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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Support for railroad museum at old Plant City depot gaining steam, July 19th

The showcase of railroad memorabilia at 102 N. Palmer St. logged 434 visitors in May and 674 visitors in June. The museum also continues to attract visits by schools and daycares from across the region, including a July 10 visit by a Bartow after...Read more

Pike Lake State Park Railroad Rendezvous to be held Saturday
Hillsboro Times Gazette, July 14th

There will be displays of railroad memorabilia, photos, and old timers with memories to share. Model train displays in HO, N, O and G Scale will be operational during the event. This is a cultural event intended to bring people with similar interests...Read more

Antique Auto Days marks 50th anniversary
Maine News, July 8th

George McEvoy, the museum's founder, had attracted several participants in 1964 as he purchased and moved Freeport Station to Boothbay in order to showcase his collection of railroad memorabilia to the public. Author and historian Robert Jordan Dingley ...Read more

Crosslake Model Train Club Ready for Summer Visitors
Northland Press, July 7th

Indoors, there is a store where you may purchase an engineer's hat, shirt, books, train whistles and other railroad memorabilia. A children's layout is also available for young train engineers to operate. There are whistles to blow and a real telegraph...Read more

50th anniversary for Maine's longest running car show
Boothbay Register, July 7th

Back in 1964, George McEvoy, the museum's founder, had stirred up quite a bit of excitement when he purchased and moved Freeport Station to Boothbay in order to display his growing collection of railroad memorabilia to the public. That spring there...Read more

Historic Dushore train station now a place to buy crafts: Building contains ...
Towanda Daily Review, July 7th

Also at the station site is the Rail Car Emporium, a converted rail car where railroad memorabilia, toys and other items are sold from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturdays in the summer months, said Teresa Brewer, a member of the CEM. There were a lot of...Read more

A Coke (or lots of Cokes) and a smile: Linda Prabish's Coca-Cola collection ...
Chattanooga Times Free Press, July 4th

Now red is the dominant design element in her home's decor, with about 2,000 pieces of red-and-white Coke Americana spread throughout her house. Combine that with husband Ben's collection of World War II and railroad memorabilia and there's no lack of ...Read more

Touch-A-Truck comes to Madison Public Library on Aug. 2
Independent Press, July 1st

Batman and his famous Batmobile, courtesy of the Newark Police Department, are always a highlight of the event. Special features on C. Toto and Sons property in cooperation with West Jersey High Railers will include new and antique railroad memorabilia...Read more