Here is a good switch key from the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, a/k/a the "Nickel Plate." It is in excellent condition and a great display with strong stamping and an attractive golden brass color.
This key is stamped NKP on one side of its bow and on the other side is stamped 11494 and the maker mark ADLAKE.
It HAS seen use, because the barrel end and bit edges are rounded and not sharp, but apparently has not been used very much. It likely was made during the latter days of the Nickel Plate's existence.
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (reporting mark NKP, abbreviated NYC&StL) was a rail line that operated in the mid-central United States. Commonly referred to as the Nickel Plate Road, the railway served a large area, with trackage in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Its primary connections included Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Toledo. The NKP was built in 1881 along the South Shore of the Great Lakes, connecting Buffalo and Chicago, as competition with the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway. It lasted until 1964, when the Nickel Plate Road and several other midwestern carriers were merged into the larger Norfolk & Western Railway.
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