SEVERAL available: Here is a very good switch key from the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad, more commonly known as the "Soo Line." This is an authentic key and although it is a bit newer, it is still pre-1961.
Condition is excellent with good clear stamping. There is no maker mark but we believe this type of key was made by Keline.
There is absolutely no metal damage. The bit end shows little, if any wear -- likely this key is "New Old Stock," ordered but not used. It should date to somewhere between 1944 and 1961.
BACKGROUND: Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad was a Class I railroad subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific Railway in the Midwest United States. Commonly known as the Soo Line (after the phonetic spelling of Sault). In 1883, a group of flour mill owners in Minneapolis formed the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railway, with a goal of building a railroad between the two namesake cities to avoid sending shipments through Chicago. In 1888, the Canadian Pacific Railway acquired control of the Minneapolis, Sault Ste. Marie & Atlantic Railway, consolidating it with the Minneapolis & Pacific Railway, Minneapolis &St. Croix Railway, and Aberdeen, Bismarck & North Western Railway -- to form the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault Ste. Marie Railway -- the Soo Line.
After several decades of acquisitions, mergers and financial difficulty, in 1937 the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway filed for bankruptcy. In September, 1944: the Soo Line undertook a reorganization, emerging as the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railroad. In 1961, the Soo Line was merged with CP subsidiaries the Wisconsin Central Railroad and Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic Railroad.
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