Serial numbers on Virginian Railway lanterns

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Fri Sep 28 09:40:18 EDT 2012

Things like lanterns, rule books, & switch keys, were signed for on lots of railroads. In some cases, if an employee lost a key, or lantern, he might be charged a small fee to get another one from the company.

At the time Louis Newton went to the Transportation Dept., R.B.Claytor
brought in an outsider to run the Planning Dept. He'd started on the L&N
as an operator, but became V.P.-Operations for the IC. At that time,
Ill. Cent. had a practice of not issuing switch keys to Afro-Americans.
Harry Bundy

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