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Front Side: Union Railroad Back Side: Union Railroad Union RR Flag

Union Railroad Company

Item: 2-U     Price: $60.00

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

History

On July 2, 1894 the Union Railroad came into existence. From 1894-1907, the original URR extended from East Pittsburgh to Hays, a distance of six miles. The Union Railroad was unique given that it was basically a switching railroad and yet its loads were incredibly heavy made up of either; ore, coke, coal, slag or steel. This unique combination in addition to the steep grades around Pittsburgh demanded some special tractive force. In 1898 the largest locomotive of the time was built for the Union Railroad. The engine was a 2-8-0 had more weight on its drivers (208,000 pounds) than any built up to that time. This was locomotive 95 in the U RR. stable and according to the article was built by Pittsburg's Locomotive Works.

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Front Side: Union Railroad Back Side: Union Railroad Union RR Flag

Union Railroad Company

Item: 3-U     Price: $50.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Slaymaker forged.
Elongated barrel. Nice serif lettering and patina.

History - continued from above

Today the U RR is a Class III switching railroad located in Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania. The company
is owned by Transtar, Inc., which is itself a subsidiary of USS Corp, more popularly known as United States Steel.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad UP RR Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 5-U     Price: $55.00

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

History

The Union Pacific Railroad (reporting mark UP) (or Union Pacific Railroad Company and simply Union Pacific) is a freight hauling railroad that operates 8,500 locomotives over 32,100 route-miles in 23 states west of Chicago and New Orleans. The Union Pacific Railroad system is the second largest in the United States after BNSF Railway and it is one of the world's largest transportation companies. The Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of the Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad UPY locomotive No.2005

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 6-U     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice pocket worn block lettering and superb patina.

History - continued from above

The Union Pacific legacy began in 1862 with the original company, called the Union Pacific Rail Road, which was part of the First Transcontinental Railroad project, later known as the Overland Route. Two more Union Pacific railroads were formed after that, the Union Pacific Railway (the second company) which absorbed the original company in 1880 and the Union Pacific "Railroad" (the third company) which absorbed the Union Pacific Railway in 1897-1898.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad UP RR Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 7-U     Price: $85.00

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

History - continued from above

The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad which operated from 1897 to 1998 is referred to as Mark I and it makes up the bulk of the Union Pacific history. The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad produced the well known Big Boy steam locomotives such as the Union Pacific 4014 and the Union Pacific 4012. Other well known steam locomotives were also produced by the third Union Pacific Railroad such as the Union Pacific 3985, the Union Pacific 3977, and the Union Pacific 844. The third incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad also produced the Union Pacific 6936 diesel locomotive.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad Traveling photographer for the Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 8-U     Price: $85.00

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

History - continued from above

The current Union Pacific Railroad, the fourth incarnation, began in 1969 as the Southern Pacific Transportation Company (SP, SPTC or SPTCo), the last incarnation of the Southern Pacific railroad; the Southern Pacific Transportation Company became the fourth incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1998 with the Union Pacific-Southern Pacific merger which included SP's smaller railroads, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway and the SPCSL Corporation. The current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad inherits all operations of the third Union Pacific Railroad. The current incarnation of the Union Pacific Railroad is referred to as Mark II. All together, a total of four railroads used the "Union Pacific" name; however, all four railroads are commonly grouped as one railroad.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad UP RR Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 9-U     Price: $50.00

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

History - continued from above

The parent company, Union Pacific Corporation was established in 1969, the same year the current railroad (Mark II) began. Besides the Southern Pacific, the Denver and Rio Grande Western, the St. Louis Southwestern and the SPCSL Corporation, the parent company, Union Pacific Corporation, acquired other western railroads over the years such as the Missouri Pacific Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Transportation Company, the Western Pacific Railroad and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad and all became part of the Union Pacific system, growing the Union Pacific system.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad Lampoon mocks the UP for accepting money from the state of Oregon

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 10-U     Price: $65.00

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

History - continued from above

Union Pacific Railroad is the principal operating company of Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP); both are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the years Union Pacific Corporation has grown by acquiring other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Southern Pacific (including the Denver & Rio Grande Western). Union Pacific Corporation's main competitor is the BNSF Railway, the nation's second largest freight railroad, which also primarily services the Continental U.S. west of the Mississippi River. Together, the two railroads have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the U.S.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Railroad Back Side: Union Pacific Railroad Union Pacific Work train

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 11-U     Price: $65.00

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

History - continued from above

The original company was incorporated on July 1, 1862, under an act of Congress entitled Pacific Railroad Act of 1862. The act was approved by President Abraham Lincoln, and it provided for the construction of railroads from the Missouri River to the Pacific as a war measure for the preservation of the Union. It was constructed westwardly from Council Bluffs, Iowa to meet the Central Pacific line, which was constructed eastwardly from San Francisco Bay.

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Front Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge Back Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge UP RR Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 12-U     road & bridge     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. 1800's. Superb block lettering & patina.
Decorative accent ring. Key has all indicative characteristics
of a Slaymaker/Barry forged key. A great looking UP R&B key.

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: Union Pacific Bldg. & Bridge Back Side: Union Pacific Bldg. & Bridge Directors of the Union Pacific Railroad gather on the 100th meridian, which later became Cozad, Nebraska

Union Pacific Railway

Item: 13-U     road & bridge     Price: $60.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge Back Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge Central Pacific built 15 tunnels and the Union Pacific built 4

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 14-U     road & bridge     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's-early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Nice block lettering and gold patina. Single digit serial number.
Ex-fine "bib" pocket wear. An early R&B beauty.

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge Back Side: Union Pacific Road & Bridge Miss Union Pacific

Union Pacific Railroad

SOLD     road & bridge     Price: $95.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: UP Tool Rack Back Side: UP Tool Rack Helltowns

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 16-U     tool rack key     Price: $125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
Great block lettering and gold patina. Nice stamp marks.
Nice early tool rack key.

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: UP Tool Rack Back Side: UP Tool Rack Union Pacific Railroad

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 17-U     tool rack key     Price: $55.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: UP Tool Rack Back Side: UP Tool Rack Union Pacific Railroad engine No.924

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 18-U     tool rack key     Price: $95.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: UP Motive Power & Car Key Back Side: UP Motive Power & Car Key UP RR Flag

Union Pacific Railroad

Item: 19-U     motive power & car key     Price: $55.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: UP Motive Power & Car Key Back Side: UP Motive Power & Car Key Cheyenne Indians

Union Pacific Railroad

SOLD     motive power & car key     Price: $55.00

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

History - See 5-U

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Front Side: United States Steel Back Side: United States Steel USS R.R. Flag

United States Steel (USS)-Lorain Tubular Operation

Item: 21-U     Price: $55.00

Remarks: ca. late 1900's. A rarity. A rustic looking
key with nice serif lettering and copper like patina.

History

Lorain Tubular Operations, located approximately 30 miles west of Cleveland, Ohio, manufactures high-quality seamless pipe for customers in the construction and oil and gas exploration and production industries. The facility has an annual production capability of 780,000 net tons, and major product lines include oil country tubing, casing and drill pipe; standard and line pipe; and coupling stock

In 2011, the Ohio Rail Development Commission approved a grant of $100,000 to rearrange the railroad tracks inside the Lorain steel plant, 2199 East 28th St. The money is part of a project worth $400,000 to improve the transportation of materials within the plant. The rail improvements will straighten and add track to make transportation easier inside. The two track projects at the LTO plant site will enable more efficient movement of incoming and outgoing freight car loads, as well as to handle an anticipated increase in demand for steel pipe. The plant currently has rail operations that handle up to 20,000 to 30,000 tons a month, or about 220 to 330 rail cars, of inbound pieces of steel called rounds that are processed into seamless pipes.

U.S. Steel once owned the Northampton & Bath Railroad. The N&B was an 11-kilometer (6.8 mi) short line railroad built in 1904 that served Atlas Cement in Northampton, Pennsylvania, and Keystone Cement in Bath, Pennsylvania. By 1979 cement shipments had dropped off such that the railroad was no longer economically viable and the line was abandoned. A 1.5-kilometer (0.93 mi) section of track was retained to serve Atlas Cement. The remainder of the right-of-way was transformed into the Nor-Bath Trail.

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Front Side: Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Back Side: Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Union Stock Yards, Chicago    Chicago stockyard

Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Railroad

Item: 22-U     Price: $65.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the A&W Co.
This key + key below = nice set.

History

The Union Stock Yard & Transit Co., or the Yards, was the meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century, starting in 1865. The district was operated by a group of railroad companies that acquired swampland and turned it to a centralized processing area. By the 1890s, the railroad money behind the Union Stockyards was Vanderbilt money. The Union Stockyards operated in the New City community area for 106 years, helping Chicago become known as "hog butcher for the world" and the center of the American meatpacking industry for decades.

When the Union Stock Yard and Transit Company of Chicago was incorporated in 1865 to consolidate the Chicago stock yards, its powers included the construction of a railroad outside the city limits (then Pershing Road and Western Avenue) to link the stock yards with the railroads entering Chicago south of Roosevelt Road. All nine of these railroads - the Chicago & Alton Railroad, Chicago-Burlington & Quincy Railroad, Chicago & Great Eastern Railway, Chicago & North Western Railway, Chicago & Rock Island Railroad, Illinois Central Railroad, Michigan Central Railroad, Michigan Southern & Northern Indiana Railroad, and Pittsburgh-Fort Wayne & Chicago Railway - had previously come to an agreement to finance the new property as a replacement for their individual yards.

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Front Side: Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Back Side: Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Chicago stockyard entrance    Postcard of the Chicago stockyard

Union Stockyard & Transfer Co Railroad

Item: 23-U     Price: $60.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Superb block lettering and patina.
This key + key above = nice set.

History - continued from above

Settlement in the area that was to become known as the "Back of the Yards" began in the 1850s before there were any meat packers or stockyards in the area. At this time the area was known as the "Town of Lake." Indeed, the area would continue to be called Town of Lake until 1939. Witness that the newspaper of the area was called the Town of Lake Journal. Only with the founding of the community organization called the "Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council" in 1939 did the neighborhood west and south of the meat packinghouses start being called the "Back of the Yards." It was a name that the residents proudly claimed as their own. In 1939, the Town of Lake Journal officially changed its name to Back of the Yards Journal.

From the Civil War until the 1920s and peaking in 1924, more meat was processed in Chicago than in any other place in the world. Construction began in June 1865 with an opening on Christmas Day in 1865. The Yards closed at midnight on Friday, July 30, 1971, after several decades of decline during the decentralization of the meatpacking industry. The Union Stock Yard Gate was designated a Chicago Landmark on February 24, 1972, and a National Historic Landmark on May 29, 1981.

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Front Side: Vandalia Railroad Back Side: Vandalia Railroad Vandalia R.R. Flag

Vandalia Railroad

Item: 1-V     Price: $275.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Fraim forged.
Superb block lettering and patina. Serial #44 stamped
on frontside hilt. This key + key below = nice set!

History

The Vandalia Railroad was formed in 1905 by a merger of several lines in Indiana and Illinois including the Terre Haute & Indianapolis Railroad and the St. Louis-Vandalia & Terre Haute Railroad which covered a route from Indianapolis, Indiana to St. Louis, Missouri. Another route between Terre Haute, Indiana and Toledo, was created with the inclusion of the Terre Haute & Logansport and Logansport & Toledo branches.

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Front Side: Vandalia Railroad Back Side: Vandalia Railroad Vandalia Switch Engine

Vandalia Railroad

Item: 1-V     car key     Price: 125.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Bohannan Co.
Nice pocket worn serif lettering and superb gold patina.
This key + key above = nice set!

History - continued from above

In 1917 the line was acquired by the Pittsburgh-Cincinnati-Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (the Panhandle) giving the Pennsylvania Railroad a direct route from New York City to St. Louis. In 1968 PRR merged with New York Central Railroad to become Penn Central and in 1976 becoming part of Conrail. Much of the North-South line was abandoned with the Conrail formation but parts of the East-West line survive as part of CSX Transportation.

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Front Side: Virginia-Carolina Railroad Back Side: Virginia-Carolina Railroad VC RR Crew

Virginia-Carolina Railroad

Item: 2-V     Price: $175.00

Remarks: ca. late 1800's. Nice tapered ring barrel.
Superb serif lettering and gold patina. VC operated
from 1887-1920 until the N&W gobbled up the line.

History

Chartered in 1887, the Virginia-Carolina Railway was an interstate railroad in southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina. It ran from Abingdon in Washington County, Virginia to Todd in Ashe County, North Carolina. The line charted a complicated course through the mountains of the area, crossing the Blue Ridge not far from Mount Rogers. The Norfolk & Western absorbed the line in 1919 and operated it as its Abingdon branch until 1977, when operations ceased after flooding damaged portions of the track. Most of the former roadbed in Virginia is occupied by the Virginia Creeper Trail. Efforts are underway to extend the trail into North Carolina.

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Front Side: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Back Side: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway VBR engine No.9.

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway

Item: 3-V     Price: $225.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Forged by the Hopkins & Dickinson Co.
Short tapered barrel. Superb serif lettering and gold patina.
"Hopkins & Dickinson Mfg. Co." founded in 1880's.
Regardless of the key belonging to the VBR R.R.,
the fact that the key was forged by the Hopkins & Dickinson Co.,
is a rarity of it's own.

History

The Virginia Blue Ridge Railway (VBR) is a historic intrastate short line railroad that operated in central Virginia in the 20th century. The VBR was a small, historic short line system tucked away near the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Because of this, as well as the road's secluded nature, it received little coverage and often went unnoticed by rail enthusiasts. However, the VBR offered all of the things which made short lines fascinating; friendly service, a leisurely schedule, and small power. It also gained recognition for utilizing steam locomotives into the early 1960s. When first conceived the VBR was envisioned as a logging/timber operation. However, this traffic was short-lived and after nearly going under the railroad returned to prosperity beginning in the 1930s by hauling other natural resources.

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Front Side: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Back Side: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway VBR Piney River Shop

Virginia Blue Ridge Railway

Item: 4-V     Price: $145.00

Remarks: ca. early 1900's. Elongated barrel.
Superb block lettering and patina.
Different style cut than VBR key above.

History - continued from above

The company was incorporated in 1914, and construction was started in 1915. The VBR extended from Tye River Depot in Nelson County, where it interchanged with the Southern Railway, to Massies Mill. The railroad followed the course of the Tye and Piney Rivers for several miles before entering the mountains. It was initially built to haul chestnut for lumber out of the heavily-timbered Piney River area to local mills until World War I. The chestnut blight wiped out much of the timbered areas. However, the railroad later served several quarries in the area where titanium dioxide and aplite were mined. It passed through the communities of Roses Mill, Piney River, Canopy, Lowesville, and Buffalo Mine.

The line was abandoned in 1980. In the early 21st century, part of the roadbed was being developed as a rails-to-trails project, the Blue Ridge Railway Trail.

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Comments on any railroad initials origin, including (typos), are welcome. Last update 02/07/18

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