This is a terrific switch key from Mexico. It is stamped N DE M in immense serif letters on one side, and serial number 0858 on the other. It is in fine condition, showing light use but no damage and terrific color and patina. It's a great conversation starter.
The Ferrocarriles Nacionales de México, (better known as N de M) existed between 1903 and 1995, during which time it operated most railway trackage through the central and northeastern regions of the republic of Mexico. In 1909, the NdeM absorbed the Mexican Central Railroad (Ferrocarril Central Mexicano), givng it a second border gateway at Ciudad Juárez, which is adjacent to El Paso, Texas. Prior to 1938, dating from the regime of Porfirio Díaz, it was a major railroad controlled by the government that linked Mexico City to the major cities of Nuevo Laredo and Ciudad Juárez on the U.S. border with Texas. Then, in 1938, the NdeM was nationalized by President Lázaro Cárdenas del Río, becoming Mexico's state-owned railroad company until 1998, when it was privatized by President Ernesto Zedillo. In 1995, the Mexican government announced that the FNM would be privatized and divided into four main systems, effectively ending NdeM operations.
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