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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- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Somonauk United Presbyterian hosts 170th anniversary festivitiesKendall County Now (subscription), April 29th
In addition to vintage wedding dresses, other featured displays for the open house included handmade quilts, some more than 100 years old and others that were newer; Underground Railroad memorabilia; and photographs of church events. Refreshments ...Read more
Cotton Belt Train Show set for this weekendTyler Morning Telegraph, April 28th
The event will feature vendors with railroad memorabilia, model trains, tracks and accessories. In addition to items that will be on sale, organizers said attendees can expect to see a variety of train displays. “Most people come just to see the trains...Read more
'Noah of the railroads': Northern Pacific historian James Fredrickson diesThe News Tribune, April 22nd
to preserving his career employer's most prominent artifacts — including Tacoma's Union Station, now a federal courthouse — and some of its most arcane, filling the basement, garage and a bedroom of his North End home with the railroad's memorabilia...Read more
Gallia group seeks to create railroad museumGallipolis Daily Tribune, April 21st
“There are many of us (group members) that have railroad memorabilia to put in there, operating layouts and various things to interest the kids. We'd like to get a box car and make that into a place where people can bring their kids and have a birthday...Read more
Railroadiana Show and Sales set SaturdayPine Bluff Commercial, March 30th
The 21st annual Railroadiana Show and Sale is set for Saturday, and Elizabeth Gaines of the Cotton Belt Historical Society said this year's show promises to be the biggest ever. “We've got some new vendors coming in this year and a lot of people who...Read more
Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet in Perris among things to do this weekend in the ...Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, March 3rd
Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet: An open air event with over 180 tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, toys, art models and toy trains and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5. Cost is $5-$7 for swap meet only, $12 for train and trolley rides. Orange Empire...Read more
Model Train And 'Railroadiana' Show Chugs Into NorcrossFOX 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
All aboard for collectibles at Railroadiana showChicago 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