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Front Side: Boston & Albany Railroad Back Side: Boston & Albany Railroad B&A R.R. Flag

Boston & Albany Railroad

Item: 2-B     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by Miller.
Steel switch key shorty.

History

The Castleton & West Stockbridge Railroad was incorporated in New York in 1834 as the New York part of the Western Railroad and changed its name to the Albany & West Stockbridge Railroad (chartered May 5, 1836, organized May 20). Construction began in December 1840 and the line opened from Greenbush (east of Albany) to Chatham on December 21, 1841 and to the Massachusetts state line on September 12, 1842. It was leased to the Western Railroad for 50 years from November 11, 1841. This railroad replaced the Hudson & Berkshire Railroad east of Chatham, which was abandoned around 1860.

Two mergers, on September 4, 1867 and December 28, 1870 brought the three companies together, along with the Hudson & Boston Railroad into one company, known as the Boston & Albany Railroad. The New York Central and Hudson River Railroad leased the B&A for 99 years from July 1, 1900. This lease passed to the New York Central Railroad in 1914; throughout this, the B&A kept its own branding in the public eye. The NYC merged into Penn Central on February 1, 1968.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad B&A R.R. Flag

Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad

Item: 4-B     New Listing     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by Romer & Co.
Attractive barrel accent rings.
Superb serif lettering and patina. A rare one!

History

The Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad was chartered in 1880, by a group of New England promoters as the Annapolis and Baltimore Short Line and began running in March 1887.This freight and passenger line was an integral link between Annapolis and Baltimore, transporting almost two million passengers per year until competition from nearby highways forced the railroads' closure. It was the second railroad to serve Annapolis and provided a faster connection to Baltimore, taking a more direct path along the north shore of the Severn River and then crossing the river into Annapolis. The railroad transformed the once-secluded banks of the Severn to a series of suburban communities

During its heyday, the years between 1918 and the late 1920s, the B&A transported as many as 1,750,000 passengers per year between Baltimore and Annapolis. Trains left every hour from 6 am through 11 pm (during rush hours, the trains left every 30 minutes). Because of its strong performance, the neighboring WB&A bought the Annapolis Short Line in 1921 and it became part of the WB&A system in which it was called the North Shore Line.

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Front Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Back Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad B&A R.R. Flag

Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Item: 6-B     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the M.M. Buck Co.
Superb stamp marks and patina. Attractive tapered barrel.
Different style bit than BAR key below.
13th street = Bangor Union Station now Amtrak.

History

The Bangor & Aroostook Railroad was a United States railroad company that brought rail service to Arostook 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.

The company was incorporated in 1891 to combine the lines of the former Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad and the
Bangor & Katahdin Iron Works Railway. It was based in Bangor & lines extended from there to Oakfield and Houlton in 1894.

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Front Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad Back Side: Bangor & Aroostook Railroad BAR advertisement poster

Bangor & Aroostook Railroad

Item: 7-B     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Different style bit than BAR key above.

History - continued from above

BAR began hauling potatoes in heated box cars in 1895. Potatoes provided a stable income source through the great depression, and provided 50% of the railroad's revenue following World War II. BAR had the 2nd largest United States railroad-owned reefer fleet (after Santa Fe) during the 1950s. BAR made an arrangement with Pacific Fruit Express whereby, PFE reefers shipped Maine potatoes during winter months and BAR reefers carried California produce during the summer and autumn. While potatoes started moving by truck following completion of the Interstate Highway System into northern Maine in the 1960s, what actually resulted in the railroad losing its potato business forever was the Penn Central Transportation Company (PC), whose interchange service became so bad during the winter of 1969-70 that a large portion of the 1969 potato crop was spoiled by freezing when car heaters ran out of fuel. The claims process against PC was not resolved prior to PC's bankruptcy declaration the following June. As a result, several potato farms went out of business; and those that survived distrusted rail service and never returned to using the railroad.

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Front Side: Barre & Chelsea Railroad Back Side: Barre & Chelsea Railroad Block of Granite    C.E. Tayntor & Co's Quarry

Barre & Chelsea Railroad

Item: 8-B     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. B&C onced owned by the B&M.
Superb serif lettering and two-tone patina.

History

The Barre Railroad Company was incorporated April 9, 1888, under general laws of Vermont to construct, maintain, and operate a railroad from the village of Barre to the granite quarries in said town of Barre and Williamstown, Vt. The date of organization was April 10, 1888.

The East Barre & Chelsea Railroad Company, the only predecessor, was incorporated July 20, 1892, under general laws of Vermont to construct and maintain a railroad from a point of connection with tracks of The Barre Railroad Company in the town of Barre, to East Barre, Vt. The date of organization was September 11, 1892.

The owned mileage was acquired partly by construction and partly by merger. The records reviewed indicate that 13.819 miles of road was constructed by The Barre Railroad Company during 1888-89, and 1.673 miles was acquired by merger from the East Barre & Chelsea Railroad Company, constructed by or for that company during 1891-92, or a total of 15.492 miles.

The majority of the Granite District was part of the Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M) system until 1926, when the Barre & Chelsea Railroad (Barre to Graniteville) and Montpelier & Wells River Railroad (Barre and Montpelier to Wells River) were sold to local interests. The latter was consolidated into the former in January 1945, but in 1957 the entire Barre & Chelsea Railroad was abandoned.

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Front Side: Bainbridge Northern Railway Back Side: Bainbridge Northern Railway Manual engine turntable    Manual turntable

Bainbridge Northern Railway

Item: 10-B     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the Handlan Buck Co.
Handsome tapered barrel and great gold patina.
Little known Georgia lumber line. A very rare southern key!

History

Known as "The Lumber Line," the Bainbridge Northern Railway was operated by the Flint River Lumber Company and originally began operations from Bainbridge, Georgia to Eldorendo between 1896 and 1899. It was then extended to Paulina. While principally a logging railroad, it also operated passenger service until 1908. The railroad quit operating about 1925.

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Front Side: Butte-Anaconda & Pacific Railway Back Side: Butte-Anaconda & Pacific Railway BA&P diesel engine No.101    BA&P  boxcab locomotive

Butte-Anaconda & Pacific Railway

Item: 12-B     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Superb block lettering and patina.
Key listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History

The Butte-Anaconda & Pacific Railway short-line railroad was founded in 1892. It was used primarily to take copper ore from the mines to the smelter in Anaconda, though it did also carry passengers and freight. The railroad converted to electric in 1913, the first primarily freight line in the nation to do so. Electrification was abandoned in 1967 when it became cheaper to use diesel-electric locomotives.

During the past decade, a portion of the line has been converted to the BA&P Copperway Trail, and is part of an ever-growing network of walking trails in Butte. Though BA&P is still in operation, the railroad's parent company, Patriot Rail Corp., closed the railroad's office in Anaconda earlier this year.

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Front Side: Belt Railway Back Side: Belt Railway Chicago Belt R.R. Flag

Belt Railway of Chicago

Item: 13-B     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. FYI: a C&WI key
will open an Adlake Belt lock and vice-versa.

History

Chartered in 1882, the Belt Railway Company of Chicago (BRC), headquartered in Bedford Park, IL, is the largest switching terminal railroad in the United States. It is co-owned by six Class I railroads; BNSF Railway, Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, CSX Transportation, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad, each of which uses the switching and interchange facilities of the BRC. Owner lines and other railroads bring their trains to the Belt Railway to be separated, classified, and re-blocked into new trains for departure. The BRC also provides rail terminal services to approximately 100 local manufacturing industries.

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Front Side: Belt Railway Back Side: Belt Railway BRC Clearing Yard

Belt Railway of Chicago

Item: 14-B     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. FYI: a C&WI key
will open an Adlake Belt lock and vice-versa.


History - continued from above

The Clearing Yard, located on the boundary between Chicago and Bedford Park, Illinois, just south of Chicago Midway International Airport, is one of the largest hump classification facilities in the United States. Some 5.5 miles in length and covering 786 acres the yard supports more than 250 miles (400 km) of track. It has six main subdivisions; one arrival, classification, and departure yard in the eastbound and westbound directions.

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Front Side: Belt Railway Back Side: Belt Railway Chicago Belt R.R. Flag

Belt Railway of Chicago

Item: 15-B     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. FYI: a C&WI key
will open an Adlake Belt lock and vice-versa.

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Front Side: Beaver & Ellwood Railroad Back Side: Beaver & Ellwood Railroad PL&E R.R.Flag

Beaver & Ellwood Railroad Company

Item: 17-B     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Low serial number.
Fine pocket wear and nice gold patina.
Gobbled up by the P&LE in 1910. Very rare key.

History

The Beaver & Ellwood Railroad Company was organized May 20, 1890. Known as the Beaver & Ellwood Railroad, the line provided passenger service to the Park Gate station, as well as freight service to Ellwood City industries. In April of 1892 The Ellwood Connecting Railroad was incorporated by the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie to make the connection to the Beaver & Ellwood Railroad but did not open until June of 1893. In May of 1899, the Beaver & Ellwood Railroad was leased to the P&LE for twenty years. On a side note, July of the same year, the Beaver & Ellwood Railroad acquired the Ellwood Southern Railroad Company.

Ellwood City was the concept of 19th-century entrepreneur Henry W. Hartman. In 1889, he formed the Pittsburgh Company to create a town south of the Connoquenessing Creek near the village of Hazel Dell. Local farm properties were purchased, and the town quickly began to take shape. Along with houses, the first major building was the Hotel Oliver. The Ellwood Short Line and later the Beaver and Ellwood Railroads were built to meet the demands of the growing steel industry. In 1891, the Ellwood Shafting and Tube Company was founded, producing the first seamless steel tubing and establishing Ellwood City as the birthplace of the seamless tube industry. Mills, financial institutions, stores, schools, churches, civic organizations, and building trades thrived as construction in the new town grew.

Finally June 6, 1910 the P&LE purchased the entire issue of stock of the Beaver & Ellwood Railroad Company and merged it with the Ellwood Connecting Railroad Company in January 1911.

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Front Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad B&LE R.R. Flag

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad

Item: 19-B     Price: $65.00

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

History

The Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (BLE) is a class II railroad that operates in northwestern Pennsylvania and northeastern Ohio.The railroad's main route runs from the Lake Erie port of Conneaut, Ohio to the Pittsburgh suburb of Penn Hills, Pennsylvania, a distance of 139 miles. The original rail ancestor of the B&LE, the Shenango & Allegheny Railroad, began operation in October 1869.

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Front Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad B&LE R.R.

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad

Item: 20-B     Price: $65.00

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

History - continued from above

In 1988 the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad became part of Transtar, Inc., a privately held transportation holding company with principal operations in railroad freight transportation, dock operations, Great Lakes shipping, and inland river barging that were formerly subsidiaries of USX, the holding company that owns U.S. Steel. In 2001 the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad became part of Great Lakes Transportation, LLC. On May 10, 2004 Canadian National Railway acquired the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad. Iron ore and coal are still the route's major freight commodities.

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Front Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad B&LE R.R. Flag

Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad

Item: 21-B     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.
Different style cut than B&LE keys listed above.

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Front Side: Boston-Concord & Montreal Railroad Back Side: Boston-Concord & Montreal Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Boston-Concord & Montreal Railroad

Item: 23-B     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.
A hard key to find.

History

The Boston, Concord and Montreal had previously become the Northern Division of the Boston and Lowell Railroad, following an 1884 leasing agreement. The Boston and Lowell was then leased by the Boston and Maine Railroad in 1887, bringing the BC&M under the Boston and Maine's control. The merger with the Concord Railroad in 1889 led to the Concord and Montreal being under its own, independent control upon its incorporation. However, the railroad was ultimately purchased by the Boston and Maine in 1895

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 25-B     Western Division     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Sherburne Co.
Attractive serif lettering and two-tone patina.


Chartered in 1836, the Boston & Maine Corporation , known as the Boston & Maine Railroad (B&M), was a former U.S. Class I railroad in northern New England. It became part of what is now the Pan Am Railways network in 1983.

B&M's earliest corporate predecessor was the Andover & Wilmington Railroad, opened in August 1836 from Andover, Massachusetts, south to a junction with the B&L at Wilmington, approximately 7 miles. The B&M grew for the most part by acquisition, not by construction. The oldest component of the B&M was the 25-mile route between Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts, opened by the Boston & Lowell Railroad (B&L) on June 24, 1835, but not acquired until much later. The B&M's 19th century history consists of four distinct routes

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M R.R. No.115

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 26-B     Western Division     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Excellent stamp marks.
Fine pocket wear and superb carmel patina.
Given the moniker, "Broken and Maimed."

History - continued from above

B&M dieselized quickly, except for suburban passenger trains, and it was an early user of Centralized Traffic Control. In 1950 it was a well-run, progressive railroad, in a region that was losing its heavy industry and beginning to build interstate superhighways. In 1956, Patrick B. McGinnis became president of the B&M, bringing in a new image, not just blue replacing maroon on the locomotives and cars but a new way of doing things: deficits, deferred maintenance, and kickbacks on the sale of B&M's streamlined passenger cars, which ultimately culminated in a prison sentence that ended his career in railroading.

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 27-B     Eastern Division     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Great gold patina
Different style cut then the two B&M keys above.

History - continued from above

Rather than split B&M among its connections or ask for inclusion in Conrail, B&M's trustees decided to reorganize independently. Under the leadership of Alan Dustin, the B&M bought new locomotives, rebuilt its track, and changed its attitude. The revived B&M went after new business and expanded its operations. It sold the tracks and rolling stock to MBTA in 1975, but retained freight rights on those lines and continued to operate the trains for MBTA. In 1977 it assumed operation of commuter trains on the former NH and B&A lines out of Boston's South Station. In 1982 it bought several Conrail lines in Massachusetts and Connecticut and began operating coal trains and piggyback service.

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M No.810

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 28-B     Eastern Division     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Attractive gold patina.
Ex-fine pocket wear.

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M yard

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 29-B     New Listing     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.
Nice early Eastern Division key.

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M No.38 James Hayward

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 30-B     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Fine pocket wear and accent ring barrel.
Great block lettering and patina.
Another nice early Eastern Division key.

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M 2-8-2

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 31-B     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged.
Fine pocket wear and accent ring barrel. Great block
lettering and gold patina. Yet another Eastern Division nice one!

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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 32-B     New Listing     Price: $20.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Padlock key.


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Front Side: Boston & Maine Railroad Back Side: Boston & Maine Railroad B&M R.R. Flag

Boston & Maine Railroad

Item: 33-B     New Listing     Price: $15.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Pullman key.


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Front Side: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad Back Side: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad B&ML R.R. Flag

Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad

Item: 35-B     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Bohannan forged steel key.
Superb block lettering and patina.

History

The Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad (reporting mark BML) was a standard-gauge shortline railroad
that operated from 1871 to 2007 over a single-track grade from Belfast to Burnham Junction in Maine.

Chartered in 1867, the line was built between August 1868 and December 1870 by the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad Company (B&MLRR), which was majority-owned by the city of Belfast until 1991. For its first 55 years, the road was operated under lease by the Maine Central as its Belfast Branch, which provided daily passenger and freight service to eight stations over the length of Waldo County, Maine. After the MEC cancelled its lease in 1925, the B&MLRR began running trains under its own name. Passenger operations ceased in March 1960, although in 1988, the railroad began operating summer tourist trains to offset a decline in freight traffic. In 1991, the city sold its interest in the money-losing railroad to private owners. In 2007, the railroad ended operations as the B&MLRR.

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Front Side: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad Back Side: Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad B&ML engine No.16

Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad

Item: 36-B     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Narrow gauge key.
Stylish ring barrel. Superb block lettering and copper patina.

History - continued from above

Today, the line is operated by the non-profit Brooks Preservation Society as the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railway,
and runs weekend excursion trains in the spring, summer and early fall between City Point, Waldo, and Brooks.

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Front Side: Belvidere Delaware Railroad Back Side: Belvidere Delaware Railroad BD R.R. Flag

Belvidere Delaware Railroad

Item: 37-B     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-mid 1900's. Forged by Romer & Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Belvidere-Delaware Railroad was chartered on March 2, 1836 and was constructed from Trenton along the Delaware River north to Belvidere, New Jersey. Beyond Belvidere, the line would connect to a proposed line that headed west to the Susquehanna River through Pennsylvania. The Trenton-Lambertville section opened on February 6, 1851, eventually reaching Belvidere on November 5, 1855.

On December 31, 1957, the Bel Del was merged into the United New Jersey Railroad & Canal Company, with passenger services ending by October 25, 1960.

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Front Side: Beaver-Meade & Englewood Railroad Back Side: Beaver-Meade & Englewood Railroad MKT R.R. Flag    BM&E caboose

Beaver-Meade & Englewood Railroad

Item: 38-B     New Listing     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Distinctive Katy style bit. Nice Okie oldie!

History

Feeling shunned that two major railroads, the Katy and Rock Island, had ignored the citizens of Beaver, OK, the Beaver-Meade & Englewood Railroad was created in order to save the town of Beaver. Construction started in 1912, and this first section was completed in 1915. Despite initial surveys beyond Forgan, however, the railroad never made it to Englewood or Meade, but rather ended up extending westward to a connection with the CRI&P at Hooker, OK in 1925. The BM&E ultimately made it as far west as Keyes (and a connection with the AT&SF) in 1931.

About this time, a legal battle was ensuing between the MKT and the CRI&P: they both wanted to purchase the BM&E due to its alignment through what was considered vast areas of lucrative agricultural production. MKT finally won out over the CRI&P, and absorbed the BM&E under its Northwestern District in 1931.

The MKT, struggling financially, did not maintain the tracks of the BM&E, being a seasonal line with intermittent and inconsistent profits. Due to the poor quality of the trackage and the high cost of maintaining it, the MKT decided to abandon the BM&E in its entirety, and did so on August 30, 1972. The small town of Beaver still exists to this day, not having been served by a railroad in 40 years.

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Front Side: Birmingham Southern RR Co Back Side: Birmingham Southern RR Co BS RR Flag

Birmingham Southern Railroad

Item: 39-B     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Low serial number.
Nice oldie!

History

The Birmingham Southern Railroad Company was organized on March 3, 1899. The line was originally built beginning in 1878 connecting Pratt City's coal mines to the steel mills in Birmingham. The line was extended to Ensley in 1887. The Louisville & Nashville Railroad and the Southern Railway jointly purchased and operated the Birmingham Southern shortly after its organization. The Birmingham Southern was later sold to the Tennessee Coal-Iron & Railroad Company, which in 1906 became a part of United States Steel and remained a US Steel subsidiary until 1988.

Although, the BSRR was a short-line railroad, it was one of the busiest local rail systems in the United States. It operated on 84 miles of track, providing switching services in the Birmingham area. Lines included a primary route from East Thomas to Bessemer, with interchanges with BNSF, Norfolk-Southern and CSX carriers. The route included Thomas, Ensley, Fairfield, and Woodward. A second line split off between Ensley and Fairfield and continued past Norrell Junction (where the owners of the Oak Grove Mine operate a spur to Concord). From there the line continued through Mulga to Port Birmingham. The railroad operated an Ensley Yard and East Thomas Yard.

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Front Side: Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Back Side: Bridgton & Saco River Railroad MC R.R. Flag

Bridgton & Saco River Railroad

Item: 41-B     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Maine narrow gauge.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Bridgton & Saco River Railroad (B&SR) was a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge railroad that operated in the vicinity of Bridgton and Harrison, Maine. It connected with the Portland & Ogdensburg Railroad (later Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division) from Portland, Maine, to St. Johnsbury, Vermont, near the town of Hiram on the Saco River.

B&SR design was based on experience of the Sandy River Railroad. Hinkley Locomotive Works modified their 2 ft (610 mm) gauge Forney design to run boiler first with an extended frame similar to that installed on Sandy River Railroad No.1 following a wreck in early 1882. The successful design of the Bridgton Hinkleys was subsequently repeated for the Monson Railroad and the Franklin and Megantic Railway. Construction began in 1882, and trains were running to Bridgton by early 1883.

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Front Side: Bridgton & Saco River Railroad Back Side: Bridgton & Saco River Railroad B&SR steam engine No.8

Bridgton & Saco River Railroad

Item: 42-B     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Maine narrow gauge.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History - continued from above

Under Maine Central operation, there were 4 mixed train round trips daily from Harrison to Bridgton Junction and return. The first left Harrison at 5:15 AM and the last returned to Harrison at 8:45 PM. Train speed seldom exceeded 20 miles per hour (32 km/h). Two passenger train sets were required for this service.

Operation ceased in September 1941. The rolling stock was preserved when the rails were converted to scrap metal as the United States prepared for World War II. The rolling stock was moved to Massachusetts for another half-century of operation on the Edaville Railroad after the war. Subsequent to the restructuring of the Edaville Railroad, the historic Bridgton and Saco narrow gauge equipment returned to the state of Maine and are mostly located at the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum in Portland.

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Front Side: Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad Back Side: Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad BC&G R.R. Flag

Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad

Item: 43-B     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Large block lettering.
Nice carmel patina and fine pocket wear.

History

The Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad (BC&G) was a railroad chartered on April 1, 1904 and ran along Buffalo Creek in Clay County, West Virginia. The original Buffalo Creek & Gauley ended service in 1965.

The BC&G was one of the last all-steam railroads, never operating a diesel locomotive to the day it shut down in 1965. Its primary purpose was to bring coal out of the mountains above Widen to an interchange with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad at Dundon.

After the BC&G ended operations in 1965 it was reactivated in 1971 by the Majestic Mining Company to serve a mine at Widen.The company used an Alco S-2 for power and the operation concluded in 1985. The line was then again reactivated in the mid-1990s when the Elk River Railroad, Inc. (TERRI) reopened the route to Avoca to serve a mine there. The operation lasted only a few years until 1999 when American Electric Power (AEP) determined the coal to be too poor in quality.

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Front Side: Buffalo & Erie Railroad Back Side: Buffalo & Erie Railroad B&E R.R. Flag

Buffalo & Erie Railroad

Item: 45-B     Price: $145.00

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

History

Buffalo had a track which was dignified by the name of railroad as early as 1834, and two years prior to that, two railway companies had succeeded in obtaining a charter with Buffalo as part of their respective corporate names. The two companies were incorporated on the same day, April 14, 1832, one becoming the Buffalo & Erie Railroad Company, with power to construct and operate a line from Buffalo through Chautauqua county to the State line, and the other, the Aurora & Buffalo Railroad Company, authorized to run from Buffalo to the village of Aurora, now East Aurora. Considerable stock was sold in Buffalo and elsewhere, and the route to Aurora was surveyed by William Wallace. But the monetary panic of 1837 occurred before construction of either railway had begun, and nothing was accomplished. Calvin Fillmore, uncle of Millard Fillmore, was among the incorporators of the Aurora & Buffalo Railroad Company.

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Front Side: Buffalo & Lockport Railroad Back Side: Buffalo & Lockport Railroad NYC R.R. Flag

Buffalo & Lockport Railroad

Item: 46-B     Price: $200.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Great block lettering and gold patina. Early NYC aquisition.
Key listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History

The Buffalo & Lockport Railroad was chartered April 27, 1852, to build a branch of the Rochester, Lockport and Niagara Falls from Lockport towards Buffalo. It opened in 1854, running from Lockport to Tonawanda, where it joined the Buffalo & Niagara Falls Railroad, opened 1837, for the rest of the way to Buffalo. One of nine other railroads that formed the New York Central.

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Front Side: Buffalo-New York & Philadelphia Railroad Back Side: Buffalo-New York & Philadelphia Railroad Pennsylvania R.R. Flag

Buffalo-New York & Philadelphia Railroad

Item: 47-B     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Excellent block lettering and gold patina.
Key (railroad) pre-dates WNY&P railroad. Very old and rare key.

History

Due to the Depression of the 1880's the Buffalo-New York & Philadelphia Railroad slid into receivership. J.P.Morgan, who was just establishing his
reputation as a financier, stepped in to sort out the mess. By 1887, he had reorganized BNY&P railroad as the Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad.

The Buffalo-New York & Philadelphia Company is the only one of the great companies described which had its headquarters in Buffalo. Besides the roads consolidated with its own, the line controled at one time the following leased railroads: The Genesee Valley Canal Railroad; the Rochester-New York & Pennsylvania; the McKean & Buffalo; the Kendall & Eldred; the Olean & Bradford; and the Mayville Extension Railroad. The total number of miles of railroad owned and controlled by the company was seven hundred and eighteen.

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Front Side: Burlington Northern Railroad Back Side: Burlington Northern Railroad BN R.R. Flag

Burlington Northern Railroad

Item: 49-B     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Keyline forged.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Given the moniker,
"Big Nothing."

History

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.

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

Burlington Northern Railroad

Item: 50-B     Price: $45.00

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

History - continued from above

Although the four railroads shared common ownership (including the headquarters building in Saint Paul, Minnesota) from the days of the James J. Hill era, the four railroads previously had unsuccessfully attempted four mergers to unify the Hill Lines: 1896, 1901, 1927 and 1955. Surprisingly the merger was finally approved in 1970 even though a challenge occurred in the Supreme Court, which reversed the result of the 1904 Northern Securities ruling.

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Front Side: Burlington Northern Railroad Back Side: Burlington Northern Railroad BN R.R. Flag

Burlington Northern Railroad

Item: 51-B     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid-late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and patina. M = post merger key.

History - continued from above

To further expand the Burlington Northern railroad, a single track was constructed in 1972 into the Powder River Basin to serve various coal mines. On November 21, 1980, the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway was acquired, giving the railroad trackage as far south into Florida. By 1981, however, the holding company of the railroad, Burlington Northern, Inc. relocated headquarters from Saint Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington and spun off all non-rail operations to Burlington Resources in 1988.

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Front Side: Burlington Northern Railroad Back Side: Burlington Northern Railroad BN alt=     BN RR Flag     BN helper/pusher engines 682, 816, & 808

Burlington Northern Railroad

Item: 52-B     Price: $50.00

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

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Front Side: Burlington Route Railroad Back Side: Burlington Route Railroad BR R.R. Flag

Burlington Route Railroad

Item: 53-B     Price: $75.00

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

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Front Side: Burlington Route Railroad Back Side: Burlington Route Railroad BR Chicago 12th St. Yard

Burlington Route Railroad

Item: 54-B     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Early CB&Q key.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.

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

Burlington Route Railroad

Item: 55-B     Aluminum Key    Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
A few roads experimented with aluminum keys,
the result was non-durable. Though not a very attractive key,
it is one to own just for the bragging rights. Key is light as a feather.

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

Burlington Route Railroad

Item: 56-B     Price: $40.00

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

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Front Side: Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Back Side: Burlington & Missouri River Railroad B&MR R.R. Flag

Burlington & Missouri River Railroad

Item: 58-B     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and silver patina.
Burlington style bit. A nice one!

History

The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad (B&MR) was an American railroad company incorporated in Iowa in 1852, with headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. It was developed to build a railroad across the state of Iowa and began operations in 1856. It was acquired by the Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad in 1872, and kept serving as its subsidiary.

The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad was incorporated in Burlington, Iowa in 1852. It commenced operations on January 1, 1856 with only a few miles of track. In 1857 it connected to Ottumwa, followed by Murray in 1858. It finally reached the Missouri River in November 1859. It used wood-burning locomotives and wooden passenger cars

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Front Side: Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Back Side: Burlington & Missouri River Railroad B&MR Railway crew    B&MR R.R. Flag    B&MR Railway crew

Burlington & Missouri River Railroad

Item: 59-B     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and silver patina.
Burlington style bit. A great looking steel key!

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Columbus & Newark Route Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Columbus & Newark Route Pennsylvania R.R. Flag        B&O RR Flag

Baltimore & Ohio

Item: 60-B     Columbus & Newark Route    Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History

The rails heading east from Columbus to Newark, Ohio were jointly owned by the "Pennsylvania Railroad" and the "Baltimore & Ohio Railroad." This 33 mile stretch was a bit like the waist of an hour glass. At the Newark end PRR trains from Steubenville - Pittsburgh and B&O trains from Wheeling - Pittsburgh shared the track. From the west at Columbus PRR trains from Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago came together on the Columbus-Newark Sub-Division along with B&O trains from Midland City-Cincinnati.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. B&O R.R. Flag

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 61-B     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.
Elegant elongated barrel. A real beauty!

History

The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, based in Baltimore, Maryland, was one of the two or three oldest, largest, most important railroads in the history of the mid-Atlantic region. Its great rival was the Pennsylvania Railroad. The B&O was the first Class I railroad in the U.S. as well as one of the first in the nation. During its peak years, the railroad carried coal, steel, and other freight, as well as passengers, as far North as New York City, and as far west as Chicago. Most surviving trackage is operated by CSX Transportation. The B&O provided critical logistic support to the Union during the Civil War, when it was the target of repeated Confederate raids.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. B&O R.R. - Roundhouse

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 62-B     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Elegant elongated barrel. Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

The B&O was not the first railroad in the U.S., but it was the first common carrier railroad and the first to offer scheduled freight and passenger service to the public. It was the first intercity railroad in the United States. The most important American East Coast seaports in the early 1800s were Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Charleston, South Carolina. Baltimore had an advantage in being farther inland than the others (and therefore closer to many markets), being located almost at the head of navigation on Chesapeake Bay, the estuary of the Susquehanna River. New York gained an advantage in 1825 with the opening of the Erie Canal, permitting navigation as far as Lake Erie, and in 1826 the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania chartered a system of canals to link Philadelphia with the Ohio River at Pittsburgh.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. B&O R.R. Flag

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 63-B     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Elegant elongated barrel. Superb serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

The B&O was the target of repeated Confederate attacks during the American Civil War. Union forces often failed to properly secure the region, despite the vital importance of the railroad in providing supplies and troops to the battlefronts. Confederate general "Stonewall" Jackson made the Railroad his favorite target. Nevertheless, under the leadership of president John W. Garrett the B&O increased its operations, and increased its profits during the war.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. B&O R.R. - Roundhouse

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 64-B     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged. Another beauty!
Elegant elongated barrel. Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History - continued from above

In 1960 the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O) began to acquire B&O stock. NYC made a bid, but B&O's stockholders approved C&O control, and on May 1, 1962, so did the ICC. By early 1964 C&O owned 90% of B&O's stock. In 1967 the ICC authorized C&O and B&O to control WM; B&O's WM stock had long been held in a nonvoting trust. On June 15, 1973, B&O, C&O, and WM were made subsidiaries of the newly created Chessie System, although they continued to operate as separate railroads. There was no great surge of track abandonment, because in most areas B&O and C&O were complementary rather than competitive. In 1981 B&O leased the former Rock Island trackage from Blue Island to Henry, Illinois. B&O continued to exist with the Chessie System. On May 1, 1983, B&O assumed operations of the WM. Four years later, on April 30, 1987, C&O merged B&O, and four months after that, CSX Transportation merged the C&O.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Peter Cooper's steam locomotive, the Tom Thumb

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 65-B     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim/Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.Given the moniker,
"Best and Only."

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad B&O Railroad depot, Pittsburg

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 66-B     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. A rarity.
Nice cursive style lettering and superb patina.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad B&O R.R. Flag

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 67-B     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Eye catcher!
Attractive serif lettering and patina. Unique style!

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co. B&O Lift Bridge

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Co.

Item: 68-B     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. F/S Hdw. forged?
Superb serif lettering and superb patina.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad RT Back Side :Baltimore & Ohio Railroad RT B&OCT bascule bridge spans over the Chicago River

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 69-B     Repair Track    Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Nice stamped initials.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad RT Back Side :Baltimore & Ohio Railroad RT B&O R.R. Flag

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 70-B     Repair Track    Price: $65.00

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

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side : Baltimore & Ohio Railroad B&O R.R.

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 71-B     Chicago Terminal     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the F-S HDW CO.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History

In 1910 the B&O purchased the Chicago Terminal Transfer Co., a belt line and renamed this
section of it's line the Baltimore & Ohio - Chicago Terminal. In 1910, the B&O
absorbed this line and continued to use the CTT's key style.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Back Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad B&O Jay St. freight station

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 72-B     Chicago Terminal     Price: $75.00

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

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Railroad LS Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Railroad LS B&O RR System Map

Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Item: 73-B     local station     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.

History

In Philadelphia, Pa. the 24th St. Station, also known as B&O Station, 24th Street Station and/or Chestnut Street Station, was the main passenger station
for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. It would seem to me that this key would be utilized on a locked switch in or around a depot like Philadelphia's 24th Street Station.

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Front Side: Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad Back Side:Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad B&O train, Ohio

Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad

Item: 74-B     New Listing     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's.
Superb serif lettering and patina. A rare one!

History

Originally the Marietta & Cincinnati Railroad, the railroad was renamed Baltimore & Ohio Southwestern Railroad in 1889. Merged into the Baltimore & Ohio in 1900.

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Front Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway Back Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway BR&P R.R. Flag

Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway

Item: 76-B     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and superb patina.
This key stamped RY + BR&P key below stamped RR = nice set.

History

Chartered in 1869, the BR&P, a former class 1 railroad, aquired a reputation as a coal hauler line. In 1932 the Baltimore & Ohio purchased the BR&P. Fast forward to 1973, the C&O created the Chessie System who then sold the Rochester branch to the Genesee & Wyoming Railroad in 1986. Thus creating the Rochester & Southern Railroad. In April 1988 the remainder of the BR&P became the Buffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad, also a G&W subsidiary. Except for several branches, the lines of the BR&P of 1930 remain intact.

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Front Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad Back Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad BR&P Ry

Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad

Item: 77-B     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb gold patina. Great dark lettering and fine pocket wear.

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Front Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad Back Side: Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad BR&P Ry

Buffalo-Rochester & Pittsburgh Railroad

Item: 78-B     Price: $75.00

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

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Front Side: Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad Back Side: Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad B&S R.R. Flag

Buffalo & Susquehanna Railroad

Item: 79-B     Price: $75.00

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

History

The B&S Railroad was a former Class I railroad that operated in western and north central Pennsylvania and western New York states. It was created in 1893 by the merger and consolidation of several smaller logging railroads. It operated independently until 1932, when a majority of its capital stock was purchased by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. In later years most of the B&S was siphoned off or abandoned.

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Dates quoted for keys are approximate dates. Railroad switch keys initials (reporting mark) are assumed to be correct and accurate.
Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 07/01/2018

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