This good brass switch key from the Central Vermont Railway displays very attractively. We got it from a Central Vermont retiree.
It is stamped CVRY on one side in tall, serif style Roman letters. On the other side is stamped serial number A267 and the FRAIM keystone logo. With just the right amount of wear that collectors look for, the bit edges and barrel end are nicely rounded, but none of the stamping is rubbed away.
This key has a very appealing patina and is developing a wonderful darkening golden brass color. It would be a terrific addition to any good railroad lock and key collection, especially for a New England railfan.
The Central Vermont Railway operated between 1899 and 1995. It emerged following the foreclosure sale of the Central Vermont Railroad,which had been purchased a few years earlier by the Grand Trunk Railway, a Canadian system. After several years of financial difficulties, the entire Grand Trunk system in 1920 was placed under the control of a Board of Management by the Canadian government. Despite years of legal battles by Grand Trunk shareholders, the company was nationalized in 1923, and fully merged into the Crown corporation Canadian National Railway. In 1927, the Central Vermont Railway entered receivership again, and was reorganized in1930, forming a new company but keeping the same name.
Under the Grand Trunk and later the Canadian National, the Central Vermont system saw many of its unprofitable branch lines abandoned. The CN continued to operate the CV as a modestly successful system, but in the process leading up to the privatization of the CN, which took place on November 28, 1995, several non-core routes had been identified for sale, one of which was the CV. The CN sold the CV mainline from New London, Connecticut, to East Alburg, Vermont, to shortline operating company RailTex, which renamed the property New England Central Railroad.
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