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.

Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Railroadiana Online

Railroadiana Online

If you've ever wondered how to tell real from fake railroad china, or how brass baggage tags originated, this extre… [read review or visit site]

Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Antique Waterbury Pennsylvania Railroad Train Station Depot Regulator Wall ClockRare Early Railway Lamp Revolving Glass Coloured Lenses Victorian Railways? 19003" Diameter Lunkenheimer 3 Chime Steam Whistle With Valve / Traction EnginePennsyvania Railroad Penn Line (dietz Vulcan Corning? ) Rr Lantern Blue GlobeVintage Mixed Lot X9 Slaters Plastic Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 1531Prr Brasstop Bellbottom Lantern With Red Cast Extended Base GlobeAntique N & W R.r Connecticut Railroad Adams & Westlake Co Kerosene Lantern LampBaldwin Locomotive Works 1918 Union Pacific Railroad #4444 Builders Plate NrVintage Mixed Lot X7 Cambrian Plastic Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 1529Package Of 4 Railroad Lanterns - Great Value! Blue, Red, Orange, BlueVintage Griswold 20 Hotel Skillet Camping Western Decor 728 Rare Barn Find NiceRare Vtg 1938 Original New York Central 20th Century Ltd Railroad Travel PosterAntique Railroad Lantern B&m Rr In Nebraska Marked Glass And Top 14x8 Adlake Non-sweating Lamp Chicago Switch Lantern Big Four Railroad Ccc & StlVintage 1977 Coleman 639 Kerosene Lantern Cp Canadian Pacific Railroad - In BoxVintage Original Railway Express Agency Porcelain Advertising Sign RailroadBell Bottom Brass Top Tall Globe Chicago Minneapolis & St. Paul Railroad LanternVery Old Obsolete Brass South Florida Railroad S.f.r.r. Lock $19.95 No ReserveAntique Ansonia Gallery Railroad School Wall Clock Square Mahogany 30 DayVintage Mixed Lot X10 Cambrian Plastic Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 1525Vintage Rare Cat Eye Marble Reflector Railroad Crossing Yellow Round Sign Rr Vintage Dietz Monarch Tubular Railroad Kerosene Lantern With Rare Blue GlobeNathan Train Horn K5la Airchime No Reserve Tested2 1/2" Diameter Lunkenheimer Steam Whistle With Built In Valve / Traction EngineVintage Mixed Lot X10 White Metal Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 1.1kg 1534Vintage Mixed Lot X7 White Metal Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 558gm 1535Antique Vintage Star Headlight Co Rochester Ny Lantern Railroad RrAdlake Adams & Westlake Railroad Switch Lantern Lamp Vintage Rare W/ BracketRare Early Railway Lamp Interchangeable Red Clear Victorian Railways? 1900sAtchison Topeka & Santa Fe Dressel Railroad Lantern Complete And Original Vintage Adlake Non Sweating Lamp Lantern 4 Way Railroad Train Switch Signal Vintage Train Lantern Lamp Pennsylvania Railroad Adlake Kero Blue Globe GlassNathan Train Horn Airchime K3la Tested Works No ReserveWestern Maryland Railway Dietz Vesta Railroad Lantern W/ Red GlobeAdlake Vintage "non Sweating" Caboose LanternRailroad Lantern Adams & Westlake Brass Top Bellbottom Cm&stp Ry Rr Marked GlobeInsulator Brookfield New York Rare Odd Shaped Wide Groove Near Teal Color Ny Rr1887 Ct Ham No.0 Tubular Lantern W Globe Embossed Ham..finger-lift "lock"Vintage Mixed Lot X10 Mixed Plastic Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 1532Vintage Lunkenheimer Steam Whistle 3.5 Inch Diameter - No ReserveUnion Pacific Railroad Lamp-adlake-original-excellentAntique Bottle R.r.r Radway's Ready Relief Rare One Dollar Variant 1850s PontilVintage Yellow Stop Sign With Marbles For The Words StopBritish Railways Mind That Door By Nevin Original Double Royal Poster 1958Golden State Chicago Rock Island Southern Pacific Railroad Teapot Dining CarOld Blown Pontil Bottle, Flask, Success To The Railroad 7" TallVintage Nathan Airchime P2 Locomotive Horn - Original ConditionAdlake Kero Railroad Lantern Amber Kopp Globe Vintage Kerosene SubwayOrange Glass Globe For Railroad LanternsOriginal Slide - C&ei Whippoorwill Passenger Observation Scene Terre Haute 1947Old Ch&d Cincinnati Hamilton & Dayton Railroad Lantern W/ Marked Globe -- Nice !" Fred Harvey - Los Angeles " Seltzer Bottle Antique Travelers Insurance Porcelain Sign Railroad Depot Train Accident Tickets1901 Elgin Veritas~16 Size~23 Jewels~lever Set~ Rail Road Pocket WatchVintage Mixed Lot X10 White Metal Wagon Kits Oo Gauge Model Railway 725gm 1535Elgin 18s (no. 240 /rr Grade) B W Raymond Pocket Watch / 19 Jewels (c.1910)Ugly Little 1876 Era Disston 10" 15pt Dovetail R&r Rip Saw - Hand Sharpened Amazing Hamilton Factory Original Beefy 16sz Clear Salesman Pocket Watch CaseLouisville & Frankford Railroad Circa 1852 L&n And Csx Predisessor Brass LockSouthern Pacific Adlake Reliable Railroad Lantern With Matching Tall Cast Globe

Recent News: Railroadiana

Source: Google News

Man seeks to build replica of Elkader Railroad Depot
Dubuque Telegraph Herald, May 30th

When completed, the depot will contain railroad memorabilia, a train layout donated by past society members and memorabilia from the area that will be exhibited on a rotating basis. "The depot will also be a welcome center and a teaching tool for many ...Read more

Plan your weekend
Hamilton Spectator, May 29th

It features large operating model train layouts, vendors selling model trains, railroad memorabilia, comics, new and old die-cast toys, action figures, model kits, sports and nonsport cards, coins, and vinyl records. Admission is $5, kids under 12...Read more

Iron Island: Family-friendly ghost hunts this weekend
Niagara Gazette, May 28th

(also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) which features rooms filled with local artifacts, including military items from every war and railroad memorabilia which pays homage to the Lovejoy neighborhood surrounded by train tracks...Read more

Crosslake model train museum displays new exhibits and layouts
Northland Press, May 25th

There is a store where you can purchase an engineer's hat, shirts, books, train whistles and other railroad memorabilia. A children's layout is also available for young train engineers to operate. There are whistles to blow and you can participate in a...Read more

Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy
Albany Times Union, May 24th

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last ...Read more

Summer Events Guide
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 23rd

July 11 and 12: Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert; model trains, speakers, railroad memorabilia swap meet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12; $; 419-238-4207 or more

History on the rails
East Oregonian (subscription), May 23rd

Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past...Read more

Memorial Day events
The Spokesman Review, May 22nd

Musical entertainment by the Heritage Tribute Band each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia; railroad layout by River City Modelers; veterans display. A free family brass band concert takes place 6 p.m...Read more