Blair Line Key

Discussion in 'Memorabilia' started by Karl, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    A recent find... I am not certain what the 506 on the reverse side means.

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    SAFN SAAP Member

    506 can represent a switch number, or that could be a caboose number. Good find.
  3. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    Nice find.
    What is the KCO&S - I forget?

    SAFN SAAP Member

    Kansas City, Osecola & Southern Railway
  5. frisco4301

    frisco4301 Member

    Very nice!!
  6. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Supporter Supporter

    Karl--Do you think the key number was for "control?" Like each key having a unique number and assigned to an individual?? Or just the number of the lock??

    Thanks, Tom
  7. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    That is a very distinct possibility. Items such as books of rules remained property of the company, and the employee had to "sign" for the document. Perhaps the same is true for the key.
  8. Jerry Walker

    Jerry Walker Member

    I hope it is alright to reply to old post.
    The number on the back of the keys is a serial number or like you said a unique control number for keeping up with who has what key. In the old days the number was recorded along with the name of the person the key was assigned to. Later years they stoped keeping records of the keys.
  9. William Jackson

    William Jackson Bill Jackson Supporter

    I think Jerry is right, you had to sign for a railroad key, in earlier years they had serial numbers. The new keys all have serial numbers (Sargent Greenleaf) One side is the type (105) the long number is the serial.
  10. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Jerry, it is always appropriate to reply on an old thread with information or questions. Thanks for sharing!
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