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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Trains coming to museum
Delphos Herald, November 25th

Fort Jennings historian and depot owner Dr. Wes Klir is bringing some of his railroad memorabilia from his train depot to display during the open house on Friday and Sunday. The history of railroads and depots in Putnam County including pictures and...Read more

OKC Train Show brings out the kid in everyone
Theadanews, November 25th

Visit the show's website at www.okctrainshow.com for rules. See railroad memorabilia, toy trains, operating model railroads and scale model trains and browse 124 exhibits from 22 states. The Children's Area will have“Thomas the Tank Engine” play boards ...Read more

All aboard the train show
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, November 23rd

Vendors also were selling equipment and railroad memorabilia. Tucked in the back corner of the Expo building was a large train display with 300 feet of railroad track. The track was put together by 11 people from four different states: Nebraska...Read more

Gift Guide … Not for profit
Suffolk News-Herald, November 21st

can get up close and personal with a real train caboose. And there's no place around with a better selection of train and railroad memorabilia for purchase. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, which operates the...Read more

Model trains by the mile on view at this exhibit
NJ.com, November 18th

Also on display will be the society's collection of historic railroad memorabilia. This collection includes the world's largest display of illuminated tail signs. These are signs that hung from the Observation Cars that ran at the end of many passenger...Read more

Brooklyn's Side Track restaurant opens in Milan
Heritage Newspapers, November 11th

The restaurant will be decorated with railroad memorabilia and the gift of a large photograph of the historic Engine Nickel Plate Road steam locomotive 765 that crossed the tracks at the Norfolk Southern interchange in Milan near the restaurant on an...Read more

Restored Daytona museum train depot to reopen
Daytona Beach News-Journal, November 3rd

It's easier than ever to make that mental leap now that a $1.2 million restoration project has the 60-year-old train cars in the best shape since they were built, and the mock depot that houses them is covered in authentic railroad memorabilia for the...Read more

Franklinville railroad station announces holiday open house hours
The Star-Ledger, October 29th

The waiting room contains some old photos and railroad memorabilia. The office features the ticket window, railroad schedules, an old potbellied wood burning stove and a large desk. The cargo room contains a large Lionel Train display with a...Read more