7710Re: [FJGRailroad] Adams & Westlake, A&W Co., Adlake
- Jun 30, 2002I may have to stand corrected on this:
My recollection is that the term New York Central Lines was the designation
used to define the railroads independently operated but controlled through
stock ownership by the New York Central Railroad Company, viz, Michigan
Central; Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis; and the Pittsburgh
and Lake Erie (each of these companies had interests in other railroads
too). Together the "Railroad" and the "Lines" form the New York Central
System. After the twenties, the legal and financial relationship between
the lines and the railroad matured through consolidations and leases but the
leased lines, largely those west of Buffalo, would remain the NYC Lines.
Ultimately all the roads coalesced (merged and consolidated) as the New York
Central System. The process was gradual covering the better part of the
fifty years following the formation of the NYCRR in 1914 (the original NYCRR
disappeared with its consolidation with the HRRR in 1869).
Now most of these western leased lines had lanterns, locks and keys marked
with their independent initials and the markings NYCL used on lanterns, keys
and locks apparently did not apply to them while they maintained their
independent operations. So did the Boston and Albany.
My guess is the initials were used on material supplied for NYC properties
not using their corporate names, other than the NYCRR proper, until the term
New York Central System became used by all the properties. I have owned
lamps and keys marked NYCL but have none today to check out the stamping
dates. All were acquired in the Mohawk Valley If someone reading this has
a NYCL Dietz Vesta lantern they can let us know the stamping date on the lid
(S mo-yr) below the patent dates. Also under the keyhole cover or on the
pin of Adlake locks can be found dates which can help you secure a time
frame for use of those initials.
Re the cut of the key. You can check with Key, Lock and Lantern (they have
a web site) to see if it matches any of the known cuts for one of the NYC
companies. Someone from that group would also be able to tell you for what
the cut was used (rip track, switch etc.).
As an asisde the Pennsylvania Railroad maintained a separate corporate form
for its lines west of Pittsburgh - PRR was used for lines east of
Pittsburgh; Pennsylvania Lines for those west.
>Subject: [FJGRailroad] Adams & Westlake, A&W Co., Adlake
>Date: Sun, 30 Jun 2002 18:42:55 -0400
> For the key experts out there, I have a NYCL brass switch key, did
>it go to a different department? It is not the same cut as my brass NYC
>key that I used to use on all the switches at sandbank.
> Does anyone have a brief history of Adlake and the time periods that
>they changed their name? My NYCRR key reads A&W Company Chicago, while
>all the others read ADLAKE?
> Steve Myers
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