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.
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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- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Recent News: Railroadiana
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What's happeningThe Spokesman Review, May 21st
The Heritage Tribute Band will trace the arc of tunes written for and about railroads from the 1840s to the 1960s each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia, railroad layout by River City Modelers, veterans...Read more
Boothbay Railway Village to Open for 50th Season May 23Freepress Online, May 21st
The museum had its genesis in 1963, when George McEvoy, amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia, was teaching school in Bowdoinham and happened to hear from Phillip Carr, the railroad station agent at Freeport, that the station was going to be ...Read more
Boothbay Railway Village opens for 50th seasonBoothbay Register, May 20th
By late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport summer cottage was about to also reach capacity. He had to find...Read more
Families enjoyed Homewood's Rail Fest Saturday in spite of soggy weatherThe Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, May 19th
The event's other constituency, railroad buffs, also had much to see and do, Hofeld noted, with a number of vendors set up around the auditorium offering railroad memorabilia and literature. "It's typical of our events, which are all very family...Read more
Salamanca Rail Museum seeking volunteers to fill voidSalamanca Press, May 14th
The building which now houses the city's railroad memorabilia was once a passenger station for the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway, built in 1912, with the former freight house standing across the way. The museum has made some efforts to bring...Read more
Railroad Heritage Days celebrates Hub City historyHerald-Mail Media, May 14th
Displays at the roundhouse museum include various scale model railroad layouts, photos and artifacts, a Lego model train display and other railroad memorabilia. “Admission will give you a wristband, and you can go back and forth to the various...Read more
Rail Fest returns to Homewood this weekendChicago Tribune, May 13th
Inside the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, visitors will find various train layouts and displays of railroad memorabilia. Shoppers can seek out additions to their own collections, from model railroad items to antiques...Read more
Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectorsHuntington 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