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Frontside: Delaware & Hudson Railroad Backside: Delaware & Hudson Railroad D&H R.R. Flag

Delaware & Hudson Railroad

Item: 3-D     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Superb serif lettering and copper patina.
Given the moniker, "Delay and Hesitate."

History

Nicknamed "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada," the D&H helped connect New York with Montreal, Quebec and New England. The D&H roots go way back to 1823. In 1829, D&H purchased four locomotives built in England. One of them, the Stourbridge Lion, was the first steam locomotive to run on rails in America, but proved too heavy for D&H's wood track.The four locomotives were set aside and gradually deteriorated. Similar to the B&O's situation, changing times brought hardships to the railroad in the 1960's and 70's. Talk about a deal; the D&H reached its nadir on January 4, 1984 when it was purchased by Timothy Mellon's Guilford Transportation Industries (GTI), from Norfolk & Western Railroad for just $500,000.

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Frontside: Delaware & Hudson Railroad Backside: Delaware & Hudson Railroad D&H engine No.1403

Delaware & Hudson Railroad

Item: 4-D     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Superb serif lettering and fine pocket wear.
Backward "D" stamped intentially.

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Frontside: Delaware Otsego System Railroad Backside: Delaware Otsego System Railroad DOS R.R. Flag

Delaware Otsego System

Item: 6-D     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Block lettering and nice gold patina.

History

The Delaware Otsego Corporation (DO) is an American railway holding company which owns the subsidiary New York-Susquehanna & Western Railway as well as other, smaller branch line railroads, collectively known as the DO System. It is headquartered in Cooperstown, New York in Otsego County. Once known for operating a successful family of short line railroads throughout New York and New Jersey, the only remaining active operation is the New York-Susquehanna & Western and its leased lines now known as the Central New York Railroad.

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Frontside: Des Moines Railway Backside: Des Moines Railway Des Moines St. Ry

Des Moines Railway

Item: 8-D     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Interurban line.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.

History

Horse drawn passenger vehicles appeared in the larger cities in the early 19th century. However, the poor condition of the streets meant a slow bumpy ride, or the prospect of becoming mired in the mud. Iron tracks were built to help alleviate this problem, reducing the number of horses needed and permitting a somewhat smoother and faster ride. Speeds of four to six miles per hour were possible, hardly more thean the pace of walking. A substantial part of the total costs was that of the horse, often priced at $100 or more and because they were usually limited to 4-6 hours of work, several teams were necessary. Often, the costs of the horses was greater than the average cost of $750 for the car. It was estimated, that 40% of the total investment was in the horses and stable.

The capital of Iowa had a population of about 10,000 people at the close of the Civil War. Dr. M. P. Turner, Aho had operated toll bridges over the DesMoines River until tolls were abolished by the city council, received the first franchise for a narrow gauge horsecar line to run from the Polk County Courthouse to the foot of Capitol Hill. In 1878, rails were laid on Walnut Street and ten years later, a line was opened on Fourth Street. Electric power was introduced by the Broad Gauge Railway Company, organized by Messrs. Van Ginkel, Teachout and Weber in 1886, to operate on Locust Street and Grand Avenue. In 1889, Jefferson Polk, an associate of Turner, acquired control of the Independent lines and consolidated them into the Des MoInes Street Railway.

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Frontside:Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad Backside: Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad Comedian Groucho Marx

Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad

Item: 10-D     Price: $125.00

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

History

The line was initially chartered as the Dardanelle & Russellville Railway and train operations began in August 1883. After undergoing reorganization in 1900, operations continued as the Dardanelle & Russellville Railroad. When originally constructed, the railroad carried cotton and other agricultural products. The predominant traffic shifted to coal by 1900, thanks to extensive semi-anthracite coal production along the railroad. The D&R was also a leader in the trend for railroads to branch into other transportation modes, owning a highway subsidiary from 1919-1960. The highway subsidiary, Dardanelle Transfer Company, operated both bus and truck service over an expanded territory much larger than was served by the railroad itself. The current DR operates a 4.8 mile line in Arkansas from Russellville (where it interchanges with Union Pacific) to a point beside the Arkansas River, across from Dardanelle, Arkansas.

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Frontside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Backside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad DL&W R.R. Flag

Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Item: 12-D     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina.
Given the moniker, "Delay, Linger and Wait."

History

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. 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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Frontside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Backside: Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad Inspection locomotive

Delaware-Lackawanna & Western Railroad

Item: 13-D     Price: $85.00

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

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Frontside: Detroit-Lansing & Northern Railroad Backside: Detroit-Lansing & Northern Railroad PM R.R. Flag

Detroit-Lansing & Northern Railroad

Item: 15-D     Price: $175.00

Remarks: chartered in 1876. A relic!
Attractive serif lettering and gold patina.

History

The Detroit-Lansing & Northern Railroad (DL&N) is a defunct railroad which was formed on December 27, 1876 as a reorganization of the foreclosed Detroit-Lansing & Lake Michigan Railroad. The segment of its main line from Detroit to Lansing became an important component of the Pere Marquette Railroad, organized in 1900, and is still in use by CSX.

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Frontside: Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad Backside: Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad D&TSL R.R. Flag

Detroit & Toledo Shore Line Railroad

Item: 17-D     Price: $225.00

Remarks: D&TSL was formed in 1898.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
Key most likely from the year 1898-99.
A beauty!

History

The Detroit and Toledo Shore Line Railroad (reporting mark DTS) is a historic railroad that operated in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan.

The D&TSL operated 46.98 miles of line between Toledo, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan, a bridge route connecting the Motor City with the rail gateway of Toledo. Prior to the 1960s mergers resulting in Penn Central Transportation and the Norfolk and Western Railway, the link between these two cities was vitally important to the independent railroads in the area, particularly the GTW and the Nickel Plate. In 1960 it reported 243 million net ton-miles of revenue freight.

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Frontside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Backside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad D&RG R.R. Flag

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Item: 19-D     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged.
Nice block lettering and gold patina.

History

The railroad started as a 3 ft. 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 the epitome of mountain railroading, with a motto of "Through the Rockies", not around them and later "Main line through the Rockies", both referring to the Rocky Mountains. The D&RGW operated the highest mainline rail line in the United States, over the 10,240 feet Tennessee Pass in Colorado, and the famed routes through the Moffat Tunnel and the Royal Gorge. At its height, around 1890, the D&RG had the largest operating narrow gauge railroad network in North America. Known for its independence, the D&RGW operated the last private intercity passenger train in the United States, the "Rio Grande Zephyr."

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Frontside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Backside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Roundhouse crash at Minturn

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Item: 21-D     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
Given the moniker, "Dirty and Ragged Going West."

History - continued from above

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad; several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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Frontside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Backside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Scene from 1962 epic western - How the West was Won

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Item: 22-D    Price: $85.00

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

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Frontside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad Backside: Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad D&RGW observation car

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad

Item: 23-D     Water Service Key     Price: $185.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Very nice serif lettering and superb gold patina.
A rare 1!

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Frontside: Denver & Salt Lake Railroad Backside: Denver & Salt Lake Railroad D&SL R.R. Flag

Denver & Salt Lake Railroad

Item: 26-D     New Listing     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
A hard key to find!

History

The Denver-Northwestern & Pacific Railway was a U.S. railroad company in Colorado. The company had numerous reorganizations throughout its financially troubled history, and later had the official names of the Denver & Salt Lake Railroad, and finally the Denver & Salt Lake Railway (reporting mark D&SL). By the time the company was acquired by the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad it was colloquially known as the Moffat Tunnel Route. The portions still in use today are known as the Moffat Tunnel Subdivision of Union Pacific Railroad's Central Corridor.

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Frontside: Denver & Salt Lake Railroad Backside: Denver & Salt Lake Railroad D&SL R.R. Flag

Denver & Salt Lake Railroad

Item: 26-D     New Listing     Price: $25.00

Remarks: Unmarked key, similar to D&SL key above.

History - continued from above

Prior to the line's construction there was no direct line west of Denver, with rail traffic having to detour south to Pueblo or north to Cheyenne. The Denver business community wanted an "Air Line" west of the city, and the Denver-Northwestern & Pacific Railway was going to be that Air Line, originating in Denver, and was planned to terminate in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although the line was never completed as a separate route to Salt Lake City, the finished portion was eventually connected with the D&RGW's main near Dotsero and used to shorten their route between Salt Lake City and Denver. The line initially featured an arduous grade over Rollins Pass, until the pass was bypassed by the Moffat Tunnel.

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Frontside: Detroit Edison Co. Backside: Detroit Edison Co. Detroit Edison coal train

Detroit Edison Co.

Item: 28-D     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim Forged.
Nice block lettering and patina.

History

Detroit Edison was part of a large holding company called North American Edison Company. North American's stock had once been one of the twelve component stocks of the May 1896 original Dow Jones Industrial Average. North American Company was broken up by the Securities and Exchange Commission, following the United States Supreme Court decision of April 1, 1946.

Purchasing EMD SD40's and GE U30C's for mainline motive power as well as High-Side Articulated Gondolas (with a capacity of 185,000 pounds), this new equipment allowed Detroit Edison to move more coal en masse than what Penn Central was able to do with their equipment. The trains were maintained by Detroit Edison officials but operated by Penn Central crews.

By the late 1980s or early 1990, Detroit Edison discontinued use of their equipment, as Conrail began to supply enough locomotives and rolling stock to meet the power company's needs.

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Frontside: Detroit & Mackinac Railway Backside: Detroit & Mackinac Railway D&M engine No.1280

Detroit & Mackinac Railway

Item: 30-D     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Not the standard D&M switch key.
Possible Lake State Railway style cut.

History

The Detroit and Mackinac Railway (reporting marks D&M, DM), informally known as the "Turtle Line," was a railroad in the northeastern part of the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The main line ran from Bay City north to Cheboygan; it operated from 1894 to 1992.

In March 1976, the Detroit & Mackinac acquired a combination of trackage and operating trackage rights from the remains of the bankrupt Penn Central that created an alternate main line from Bay City northward, through Gaylord and Cheboygan, to Mackinaw City. However, adverse economic conditions continued to affect railroad operations in the northeastern United States. The road was sold to the Lake State Railway in 1992, and ended its existence as an independent railroad.

The Detroit & Mackinac called itself the "Turtle Line" and its logo symbol was "Mackinac Mac." The railroad bore the hostile backronym of "Defeated & Maltreated."

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Frontside: Detroit Terminal Railroad Backside: Detroit Terminal Railroad DT R.R. Flag    DT engine No.105

Detroit Terminal Railroad

Item: 32-D     Price: $55.00

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

History

Detroit Terminal Railroad Company was incorporated in the State of Michigan, United States of America, 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., on May 31, 1984.

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Frontside: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad Backside: Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad DT&I work car ca. 1921

Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railroad

Item: 34-D     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. One of two
DT&I style switch keys, this bit type being the rarest.
Given the moniker, "Darn Tired and Independent."

History

In 1901, the merger of the Detroit & Lima Northern Railway and the Ohio Southern Railway formed the Detroit Southern Railroad. This company was purchased at foreclosure on May 1, 1905 by Harry B. Hollins & Company of New York, which reincorporated it in the state of Michigan under the name of the Detroit-Toledo & Ironton Railway.

The line went bankrupt in 1908, but remained solvent until it was purchased by Henry Ford in 1920. Ford recognized the strategic importance of the line to his automobile business as the line left Dearborn, Michigan and connected with all of the major east-west rail lines in the Midwest. This gave Ford direct control over shipments of raw materials and finished goods to and from his factories in Dearborn. The line thrived and saw numerous improvements under Ford's management. However, Ford sold the line in 1929 to the Pennsylvania Railroad after becoming disgusted with interference and over regulation from the Interstate Commerce Commission.

In 1963, the DT&I, itself by then a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad, once again gained control of the AA. The Ann Arbor lines would later become part of the formation of Conrail in April 1976 but were still facing abandonment. They were purchased by the state of Michigan in October 1977 with the intent of preserving rail service over its tracks. Subsequently, the state divested itself of the lines and remnants of the AA are now owned and operated by several short line railroad companies (including one with the same name as the original).

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Frontside: Des Moines Union Railway Backside: Des Moines Union Railway DMU-bridge

Des Moines Union Railway

Item: 36-D     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and gold patina.
Iowa short line.

History

The Des Moines Union Railway was incorporated in 1886 as a jointly owned union railroad between the Wabash St. Louis and Pacific Railroad, which reached Des Moines in 1882; and the Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul & Pacific (Milwaukee Road) which reached Des Moines in 1882 as well. It was owned 50/50 between the two railroads. Along with serving the Wabash and Milwaukee Road, it would later serve the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy along with the Chicago Great Western.

Des Moines Union Railway now owned by Norfolk Southern.

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Frontside: Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad Backside: Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad DM&IR R.R. Flag

Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railroad

Item: 40-D     Price: $65.00

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

History

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.

Today the DM&IR is a railroad operating in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin that hauls iron ore and taconite to the Great Lakes ports of Duluth and Two Harbors, Minnesota. Control of the railway was acquired on May 10, 2004, by the Canadian National Railway when it purchased the assets of Great Lakes Transportation.

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Frontside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad Backside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad DM&N R.R. Flag

Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railway

Item: 42-D         Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Ex-fine pocket ware. Block lettering and great gold patina.
Early bird DM&N key!

History

The DM&N was incorporated in 1891 and the first load of iron ore was shipped to Superior, Wisconsin, in October, 1892. The formation of the railway was necessary after the discovery of high-grade Mesabi iron ore near Mountain Iron, Minnesota by the "seven iron men." The DM&N was taken over by "John D. Rockefeller" who sold the railroad to the United States Steel Corporation. The D&IR itself was sold to a steel interest, Illinois Steel,which itself eventually became part of United States Steel resulting in both railroads coming under ownership of the same company. The railroads continued to run independently until the DM&N leased the D&IR in 1930 with both eventually merged in March of 1938 as the Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railway.

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Frontside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad Backside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad How the West was Won.    How the West was Won.    How the West was Won.

Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railway

Item: 43-D     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Adlake forged?
Superb block lettering and patina. This key stamped
"R.R." + key below stamped "RY" = nice set!

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Frontside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad Backside: Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railroad How the West was Won.

Duluth-Missabe & Northern Railway

Item: 44-D     New Listing     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. This key stamped
"RY" + key above stamped "R.R." = nice set!

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Frontside: Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railroad Backside: Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railroad DSS&A R.R. Flag

Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railway

Item: 47-D     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Excellent serif lettering and copper patina.
Given the moniker, "Damn Slow Service and Abuse."

History

The Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railway (DSS&A) was an American railroad serving the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the Lake Superior shoreline of Wisconsin. It provided service from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and St. Ignace, Michigan, westward through Marquette, Michigan to Superior, Wisconsin, and Duluth, Minnesota. A branchline stretched northward from Nestoria, Michigan up to the Keweenaw Peninsula and terminating at Houghton, Michigan, with two branches extending further to Calumet, Michigan and Lake Linden, Michigan.

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Frontside: Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railroad Backside: Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railroad DSS&A Ry.

Duluth-South Shore & Atlantic Railway

Item: 48-D     Price: $110.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Excellent serif lettering and gold patina.

History

The first predecessor of the DSS&A began operations in 1855. The railroad fell under the control of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1888, and was operated from 1888 until 1960 as an independently nameplated subsidiary of the CPR. In 1949, a reorganization of the DSS&A took place, creating new heralds and designating the company a railroad instead of a railway. In 1961, the DSS&A was folded into the CPR-controlled Soo Line Railroad. Since 2001, the remaining operating trackage of the former DSS&A has been operated by the Canadian National Railway (CN). The original DSS&A trackage still operated is now limited to the areas between Trout Lake and Munising Junction, Ishpeming and Baraga, and White Pine and Marengo Junction.

The original DSS&A trackage still operated is now limited to the areas between Trout Lake and Munising Junction, Ishpeming and Baraga, and White Pine and Marengo Junction.

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Frontside: Duluth-Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Backside: Duluth-Winnipeg & Pacific Railway DWP R.R. Flag

Duluth-Winnipeg & Pacific Railway

Item: 49-D     New Listing     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Given the moniker, "Delivered With Pride."

History

The Duluth-Winnipeg & Pacific Railway (reporting mark DWP) is a subsidiary railroad of Canadian National Railway (CN) operating in northern Minnesota, United States. A CN system-wide rebranding beginning in 1995 has seen the DWP logo and name largely replaced by its parent company. The DWP line is CN's connection between International Falls and Duluth, Minnesota, where the railroad connects to a short stretch of the former Duluth-Missabe & Iron Range Railway before following the former Wisconsin Central (both now wholly owned by CN) to Chicago, Illinois. In December 2011, the Duluth-Winnipeg & Pacific Railway was merged into Wisconsin Central Ltd., which is also controlled by Canadian National Railway. This merger was intended to increase efficiency.

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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 09/12/2019

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