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Vintage Norfolk & Western Railway Steel Miller Utility Lock N&WRY Railroad Padlock
Here is a good steel padlock from the Norfolk & Western Railway. It is some sort of utility lock, larger than most signal locks. This lock was made by Miller, and it has the name in their box logo stamped on the front of the body. On the same side it is attractively stamped N&W in distinct block letters.
On the back, it is stamped MADE IN USA in a circle design above a Patent date of August 8, 1915.
It takes a flat key, and you can see light all the way through the keyhole, which is the way it was made. Unfortunately, we do not have a key for it. It is locked closed.
CONDITION: It looks great, with surface darkening that is expected in this type of lock. If you use a magnifying glass you can see the shallowest of surface pitting in some areas but NO rust or other problems. It has an interesting clevis with a long pin going completely through the body, with a wide, flat loop that swings freely - there is NO RUST in the pin!
The chain appears to be original. The farthest loop is broken, please see our pictures. We left this as found with half a loop.
BACKGROUND: The Norfolk & Western Railway operated from its earliest predecessors in 1838 until 1997, when it was absorbed into the Norfolk Southern. The N&W was a US Class I railroad, formed by more than 200 railroad mergers between 1838 and 1982. It was headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia, for most of its 150-year existence, operating before important mergers in the 1960s in the states of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio before the merger with the NS. Then following the mergers, it expanded into Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania, as well.
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