The railroads built America: up through WW2 they were the dominant form of transportation, with hundreds of major roads hauling passengers and freight. Most railroad lines were large enterprises requiring vast amounts of material and equipment to operate. Much of this material survives today and is sought after by collectors.

Railroadiana collectors will often focus on items from a specific region or railroad (New York Central, Southern Pacific, Baltimore and Ohio, Pennsylvania Central, Santa Fe, Norfolk and Western, Denver and Rio Grande, etc.), or on a specific type of item.

Some of the more popular collectible railroadiana categories include lanterns, calendars, postcards, posters, photos, passes, caps, china, silver and holloware, badges, pocket watches and signs.

There are also railroadiana collectors who focus on baggage tags, bells, builders plates, buttons, marbles, spittoons, uniforms, ashtrays, and railroad-related postal and telegraph items.

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All aboard: Annual train show pulls into Lena
Journal Standard, March 1st

The show is more than 30,000 square foot of operating displays, railroad memorabilia and model-railroad merchandise. Participants come from Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and all over Illinois. Levi Wichman, 6, of Ridott sported an engineer's cap while...Read more

Museum extends hours, February 28th

A Lionel layout is currently under development. Lining the museum's walls are photos, maps, timetables and other railroad memorabilia. The Central Railway Museum is the creation of the Central Railway Model and Historical Association Inc. (CRM&HA) and ...Read more

“Your Town Friday” heads to Shirley!
Fox 59, February 20th

We have family pictures, stuff from the original doctor, we restored this house out front, and we have lots of railroad memorabilia. I think you can see the growth of America as Shirley grew. It's a very nice town, a very booming town and it's managed...Read more

Out & About: Sunol Railroad Cafe serves dish of Americana
Oroville Mercury Register, February 14th

He has set the cafe's homey mood with historical Sunol photos and weathered railroad memorabilia covering the walls in honor of the town's rail lines. The Niles Canyon Railway's vintage trains make stops about two blocks from the restaurant, before...Read more

Large crowd comes out for train event
The Daily News, February 13th

Visitors had the opportunity to meet and mingle with former GM&O employees, view slide shows from the railroad's heyday, purchase railroad memorabilia at a flea market and listen to live music. They also had the chance to view the building's completely ...Read more

Somerset West Pizza Caboose closes after 38 years in Beaverton (photos), February 6th

The Pizza Caboose at Somerset West included railroad memorabilia on the walls and an operating train ran around the fireplace, which has an upside down replica steam engine smokestack for a chimney. A train also ran around the ceiling perimeter of the ...Read more

Manifest Auctions Presents Rare Porcelain Signs & Railroadiana Feb 28th
Digital Journal, February 5th

Manifest's sale also includes a collection of rare railroad antiques including locomotive builder's plates by Baldwin and ALCO, wax sealers used by railroads and express companies, and an extremely rare Santa Fe railroad locomotive badge which is ...Read more

Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectors
Huntington Herald Dispatch, January 31st

Many people have a fascination with trains and they honor that interest by collecting railroadiana. It is a very broad field so many folks scale it down to one aspect or another. One area that fills the bill for loads of people is railroad lanterns...Read more