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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Iron, rust and steel
The Durango Herald, August 16th

Debra VerStraete and her husband run Southwest Spirit Antiques in Ridgway, specializing in narrow-gauge railroad memorabilia but dealing in all things train. She said everyone has a special interest. “Some people collect keys and some locks, and some...Read more

Railfest steams ahead
The Durango Herald, August 15th

Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engineer Mike Nichols gives No. 482 a final inspection Friday moments before departing for Silverton. The 2014 True West Railfest runs through Sunday. Weekend events will include Railroadiana with 40 booths ...Read more

Railfest on track with events
The Durango Herald, August 15th

This year's True West Railfest runs through Sunday with weekend events including Railroadiana with 40 booths of railroad and western memorabilia to buy, sell, trade; a Presidential Train to Cascade; special photography opportunities; and Galloping...Read more

Looking for beer taps, railroad lanterns? Lamp Post Inn in Middletown holding ...
The Patriot-News -, August 12th

In addition, railroad memorabilia including lanterns and a spittoon, as well as furniture ranging from brass beds and wall and mantel clocks, will be auctioned off. There also is a barber chair. Holmes said the building dates back to the late 1700s and...Read more

Attend 47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Stay at Comfort Inn ..., August 9th

ATLANTA, GA, August 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Comfort Inn & Conference Center Northeast, a top north Atlanta hotel near Doraville, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending the 47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana ...Read more

Civil War collection goes to Kennesaw museum
Access Atlanta, August 8th

James G. Bogle of Decatur, a career Army officer and lifelong fan of railroad memorabilia. Bogle, who died in 2010 at the age of 94, collected more than 30,000 photographs, thousands of documents and a panoply of objects, such as an actual piece of ...Read more

What to do in Atlanta | Aug. 6 - Aug. 13
Access Atlanta, August 6th

47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale. 9 a.m. Aug. 9. $7; children under 12 free. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. Atlanta Seafood & Craft Beer Festival. Noon Aug. 9. Free. Piedmont Park, 10th ...Read more

Picnic weekend and yard sale in Alna
Wiscasset Newspaper, August 5th

The yard sale will start at 9 a.m. (no early birds please) and includes hundreds of items including some railroad memorabilia that have been donated for this sale, household items, some clothing, antiques and unique items. Regularly scheduled trains...Read more