Sunday, April 28, 2013

One born every minute

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I find it interesting how people become suckers in all kind of con-games. No better than this one of the Holman Locomotive Speeding Truck Company. It took down many life savings before it was done. A well done article is here Holman Locomotive Speeding Truck Co. This is my example of the stock. Worth more as a collectible than it ever did as an investment.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Railroad history book

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Part of the fun of owning railroad stocks is finding out the history of the companies that the certificates represent. The wonderful little book on the Green Mountain Railway does that on this short lived (1883-1891) cog railroad. I highly recommend this well researched and well written book. If you are a railroad history buff like me this book should be in your library. The book can be found on Amazon.

This is my stock on the railroad. Cog railroad certificates from the 19th century are a rare find. This is the only one listed in Cox for this company.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Given Up the Search

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With many research attempts always leading to dead ends. I have given up trying to find information on this company. Terry Cox list is as a locomotive builder. His thinking is it may be a builder of logging locomotives. I found a small bit of information in a newspaper article from that time listing a Stiles as a maker of steamship engines. I'm not sure if it is the same company or not. So a plea to the collectors out there for any information. I appreciate any morsel of information you may give me.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Not on my website


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The reason is I totally forgot I had this piece! I was checking some of my scans and noticed it. I will add it when I update my website. A rare piece the company operated for two years before it change it's name. Terry Cox shows this to be the only one known.

A little history of this road. It was incorporated in March 17, 1851. This railroad operated as a separate and distinct company to build a line from Hudson, Ohio to connect with the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad. The mileage was sixty-one miles from Hudson to Millersburg. It operated until 1853 when it's name was changed to Cleveland, Zanesville and Cincinnati Railroad Company. It like thousands of railroads fell into receivership. In August of 1861 a receiver was appointed and operated the road until  November 2, 1864 when the line was sold. 1

1. Annual Report of  Railroads and Telegraphs Dec. 31, 1902- History of Railroads of Ohio.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Not your usual RR stock

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I probably has seen thousands of railroad stocks but this one is unusual. I'm sure their are other examples from other companies but I have not seen any. Any guess on what does not fit the normal railroad stock?