• Third Avenue Rail Road

        Starting in the mid-1800's,
        New York City had a hodge-podge of multiple companies providing transportation services throughout the city. The Atwood-Coffee Guide to Transportation Tokens lists over a dozen such companies and their tokens.

        Tyson's Telegraph Line was one, another was the Harlaam Rail Road. And yet another was the Third Avenue Rail Road.

        Below please find a Third Avenue Rail Road Token that I recently acquired. Beginning services in the 1850's, the company used mule driven trolleys to pull passengers. It wasn't until the 1890's that the service converted to electric.

        I estimate this token to be in Extra Fine grade. It was photographed using axial lighting with clear glass angled at 45 degrees.

        - Cheetah

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