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 Post subject: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:13 pm 

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Does anyone know of anyone who still cuts custom keys for locomotive locks and passenger cars? Is it even worth it? I hate mounting pad locks to the doors of equipment as they always look terrible and Jerry Rigged. There has to be a better way to secure equipment in the yard.

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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:19 pm 

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Any decent locksmith (NOT a key cutter), should be able to do it. Most shops still keep a decent selection of skeletons in stock. You would be amazed how much they are still used.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 2:47 pm 

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Adlake still makes locks and keys the same as always. Just make sure your wallet is full before you call...

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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:16 pm 

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A friend just had a run of Adlake keys made, and they were only 10$ each.

Another well known:
http://www.jameslhoward.com/


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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:28 pm 

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Another well known:
http://www.jameslhoward.com/

Interesting! Can anyone just order a set of keys? Who is considered an "end user?"
Quote:
"Key sales are restricted to authorized car manufacturers and end users only".


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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:37 pm 

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End users would be RRs and car owners.

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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:56 pm 

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I sent James Hoard a picture of my key and they sent me 2 that were not a match. I needed a key for a caboose. You might try eBay


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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:41 pm 

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There are several on ebay, cheap:

https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_osacat ... y&_sacat=0

I have one that came with a set of switch keys I found on the ground in my hometown along the Santa Fe over 30 years ago after one of the last track gangs using camp cars ever packed up and left. Prior to the use of switch locks on locomotives during the last decade it would open any locomotive, caboose or passenger car door.


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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:29 pm 

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My favorite key story is about the WW&F Railway Museum which took a key from the old railway circa 1912 to Adlake and had new switch keys make to use on the modern museum's line.

It seems they kept the old patterns.

Ted Miles, WW&F Member


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 Post subject: Re: Calling old skeleton key locksmith
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:37 pm 

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I guess I never realized the keys were that universal. I will have to take one out of the museum and go rattle it around in a lock and see if it works I guess.

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