Object TypeTool / Track Component
H&FRHS Catalog ID18.10.01
Date or Periodc.1913-1955
Credit LineAlex Postpischil
Dimensions3" x 4" x 1"
Storage LocationFireproof Storage
This lock is stamped H & F R R. It is a traditional brass switch lock.
These locks were used by railroad companies most often to secure turnouts, or “switch tracks.” They would be mounted onto a latch that would hold the turnout control lever in place so that only approved employees could change which track trolleys would continue on. The attached chain could be used to secure the lock so that it would not get lost.
Approved employees would be issued a duplicate key, each individually numbered in order to track who possessed keys.
At times other uses for these locks were found.