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Front Side: Oklahoma Railway Back Side: Oklahoma Railway O Ry fare token    Oklahoma Ry

Oklahoma Railway Company

Item: 2-O     Price: $145.00

Remarks: Operated 1904-1947. Oklahoma interurban.
Nice block lettering and two-tone patina. A rarity!

History

The Oklahoma Railway Company (ORy) operated interurban lines to El Reno, Guthrie, and Norman, and several streetcar lines in Oklahoma City, and the surrounding area from 1904 to 1947.

Freight traffic was also handled on the interurban lines as well as a few of the streetcar lines. The railway had a connection with the Fort Smith and Western Railroad at Guthrie and the two companies interchanged freight cars there.

As World War II approached, the company began to shift focus away from interurban/streetcar operation towards buses; as a result, the company began to gradually abandon its rail operations. As part of this action, several line segments were leased, then sold to the Santa Fe and the Rock Island.

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Front Side: Old Colony Railroad Back Side: Old Colony Railroad OC R.R. engine No.20

Old Colony Railroad

Item: 4-O     Price: $145.00

Remarks: Operated 1845-1893. Forged by the W. Bohannan Co.
Great carmel patina. Handsome ring barrel and fine pocket wear.
This key + OC key below = great set!

History

The Old Colony Railroad (OC) was a major railroad system, mainly covering southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island. It operated from 1845 to 1893. From 1845 to 1893, the OC network grew extensively largely through a series of mergers and acquisitions with other established railroads, until it was itself acquired by the New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad under lease agreement on March 1, 1893 for its entire 617-mile network. After this date, all trains, lines, and stations became known as the "Old Colony Division" of the huge "New Haven" system. During this period, the New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad enjoyed a virtual monopoly on all passenger and freight rail service in southern New England.

Most of the railroading in southeastern Massachusetts was now under the control of OC. The area was rich in industry, and the railroad's traffic included raw materials, finished goods and coal carried inland from the ports. The OC had an intense passenger business, participating not only in an all-rail route to New York in conjunction with other lines beyond Providence but also connecting with steamers on Long Island Sound, principally between Fall River and New York.

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Front Side: Old Colony Railroad Back Side: Old Colony Railroad OC R.R. Gov. Bradford    OC R.R. engine Chas. Richmond.

Old Colony Railroad

Item: 5-O     car key     Price: $155.00

Remarks: Operated 1845-1893. Forged by the W. Bohannan Co.
Great carmel patina. Handsome ring barrel and fine pocket wear.
This key + OC key above = great set!

History - continued from above

Passenger service on the New Haven Railroad's Old Colony Division ended in 1959, except for the main line between Boston and Providence, which continues to be used for passenger service by Amtrak and the MBTA. Since 1997, other former OC lines have been reopened to passenger service, including the MBTA's Old Colony Lines with service from Boston to Plymouth and Middleborough/Lakeville. In 2007, MBTA passenger service was restored on the Greenbush Line between Braintree and Greenbush Station in Scituate. The MBTA currently has plans to also restore passenger service to Fall River and New Bedford as part of its proposed South Coast Rail project.

Other parts of the former OC system continue to be used for freight service by CSX Transportation and other short line railroads,
including the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad which operates on Cape Cod and in southeastern Massachusetts.

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Front Side: Omaha Railroad Back Side: Omaha Railroad CStPM&O R.R. Flag

Omaha Railroad

aka, the "Chicago-St. Paul-Minneapolis & Omaha Railway"

Item: 6-O     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Nice granger key to add to your collection.

History

The Chicago-St. Paul-Minneapolis & Omaha Railway or Omaha Road (reporting mark CMO) was a railroad in the U.S. states of Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. It was incorporated in 1880 as a consolidation of the Chicago-St. Paul & Minneapolis Railway and the North Wisconsin Railway. The Chicago & North Western Railway (C&NW) gained control in 1882. The C&NW leased the Omaha Road in 1957 and merged the company into itself in 1972.

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Front Side: Oregon & Eureka Railroad Back Side: Oregon & Eureka Railroad No.17

Oregon & Eureka Railroad

Item: 7-O     Price: $275.00

Remarks: Operated 1903-07. Forged by the JHW Climax Co.
Handsome double ring barrel and superb gold patina.
Oregon logging line. A rarity!

History

Southern Pacific Transportation Company formed the Oregon and Eureka Railroad in 1903 in an agreement to use logging railroads as part of a line connecting Humboldt County (California) sawmills with the national rail network. Northwestern Pacific Railroad offered service over the route from 1911 through 1933. The northern 6-mile (9.7 km) of the line remained in use as a Hammond Lumber Company logging branch until 1948.

The 36-mile (58 km) Oregon and Eureka Railroad formed through Hammond's 1903 agreement with Southern Pacific was equipped with seven locomotives, two 48-foot (15 m) passenger coaches, and 166 freight cars. The railroad had 212 freight cars by 1905, and was extended in 1906 to carry lumber from the Little River Redwood Company sawmill at Crannell, California. The Oregon and Eureka was included in the Northwestern Pacific Railroad (NWP) merger on 8 January 1907, and extended to Trinidad, California on 22 June.

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Front Side: Oregon Short Line Railroad Back Side: Oregon Short Line Railroad OSL R.R. Flag     OWR&N R.R. Flag

Oregon Short Line Railroad

Item: 8-O     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Rare OSL pre-merger
(OSL/UP) key. Bit style identical to Clinchfield Key.

History

The Oregon Short Line Railroad (OSL) was a railroad in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Montana and Oregon. The line was organized as the Oregon Short Line Railway in 1881 as a subsidiary of Union Pacific Railway. Union Pacific intended the line to be the shortest route ("the short line") from Wyoming to Oregon. In 1889 the line merged with the Utah & Northern Railway and a handful of smaller railroads to become the Oregon Short Line & Utah Northern Railway. Following the bankruptcy of Union Pacific, the line was taken into receivership and reorganized as the Oregon Short Line Railroad.

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Front Side: Oregon Short Line Back Side: Oregon Short Line Liberty Bell, OSL depot, 1915.

Oregon Short Line Railroad

Item: 9-O     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Nice early OSL post-merger UP key.

History - continued from above

The OSL was independent for a short period of time until October 1898 when the newly reformed Union Pacific Railroad took control of a majority of the board of directors. During the early part of the 20th century the railroad publicized tours of Yellowstone National Park by way of a spur constructed from Idaho Falls, Idaho to West Yellowstone, Montana. In 1938, Union Pacific began consolidating operations and leased for operation a number of its subsidiaries including the Oregon Short Line. The railroad operated under the lease until December 30, 1987, when the OSL was fully merged into the Union Pacific Railroad.

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Front Side: Oregon Short Line Back Side: Oregon Short Line OSL R.R. Flag

Oregon Short Line Railroad

Item: 10-O     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.
Key listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History - See 8-O

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Front Side: Oregon Short Line Back Side: Oregon Short Line How the West was Won.    How the West was Won.

Oregon Short Line Railroad

Item: 11-O     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and two-tone patina.
Bit style same as R&B key above.

History - See 8-O

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Front Side: Oregon Short Line Back Side: Oregon Short Line Marx Brothers Go West

Oregon Short Line Railroad

Item: 12-O     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Special keys rarely circulate.
Key listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."
This key + OSL key below = nice rare set!

History - See 8-O

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Front Side: Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. Railroad Back Side: Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. Railroad OR&N R.R Co.

Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co.

Item: 14-O     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb patina. Original style cut.
Note: No "W" (Washington) stamp, key issued prior to 1910 UP take over.

History

The OR&N company traces its roots back as far as 1860. It was incorporated in 1879 in Portland, Oregon and operated between Portland and eastern Washington and Oregon until 1896, when it was reorganized into the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Company. The OR&N company was the core 643 miles of the OR&N. Its route eventually became the backbone of Union Pacific Railroad's mainline from Utah to the Pacific Northwest.

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Front Side: Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co. Back Side: Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co The OR&N R.R. wharf

Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co.

Item: 15-O     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Handsome stamp marks and superb patina. Note: No "W"
(Washington) stamp, key issued prior to 1910 UP take over.

History - See 14-O

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Front Side: Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. Back Side: Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. UP R.R. Flag

Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co.

Item: 16-O     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb yellow-gold patina.
Post (1910) UP issued key. Nice bold stamp marks.

History - See 14-O

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Front Side: Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. Back Side: Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co. OR&N R.R.

Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation Co.

Item: 17-O     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Fine pocket wear and superb patina.
Post (1910) UP issued key. Very nice stamp marks.

History - See 14-O

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Front Side: Panama Railway Back Side: Panama Railway Panama R.R. Flag

Panama Railway

Item: 2-P     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. The Panama Railway
greatly contributed to the bldg. of the canal. A Commonwealth country
of the U.S., Panama hopes to one day become the 51st state in our Union.

History

The Panama Canal Railway (Spanish: Ferrocarril de Panama) is a railway line that runs parallel to the Panama Canal, linking the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in Central America. The route stretches 47.6 miles (76.6 km) across the Isthmus of Panama from Colon (Atlantic) to Balboa (Pacific, near Panama City). It is operated by Panama Canal Railway Company which is jointly owned by Kansas City Southern and Mi-Jack Products.

The infrastructure of this railroad (formerly named the Panama Railway or Panama Rail Road) was of vital importance for the construction of the Panama Canal over a parallel route half a century later. The principal incentive for the building of the rail line was the vast increase in traffic to California owing to the 1849 California Gold Rush. Construction on the Panama Railroad began in 1850 and the first revenue train ran over the full length on January 28, 1855. Referred to as an inter-oceanic railroad when it opened, it was later also described by some as representing a "transcontinental" railroad, despite only transversing the narrow isthmus connecting the North and South American continents

The Panama Canal Railway currently provides both freight and passenger service.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 5-P     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Adlake forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History

The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) (or Pennsylvania Railroad Company and also known the "Pennsy") was an American Class I railroad that was
established in 1846 and was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was called the Pennsylvania Railroad because it was established in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR's Paoli Railyard

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 6-P     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Forged by Ritchie & Sons.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. Nice Pennsy oldie!

History - continued from above

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the 20th century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 7-P     Price: $55.00

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

History

The biggest improvement accomplished by the PRR in the 1920s and 1930s was the electrification of its lines from New York to Washington, D.C., and from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. PRR had begun electric operation in 1910 via a direct current (DC) 650-volt third rail that powered PRR locomotives and LIRR passenger cars. PRR was slower to dieselize and when it did so it bought units from every manufacturer.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Cover Wagon

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 10-P     Price: $55.00

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

History - continued from above

In 1885, the PRR began passenger train service from New York City via Philadelphia to Washington with limited stops along the route. This service became known as the "Congressional Limited Express." The service expanded, and by the 1920s, the PRR was operating hourly passenger train service between New York, Philadelphia and Washington. In 1952, 18-car stainless steel streamliners were introduced on the Morning Congressional and Afternoon Congressional between New York and Washington, as well as the Senator from Boston to Washington

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 11-P     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Bohannan forged?
Handsome block lettering and gold patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR No.436

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 12-P     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Nice serif lettering.
Superb carmel patina. Unique slope style hilt - nice!

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Map

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 13-P     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by Fraim/Slaymaker Co.
Superb serif lettering and dark patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 14-P     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Nice serif lettering.
Attractive ring barrel and great gold patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR train Chicago

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 15-P     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged.
Attractive serif lettering and superb patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 16-P     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged.
Pocket worn initials and superb patina. Serial # 723 or 725.

FYI: In reference to the two picture links below: out of the five Pennsy "knobby" keys shown in the pictures, the key second from the right, which is also the key in the pictures above; the barrel size is a tad smaller and has a deeper well. Whether the deeper barrel well depth was from years of use, or forged that way, is anyones guess. Also, the key has a "Z" initial stamp, which brings into question my point, are all Pennsy knobby keys made equal? I would use caution when shopping for a knobby key for your lock.

PRR knobby keys | PRR knobby barrel size

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Front Side: Penna Co Back Side: Penna Co NS engine No.8102

Penna Co

Item: 17-P     aka the Pennsylvania Railroad     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb serif lettering dark patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Rays Hill Tunnel    Rays Hill Tunnel at night in 1942

Penna Co.

Item: 18-P     Price: $115.00

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

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Penna System Back Side: Penna System Pennsylvania R.R.

Penna System

Item: 19-P     locomotive cab key     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Attractive block lettering and superb gold patina.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Penna Co Back Side: Penna Co NS/PRR engine No.8102

Penna Co.

Item: 20-P     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and patina. Different style cut then Penna keys
above. This is the more difficult of the two Penna keys to acquire
for the Penna stamped brass locks.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag     CM&St.P R.R. Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad
Chicago-Milwaukee & St.Paul Railroad

Item: 21-P     Price: $25.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Double stamped key. Will work with a steel Adlake MILW lock.

History - See 5-P

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Front Side: Panhandle Back Side: Panhandle PRR Flag

Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad

Item: 22-P     aka the Panhandle Railroad     Price: $65.00

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

History

The Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, commonly called the Pan Handle Route (Panhandle Route in later days), was a railroad that was part of the Pennsylvania Railroad system. Its common name came from its main line, which began at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, crossed the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia, and continued west to Bradford, Ohio, where it split into a northern line to Chicago and a southern one through Indianapolis, Indiana, to East St. Louis, Illinois.

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Front Side: Panhandle Back Side: Panhandle Panhandle R.R. section gang

Panhandle Railroad

Item: 23-P     aka the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad     Price: $75.00

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

History - continued from above

The Columbus-Chicago & Indiana Central Railway went bankrupt and was sold at foreclosure on January 10, 1883. The Chicago-St. Louis & Pittsburgh Railroad was incorporated in Indiana on March 14 and Illinois on March 15, and the former CC&IC was conveyed to the two companies on March 17. Operation by the PC&StL continued until April 1, 1883. On April 1, 1884, the two companies merged to form one Chicago-St. Louis & Pittsburgh Railroad. That company was merged with the PC&StL, Cincinnati & Richmond Railroad and Jeffersonville-Madison & Indianapolis Railroad on September 30, 1890, to form the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railway (PCC&StL).

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Front Side: Penn Central Railroad Back Side: Penn Central Railroad PC R.R. Flag

Penn Central Railroad

Item: 25-P     Price: $65.00

Remarks: Dates of operation 1968-1976. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina.

History

The Penn Central Transportation Company, commonly abbreviated to Penn Central, 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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Front Side: Penn Central Railroad Back Side: Penn Central Railroad PC 6072 EMD SD40

Penn Central Railroad

Item: 26-P     Price: $50.00

Remarks: Dates of operation 1968-1976. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.

History - See 25-P

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

Penn Central Railroad

Item: 27-P     Price: $45.00

Remarks: Dates of operation 1968-1976. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Superb block lettering and patina.

History - See 25-P

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Front Side: Penn Central Railroad Back Side: Penn Central Railroad The General   The General-Poster   The General

Penn Central Railroad

Item: 28-P     Price: $45.00

Remarks: Dates of operation 1968-1976. Forged by the Adlake Co.
Same style bit as a AT&SF derail key

History - See 25-P

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Front Side: Pacific Coast Railroad Back Side: Pacific Coast Railroad former US Army 0-6-0's

Pacific Coast Railroad (Seattle)

Item: 29-P     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Nice block lettering and superb patina. A hard key to find.
Key is listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History

The carrier was incorporated November 26, 1880, under the general laws of the Territory (now State) of Washington, as The Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad Company, for the purpose of constructing and operating a railroad from Seattle to Walla Walla, Wash., and to purchase and operate the property of the Seattle & Walla Walla Railroad Company, On March 20, 1916, under the general laws of the State of Washington, the name of the Columbia & Puget Sound Railroad Company was changed to the Pacific Coast Railroad Company. The date of organization of the carrier was November 27, 1880.

The original rail line from Seattle through Maple Valley on its way to Black Diamond was called the Columbia & Puget Sound (C&PS). In 1897 the Pacific Coast Company acquired the C&PS and converted the rail beds to standard gauge, 4 feet 8 1/2" wide track. They also kept the operating name until 1916 when it was rechristened as the Pacific Coast Railroad. By that time both coal mines and railways began a slow decline. The Lawson branch of the railroad was the first to be abandoned in 1918, followed by the Kummer branch in 1931, the Newcastle branch in 1933, and the Taylor branch in 1945. The Pacific Coast Railroad continued operating until 1951 when it merged into the Great Northern Railway, which in turn became part of the Burlington Northern in 1970. The last train left Black Diamond on September 22, 1970, while Maple Valley saw its last train on March 15, 1980. The tracks were pulled from each line, and today the old rail beds serve as pedestrian paths in the King County Parks' trail system.

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Front Side: Pacific Electric Railway Back Side: Pacific Electric Railway PE R.R. Flag

Pacific Electric Railway

Item: 30-P     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Superb block lettering and gold patina. Fine pocket wear.
This PE "Ry" key + PE "Co" key below = nice set.

History

Pacific Electric, also known as the Red Car system, was a privately owned mass transit system in Southern California consisting of electrically powered streetcars, interurban cars and buses. The PE 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. The system shared dual gauge track with the 3 ft 6 in narrow gauge Los Angeles Railway, "Yellow Car", or "LARy" system on Main Street in downtown Los Angeles (directly in front of the 6th and Main terminal), on 4th Street, and along Hawthorne Boulevard south of downtown Los Angeles toward the cities of Hawthorne, Gardena and Torrance.

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

Pacific Electric Company

Item: 31-P     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the M.M. Buck Co.
Attractive serif lettering, tapered barrel and superb gold patina.
This PE "Co" key + PE "Ry" key below or above = nice set.

History - continued from above

In what was called the "Great Merger" of September 1, 1911, the Southern Pacific created a new Pacific Electric Railway Company, which was composed of the original "old" PE, the Los Angeles Inter-Urban Railway, the Los Angeles Pacific Railway, the Los Angeles & Redondo Railway, the San Bernardino Valley Traction Company, San Bernardino Interurban, Redlands Central and the Riverside & Arlington, with all electrical operations now under the Pacific Electric name. The "Southern Pacific" which, owned 50% of the PE now began to emphasize freight operations. From 1911, when revenue from freight was $519,226, freight revenue climbed to $1,203,956 in 1915, 13% of total revenue.

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

Pacific Electric Railway

Item: 32-P     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb serif lettering and carmel patina. Fine pocket wear.
This PE "Ry" key + PE "Co" key above = nice set.

History - continued from above

Following these acquisitions, PE was the largest operator of interurban electric railway passenger service in the world, with 2,160 daily trains over 1,000 miles of track.
It operated to many destinations in Southern California, particularly to the south and east.

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Front Side: Peoria Railway Terminal Back Side: Peoria Railway Terminal Hoover's special train

Peoria Railway Terminal

Item: 33-P     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Peoria short line.
Rustic serif lettering and patina. Owned by the Rock Island,
Chicago & Alton & Peoria & Pekin Railroads.

History

The Peoria Terminal was incorporated January 18, 1926, under the general laws of Illinois, to acquire the property of the Peoria Terminal Railway Company.

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, Ill.

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Front Side: Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co Back Side: Phildelphia Rapid Transit Co PRT Trolley    PRT-model    PRT strike

Philadelphia Rapid Transit Co

Item: 34-P     Price: $100.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Phily's interurban line.
Superb block lettering and bronze patina.

History

Established in 1902 as a conglomerate of independent transit companies, the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company began constructing streetcars in West Philadelphia. Within the year, they completed plans for the city's first underground subway system, running under Market Street, as well as a street surface line on Broad Street. The company experienced serious financial straits during the subway's construction, but it was eventually completed in 1905.

Through the first decades of the 20th century, PRT suffered severe labor unrest stemming from financial mismanagement, and trolley and subway operators went on long and sometimes violent strikes in 1909 and 1910. By the 1920s, after an overhaul of company management in which Thomas E. Mitten was installed as company president, PRTC employees were about a sixth of its total stockholders and labor disputes mostly subsided.

In September 1929, Thomas Mitten and the PRT were sued by the city of Philadelphia for charging excessive fees and diverting funds, and the city demanded an independent audit of the company. A month later, Mitten was found drowned in his summer home, and although he left much of his estate for the benefit of PRT, it declared bankruptcy by 1934.

In 1940, PRT was re-organized into a more centralized business out of a splintered model involving sixty-eight different subsidiary companies, and was then called the Philadelphia Transportation Company. Albert Greenfield served as one of the reorganization managers, as well as on the Board of Trustees, and was at least partially responsible for the new company structure. Greenfield received upwards of $95,000 for his work in reorganizing the company. Earnest Trigg, another Greenfield associate, also sat on the Board of Advisors. The Philadelphia Transportation Company was bought by SEPTA in 1968.

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Front Side: Pickens Railroad Back Side: Pickens Railroad Pickens Railroad EMD SW No.3 at Pickens, South Carolina    Pickens Railroad locomotive No.9507

Pickens Railroad

Item: 35-P     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Adlake forged?
Great block lettering and gold patina. South Carolina short line.
Key is listed in the "American Railway's Switch Key Directory."

History

The Easley-Pickens line was chartered on December 24, 1890, by the South Carolina General Assembly after two failed attempts to build a railroad through Pickens from Easley. The line connected with the Atlanta & Charlotte Air Line Railroad (later the Southern Railway) and was completed in 1898. On the railroad's first revenue run, the Pickens Railroad suffered a serious derailment that was caused by a local group of boys that had placed spikes on the rails, in their words, "to see what would happen." No one was seriously injured, but caused the fledgling company a serious financial setback, which operated in the red until 1905.

In its early years, it was nicknamed the "Pickens Doodle" because the train would run backwards to Easley and forward to Pickens, which "looked like a doodlebug," according to area residents. The Pickens Railroad, at the time did not have turning facilities until the line built two wye sections of track at each end of the line years later.

In the 1920s, Singer Manufacturing located a sewing machine cabinet plant on the Pickens Railroad. The plant eventually became the railroad's biggest customer and the line was purchased outright in 1939 by Singer. In 1927, the Appalachian Lumber Company built a network of logging lines in the upper portion of Pickens County. By 1939, it too was also acquired by Singer and organized under the Poinsett Lumber and Manufacturing Company. Passenger service was discontinued in 1928 as better roads were built in the region.

In the early 1990s NRUC became Emergent Group and sold the railroad to CLC-Chattahoochee Locomotive Corp., which renamed the railroad Pickens Railway Company, according to the Federal Register, 1 May 1996. On April 2, 2013, Pickens Railway pulled the last train to Easley because of lack of business. The final run was pulled by Pickens No.9502 and CLCX No.12132. The last train ended an era of over 100 years of running to Easley.

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Front Side: Pine Creek Railroad Back Side: Pine Creek Railroad Pine Creek Railroad, circa 1953    Pine Creek Railroad No.26

Pine Creek Railroad

Item: 36-P     Price: $85.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Narrow gauge switch key.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History

The origins of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation began with the purchase of a Baldwin 0-4-0T engine from the Raritan River Sand Company in 1952 by a pair of railroad enthusiasts. This first engine was named the Pine Creek No. 1 and was eventually sold to the Walt Disney company, where it was overhauled and renamed the No.4 Ernest S. Marsh. The engine is still in use today at the California theme park.

Initially a 2.5 acres (1.0 ha) plot of land on Route 9 in Marlboro was purchased where the railroad was run as a tourist attraction, but in 1952 when the organization was facing large property tax increases the not-for-profit Pine Creek Railroad Division of the New Jersey Museum of Transportation was formed and the operations were moved to its present day location in Allaire State Park.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad P&LE R.R. Flag

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Item: 37-P     Price: $80.00

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

History

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE), 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. It did not reach Lake Erie (at Ashtabula, Ohio) until the formation of Conrail in 1976. 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. This was largely because the P&LE served the steel mills of the greater Pittsburgh area, which consumed and shipped vast amounts of material. It was a specialized railroad deriving much of its revenue from coal, coke, iron ore, limestone, and steel. 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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Front Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad P&LE pay car

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

SOLD     freight car key     Price: $95.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Forged by the Slaymaker Co.
Superb carmel patina. Excellent serif lettering and fine pocket wear.

History - See 37-P

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Front Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Homestead Steel Works, Pittsburgh,

Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad

Item: 39-P     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Steel P&LE Master key.

History - See 37-P

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Front Side: Pittsburgh Joint Stockyards Co. Back Side: Pittsburgh Joint Stockyards Co. B&O R.R. Flag     P R.R. Flag

Pittsburgh Joint Stockyards Co.

Item: 40-P     Price: $115.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb serif lettering and nice patina. A rarity!
Joint venture between the B&O and Pennsy railroads.

History

The first stockyards were built on Herr's Island by Pittsburgh tanner James Callery in 1885. Between 1903 and the 1950s the island, located in the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh, was the America's tenth largest livestock terminal and the second largest east of the Mississippi in terms of the volume of cattle, pigs, and sheep processed. Two of the island's principal tenants, the Pittsburgh Joint Stock Yards and the Pittsburgh Provision Company, not only held animals bound for Pittsburgh slaughterhouses but also put on livestock shows and auctions on the island. The stockyards closed in the summer of 1965 and were replaced by homes, tennis courts, office buildings, and rowing clubs on the renamed Washington's Landing Development.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad PL&W

Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad

Item: 41-P     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Elongated barrel with rustic copper patina.

History

The Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad was a short line that worked under the Youngstown & Southern Railroad
until January 1, 1945 when it was absorbed into the smaller line.

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Front Side: Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad Back Side: Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad PL&W

Pittsburgh-Lisbon & Western Railroad

Item: 42-P     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Slaymaker forged?
Elongated barrel with rustic dark patina.

History - See 38-P

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Front Side: Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad Back Side: Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad PRSL Flag

Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad

Item: 46-P     car key     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Early New Jersey narrow gauge.
Superb serif lettering two-tone patina. A very rare key.
P&OC merged into Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines 1933.

History - Timetable

June 9, 1880 Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad incorporated in New Jersey; October 26, 1880 Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad (3 ft 6 in slash 1,067 mm narrow gauge) opens between Pleasantville and Somers Point, N.J.; operated by Philadelphia & Atlantic City. May 1882 William Massey sells the Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad to the West Jersey & Atlantic Railroad. June 1, 1882 The West Jersey & Atlantic Railroad leases the Pleasantville & Ocean City Railroad and converted to 4 ft 8 1/2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge on June 4, 1882.

Many of the coastal towns greatly benifited from the rise of the railroad. During the last decade of the nineteenth century, As well of other shore towns, Ocean City nearly tripled in population with a rise fromits 1890 population of roughly 450 to over 1,300 in 1900.

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Front Side: Pere Marquette Railroad Back Side: Pere Marquette Railroad The St. Clair built in 1927 as the Pere Marquette 12    PM RR Flag    St. Clair aerial view

Pere Marquette Railroad

Item: 47-P     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Ex-fine pocket wear and superb gold patina.

History

The Pere Marquette Railroad was incorporated on November 1, 1899 in anticipation of a merger of three Michigan-based railroad companies that had been agreed upon by all parties. It began operations on January 1, 1900, absorbing the following companies: Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad (F&PM) Detroit, Grand Rapids & Western Railroad (DGR&W) Chicago & West Michigan Railway (C&WM).

The company was reincorporated on March 12, 1917 as the Pere Marquette Railway. In the 1920s the Pere Marquette came under the control of Cleveland financiers Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen. These brothers also controlled the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate), the Erie Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and planned to merge the four companies. However, the ICC did not approve the merger and the Van Sweringens eventually sold their interest in the Pere Marquette to the C&O, with which it formally merged on June 6, 1947. The C&O has since become part of CSX Transportation.

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Front Side: Pottsville & Mahanoy Railroad Back Side: Pottsville & Mahanoy Railroad PRR Flag     LV R.R. Flag

Pottsville & Mahanoy Railroad

Item: 48-P     Price: $245.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Line once part of the Schuylkill Branch.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Another beauty!

History

The abandoned railroad route between Philadelphia and Delano Junction, known as The Schuylkill Branch,
was once operated in Pennsylvania by Pottsville & Mahanoy Railroad, the Lehigh Valley Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad.

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Front Side: Pomeroy & Newark Railroad Back Side: Pomeroy & Newark Railroad PRR Flag

Pomeroy & Newark Railroad

Item: 49-P     Price: $245.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-very early 1900's.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Pennsy predecessor.

History

The Pomeroy & Newark Railroad was a predecessor of the Pennsylvania Railroad in the U.S. states of Delaware and Pennsylvania.
It connected Pomeroy, Pennsylvania to Newark, Delaware, and has mostly been abandoned.

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Front Side: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway Back Side: Peoria & Pekin Union Railway PP&U R.R. Flag

Peoria & Pekin Union Railway

Item: 50-P     Price: $85.00

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

History

The Peoria & Pekin Union Railway (PPU) is a switching and terminal railroad in Illinois that began operating in 1881 and was leased to the Tazewell & 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. The company also owns a rail bridge over the river.

By 1944, the P&PU was switching 14 major railways that ran into Peoria, an unusually high number of railways for a city the size of Peoria. The P&PU currently switches
trains for 8 other railways, handles over 170,000 cars per year, and is owned jointly by the Canadian National Railway, Norfolk Southern Railway, and Union Pacific Railroad.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Seashore Lines Back Side: Pennsylvania Seashore Lines PRSL Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad Seashore Lines

Item: 51-P     Price: $75.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Most likely forged by F-S Hdw. Co.
Great serif lettering, like new, probably never used in service.
Post merger Pennsy style key.

History

The Pennsylvania-Reading Seashore Lines was a railroad that operated in southern New Jersey in the 20th century.
It was created in 1933 as a joint consolidation venture between two competing railroads in the region.

On March 4, 1931, New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) ordered the two companies to join their southern New Jersey lines into one company. The Consolidation Agreement decreed that the Pennsylvania Railroad had two-thirds ownership, and the Reading Company had one-third ownership. While the P-RSL did not enter bankruptcy, its owners, the Penn Central, (successor to the PRR) and the RDG did. As a result, Conrail took over the P-RSL on April 1, 1976.

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Front Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Back Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad P&R R.R. Flag

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Item: 52-P     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Large hilt.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History

The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad (P&R) was one of the first railroads constructed in the United States, chartered in 1833. It opened in 1842 from Philadelphia along the Schuylkill River through Reading and Pottsville, Pennsylvania, having the distinction of being the first double track main line in the country. The purpose of the railroad was to carry anthracite from the mines in northeastern Pennsylvania's coal region to Philadelphia.

In the reorganization of 1896 the railroad and the coal company both became properties of the Reading Company (RDG), a holding company. In 1898 the RDG leased the Wilmington & Northern Railroad, a line from Reading to Wilmington, Delaware, and in 1901 the RDG acquired control of the CNJ. At that same time the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O) purchased a controlling interest in the RDG.

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Front Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Back Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Item: 53-P     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. A shorty.
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History See 52-P

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Front Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Back Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad The General   The General   The General   The General

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Item: 54-P     Price: $65.00

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

History See 52-P

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Front Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Back Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Reading Terminal

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Item: 55-P     Price: $40.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb block lettering and carmel patina.

History See 52-P

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Front Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Back Side: Philadelphia & Reading Railroad The General   The General   The General

Philadelphia & Reading Railroad

Item: 56-P     Price: $45.00

Remarks: ca. early-mid 1900's. Fraim forged?
Superb serif lettering and patina.

History See 52-P

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Front Side: Pickering Valley  Railroad Back Side: Pickering Valley  Railroad Reading R.R. Flag

Pickering Valley Railroad

Item: 57-P     Price: $125.00

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

History

The Pickering Valley Railroad was a short line railroad in Chester County, Pennsylvania. It ran from Phoenixville to Byers, near Eagle, in Upper Uwchlan Township, a distance of approximately 11 miles (18 km), over which distance it gained 316 feet (96 m) in elevation. The company was incorporated June 4, 1869, under the provisions of a special act of the Pennsylvania government approved April 3, 1869, and organized June 22, 1869, with the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company subscribing to the bulk of the stock. In or about 1870, the still-unbuilt railroad was leased to the Reading Railroad; it opened in September 1871.

Passenger service on the Pickering Valley was discontinued in 1934, and the portion of the line from Kimberton to Byers was abandoned in 1948. The remaining track served the
Phoenix steel mill (a portion was also briefly used by the Valley Forge Scenic Railroad until abandoned by Conrail (successor to the Reading) in the 1980s. Little remains of the line today.

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Front Side: Portland & Rumford Falls Railway Back Side: Portland & Rumford Falls Railway P&RF-map    The Horse Soldiers

Portland & Rumford Falls Railway

Item: 58-P     Price: $395.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. A very rare key.
Superb serif lettering and patina. Civil War Railroad.
Key is a 150-168 years old and still a beauty!

History

In 1890, paper magnate Hugh Chisholm chartered the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway to provide service between Maine's largest city and the nascent industrial community of Rumford Falls. From 1890 to 1897, directors of that railroad embarked upon a cohesive building program to distinguish its stations from competitors and to attract traffic to Rumford Falls.

In 1894, Chisholm and associates chartered a second rail line, the Rumford Falls & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, to service nearby timberlands and outdoor sporting locales. This line would further increase the prowess of Rumford Falls and the profitability of the Portland & Rumford Falls Railway.

This railway, built in 1849, was originally known as the Buckfield Branch Railway. It connected with the Canadian Grand Trunk at Mechanic Falls, and consisted of only 13 miles of track. In 1856, the Portland and Oxford Central Railroad Company acquired the line, and extended the tracks to Canton. It was soon abandoned and for many years was in disuse. In 1878, the Rumford Falls and Buckfield Railroad Company became the new owners, restored the line, and the following year, extended the tracks up to Gilbertville in Canton. During the Civil War, Gilbertville was the mustering point for the men in the area. In 1890, this road became the Portland and Rumford Falls Railway, and in 1892, to accommodate the mills up river, extended the tracks 15 miles west to Rumford Falls. In 1894, the company extended the tracks 12 miles east from Mechanic Falls to the Poland Springs Junction in Auburn, making a connection with the Maine Central Railroad, thus making the line from the junction with the Maine Central Railroad to Rumford Falls, a 53 mile, 2 hour ride.

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Front Side: Port Terminal Railroad Association Back Side: Port Terminal Railroad Association PTRA R.R. Flag

Port Terminal Railroad Association

SOLD     Price: $55.00

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

History

PTRA is a Terminal Switch Road serving north and south sides of the Houston Ship Channel, Pasadena, Deer Park, Houston,
Galena Park, Jacintoport Industrial District, La Porte and Channelview, TX. PTRA operates 177 miles of railroad.

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Front Side: Port Terminal Railroad Association Back Side: Port Terminal Railroad Association PT No.'s 9606 & 9604

Port Terminal Railroad Association

Item: 60-P     Price: $35.00

Remarks: ca. mid 1900's. Attractive serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

PTRA is an association formed in 1924 by the 18 railroads that had access to Houston at the time. UP and BNSF are now the voting
members of the Board of Directors that actually control the PTRA. Non-voting members are the PTRA and the Port of Houston.

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Front Side: Prescott & Northwestern  Railroad Back Side: Prescott & Northwestern  Railroad P&NW switcher No.24

Prescott & Northwestern Railroad

SOLD     Price: $145.00

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

History

The Prescott and Northwestern Railroad is a short-line railroad headquartered in Prescott, Arkansas. It is operated by Arkansas Midland Railroad, which is owned by Pinsly Railroad Company.

The railroad was chartered in 1890, for the purpose of constructing a railroad north-northwest from Prescott to access timberlands for the Ozan Lumber Company. Track was gradually extended from Prescott to Arcadia, Blevins, McCaskill, Belton, Tokio, and Highland (Pike County), a distance of 31 miles. Early in its history, the railroad operated several logging branches and the line extended beyond Highland to tap lumber stands.

The primary traffic carried by the Prescott and Northwestern was forest products, but for a number of years the line also carried an extensive crop of Elberta peaches from Highland (Pike County) to Prescott during the fruit harvesting season. At Prescott, the refrigerator cars of fruit shipments were transferred to the Missouri Pacific Railroad shipment to northern markets.

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Front Side: Pennsylvania Railroad Back Side: Pennsylvania Railroad PRR Flag

Pennsylvania Railroad

Item: 62-P     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Sold as a set - five Pennsy division keys.

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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 02/07/2018

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