|Yes, they do exist!
My SR&RL Switch Lock and Key.
|I've made this page with the thought in mind that SR&RL fans might enjoy seeing a real Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad Switch Lock and Key.|
|On a visit to Maine, in the late 90's, my wife
and I stopped at an Antique/Flea Market Store
in Searsport, Maine.
This store is almost directly across the Highway
from The BlueJacket Shipcrafters Shop & Factory.
I always search the dsiplay cases for the "Small" items, a habit I've had for years as a result of my intensive search for the elusive
Rio Grande Southern Silver Filigree Passes.
I almost fainted when I saw
"the next best thing",
that being this Switch Lock & Key.
I couldn't believe my eyes and purchased it with lightning speed, not even giving
contemplative regard to price.
It is one of my prized possessions!
|I have been told by an authority on railroad antiquity, that the SR&RL Locks, while rare, are not nearly as rare as the above, SR&RL "Stamped" Key.|
|The Lock and Key work perfectly, almost as if brand new.
The keyhole cover's spring still has its "original' tension.
Amazingly, this lock
is in excellent condition considering its age!
|Shown below is a close up of the SR&RL RR stamping on the hasp.
There is no question as to where this wonderful lock spent its day in service.
|This wonderful artifact, that must have witnessed so much of what
we would give anything to see today, is usually locked away in a
safe deposit drawer.
I take it out when time allows and I must say, I enjoy looking at it.
I wonder if Dana Aldrich, Sonny Fairbanks, Rob McMullen, Ed West,
or any of the other SR&RL "Celebrities" often handled it.