Offered is an excellent "Follow the Flag" logo signal lock from the Wabash Railroad. It comes with a key that works very well with it, but is a copy, not the original.
This is a pin tumbler lock made by the Yale & Towne Mfg. Co. of Terryville, Connecticut. It has a solid brass body with wonderful rich, deep color and only the lightest of surface marks showing use -- no big dents or bumps. On one side, the Wabash flag stands out beautifully, surrounded by a circular panel into which SIGNAL DEPT. is impressed. On the opposite side, the YALE trademark name is cast ito a round panel.
The round steel shackle is impressed THE YALE & TOWNE MFG.CO. on one side, and MADE IN U.S.A. on the other.
The key is a Keil blank. The lock responds immediately to it, popping open readily.
This lock is very heavy for its size - it weighs just over 12 ounces (3/4 of a pound).
BACKGROUND: Headquartered in St .Louis, Missouri, the Wabash Railroad operated from 1889 until 1982. It was a Class I railroad that operated in the mid-central United States, serving a large area that included track in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri and the Canadian province of Ontario.
The Wabash's major freight traffic advantage was the direct line from Kansas City to 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 1982.
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Wabash Railroad Brass Follow the Flag Signal Lock and Key