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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You're invited to downtown Osage City: It's Sidewalk Saturday on Jan. 17
Osage County Online | Osage County News, January 10th

If you're a collector, you might be interested in the sisters' selection of made-in-Kansas Dryden pottery, or Chase copper housewares and art deco, or Santa Fe Railroad memorabilia, or Pyrex dishes. Or are you a MOPAR collector? Check out this huge ...Read more

Berea Union Depot Taverne showcases trains, good traditional fare: Family ...
cleveland.com, January 4th

finest facility outside the big cities." The station, with its solid sandstone walls, operated until 1958. In 1980, it reopened as the Pufferbelly restaurant. In 2012, the Taverne opened, serving sandwiches, pizza and entrees, surrounded by...Read more

Suburban museums educate about history, art, transportation
Chicago Daily Herald, January 1st

It also has railroad memorabilia, such as the china used in dining cars. It is open from April through October, plus there are two Christmas-holiday exhibits in December. Visitors can ride on much of the equipment. For planes, try the Air Classics...Read more

Science teacher's been working on the railroad
Courier & Press, December 28th

Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner Tom Tweddell's shadowbox of L&N Railroad memorabilia featuring his great-grandfather Cyrus M. Day, who spent 53 years working for the railroad. DARRIN PHEGLEY. Darrin Phegley / The Gleaner Tom Tweddell with his ...Read more

Around Wayne and Westland
Hometownlife.com, October 2nd

The Fall Fest at the Westland's Farmers and Artisans Market today features the flavors, scents and beauty of autumn. Visitors can win a fall arrangement from My Lady's Florist. There's two chances to win. The drawing will be at 5:30 p.m. Winners must...Read more

Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia Search
Baltimore Sun, April 11th

The annual search is on for photos and other types of memorabilia relating to the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad and its narrow gauge predecessors. Members of the Old Line Museum in Delta, Pa., and other Ma & Pa buffs, collectively calling ...Read more

Rockaway Valley Railroad memorabilia displayed by Tewksbury Historical Society
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com, December 22nd

Township Committeeman Shaun VanDoren, president of the historical society, and Phil Kane, its archivist, are among those on land during certain days to let visitors see the railroad memorabilia and purchase items for sale. It was open Friday night and ...Read more

Tewksbury historians welcomes visitors, Rockabye Railroad memorabilia ...
Hunterdon County Democrat - NJ.com, December 18th

The Tewksbury Historical Society Headquarters located at 60 Water St. in the Mountainville section of Tewksbury Township will be open on select days during the week before Christmas to allow visitors to see the Rockabye Railroad memorabilia and ...Read more