With a beautifully sharp and clear, raised "Follow the Flag" logo impressed on one side, this brass padlock from the Wabash Railroad's Signal Department is a winner. It comes with a replacement key, with which is works perfectly.
This lock is stamped MADE FOR SIGNAL DEPT. around the center flag logo on one side. On the other, YALE -- its maker -- appears in raised letters. There are no stampings on the top or bottom of the lock body, or on the shackle.
The color of the metal has darkened to a rich deep golden color. There are a very few, very light surface bumps but nothing worse, so this set is a lovely display and would be a fine addition to any good railway padlock and key collection.
Interesting History: The name Wabash Railroad or Wabash Railway may refer to various corporate entities formed over the years using one or the other of these two names. The first railroad to use only Wabash and no other city in its name was the Wabash Railway in January 1877.
The source of the name was the Wabash River, a 475-mile-long river in the eastern United States that originates in northwest Ohio and flows southwest across northern Indiana to Illinois, where it forms the southern portion of the Illinois-Indiana border, before draining into the Ohio River. The name "Wabash" is an English spelling of "Ouabache," the native Miami tribe's word for the river, which was later adopted by French traders arriving in the area.
Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, the Wabash Railroad operated across the mid-central United States, serving a large area. The Wabash owned track in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri, and also the province of Ontario, Canada. In addition to its St. Louis headquarters, ts primary connections included Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York, New York; and Toledo, Ohio. The Wabash's major freight traffic advantage was its direct line between Kansas City and Detroit, without going through St. Louis or Chicago. Despite being merged into the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1964, the Wabash company continued to exist on paper until the N&W merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1991.
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