Beautifully engraved antique stock certificate from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company dating back to the 1890's. This document, which has been signed by the company 3rd Vice President and Treasurer, was printed by Hosford & Sons Engraving, and measures approximately 11 3/4" (w) by 8" (h).
This certificate has four vignettes - one of which shows Asa Packer, the fourth President of the line. The others feature a train steaming down the tracks, a beautiful river scene and the Pennsylvania State Seal.
You will receive the exact certificate pictured.
By the 1920s the Pennsylvania Railroad had obtained a substantial interest in the LV, and eventually gained complete control in the mid-1960s. By 1961, passenger service was discontinued, and in 1973 the LV was absorbed into the Conrail system.
The Lehigh Valley system operated nearly 1,000 miles of track, with the main branch extending 340 miles from Perth Amboy, New Jersey to Geneva, New York. It is known to be the first to utilize a new type of locomotive with a fourth set of flexible-beam drivers (invented in 1842 by Baldwin). The additional set of drivers provided more tractive force, allowing for better curve negotiation. The new engine, called the Consolidation (2-8-0) in honor of the Lehigh Valley, became the standard heavy freight engine for the next quarter of a century.