This terrific switch key is from the Western Maryland Railway. We confirmed the bit cut in our Johnson book.
This key is stamped WMRY in block letters on one side of its bow. On the other side is stamped serial number 11233 and ADLAKE.
The inside of the barrel is a full one-fourth inch across, for a lock with a large 3/16 inch pin.
Condition is excellent with good strong stamping and attractive color. It appears to have had very little use and is a first rate display in any good collection.
BACKGROUND: The Western Maryland Railway was an American Class I railroad that existed from 1852 until 1983. It operated in the states of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The WM was primarily a coal hauling and freight railroad, with a small passenger train operation.
The WM became a property of the Chessie System holding company in 1973, although it continued independent operations until May 1975, after which time many of its lines were abandoned in favor of parallel Baltimore & Ohio Railroad lines. In 1983, it was fully merged into the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
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