This old Erie key stands out from the others, with a narrower bow and the name ERIE stamped in tall block letters. On the other side, the FRAIM Keystone logo is stamped, dating it to the very early 1900s.
The color is superb, with the metal darkening but still showing a glint of golden when you turn it in the light.
CONDITION is superb, with no damage and just the right amount of wear documenting use. A great addition to any good collection of railway locks and keys.
The Erie Railroad operated in the northeastern United States, originally connecting New York City with Lake Erie. It expanded west to Chicago with its 1941 merger with the former Atlantic & Great Western Railroad, also known as the New York, Pennsylvania & Ohio Railroad. Its mainline route proved influential in the development and economic growth of New York's Southern Tier, including cities such as Binghamton, Elmira, and especially the city of Hornell, where it was the largest employer, and where its main line split into two routes, one north to Buffalo and the other west to Cleveland, Ohio. The Erie ceased to exist in 1960, when it merged with its former rival, the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad.
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