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This Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad key is the most attractive color! It is boldly stamped P&LERR around one side of its bow. On the opposite side is stamped serial number 5892. There is no maker mark, but from the "shoulders" making almost a ridge where the bow is molded into the barrel, we are guessing it is likely a Wilson Bohannan key or possibly Fraim.
CONDITION is excellent, with light signs of use. The bit and barrel end are nicely rounded. The color is a rich, deep golden brass.
This key has a barrel that is a full 1/4 inch across to accommodate a large pin.
The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad was formed on May 11, 1875. Company headquarters were located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The line connected Pittsburgh in the east with Youngstown, Ohio; in the west at nearby Haselton, Ohio; and to the east at Connellsville, Pennsylvania. It did not reach Lake Erie (at Ashtabula, Ohio) until the formation of Conrail in 1976. The P&LE was known as the "Little Giant" since the tonnage that it moved was out of proportion to its route mileage. While it operated around one-tenth of one percent of the nation's railroad miles, it hauled around one percent of its tonnage. This was largely because the P&LE served the steel mills of the greater Pittsburgh area, which consumed and shipped vast amounts of materials. It was a specialized railroad, deriving much of its revenue from coal, coke, iron ore, limestone, and steel. The eventual closure of the steel mills led to the end of the P&LE as an independent line in 1992.
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Vintage P&LERR Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad Brass Switch Key
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