Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Missouri Trolley Company

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A new addition fitting my new collecting theme. This is a rare piece as the only one listed in Cox. Not a railroad but a street trolley company of St. Joseph Missouri. This company was formed in 1887 when the New York banking firm I.B. Newton bought the St. Joseph Railways Company. This firm acquired the companies of Frederick Arc Line and the Citizens' Line operating these companies as the Peoples Street Railway, Electric Light and Power Company.
In the next three years the company expanded by building two street lines and acquiring two more lines. The company was reorganized in 1895 as the St. Joseph Railway, Light, Heat and Power Company.

ref. A History of Northwest Missouri Vol. 3 edited by Walter Williams.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Clarification is needed.

I have received a number of inquiries from collectors asking if I would be willing to trade some of my certificates. The answer is yes. But I need to clarify what I am still looking for. Missouri certificates yes but only railroads, trolleys any thing that operated on rails. My cutoff date is any certificate after the first world war. So any thing before 1917 I will be collecting. Also I want un-cancelled versions. As far as Confederates more flexible any Confederate state ( April 12, 1861-April 9, 1865) and cancelled certificates are ok.

Sorry for not being clear in my previous post.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

News Flash

After considerable thought I have decided to sell a part of my railroad stock and bond collection. I am going to concentrate on a limited area of collecting as applied to railroad stock and bonds. I will be collecting in two areas. These areas are Confederate Railroad issues and railroad stocks and bonds from my home state of Missouri. I plan to sell my remaining pieces on eBay and major auction houses such as Spink and Archives International. I estimate it may take a year or so to do this.

This will allow additional money to go to my other collecting interests. If any piece on my website (except Missouri and Confederates) is something you are looking for let me know. Email is

Thanks very much.