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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Foundation fundraiser coming SaturdaySouthwest Virginia Today, July 20th
Other items up for bid include railroad memorabilia, a framed P. Buckley Moss print, Limoges china, train sets, an airplane ride, tickets to the Wohlfahrt Haus and Barter Theatre, Wythe Raceway family packages good for all four races in August and a...Read more
New lease on life awaits for Rural Retreat DepotBristol Herald Courier (press release) (blog), July 19th
One part of that plan means turning the station into a museum, showcasing railroad memorabilia and the history of Rural Retreat. Another part calls for hosting educational seminars through Virginia Tech. The Rural Retreat Depot Foundation owns the ...Read more
A Life on the Rails: The Dedication of Railroad TouristsAtlas Obscura, July 13th
The Casseopeia, the most luxurious passenger train in Japan, skirts Hokkaido's Volcano Bay, two hours into its overnight run from Sapporo to Tokyo. (Photo: Scott Lothes). Many tourists would skip a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in Ukraine based...Read more
Prairie Public Seeking Radio StoriesKXNet.com, July 12th
Staff at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby are on track for a day of refreshments and reflections this Monday. They're asking area residents to bring their railroad memorabilia and stories to share for a new project that will air over FM radio waves...Read more
Museum founder celebrates 50th anniversary of railroad dreamWCSH-TV, July 10th
He moved it to a hayfield in Boothbay, planning to show his own small collection of railroad memorabilia. But McEvoy said people told him the place needed a moving train, so he built tracks, bought an old steam locomotive and the Railway Village was born...Read more
Bulletin Board: Summer programs planned for Adamstown Area LibraryReading Eagle, July 2nd
July 30, 7 p.m.: Railroad memorabilia and memories. Garth Wise, a longtime employee of Pennsylvania Railroad, will discuss memories and memorabilia of his career. Registration is required. For a full slate of activities: www.adamstownarealibrary.org...Read more
National Railway Society restores railcars, memorabiliaHickory Daily Record, July 1st
National Railway Historical Society Club member Matt Bumgarner discusses the enjoyment that he and fellow members have as they bring history back to life in the restoration of railroad memorabilia that helped build the region's economy. ROBERT C. REED...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