ohio Railroad Backside: Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Mobile & Ohio Railroad

Lock Set: 150 - M&O steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $145.00

For sale is a great looking Mobile & Ohio cast steel switch lock. "Fraim" forged, the initials "M&O RR" are clearly stamped on the hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. The brass GM&O key (great serial #1111) works well with the lock. A great looking relic!

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.

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Frontside: Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway Backside: Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway

Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway

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Lock Set: 151 - NC&StL steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $275.00

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

For sale is a Nashville-Chattanooga & St. Louis steel and brass switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, "NC&STL RY" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp and the year "1950" on the backside hasp. Having lightened the pictures for better viewing. The lock has a pitch black patina and the brass rivets help complement the locks' overall appearance. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action. To unlock, the hasp stops short of clearing the cradle and sometimes needs help. I don't consider this a problem, especially with much older locks. The matching NC&StL stamped brass key make this set complete and a great relic to own. As stated on the bottom of this page, all locks are inspected, and as a courtesy, cleaned and oiled. In addition, all locks include a ten day examination period. If not satisfied, buyer has ten days to return the lock, no questions asked.

1950 notable events: The first modern credit card was introduced, which would eventually change the financial lives of every American in the years to come. It was also the year when the first "Peanuts" cartoon strip appeared, and doctors achieved the first organ transplant. Average cost of new house - $8,450.00. Average cost of a new car - $1,510.00. Cost of a gallon of gas - 18 cents. Korean War begins in the new decade.

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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

Lock Set: 152 - NYC steel/brass switch lock set 1   Price: $155.00

For sale is a very nice New York Central steel and brass combo switch lock. "Fraim" forged, "NYCS" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Having lightened the pictures for better viewing, the body has a pitch black patina. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action; the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The dark brass hasp and brass rivets complement the locks' overall appearance. Because of their age, nice NYC locks with chain attached are hard to find. The matching NYCS stamped brass key make this set whole.

The New York Central Railroad (reporting mark NYC) was a railroad primarily operating in the Great Lakes and Mid Atlantic regions 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.

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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

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Lock Set: 153 - NYCS steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $100.00

For sale is a New York Central steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, "NYCS" is clearly stamped on the backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has excellent spring action; the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The NYCS stamped brass key make this another great pair!

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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

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Lock Set: 154 - NYCS steel Moon switch lock set   Price: $195.00

For sale is a rare New York Central steel "Moon" switch lock set. "NYCS" and "Moon" are stamped on the frontside. "Corbin" forged, the lock is in excellent condition. Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which enhances the beauty of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, its drop cover is snug and has good spring action; the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. This Moon lock would not be complete without the handsome Moon key. Another great looking set for your showcase!

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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

Lock Set: 155 - NYCS wrought iron steel Moon lock set 2   Price: $245.00

For sale is another rare - early 1900, New York Central Systems wrought iron steel "Moon" switch 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 will unlock and latch 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. Although the chain is not the original, for more character, I added one from another moon lock to it's keeper. The steel Moon key is stamped with the "NYCS" initials. A great looking lock set!

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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

Lock Set: 156 - NYCS steel tool house lock and brass key set   Price: $175.00

Another sharp looking lock for sale, is this New York Central Tool House steel lock. "Bohannan" forged, "NYCS" is clearly stamped on the backside hasp and "TH" on the frontside. The lock is the size of a (cast brass) switch lock, and is in great working condition. Having lightened the pictures for better viewing, the body has a very nice charcoal gray patina. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug with excellent spring action, the hasp unlocks and latches with ease. The handsome tool house key make this a great pair.


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Frontside: New York Central Systems Railroad Backside: New York Central Systems Railroad

New York Central Systems Railroad

Lock Set: 157 - NYCS steel rip track switch lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

For sale is a rare New York Central Car Repair switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initial's NYCS" are clearly stamp on it's backside. Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The stamped NYC RT brass key make this a perfect marriage! A semi-rare set that will look good in some collector's showcase.


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Frontside: New York & Long Branch Railroad Backside: New York & Long Branch Railroad

New York & Long Branch Railroad

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Lock Set: 158 - NY&LB brass switch lock set   Price: $375.00

You have to marvel at the way a 150 year old lock works like it was forged yesterday. This lock is one of them; a New York & Long Branch brass lock set. Forged by one of the early lock masters, "Thomas Slaight." The backside of the lock is stamped "NY&LB RR "S." Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Together, the NY&LB stamped brass key make this another great set for your showcase!

Chartered in 1868, the New York & Long Branch Railroad (NYLB) was a railroad in central New Jersey, running from Bay Head Junction in Bay Head to Perth Amboy, where it connected to the Central Railroad of New Jersey's Perth Amboy & Elizabethport Railroad. The railroad was jointly owned and operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Central Railroad of New Jersey and became property of Conrail in 1976. It is now part of New Jersey Transit's North Jersey Coast Line.

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Frontside: New York-Ontario & Western Railway Backside: New York-Ontario & Western Railway

New York-Ontario & Western Railway

Lock Set: 159 - NYO&W circa 1928 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $285.00

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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: NKP Railroad Backside: NKP Railroad

Nickel Plate Road

aka "the New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad"

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Lock Set: 161 - NKP MofW steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $185.00

For sale is a NKP MofW steel switch lock. This is rare Nickel Plate lock set that you hardly ever see for sale. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in great condition. "NKP" is clearly stamped on it's backside. Still sporting it's original steel chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I doubt I will find another like it!

The New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad (reporting mark NKP), abbreviated NYC&St.L, was a railroad that operated in the mid-central United States. Commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, the railroad served a large area, including trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri. Its primary connections included Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo.

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Nickel Plate Road

aka "the New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad"

Lock Set: 162 - NKP Track Dept. steel/brass lock set   Price: $195.00

For sale is another sharp looking Nickel Plate switch lock set. "Corbin" forged, "NKP TD" is clearly stamped on frontside hasp. The key code numerical number "100" is stamped on the backside hasp. Having a style of its own, the handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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. The brass unmarked key works like the lock was made for it. A rare and handsome set!

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Nickel Plate Railroad

aka "the New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad"

Lock Set: 163 - 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 will unlock and latch 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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NKP Railroad

aka  New York-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

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Lock Set: 164 - 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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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 165 - 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 the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Norfolk & Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 166 - N&W/Wabash steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

In December 1959, the N&W merged with the Virginian Railway (reporting mark VGN), a longtime rival in the Pocahontas coal region. By 1970, other mergers with the Nickel Plate Road and Wabash formed a system that operated 7,595 miles of road on 14,881 miles of track from North Carolina to New York and from Virginia to Iowa.

For sale is a N&W steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, "N&W" is clearly stamped on the back with a year rivet "75." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug (it slides a bit high) and has good spring action. The hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Due to the N&W-Nickel Plate and Wabash merger, this lock requires a Wabash style key (as pictured). A nice post merger N&W lock set. On a personal note: In the late 70's, the N&W was still utilizing the post merger locks on the former Wabash main line in Chicago. As a new N&W hire, switchman on the extra board had to protect both Wabash and NKP jobs, which I did.

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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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 167 - N&W circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set 1   Price: $75.00

Here is a N&W steel switch lock that has seen some service. "Adlake" forged, "N&W" is clearly stamped on the back with a year rivet "75." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railway Backside: Norfolk & Western Railway

Norfolk & Western Railway

Lock Set: 168 - N&W circa 1944 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $195.00

For sale is a handsome Norfolk & Western steel switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. 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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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 169 - N&W circa 1968 steel repair track switch lock & brass key set   Price: $195.00

For sale is this attractive "Slaymaker" forged, "Norfolk & Western," repair track steel switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease The N&W rip track stamped key, which alone are 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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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 170 - N&W brass switch lock set 1   Price: $175.00

For sale is a very attractive Norfolk & Western brass switch lock set. Forged by the "Adlake" Co., the initials "N&W" are clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's orginal chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The handsome N&W brass key has nice large stamped initials. A very nice set!

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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 171 - N&W brass switch lock set 2   Price: $175.00

For sale is another very attractive Norfolk & Western brass switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Having only a few links of original chain, I've attached a few more links, which blends in very nicely. Lock includes an original brass N&W stamped key. A great looking lock set that will last another 100 years!

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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railway Backside: Norfolk & Western Railway

Norfolk & Western Railway

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Lock Set: 172 - N&W cast brass switch lock set 1   Price: $225.00

Popular among collectors are the N&W cast brass switch locks. Although there are no visible foundry stamp marks, the lock is most likely Fraim or Adlake forged. The lock looks new, but judging it by it's rusty original chain, the lock has seen outside service. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've paired the lock up with a very nice Fraim/Slaymaker brass key. I've paired this relic up with a F/S. Hdw. brass N&W key. A very nice set!

In 1980, the N&W teamed with the Southern Railway, another profitable carrier and created the Norfolk Southern Corporation holding company by merging its business operations with the business operations of the Southern Railway. The N&W and the Southern Railway continued as separate railroads now under one holding company.

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Norfolk & Western Railway

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Lock Set: 173 - N&W circa 1921 cast brass switch lock set 2   Price: $275.00

Two years shy of being a centenarian, is this very rare Fraim/Slaymaker forged, cast brass N&W switch lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The year "1921" is stamped on it's frontside hasp. For a great marriage, I've paired the lock up with a very nice Fraim/Slaymaker brass key. Another great looking N&W relic!

1921 notable events: Warren G. Harding is sworn in as the 29th President of the United States. Former President of the United States William Howard Taft is sworn in as Chief Justice of the United States, making him the only person ever to hold both positions. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the first Miss America Pageant is held. The Chicago Theatre, the oldest surviving grand movie palace, opens. In baseball: the first radio baseball game is broadcast; Harold Arlin announces the Pirates-Phillies game from Forbes Field over Westinghouse KDKA, in Pittsburgh..

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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railway Backside: Norfolk & Western Railway

Norfolk & Western Railway

Lock Set: 174 - N&W cast brass switch lock set 3   Price: $225.00

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

In 1997 during the Conrail battle with CSX, Norfolk Southern Corporation's principal railroad, the renamed Norfolk Southern Railway, absorbed the Norfolk and Western Railway into their rail system, ending the existence of the Norfolk and Western Railway and having the renamed Norfolk Southern Railway becoming the only railroad in the entire Norfolk Southern system after that.

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Norfolk & Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 175 - N&W signal box brass lock set   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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The key is not have a railroad stamp but works great. Nice!

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Frontside: Norfolk & Western Railroad Backside: Norfolk & Western Railroad

Norfolk & Western Railroad

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Lock Set: 176 - 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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The lock's rich carmel patina makes this a very attractive set.

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

Northern Alabama Railroad

Lock Set: 177 - NA brass signal lock set   Price: $175.00

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. It's somewhat unusual for a railroad signal lock, to be the same size as a switch lock, for they are usually smaller in size. Forged by the "Adams & Westlake Co., "NA SIGNAL" is clearly stamped on frontside hasp. The chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper and it looks great. Although the key is not the original key, it does work well with the lock. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. A nice Southern relic!

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Frontside: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad Backside: Norfolk & Portsmouth Belt Line Railroad

Norfolk & Portsmouth (Belt Line) Railroad

Lock Set: 179 - N&P brass switch lock set   Price: $200.00

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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Northern Pacific Railroad Backside: Northern Pacific Railroad

Northern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 182 - 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 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 will unlock and latch 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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Northern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 183 - NP steel switch lock & brass key set 2   Price: $100.00

For sale is another eye catching Northern Pacific steel switch lock for sale. "Adlake" forged, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Pacific Electric Railway Backside: Pacific Electric Railway

Pacific Electric Railway

Lock Set: 187 - 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 switch lock. "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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Pennsylvania Railroad Backside: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania Railroad

Lock Set: 189 - PRR Car Repair steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $95.00

Here's a lock I have that hardly ever pops up. For sale is a Pennsylvania Car Repair steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, this is the first Pennsylvania lock I've come across with the "Pennsy" moniker stamped on it. "CR" is also stamped on the backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The drop cover has lost it's spring action, but is secure. I tried numerous Pennsy keys on it, the key that worked the best, is the one that came with the lock. Referencing Adlake's lock styles, if I had to date this lock, I would guess ca. 1930-1940s - maybe earlier. The lock has a nice dark patina and will show well in your showcase!

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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Pennsylvania Railroad

Lock Set: 190 - PRR steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $95.00

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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Pennsylvania Railroad Backside: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania Railroad

Lock Set: 191 - PRR brass switch lock set   Price: $75.00

For sale is a very well taken care of, all brass "Pennsylvania" switch lock. Forged by "Adlake," the back of the lock is clearly stamped with the initials "PRR." The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Although the brass key is not stamped, it is a Pennsy key, and works great with the lock.

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.

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Pennsylvania Railroad

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Lock Set: 192 - PRR Father & Son steel/brass lock sets   Price: $265.00

For sale is a father and son Pennsylvania Railroad lock sets. The brass drop covers enhance the dark black patina on both locks. Both locks are similar in style and work great. "Fraim" forged, the drop covers are snug and have good spring action. Both locks have chains which, I've attached. A very nice pair!

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Pennsylvania Railroad

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Lock Set: 193 - PRR brass switch lock set   Price: $250.00

For sale is a rare "J.L Edwards" forged, Pennsylvania brass switch lock set. Still sporting it's original thick gauge chain, "PRR" is stamped on the face of the lock and a "S" stamped under the PRR initials. The lock has seen it's share of service, but still works well. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching Edwards' brass switch key, which managed to stay with the lock all these years, make this a very unique and nice lock set to own.

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Frontside: Penn Central Railroad Backside: Penn Central Railroad

Penn Central Railroad

Lock Set: 194 - PC brass switch lock set   Price: $85.00

Brother of the Pennsylvania lock above, this "Penn Central" lock and key could pass as twins. Offering for sale is this "Adlake" brass switch 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 will unlock and latch 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!

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.

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Frontside: Pennsylvania Railroad Backside: Pennsylvania Railroad

Pennsylvania (Penna Co.) Railroad

Lock Set: 195 - 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, for more character, I added one to it's keeper. 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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Frontside: Peoria Railway Terminal Backside: Peoria Railway Terminal

Peoria Railway Terminal

Lock Set: 196 - PRT brass switch lock set   Price: $75.00

For sale is a Peoria Railway Terminal brass switch lock set. "Although, the lock is unmarked, the drop cover is snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Purchased as shown, the Fraim/Slaymaker key works great with the lock.

The Peoria Terminal owns and uses 20.905 miles of all tracks and uses but does not own 8.725 miles of all tracks. It also owns jointly with the Peoria and Pekin Union Railway Company, 0.243 undivided mile of yard tracks and sidings at Bartonville, Ill. In addition, the Peoria Terminal has trackage rights over about 1.39 miles of road owned by other carriers at Pekin and Peoria, Illinois. The Peoria Terminal was incorporated January 18, 1926, under the general laws of Illinois, to acquire the property of the Peoria Terminal Railway Company.

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Frontside: Peninsula Terminal Co. Backside: Peninsula Terminal Co.

Peninsula Terminal Co.

Lock Set: 197 - PT brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

An attractive lock set for sale is this "Adlake" forged Peninsula Terminal Co. brass switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. The initials "PT Co" are clearly stamped on the back. An original brass PT CO. key make a perfect marriage lock set.

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.

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Frontside: Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway Backside: Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway

Pittsburgh-Chartiers & Youghiogheny Railway

Lock Set: 198 - PC&Y steel switch lock & brass key set   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.

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 will unlock and latch 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." Although the key is not the original, it works well with the lock.

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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Frontside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Backside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Lock Set: 199 - PL&E steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $115.00

This steel "Adlake" Pittsburgh & Lake Erie switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Backside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Lock Set: 200 - PL&E brass switch lock set   Price: $185.00

For sale is a great looking Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad brass switch lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the drop cover is snug and has good spring action, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. Includes the matching PL&E brass Slaymaker stamped key.

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.

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Frontside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Backside: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

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Lock Set: 201 - P&LE signal box brass lock set   Price: $75.00

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.

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.

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Frontside: Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad Backside: Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad

Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad

Lock Set: 203 - P&RV circa 1947 steel switch lock & brass key set   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.

For sale is a rare south of the border relic, a Potosi & Rio Verde Railroad steel switch lock. Thanks to the warm Mexican climate, this steel lock is in great condition. "Adlake" forged, 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 will unlock and latch 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. A very nice railroad relic!

Notable events 1947: WW II peace treaties were signed and Howard Hughes flies "Spruce Goose," a huge wooden airplane. The Cold War: The Voice of America begins to transmit radio broadcasts into Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. The USS Newport News, the first completely air-conditioned warship, is launched in Newport News, Virginia. In sports, Jackie Robinson, the first African American baseball professional since the 1880s, signs a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Heavyweight Joe Louis KOs Tami Mauriello and Jackie Robinson is named 1947 "Rookie of Year."

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Frontside: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway Backside: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway

Peoria & Pekin Union Railway

Lock Set: 205 - PP&U circa 1977 switch lock & brass key set   Price: $95.00

The Peoria and Pekin Union Railway is a switching and terminal railroad in Illinois that began operating in 1881 and was leased to the Tazewell and Peoria Railroad in 2004. Its main yard and roundhouse are in East Peoria, Illinois, and it owns track on both sides of the Illinois River.

For sale is a Peoria & Pekin Union Railway steel switch lock. "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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Reading Railroad Backside: Reading Railroad

Reading Railroad

Lock Set: 207 - Reading circa 1968 steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

Commonly called the Reading Railroad and logotyped as Reading Lines, the Reading Company was a railroad holding company for the majority of its existence and was a (single) railroad during its later years. It was a successor to the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company founded in 1833. Until the decline in anthracite loadings in the Coal Region after World War II, it was one of the most prosperous corporations in the United States. Competition with the modern trucking industry that used the Interstate highway system for short distance transportation of goods, also known as short hauls, compounded the company's problems, forcing it into bankruptcy in the 1970s. Its railroad operations were merged into Conrail in 1976.

For sale is a very handsome Reading Railroad steel switch lock. "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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Richmond Connection Railroad Backside: Richmond Connection Railroad

Richmond Connection Railroad

Lock Set: 208 - RC brass switch lock set   Price: $185.00

For sale is a cast brass "Richmond Connection Railroad" switch lock set. Forged by "Bohannan," the front of the hasp is clearly stamped "RICH. CON. RR." Although the key works well with the lock, I cannot state if this is the original. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The lock, which I would date from the early 1900's, still has it's original chain attached.

Known as the "first railroad war," the American Civil War left the South's railroads and economy devastated. 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.

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Frontside: Rutland Railroad Backside: Rutland Railroad

Rutland Railroad

Lock Set: 210 - Rutland steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $225.00

First time offering a very nice steel "Adlake" Rutland Railroad switch lock set. "Rutland" is clearly stamped on the back. The hasp has excellent spring action. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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.

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.

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Frontside: Seaboard Airline Railroad Backside: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

Lock Set: 211 - SAL circa 1955 steel/brass switch lock 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 switch lock set. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "SAL RR" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp and "1955" on the backside. 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 will unlock and latch with ease. To make this set whole, I've paired the lock up with a great looking SAL brass key.

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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Frontside: Seaboard Airline Railroad Backside: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

Lock Set: 212 - SAL steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

Offering for sale is a Seaboard steel and brass switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "SAL RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The brass rivets complement the locks' dark patina. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. Overall, the lock is in good condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I have teamed the lock up with a very nice SAL brass key.

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Frontside: Seaboard Airline Railroad Backside: Seaboard Airline Railroad

Seaboard Airline Railroad

Lock Set: 213 - SAL circa 1951 steel/brass switch lock set 3   Price: $175.00

Yet another Seaboard switch lock set for sale, which has a brass hasp and steel body. "Adlake" forged, the initials "SAL RR" are clearly stamped on the back. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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." Still sporting it's original chain, I've paired this lock up with an original SAL brass key. A great looking lock set!

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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Frontside: Backside: Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Lock Set: 214 - SCL steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $160.00

What I like about the SAL, and the later SCL switch locks, is the carrier purchased and placed into service quality switch locks. For sale is this very attractive SCL stamped switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in excellent condition, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The lock has it's original chain attached. The matching brass SCL stamped key make this set a perfect marriage.

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

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Seaboard Coast Line Railroad

Flashing Cross BucksSignal Dept. LockFlashing Cross Bucks

Lock Set: 215 - SCL signal box brass lock set   Price: $85.00

For sale is this sharp looking SCL brass signal lock. In very nice condition, there is 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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Frontside: Soo Line Railroad Backside: Soo Line Railroad

Soo Line Railroad

Lock Set: 217 - Soo Line steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

Like new! For sale is a very clean Soo Line Railroad steel switch lock. "KeLine" forged, "Soo Line" is clearly stamped on the back. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. To make this set whole, I've match it up with a nice KeLine brass key.

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.

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Frontside: Soo Line Railroad Backside: Soo Line Railroad

Soo Line Railroad

Lock Set: 218 - Soo Line steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $125.00

For sale is a very nice looking Soo Line steel switch 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 handsome lock set!


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Frontside: Southern Railroad Backside: Southern Railroad

Southern Railroad

Lock Set: 219 - Southern circa 1922 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

The Southern Railway (reporting mark SOU) (also known as Southern Railway Company and now known as the current incarnation of the Norfolk Southern Railway) is a name of a class 1 railroad that was based in the Southern United States. The railroad is the product of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined, reorganized and recombined beginning in the 1830s, formally becoming the Southern Railway in 1894.

For sale is a grand old steel Southern switch lock. "Adlake" forged, the initials "S RY ES" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Southern Railroad Backside: Southern Railroad

Southern Railroad

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Lock Set: 220 - Southern circa 1916 steel lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

103 years old, and works like it came out of the foundry yesterday. For sale is a Southern steel "Adlake" switch lock. 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. The initials"S RY WS" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. Like many old switch locks, the spring drop is very snug, but has no spring action. Still sporting it's original chain, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. This Southern Western System lock set + Southern Eastern System lock set above = a great pair. Look Ahead Look South!

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. United States Army aircraft fly their first mission over foreign soil when Curtiss JN-3s of the 1st Aero Squadron carry out reconnaissance over Mexico. The Original Dixieland Jazz Band begin playing at Schiller's Cafe in Chicago. Here's an odd note inscribed in history, Mary, a circus elephant, is hanged in the town of Erwin, Tennessee for killing her handler, Walter "Red" Eldridge.

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Frontside: Southern Railroad Backside: Southern Railroad

Southern Railroad

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Lock Set: 221 - Southern brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $145.00

Popular among collectors are the "banjo-figure 8" style switch locks. Here's a nice one for sale off the old Southern Railroad. "SO RY" is clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. "Yale" forged, the lock is in great shape. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching brass Southern key make this a great looking lock set!

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Frontside: St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad Backside: St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad

aka  Frisco Railroad

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Lock Set: 222 - Frisco brass/steel switch lock set   Price: $225.00

For sale is a rare St. Louis & San Francisco steel switch lock. Although there are a myriad of locks stamped with the "Frisco" moniker on the market, it is just the opposite for locks bearing the railroad's original name. "SL&SF RR" is stamped on the frontside hasp. "Adlake" forged, the attractive brass rivets enhance the locks' dark patina. Still sporting it's original chain, the lock is in good condition, the spring drop is snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching SL&SF stamped brass key make this another great looking lock set for your collection.

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.

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Frontside: SSW Railroad Backside: SSW Railroad

St. Louis Southwestern Railroad

aka  Cotton Belt Railroad

Lock Set: 223 - SSW-SP steel repair track switch lock & brass key set   Price: $145.00

Like new! For sale is a "KeLine" forged SSW repair track steel switch lock. Although the initials "SSW" are stamped on the back, this lock was keyed for an SP CS-47 rip track key. Up until 1992, the SSW was run as a separate entity of the Southern Pacific. Noting this part of the Cotton Belt's corporate history suggests the lock was forged between 1992, and no later than 1995, when the Union Pacific purchased the SP. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've paired the lock with a very nice SP CS-47 repair track brass key. Another great conversation piece for your lock collection!

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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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 225 - 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.

Still looking good at age 83 and in great condition is this "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 will unlock and latch with ease. I've matched this lock up with a very nice SP CS-4 brass key.

1936: The Santa Fe railroad in the United States inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train, between Chicago and Los Angeles. 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. The first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance in U.S. newspapers. Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the Lindbergh kidnapping and murder in 1932, is executed by electrocution in New Jersey State Prison. Last but not least, African-American athlete Jesse Owens, the fastest man alive, wins the 100-meter dash at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 226 - SP-CO circa 1945 steel/brass switch lock set 2   Price: $175.00

Still looking good at age 83 and in great condition, is this "Slaymaker" forged, Southern Pacific steel switch lock. "SP-CO" is stamped on the frontside hasp and "1945" on the reverse. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. To match the locks' stamped date, I've matched it up with a very nice SP CS-45 Slaymaker brass key.

In 1945 the American people stayed close to their home media outlet - the radio. Most news was about the war and it inevitable ending. Franklin D. Roosevelt is sworn in for a fourth term as President of the United States, the only President ever to exceed two terms. WWII: Audie Murphy sees action at Holtzwihr, France, for which is awarded the Medal of Honor. Eddie Slovik is executed by firing squad near Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines for desertion, the only U.S. soldier since the American Civil War ever executed for this offense. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies suddenly at Warm Springs, Georgia. Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) is observed by the western European powers as Nazi Germany surrenders, marking the end of WWII in Europe.

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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 227 - SP-CO circa 1975 steel/brass switch lock set 3   Price: $125.00

For sale is a Southern Pacific steel/brass switch lock that is a lot younger than the two SP locks above. "CS 4S" is stamped on the frontside hasp. "Adlake" forged, the initials "SPT CO" are stamped on the backside, along with a year rivet "75." It's original spike chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. It's unusual but a nice touch, for an Adlake lock of this year (1975), to have attached a brass drop cover. I've matched this lock up with a very nice SP CS-4 brass key.

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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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 228 - SP-CO circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set 4   Price: $115.00

For sale is another Southern Pacific switch lock from the year 1975. The only difference from the lock above, "CS 4S" is not stamped on the frontside hasp. "Adlake" forged, the initials "SPT CO" are stamped on the backside, along with a year rivet "75." It's original spike chain attached, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. It's unusual but a nice touch, for a Adlake lock of this late date, to have a brass drop cover. I've matched this lock up with a very nice SP CO brass key.

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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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 229 - SP-CO steel switch lock & brass key set 5   Price: $115.00

For sale is a Southern Pacific steel switch lock three years younger than the two SP locks above "SPTCO-CS4S" is stamped on the backside, along with a year rivet "78." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've matched this relic up with a very nice SP CS-46 brass 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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Frontside: Southern Pacific Lines Backside: Southern Pacific Lines

Southern Pacific Lines

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Lock Set: 230 - SP Lines circa 1944 steel switch lock & brass key set 6   Price: $175.00

For sale is a WW2 era Southern Pacific Lines steel switch lock. "CS 4S" is stamped on the frontside hasp, and "SP Lines" on the backside. "Adlake" forged, the numerical numbers "244" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "second quarter" of "1944. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The stamped SP Lines key makes a perfect match.

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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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 231 - SP-R&B steel switch lock & brass key set 7   Price: $175.00

For sale is a Southern Pacific Road & Bridge steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, "R&B" is stamped on it's frontside hasp and "SP CO." stamped on it's backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. This is the second steel R&B lock I've purchased and both times the lock required a SP C-47 key. This can only suggest, that this style of key was shared between two different SP departments. A handsome lock set!

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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 232 - SP CS-44 R&B brass lock set   Price: $245.00

For sale is a rare Southern Pacific Road & Bridge brass switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in great condition, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The chain is not the original, but still looks good on it's keeper. The SP-CS-44 key make this another great marriage. A great looking set that doesn't come around too often.

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Frontside: Southern Pacific Railroad Backside: Southern Pacific Railroad

Southern Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 231 - SP-R&B steel switch lock & brass key set 7   Price: $175.00

For sale is a Southern Pacific Road & Bridge steel switch lock. "Adlake" forged, "R&B" is stamped on it's frontside hasp and "SP CO." stamped on it's backside. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. This is the second steel R&B lock I've purchased and both times the lock required a SP C-47 key. This can only suggest, that this style of key was shared between two different SP departments. A handsome lock set!

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Frontside: Terminal Railroad Association Backside: Terminal Railroad Association

Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis

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SOLD - TRRA steel switch lock & brass key   Price: $175.00

Here's a lock that doesn't show up that often and it's in great shape. Offering for sale is a steel "Adlake" forged, Terminal Railroad Association lock. The initials "TRRA" 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 matching TRRA stamped brass key, make a fine looking couple!

The Terminal Railroad Association Of St. Louis, also known by its reporting marks as the TRRA, is a switching line that has been in operation since the late 1880s. It was originally founded by a group of railroads to not only switch freight amongst their lines in St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois (across the Mississippi River) but it also would come to own St. Louis Union Station and switched all trains entering and exiting the terminal.

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Front Side: Tennessee Central Railroad Back Side: Tennessee Central Railroad

Tennessee Central Railroad

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Lock Set: 233 - TC circa 1958 steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

The Tennessee Central Railway was founded in 1884 as the Nashville and Knoxville Railroad by Alexander S. Crawford. It was an attempt to open up a rail route from the coal and minerals of East Tennessee to the markets of the midstate, a service which many businessmen felt was not being adequately provided by the existing railroad companies. Unable to it's loans the TC fell into its third and final receivership in 1968. Its assets were sold off. Much of the Nashville beltline south of Nashville had already been sold to the state to build I-440. The Western Division from the western end of the I-440 right of way in Nashville to Hopkinsville, KY was purchased by the Illinois Central Railroad. The eastern end of the line from Harriman to the siding just west of Crossville went to the Southern Railway. The remaining middle portion from Crossville to Nashville went to its old and not at all friendly rival, the Louisville & Nashville.

For sale is a "Tennessee Central" steel/brass switch lock. "Slaymaker" forged, the initials "TC RR" are clearly stamped on the frontside hasp. The year"1958" is stamped on the backside. The handsome brass rivets complement the overall appearance of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, it's keeper moves freely. The lock is in excellent condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp opens and latches with ease. Although the key is not the original, it works well with the lock. A rare relic and a 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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Frontside: Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway Backside: Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway

Toledo & Chicago Interurban Railway

Lock Set: 235 - T&CI brass switch lock set   Price: $225.00

First time offering: For sale is a very rare Toledo and Chicago Interurban Railway brass switch 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 will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. 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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Frontside: Toledo & Western Railroad Backside: Toledo & Western Railroad

Toledo & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 236 - T&W brass switch lock set   Price: $165.00

For sale is a Toledo & Western brass switch 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, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad Backside: Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad

Toledo-Peoria & Western Railroad

Lock Set: 238 - TP&W circa 1977 steel switch lock & brass key set   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 switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 240 - UP circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set   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 switch 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 241 - 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 242 - UP circa 1964 brass switch lock set 2   Price: $145.00

For sale is a very attractive Union Pacific brass switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the initials "UP RR Switch No.1" are clearly stamped on the back. The numerical numbers "464" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1964. "Over the years, Mother Nature has produced a natural dark patina, which complements the overall appearance of the lock. Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. I've matched this relic up with the darkest UP key I had. As Oliver would say to Stanley, "we make a fine pair."

Notable events 1964: Plans to build the New York City World Trade Center are announced. Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa is convicted by a federal jury of tampering with a federal jury in 1962. A Dallas, Texas, jury finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing John F. Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. 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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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 243 - UP circa 1960 brass switch lock set 3   Price: $115.00

For sale is another attractive looking Union Pacific brass switch lock set The initials "UP RR Switch No.1" are clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "260" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "first quarter" of "1960." For collectors that could care less about not having a chain attached, then this is the right lock for you. The nice looking UP brass key make this a great pair!

Notable events 1960: Elvis Presley returns home from Germany to the United States, after being away on military duty for 2 years. Vietnam War: The United States announces that 3,500 American soldiers will be sent to Vietnam. U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy wins the California Democratic primary. Joanne Woodward receives the first star, on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the New York Yankees in the seventh game of the World Series on Bill Mazeroski's series-clinching home run.

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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 244 - UP circa 1963 brass switch lock set 4   Price: $175.00

For sale is another handsome Union Pacific brass switch lock set. The initials "UP RR Switch No.1" are clearly stamped on the back. "Adlake" forged, the lock is in excellent working condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The numerical numbers "463" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "fourth quarter" of "1963." Still sporting it's original chain, I've teamed this lock up with a very nice A&W forged brass UP key. A great looking lock that looks even better in your hand!

Notable events 1963: The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay closes; the last 27 prisoners are transferred elsewhere at the order of Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy assassination: In Dallas, President John F. Kennedy is shot to death. The Coca-Cola Company debuts its first diet drink, TaB cola. Songs "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "I Saw Her Standing There" are released in the U.S., marking the beginning of full-scale Beatlemania. The Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio with 17 charter members.

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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

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Lock Set: 245 - UP road and bridge brass switch lock set   Price: $145.00

All dressed up and no where to go. For sale is a very nice Union Pacific Road & Bridge brass switch lock set. "Adlake" forged, the UP initials are stamped on the backside. The "R" is mostly wore off. While turning the key, you must pull up on the hasp to open. Sometimes another key might work better. Still sporting it's original chain, the drop cover is very snug and has good spring action. All said, considering the R&B locks to don't pop up that often, this is a very nice set to take another look at.

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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad-UPMP&C Backside: Union Pacific Railroad-UPMP&C

Union Pacific Railroad

SOLD - UPMP&C circa 1964 steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $195.00

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 frontside hasp, with a date stamp of "1964" on the backside. 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 will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Union Pacific Railroad Backside: Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

SOLD - UP fancy back brass switch lock set   Price: $175.00

For sale is another popular brass switch lock style off the Union Pacific Railroad. "Adams & Westlake" forged, the initials "Switch CS1" are clearly stamped on the face of the lock. Its original chain attached, the lock is in good condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. A nice old lock deserves a nice old key. I've matched this relic up with a A&W brass UP key.


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Frontside: Union Stockyards & Transit CO. Backside: Union Stockyards & Transit CO.

Union Stockyards & Transit Company

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Lock Set: 247 - USY&TCO circa 1962 brass switch lock set   Price: $325.00

When the late 20th century writer and poet Carl Sandburg, visited the Chicago Stockyards, he later presented the city (and nation) with his famous poem, "Chicago" - Hog Butcher for the World.

A real beauty for sale is this brass switch lock set off the Union Stockyards & Transit Company Railroad. Tempted to keep this relic for myself, this railroad operated in the neighborhood (Back of the Yards), I was born in. Adlake" forged, the initials "USY&TCO" are clearly stamped on the backside. The numerical numbers "362" are stamped under the drop cover, this states the lock was forged sometime during the "third quarter" of "1962." Its original chain attached, the lock is in excellent condition. The spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The Union Stockyards & Transit locks are some of the most difficult locks to find keys for. When a SY lock pops up for sale, it is almost always without the key. This is because there are about 4 or more variety of Transit SY keys and they are rare to find. The "Slaymaker" forged key is a real gem by itself, and together make this set a real classic!

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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Frontside: Vandalia Railroad Backside: Vandalia Railroad

Vandalia Railroad

Lock Set: 249 - Vandalia brass switch lock set   Price: $325.00

First time offering: For sale is a very rare Vandalia Railroad brass switch lock set. The standard railroad industry letter "S" (switch), is stamped on the right frontside hasp. "Bohannan" forged, "V RR" is stamped on the backside hasp. Still sporting it's orignal chain, the lock is in great working condition, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching V RR brass key make this another perfect marriage and a handsome relic to own.

The Vandalia Railroad Company was incorporated January 1, 1905, by a merger of several lines in Indiana and Illinois that formed a 471-mile railroad consisting of lines mostly west of Indianapolis.

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Frontside: Virginian Railway Backside: Virginian Railway

Virginian Railway

Lock Set: 250 - VGN circa 1957 steel/brass switch lock set   Price: $325.00

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 switch 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." The lock is in great working condition, the chains' keeper moves freely, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch 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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Frontside: Wabash Railroad Backside: Wabash Railroad

Wabash Railroad

Lock Set: 251 - Wabash circa 1954 steel/brass switch lock set   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 will unlock and latch with ease. Although the chain is not the original, I added one to it's keeper for more character. 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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Frontside: Western Pacific Railroad Backside: Western Pacific Railroad

Western Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 252 - WP circa 1975 steel switch lock & brass key set   Price: $175.00

The Western Pacific Railroad (reporting mark WP) was a Class I railroad in the United States. It was formed in 1903 as an attempt to break the near-monopoly the Southern Pacific Railroad had on rail service into northern California. WP's Feather River Route directly competed with SP's portion of the Overland Route for rail traffic between Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah, and Oakland, California, for nearly 80 years. In 1983, the Western Pacific was acquired by the Union Pacific Corporation and it was soon merged into their Union Pacific Railroad. The Western Pacific was one of the original operators of the California Zephyr.

For sale is a very clean Western Pacific steel switch lock. Unlike some of the WP's railroad peers, the switch locks are not as ubiquitous on the market. "Adlake" forged, the lock is clearly stamped "WP RR" on it's backside, and "75." Still sporting it's original chain, the spring drop is very snug, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. The matching WP brass key, which works well with the lock, make this another attractive set to add to your collection!

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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Frontside: Western Pacific Railroad Backside: Western Pacific Railroad

Western Pacific Railroad

Lock Set: 253 - WP steel Team Track switch lock & UP brass key set   Price: $225.00

For sale is a very rare Western Pacific steel switch 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. 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 loading/unloading. Team tracks were usually located by train depots or other places of business that a railroad serviced. To explain the reason it requires a UP key to unlock, 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 will unlock and latch with ease. In all my years of collecting, I have never seen another WP Team Track switch lock. 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!

WP attracted rail enthusiasts from around the world. It operated the California Zephyr passenger train with the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. The WP handled the "Silver Lady" from Oakland, California, to Salt Lake City, Utah from 1949–1970. The Western Pacific owned several connecting short-line railroads. The largest was the Sacramento Northern Railway, which once reached from San Francisco to Chico, California. Others included the Tidewater Southern Railway, the Central California Traction, the Indian Valley Railroad and the Deep Creek Railroad.

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Locks with keys - sold as is



Frontside: Consolidated Edison Co.of NYC Backside: Consolidated Edison Co.of NYC

Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Lock Set: 1-LK - 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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Frontside: Keen Cutter Backside: Keen Cutter

Keen Cutter brass lock

Lock Set: 2-LK - Keen Kutter brass lock & steel key   Price: $150.00


NOT A REPLICA. Although this is not a railroad lock, there seems to be a following for this name brand style of lock. For sale is a "Keen Kutter" brass lock and steel key. The lock is in excellent condition, it unlocks and latches just fine. The key is not the original. A nice 1!


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Frontside: Yale brass lock Backside: Yale brass lock

Yale brass lock set

Lock Set: 3-LK - 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, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. A very nice set!

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Locks w/o keys - sold as is



Frontside: Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad Backside: Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

Chicago & Illinois Midland Railroad

Lock Set: 1-NK C&IM- steel switch lock   Price: 45.00


This lock is good condition, the hasp will unlock and latch with ease. A C&O key will also work the lock.

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Frontside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad Backside: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad

Lock Set: 2-NK - MKT steel switch lock   Price: $25.00

Unusual key drop for this Katy lock, requires a straight bit key.


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Items of Interest



Frontside: 9/16 socket and extension Backside: 9/16 socket and extension

WRRS Co. Signal Locks

An alternative solution to not having a WRRS Co. signal key

I recently acquired 5 L&N Western Railroad Supply Co. (WRRS Co.) signal locks and, even though I have a hex key, it seems I've mis-placed it for the time being. Collector's of WRRS Co. and Raco signal locks are often frustrated with the lack of keys available for these type of railroad locks. For collectors who haven't thought of this, my solution to forgo a signal key, was to use a 2 inch extension attached to the 9/16 drive socket. There is usually no need to attach the hand wrench to the extension, for most hex nuts are not that tight to unscrew. I realize that there are other signal locks that require a smaller socket size or a special key, but I believe 9/16 is the standard size for the WRRS Co. signal locks. I hope my suggestion will be of some help.


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Adams & Westlake lock catalog Chronology of Newark's Lock Masters

< --- Adams & Westlake lock catalog ca. 1897

Chronology of Newark's Lock Masters --- >



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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.

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