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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2013, 08:42:44 AM »
Indianapolis Railways was the Indianapolis streetcar line; they also operated city buses. These are fare tokens, used just like any transit token today.

I don't remember when they started using these tokens. The "Indianapolis St Railway Co" one is definitely older than the others. And some may actually date from after the streetcar era, as the Indianapolis Railways name was used for several years after the last streetcar run in 1953.

I'll see if I can find any more relevant information this evening.
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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2013, 01:19:06 PM »
The earliest use of this design (Monument) appears to be 1927, and the last order for these token to be 1952.  Over the years the signature on them would change as different men were president of the company.  I few other designs were used over the years including ones for bus fares.

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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2013, 04:36:29 PM »
Thanks for the info Walt!
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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #4 on: October 23, 2013, 10:06:46 PM »
thats very interesting. Given that time frame, there could be some floating around somewhere, forgotten about up in the addict or down in the basement.

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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #5 on: November 18, 2013, 10:06:23 PM »
A picture of some Indiana related tokens.

top row: Gary Street Railway Co. (2)
              Beech Grove Traction

Btm row: Indiana Railroad
               Indiana Service Corporation 


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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2013, 09:06:55 AM »




Got one. Seems to be dateless though. Signature on the flip side seems to be Robert Todd. When was he the President of the company?

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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2013, 08:27:59 PM »
I wonder what kind of material they are stamped from
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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2014, 06:32:31 PM »
It appears to be copper clad tin, or something non-ferrous. My wife has one of these, and it has been converted into a necklace for about $20.  The token has had a very tiny hole drilled into the top for a loop, which attaches it to the neck chain.  Others are available with a clip...Other cities are also represented:
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Re: Indianapolis Railway Tokens
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2015, 10:00:32 AM »
I have many of these Indianapolis railway token dating from 1913 to 1953 the age is dependent upon the signature on the back of the President of the railway I make jewelry with them keyring keychain necklaces and bracelets would love to hear from you if you would like Jewelry made out of them or would like a pair or a necklace or keychain I can send pics of what I've already made