This is a good big key from the Delaware & Hudson Railroad. It is stamped D&H in strong block letters on one side of its bow. On the other side is stamped ADLAKE, its maker.
Although the Delaware & Hudson has existed since the early 1800s, the shape of this key tells us it is one of the later ones, made from the 1940s until about the 1950s.
CONDITION is extremely nice with almost no wear (the bit edges and barrel end are not quite sharp). Some "finger polish" does show at the top of the bow. This key displays well and would be a fine addition to any northeastern US collection.
D& H RR - BACKGROUND: The D&H began as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company, starting up in 1823 in New York and Pennsylvania, building a system of canals initially to carry coal. Looking to expand by placing more emphasis on the rail side of the business and phasing out its water operations, the word "Canal" was dropped from the name in 1898, and "Delaware & Hudson Company" became the official name . After several decades of expansion and purchasing other railway lines, the D&H in 1928 again changed its name, to "Delaware & Hudson Railroad." Nicknamed "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada," the D&H helped connect New York with Montreal, Quebec and New England. As the D&H RR, it operated for many years until 1968, when it was reorganized as the Delaware & Hudson Railway. After numerous transfers and a bankruptcy, the D&H Railway in 1991 was purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway. It is operating today in the northeastern United States, as a subsidiary of the Canadian Pacific.
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