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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Bulletin Board: Summer programs planned for Adamstown Area Library
Reading 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: more

National Railway Society restores railcars, memorabilia
Hickory 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

Railroad Days: Lego exhibit, train rides a 'big draw'
Galesburg Register-Mail, June 28th

GALESBURG — Those celebrating Galesburg's Railroad Days not only got the chance to see the large trains in the rail yard, but also the small model and toy trains offered by the Model Train & Railroadiana Show at Carl Sandburg College. The college ...Read more

5. Silver Creek & Stephenson Railroad
Journal Standard, June 25th

There is a Silver Creek Depot, modeled after the Illinois Central Depot in Eleroy, complete with railroad memorabilia on display, that makes for a great spot to wait for a ride on the train. There is also a 28-room historical museum across the road...Read more

N.J.'s best burger: Can a veggie burger win the competition?, June 24th

The 44-year-old restaurant, one of four stops on Day Four of our search for N.J.'s best burger, is known for its stuffed burgers and railroad memorabilia (a real train runs right past the Iron Horse). It was once the Park Tavern, where Tremble was a...Read more

Marion man a finalist in Lionel train competition
McDowell News, June 20th

Booth Rankins of Marion holds a copy of one of his two designs that are finalists in the “Design Your Own Boxcar Contest” by Lionel LLC. He is holding the design that he prefers and hopes will win the contest. If he does win, the iconic model train and...Read more

Artifacts stolen from Raymond Historical Society
The Union Leader, June 18th

RAYMOND — Members of the Raymond Historical Society are hoping the public will help them track down historic railroad memorabilia stolen from an old caboose. A break-in was discovered Sunday night when members arrived for a meeting at the historical ...Read more

How rich Californian rewards those who were 'Iowa nice', June 12th

Sometimes he sent fancy train sets or other railroad memorabilia. But that was only the beginning. The wealthy real estate man had a fondness not only for trains but also for those Iowans who helped him out, a kindness that would be repaid soon — with ...Read more