This interesting old Corbin steel key is stamped TStL&WRR, identifying it as from the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad, which operated in the American midwest between 1881 and 1922. Beneath the railway mark is stamped a number 24. On the opposite side, most of a Corbin large "C" logo has been worn away, but clearly was stamped there.
It is steel, and from its shape we're guessing that likely it was made for a utility lock of some sort. Color is an appealing gunmetal gray, with NO rust, and no signs of abuse.
Not a switch key, but a neat addition to any railroad padlock and key collection!
FROM WIKIPEDIA: The Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad, abbreviated TStL&W and commonly known as the Clover Leaf, was a railroad company that operated in northwestern Ohio, north central Indiana, and south central Illinois during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The TStL&W originated with the Toledo, Cincinnati & St. Louis Railroad, a company that had been formed in 1881 as a consolidation of several smaller, narrow gauge lines connecting the Ohio cities of Toledo and Cincinnati with St. Louis, Missouri. Following years of mergers and consolidations during which the track was converted to standard gauge, the railroad reorganized in 1900 as the Toledo, St. Louis & Western Railroad. It operated approximately 450 miles of line between Toledo and East St. Louis until finally, on December 28, 1922, the Clover Leaf became part of the larger New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (the "Nickel Plate") , which eventually became part of Norfolk Southern.
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