This is a newer key from the Western Maryland Railway, but is it a beauty! The shape tells us it almost certainly was made from the 1940s-1950s era, confirmed by the smaller lettering. It is clearly and strongly stamped WMRY on one side of the bow.
There is no maker mark but it shows "just the right amount" of use, AND we confirmed the bit cut, which is shown in both the American Railways Switch Key Directory and our Johnson book of American railroad keys.
This fat barrelled key takes a 3/16 inch pin. It would be a stunner in a good collection of Mid-Atlantic area railroad locks and keys.
The Western Maryland Railway was an American Class I railroad that operated in Maryland, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. The original main line began with the chartering of the Baltimore, Carroll & Frederick Railroad in 1852, with the intent of building a rail line from Baltimore west to Washington County, Maryland. The Maryland General Assembly changed the name of the company to the Western Maryland Rail Road Company in 1853. It was primarily a coal hauling and freight railroad, with a small passenger train operation. The WM became a property of the Chessie System holding company in 1973, although it continued independent operations until May 1975.
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