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KCT Railroad Kansas City Terminal Switch Lock and Key Set
This lock and key set is from the Kansas City Terminal Railway. It is a good set that works well together. The key is a little bit worn but it is an earlier ADAMS & WESTLAKE one that must date from close to the beginning of the KCT.
THE LOCK is steel, made by Adlake. It is stamped KCT on the back of the body. There is a K15 stamped on the back of the shackle, and a patent number that was awarded the inventor of this type of lock in 1922 (and has nothing to do with the KCL). It is in good working condition with some surface bumps and dings and a bit of surface grunge but no metal problems. It has one link of its original chain, the rest is missing. The internal spring is extremely strong, the dust cover resists being pushed to the side and then snaps shut hard on its own when released.
It works well with the key but is a little stiff, almost certainly from years of sitting unused. It could use a good cleaning/lubrication. We DO NOT clean or lubricate our locks and keys.
THE KEY is significantly older and has significant "finger polish" and wear. On one side of the bow is stamped KCTRY. On the other side is a very low serial number 201 and a worn but clearly identifiable early 1900s ADAMS & WESTLAKE oval mark, along with an S for switch. The end of the barrel is worn and has a little nip out of it on the KCT side but the metal is not worn thin. The bit edges are worn but not badly.
From Wikipedia: The Kansas City Terminal Railway is a Class III terminal railroad that serves as a joint operation of the trunk railroads that serve the Kansas City metropolitan area, the United States' second largest rail hub. It was created in 1906 by 12 railroads that joined together after several years of devastating floods forced the Union Depot to close. Through this joint effort duplicative services were eliminated, a new Union Station was built and all the switches and bridges that served the city rail traffic could be effectively coordinated.
Over the years, Union Station ownership was given up, and the KCT leased engines and grew to 85 miles of track. It now serves the Class I railroads Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Canadian Pacific Railway, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern Railway and Union Pacific, as well as Class III Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad, plus Amtrak.
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