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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Memphis Railroad And Trolley Museum Hosts Central Station's 100th ...
The Chattanoogan, September 14th

The Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad Historical Society will host a Railroadiana Sale, featuring railroad collectables and model trains, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Central Station's boardroom, in conjunction with their annual meeting. Visitors...Read more

Rail fans should ride down to Frisco museum
Edmond Sun, September 5th

For more railroad memorabilia, visit the nearby Frisco Heritage Museum. Cost of the walking tours is $7 for adults and $3 for youngsters 3-12. Admission to the Heritage Museum is not included. Frisco, on the far north side of Dallas, is a three-hour...Read more

Kruse House fundraiser brings guests back in time
Suburban Life Publications, September 5th

Fred Kruse worked for the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the home is filled with family heirlooms and collections of quilts, cut glass and china, period furniture and railroad memorabilia. The Kruse's daughter, Celia, never married, and when...Read more

PERRIS: Railroad history to come alive at museum
Press-Enterprise, September 3rd

Museum officials are gearing up for the Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 180 tables of railroad antiques, art, books, model trains and other memorabilia available for purchase. “It's an...Read more

The Week in Livable Streets Events
Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog), September 2nd

Saturday – Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the ...Read more

Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet
Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog), September 2nd

Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. “It's Southern California's largest celebration of...Read more

Marion mayor to give presentation at train show
McDowell News, August 21st

and Sunday. It will feature train rides across the sprawling railroad complex, including the caboose train. There will also be a dozen model railroad layouts featuring Z, N, HO, O and G scales. There will be vendors selling all kinds of railroad...Read more

Iron, rust and steel
The Durango Herald, August 16th

From the Silver Belle Saloon Girls, Tracy Harwood and Janet Scherer watch as Harwood's daughter Lauren pets Mary Posta's dogs Otto Mears and Cinnamon during Railroadiana, a railroad and Western memorabilia swap meet at the Durango & Silverton ...Read more