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Posted 6 years ago


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Not so long ago a job with the rail road meant a life time of security and many employees earned long service awards like this 50 year gold service award which was also a life time pass. Many worked beyond the 50 year mark! Looking through the old Illinois Central magazines I see that the 50 year awards were not rare and that there was also a silver 40 year service pass. Since so many were issued these passes should be fairly common but I wonder how many have survived the high gold prices back in 1980 and now?


  1. Larry Davis, 6 years ago
    These are NOT common as you'd think. I'm sure quite a few went to the jewelers to be melted down but many families still hold on to these. The do come up for sale now and again and used to go $500 or more but that was before gold went crazy.
    They are worth their weight in gold, literally, but are highly sought after by collectors. The Illinois Central made a big production of issuing these passes and threw a banquet in Chicago each year or two to celebrate handing them out.
    I don't know of another railroad that issued these on that scale.
  2. Militarist Militarist, 6 years ago
    Thanks Larry, I forgot to mention that these passes came in a nice leather wallet like holder.

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