Here is a very scarce coach or caboose key from the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway. It is steel, with a flat bow and stem and a round bit at the base.
Across the lower portion of the bow, on one side it is stamped BR&PRY . This is not easy to see, because of surface imperfections due to age and use. We could not find any other markings on this key.
SIZE is a smallish 2.75 inches long.
CONDITION is superb: A beautiful patina, with absolutely NO rust. The stem is straight. This key has never been abused by anyone trying to force a lock open with it. It is a beautiful display.
This rare key would be a top notch addition to any strong collection of railroad keys or locks, particularly a Northeast grouping.
The Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway, which operated between 1885 and 1932, served communities along the New York shore of Lake Ontario to the center of western Pennsylvania. Its primary purpose was to haul coal from the hills of Pennsylvania to the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, as well as the smaller towns and villages along the way. Although the BR&P thrived on the haulage of heavy freight, primarily Pennsylvania coal, its passenger service was characterized as "second to none". The first passenger run took place on the BR&P's predecessor, Rochester & State Line Railroad on its September 15 1874 run from Rochester to LeRoy. The last was on 15 October 1955, when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad ended its Buffalo - Pittsburgh service.
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