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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Klopfenstein home on Heritage House Walk
Marion Today.org, April 24th

Other items include railroad memorabilia from when the Milwaukee Railroad came through Marion. Marvin Oxley wrote a history of Marion which covered the periods from about 1837 to 1920. However, it only existed as loose pages at the library. Pat, with ...Read more

Model train show this weekend in Tyler
Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 23rd

The Tyler Chapter of the Cotton Belt Historical Society will hold its annual Cotton Belt Train Show this weekend. Model trains will be up and running from to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W...Read more

Railroad Day brings in free train rides
Osawatomie Graphic, April 22nd

Residents also can view an impressive model train display, browse the museum's large collection of railroad memorabilia, take a climb aboard the historic wood-sheathed caboose, meet an author who unveils a little-told tale of the Civil War and see what...Read more

The Pink Store entertains visitors at U.S.-Mexico border crossing
Las Cruces Sun-News, April 16th

There is a picturesque downtown area with a café and the don't-miss Columbus Historical Museum, where you'll find railroad memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and other vintage borderland historical displays, including a replica of the shotgun-pelleted...Read more

Things to do…
The Buckeye Lake Beacon, April 16th

Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. It's Ohio's largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show. Cost is $6. For more information visit www.gserr.com...Read more

Train show returns to Green Bay
Appleton Post Crescent, April 8th

There will be more than 15 operating layouts in multiple scales, with nearly 200 vendor tables offering railroad memorabilia, clothing, photos and art work, and model railroad engines, cars and kits in every scale. For more information, visit www...Read more

Trains, Equipment, Railroad Memorabilia to Be Sold at Auction
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release), March 31st

Steam power will soon be a reality once again at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. As part of the Steam-Readiness Program, choice items that no longer fit the focus or needs of the museum will be offered to the public at auction. Conducted by United...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