This is an especially nice Roadway Department #27 key from the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. It would be a star in any better lock and key collection.
This key has a superb patina and wonderful color, and a deep incised ring around its upper barrel. It is stamped N.Y.N.H.&H.R.R. above the number 27 on one side of its bow. On the other side is stamped EAGLE LOCK CO. TERRYVILLE CONN. U.S.A.
The bit edges and barrel end are worn just the way collectors like, nicely rounded documenting use. Please note the large teeth are intact and straight, not bent or even broken off as many are.
BACKGROUND: Commonly known as simply The New Haven, the NYNH&H operated in northeastern United States from 1872 to 1968. Headquartered in New Haven, Connecticut, it also ran in the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island and into New York. Under the control of New York banker J.P. Morgan, the New Haven dominated the region's rail traffic for the first half of the 20th century as Morgan oversaw the railroad's acquisition of approximately 50 companies including other railroads and steamship lines. Additionally, Morgan built a network of electrified trolley lines that provided interurban transportation for all of southern New England. By 1912, the New Haven railway operated more than 2,000 miles of track, practically monopolizing traffic in a wide swath from Boston to New York City. It was a downhill spiral from there with increasing debt and burgeoning competition from the growing automobile and trucking industry. The line became bankrupt in 1935, was reorganized and reduced in scope, went bankrupt again in 1961, and in 1969 was merged with the Penn Central System, that had been formed a year earlier by the merger of the New York Central Railroad and Pennsylvania Railroad,
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