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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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, July 11th

Railroad Heritage Weekend – Model trains, hobo camp, speakers, railroad memorabilia, swap meet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday; Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert, Ohio; 419-238-4207 or more

Summer Festival in Gettysburg
The Epoch Times (blog), July 9th

The model train museum retains displays of antique electric trains and railroad memorabilia. It houses an actual size railroad parlor car that simulates a trip along tracks during the Civil War. The Kraliks have enhanced displays with a vision of...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

Tom Wilson: Galesburg's first 'Railroad Day' was 160 years ago
Galesburg Register-Mail, June 28th

On June 17, 1978, the inaugural city-wide Railroad Days included guided coach tours of the rail yard, railroad memorabilia displays at the Sandburg Mall and the South Seminary Street Depot and a model railroad display in the basement of the Weinberg ...Read more