TagTown American Railway Supply Questionable Page

A fellow collector from out west eMailed me about the NCNG tag that is pictured below (bottom image) in the summer of 2001. This tag was acquired on eBay. It seems that there was one seller turning up rare western tags (Nevada County Narrow Gauge, Yosemite Valley Way tags), however, they had some common characteristics:

This is the new controversy as of 12/2001. Personally I would avoid purchasing any tags with these hallmarks and have a serial number close to one pictured below and have large periods or mixed lettering. In addition check your tags for large periods! Because there was more than one listed at one time, this seemed like more than a coincidence to the savvy collector.

eBay has been a great place to find some one-of-a-kind items, however, it is also a place where people will unknowingly (knowingly) peddle questionable items. Before bidding, make sure your seller will offer a "return privilege". Even if you have to pay eBay fees, it's better than getting caught with your pants down.

I am in the process of investigating similar tags. Once I have further details and permission from other collectors on this topic, I'll post the information. Keep watching this page.

email me with any information on this type of tag


Wilcox - California Pacific RR - Questionable Exampple
Note the number series (again). Note the poor strike of the RR name. And the use of plain and serif letters in the RR name "CAL" & "PACIFIC RR". This tag would not have made it into circulation in this condition.  Watch for numbers in this range. Please report any additional tags with this numbering to me. I have several Wilcox tags, however, none of my hallmarks have the wide gap between WILCOX and CHICAGO. Yes this could be a coincidence, but I doubt it. Note that the maker is Wilcox, however, the numbers are identical to the Am Ry Sup below. 

 
Wilcox - Yosemite Valley RR - Questionable Example<
The tag on the right does not have the large periods. Watch for numbers in this range. Please report any additional tags with this numbering to me. Note the amazing coincidence that the lettering was changed for the RR initials and the "WAY" designation in what would have been a run of production items. Note that the maker is Wilcox, however, the numbers are identical to the Am Ry Sup below. 

 
American Railway Supply - Nevada County Narrow Gauge 2073 - Questionable Example
Watch for numbers in this range. Please report any additional tags with this numbering to me.

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