This switch lock and key set is a hard to find relic from the fallen flag "Omaha Road" - the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway that operated in the American Midwest from 1880 until 1972. This is a good working set: the lock responds immediately to the key. Based on the key shape, stamping style and lock type, it dates to the 1920s-1940s era.
THE KEY is brass and a wonderful deep color with lots of patina. It is stamped CSTPM&O on one side of its bow and ADLAKE on the other. There is just slight wear showing, and it is a terrific display.
THE LOCK is steel, also made by Adlake. It is in extremely good condition with no rust or surface crud, a highly appealing darkened color, and a very strong internal spring. The clevis loop swings freely and the chain appears to be original. The ONLY issue - if you can call it an issue - is that the CSTPM&ORY stamp on the shackle is quite light (SEE OUR PICTURE); it is a great stamp but hard to read because it was not stamped strongly.
We love to offer these SETS - an authentic, marked lock documents that the key accompanying it without doubt is almost positively genuine and not a fake!!
PER WIKIPEDIA: The Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway -- also known as the famous "Omaha Road" -- operated 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 and operated the Omaha Road for many years until it leased it in 1957 and then finally merged the company into itself in 1972.
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Early Omaha Road - Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Omaha Railway - Railroad Brass Switch Key and Lock Set