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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What's UpHuntington Herald Dispatch, March 10th
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 16 Free parking and admission. Model train displays, live steam model train rides, railroad memorabilia for sale and model trains for sale. Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society 304-523-0364. Greenbo Lake...Read more
Chamber of Commerce Meets, Gives Update On Train Depot ProjectSalineriverchronicle.com (blog), March 10th
There is also the possibility that no matter what the eventual long term plan is for the depot, that in some way railroad memorabilia and historic items from the depot's history could be displayed throughout. It was noted that some residents have...Read more
Celebrate the Rails That Built the Verde ValleyEIN News (press release), March 7th
Verde Canyon Railroad's interesting history is well-represented in the depot's John Bell Museum, a restored boxcar full of vintage photography, fascinating artifacts and railroad memorabilia. The rail line's rich heritage also is embodied by its...Read more
City celebrating 125th anniversaryPaso Robles Daily News, March 7th
Volunteers will assume the roles of various important figures in the history of Paso Robles and walk the crowds as part of a Living History Program. There will also be railroad memorabilia on display for attendees to enjoy and learn about the early...Read more
Entertainment calendar published March 6, 2014The Saratogian, March 5th
WATERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: 117 Third St., Waterford. 237-0891. Exhibit of photography by William Gill, “Trains at Night,” through the end of April. In conjunction with the photo exhibit, the library will also feature a display of D&H Railroad...Read more
Sunday announcements, March 2Tiffin Advertiser Tribune, March 3rd
The free event includes a a concession stand, model train displays, live steam model train rides, railroad memorabilia for sale and model trains for sale. For more information, contact the office at Collis P.Huntington Railroad Historical Society Inc...Read more
Old No. 1504 passes inspection; restoration gains steamFlorida Times-Union, March 2nd
Their work even gathered interested onlookers from CSX and attendees at the Jacksonville Model Train and Railroadiana Show. Holmgren said the locomotive's rust can be cleaned, patched and redone in an industrial-strength paint. He said the coal tender ...Read more
Collectors Are Chasing Nostalgic Railroad MemorabiliaDigitalJournal.com, February 27th
GREENVILLE, SC, February 27, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Collecting antique railroad memorabilia is a popular way to remember the nostalgic days when rail travel was the standard way to get from point A to point B. If it is old and associated with a ...Read more