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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Robert "Rob" Wootton Dean, Orfordville, WI (1953-2015)
Janesville Gazette, October 6th

He was an avid reader and collector of railroad memorabilia, and he and his parents or his friend, Jim Shumway, often planned trips based on railroad history. Rob was also a collector of Coca Cola products and collectibles. He enjoyed finding those...Read more

Pathways of History Tour 2015 features historical sites in Butler, Kinnelon ..., October 4th

There will be a special exhibit of railroad memorabilia organized by the museum curator, who will be available to discuss the artifacts. Another highlight will be a video presentation of the 1957 Pequanoc Rubber Company fire, which was the largest...Read more

Butler Museum to reopen for Pathways of History tour, October 4th

Three main exhibit rooms of the museum will be open and a special exhibit of railroad memorabilia will be among the features of the museum. Butler was and still is an important operating point for the NYS&W Railway. A video presentation of the 1957 ...Read more

'It Was a Miracle:' Izaak Walton Inn After the Fire
Flathead Beacon, October 3rd

The Izaak Walton Inn is full of antique railroad memorabilia and artifacts that harken back to the hotel's beginnings. The Izaak Walton was built in 1939 as a hotel for railroad personnel and passengers. It once served as the community's post office...Read more

All Aboard! Here's a Place for Train Enthusiasts to Stop Over News, October 2nd

“There's a lot of railroad memorabilia that is in both these buildings. For an enthusiast who likes this kind of thing, it's really quite unique and fascinating,” says listing agent Bob Starr. The father of one of the owners was a lifelong railroad...Read more

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Memphis Daily News (blog), September 30th

Pink Palace Museum will exhibit “On Track in Memphis,” a collection of model trains and railroad memorabilia, Saturday, Oct. 3, through Oct. 17 at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. Visit The Booksellers at Laurelwood will celebrate its ...Read more

Chatsworth historic sites open during Black Bear Festival
The Daily Citizen, September 27th

Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County's railroad towns as well as special displays about Chatsworth's early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has recently been completely revamped and...Read more

90 tree branches from the '30s on display at Brewster museum
Canton Repository, September 27th

It makes sense that the Brewster Sugar Creek Historical Society's museum is filled with railroad memorabilia. The town was founded 105 years ago as home to the Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. The Wandle House, which houses the museum, is an old ...Read more