Vintage land transportation uniform buttons, trolley, cable car, interurban rail, tramway, railroads, terminals, railroad news, express package cos., buses. When ordering jot down the page name, the item code (in brackets under the image), briefly describe the buttons and give the price then e-mail your order to me. Click here to e-mail: carolc@vintagebuttons.net Or copy and paste my e-mail into your own e-mail program: carolc@vintagebuttons.net
The other numbered codes shown in the description are from Donald Van Court's two books covering Railroad and Transit uniform buttons including his RV code (relative values A-G. "A" is common "G" would be scarce). Sizes are "coat" (usually 23mm) and "cuff" (14-17mm).
Generally there is only ONE button available unless otherwise noted within the description. I take check (US) and Pay Pal payments, ship internationally.
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SMALL

(Tran-1) Cumberland Valley Railroad, Pennsylvania, small cuff size (15mm) antique uniform button. Shows some deposits, will leave cleaning up to buyer. Van Court: 7/24, RV-E (scarce rating). Closer view: here. 1 pc avail. $14.00

(Tran-2) Los Angeles Railway vintage small cuff size uniform button. Mouse-over or click above image for back view (closer image links below). Van Court: 41/28, RV-D, these smalls are harder to find. Button showS surface wear and a small face dent. Closer views click: here; here. Small w/dent $13.00; other pictured is sold.
Coat & Cuff Avail.

(Tran-3) 1890's Capital Traction Co. (D.C.) gilt brass coat size (23mm) and small cuff size uniform button. Mouse-over or click above image for back view (closer image links below). Van Court: 45/20, RV-B. Firm ran cable cars, electric trolleys and later buses before merging to create Capital Transit Co. in 1933. Some toning on face, not so glaring in person. Closer views click: here; here. State size when ordering. 1 Coat Size $15.00; 1 Small Cuff Size $10.

(Tran-14) 1910-1927 Wilmington & Philadelphia Traction Co. nickle plated coat size (23mm) uniform button. Mouse-over or click above image for back view (closer image links below). Van Court: 45/12, RV-C. No back mark but construction is correct to the period noted above. Ran rail transportation in Delaware and Pennsylvania, state-wide. Closer views click: here; here. 1 Coat Size button available. $15.00

(Tran-20) 1921-1952 United Electric Railways Co. (Rhode Island, state-wide street trolleys, buses, trolley coaches) nickle plated coat size (23mm) uniform button. Mouse-over or click above image for back view (closer image links below). Supreme Quality back mark fully braised back. Van Court: 73/11, RV-B. Closer views click: here; here. 1 Coat Size button available. $12.00
RR Depot

(Tran-21) Los Angeles Union Passenger Terminal (Union Station). Very shiny, unused, may have been restruck for a movie which frequently films at Union Station. Van Court: 31/17.
Coat Size (23mm), 2pcs avail. $15.00ea.
SMALL cuff size (9pcs avail.) $10.00ea.
Interurban

(Tran-29) Pacific Electric, city, interurban, freight (Los Angeles area). Van Court: 41/20. One small cuff good gilt $10; Coat size (23mm) 2pcs avail. $12.00 (both have tarnish). State coat or cuff when ordering.

(Tran-30) c.early 1900's Los Angeles "Pacific Electric" uniform button (coat and cuff sizes available). Mouse-over or click above image for back view (see large image links below). Van Court: 41/21. Coat is 23mm, cuff 15mm, nickle plated, some surface deposits, not bad. Closer views click here; here; here. Coat size $15.00ea (3pcs avail); Small cuff size $8.00ea (10pcs avail)

(Tran-31) Michigan Central Railroad. Nickle plated coat size uniform button. Van Court 5/6. Mouse-over above image for back view, closer views linked right below. Scovill back mark, not a restrike. Back and closer views click here; here. 1pc avail. $12.00.
Railroad

(Tran-36) Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad. Mouse-over above image for back view, closer views linked right below. Nickle plated coat size uniform button. Van Court 29/2, RV-C. British back mark. Back and closer views click here; here. 1pc avail. $12.00.
SMALL Railroad

(Tran-37) Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Chicago & St. Louis Railway, aka "Panhandle Ry". Nickle plated SMALL cuff size uniform button. Van Court 8/8. RV-D. Back and closer views click here; here. SMALL (2pcs avail) $10.00ea.
Fox Pat. Button Cover
Railroad

(Tran-41) Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. Coat size Fox Pat. shell button cover marked Scovill c.1914. Van Court 12/21. RV-D. Could use polishing if you like that look. Back and closer views click here; here. 1pc avail. $22.00.
Fox Pat. Button Cover
Railroad

(Tran-42) Oregon Electric Railway. Fox Pat. shell button cover marked Scovill c.1914. Van Court 12/11. RV-E (scarce). SMALLER vest size 18mm (3/4"). Back and closer views click here; here. 1pc avail. $22.00.
Fox Pat. Button Cover
Railroad

(Tran-43) Northern Pacific Railroad Fox Pat. shell button cover marked Scovill c.1913. Nickle plated. SMALLER vest size 18mm (3/4"). Van Court 12/11, RV-D. Back and closer views click here; here. 1pc avail. $22.00.

(SOLD-47) Northern Pacific Railroad Fox Pat. shell button cover marked Scovill c.1913. Gilt brass. SMALLER vest size 18mm (3/4"). Van Court 12/11, RV-D. Back and closer views click here; here. SOLD $22.00.
Railroad

(Tran-48) Eastern Rail Road, vintage, brass. Mostly good gilt, not polished, may have slight surface use and light toning. Van Court 10/24; RV-D. Back mark click here. Coat Size 23mm (14pcs. avail.) $20.00ea
Railroad

(Tran-49) Illinois Central Railroad. Scarce 3-pc staff construction. Van Court 16/3, RV-E. Gilt brass, very nice condition. Coat Size 24mm (1pc avail.) $35.00
City Trolley

(Tran-53) Third Avenue Railroad vintage uniform button. Took over Union Ry. Co. of NYC in 1912. Started 1857 horse cars, 1885 cable including only cross-town cable line, mail cars, elect. trolleys and buses. Last NY City trolley ran 1948 but ran in Yonkers until 1952. Somewhat worn design but still decent. Van Court: 63/25, RV-B. Back mark Browning King & Co. Coat size 23mm (7/8"+) 3pcs. avail: $10.00ea.
Small
City Trolley

(Tran-54) Third Avenue Railroad vintage uniform button. Low convex, slight flattening due to fairly wide plane of the logo. Van Court: 63/25, RV-A. SMALL Cuff Size 16mm. (5/8") 2pcs. avail: $5.00ea.
City Trolley

(Tran-55) Third Avenue Railroad vintage uniform button. Nickle plated showing brass at the high points (not evident in this image). Van Court: 63/25, RV-B. Back mark click: here. Coat size 23mm (7/8"+) 4pcs. avail: $10.00ea. as-is
City Trolley
Coat & Cuff Sizes Avail.

(Tran-59) Mass. Worcester Consolidated Street Railway antique uniform button c.1892. Started 1887 with horse drawn lines, electrified 1893, controlled by New Haven 1901, bus operations 1920s. Succeeded by Worcester Street Ry. 1932. Van Court: 55/10, RV-C. Back mark click: here. Small cuff size (1pc avail) $6.00; Coat Size 23mm (7/8"+) $10.00

(Tran-60) Brooklyn Line, pictorial car. Gilt brass. Coat Size 23mm. Out of original Waterbury storage wrapper, may be a restrike used in example sets of defunct styles Waterbury issued some years ago, straight shank, does not have the "D" shank which earmarks the most recent restrikes. Back, side views click: here; and here. Several pieces available. $10.00ea.
Cross Bridge Trolley

(Tran-61) New York & Brooklyn Bridge trolley. No wear or use, from unused Waterbury stock, straight shank, does not have the very modern "D" shank but it's probably a restrike of defunct styles Waterbury put together into sets for "railfans". Coat Size 23mm. Out of original Waterbury storage wrapper. Wrapper and back views click here; here; and here. Several pieces available. $10.00ea
Interurban

(Tran-65) SMALL Atlantic City and Shore Railroad, Shore Fast Line. Nickle plated. Van Court: 60/1, RV-C. (21pcs. avail.). SMALL 5/8": $5.00ea
Tramway

(Tran-66) Denver City Tramway. Van Court: 44/2; RV-C. Button shows toning and some wear. (6pc avail). Coat size: $6.00ea. as-is
Tramway

(Tran-67) Denver City Tramway. Van Court: 44/2; RV-C. Gilt wear, toning. Back marked "Denver City Tramway Co.". SMALL Cuff: $6.00 (2pcs avail.)
Railroad

(Tran-71) Southern Pacific RR. Van Court: 21/1. Coat Size 1pc avail. $7.00
Shell Cover Bus Line

(Tran-72) Pre-Greyhound Lines c.1920's unused Motor Transit Corp. Blue Goose Lines (operated in Indiana) Fox Patent button cover shell. This is a counter competition on a Div II tray. Coat and small cuff sizes. Back, 2 sizes closer views click here; here.
Shell Cover Coat (4pcs avail) $14ea.
Shell Cover Cuff Small (3pcs avail) $10ea.
State size when ordering.
This line became Greyhound along with a bunch of other ones.
Here's what I found on Wikipedia:

"The Motor Transit Corporation (MTC), the original Greyhound firm, before it became renamed as The Greyhound Corporation, started a new route between Chicago, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana, in February 1927, four months after its formation (as the MTC).
To comply with an Indiana statute (one which required that corporations doing business in the Hoosier State be domiciled there), the MTC had already (in November 1926, the same month as its own incorporation) created a wholly owned subsidiary, based in Indiana and named as the Greyhound Lines, Inc., of Indiana (called also the GLI of Indiana), to conduct the route between Chicago and Indianapolis (mostly in Indiana).
Thereby the GLI of Indiana became the first business unit of the growing Greyhound empire to make a public use of the name of the Greyhound Lines.
The GLI of Indiana also took over another firm, the Blue Goose Lines, running in the Hoosier State from Indianapolis southward to Evansville and northward to Kokomo and onward to Fort Wayne (all four in Indiana), bought from Ralph Bogan and Swan Sundstrom, two original busmen from northern Minnesota. [The two sellers continued as key players at Greyhound. Bogan served eventually as the vice president of The Greyhound Corporation during the presidency of Orville Swan Caesar (1946–56), after the retirement of Carl Eric Wickman, the principal founder of Greyhound; Sundstrom served as a long-time president of the Pennsylvania Greyhound Lines.]
In 1929 the MTC became renamed as The Greyhound Corporation (with an uppercase T, because the word “the” was an integral part of the legal name of the corporate entity). During the early years of the growth of the Greyhound empire, the GLI of Indiana performed an important function, by operating a number of significant routes before they became transferred to other operating companies."


So, that's the story. Interesting to find both sizes of a button cover from the early days of coach transportation leading to the creation of Greyhound!
Bus/Coach

(Tran-73) The Gray Line, sightseeing coaches. Coat size (2pcs avail) $9.00ea

(Tran-74) North Shore Bus Co. (New York) 1930-40s. Double deck bus pictorial, tinted. Van Court: 66/26, RV-E (scarce). SMALL cuff size 15mm. $10.00
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