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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First Coast Happenings
Florida Times-Union, February 12th

Jacksonville Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Prime Osborn Convention Center (the former Jacksonville Union Terminal), 1000 Water St. Includes a large working layout. $8, children younger than 12 get in free; parking free in...Read more

The Railroad Collector Collecting Railroadiana, Railroad Memorabilia, and more
Press Telegraph (blog), February 5th

My grandparents lived nearly immediately next door to the Southern Railroad mainline through Manassas VA, called Manassas Junction. I have fond memories as far back as I can remember of my Grandfather taking me up to the Manassas railway station to ...Read more

Sheboygan Railroad Museum to hold open house
The Sheboygan Press, January 26th

To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years. New donations of crossing signals have recently been added, recently taken out of service in the area. A library containing thousands of books, ...Read more

New Richmond County museum is 'for the people'
Richmond County Daily Journal, January 15th

They include everything from motorsports at the Rockingham Dragway and North Carolina Speedway, the Hamlet Hospital and prominent families to education, textiles, agriculture and — of course — railroad memorabilia. “Basically, my concept was to make ...Read more

Model Train And 'Railroadiana' Show Chugs Into Norcross
FOX 5 Atlanta, January 15th

The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted to model trains and "railroadiana" -- which means vintage railroad artifacts including signage and lighting. More than 300 vendor and exhibitor tables are expected for the 50th show, with many selling...Read more

Community Calendar
Ames Tribune, January 14th

The program is “Collecting Railroad Memorabilia,” and he will share how he got involved with collecting, offer collecting suggestions and show some of his better railroad treasures as well as answer questions. If visitors wish a tour of the museum with...Read more

Good Day Atlanta Viewer Information January 15, 2016
FOX 5 Atlanta, January 14th

Model Train And "Railroadiana" Show Chugs Into Norcross: Expect lots of little engines that could -- and will -- race into Norcross this weekend, for the 50th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show. The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted...Read more

All aboard for collectibles at Railroadiana show
Chicago Daily Herald, October 13th

Rattin will be attending the 24th annual Chicago Railroadiana Railroad Collectibles Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, mostly selling items he had to purchase as a lot to get a coveted piece of memorabilia. "I buy and sell. If I don't have something...Read more