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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Clubs & Associations
- Key, Lock and Lantern, Inc.
- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Twin Lakes Community BriefsBaxter Bulletin, September 19th
Items from his collection of railroad memorabilia are exhibited at the Calico Rock Museum. For information, visit calicorockmuseum.com or call (870) 297-6100. — From submitted reports. CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Read or Share ...Read more
George H. 'Haps' Bruggman, railroad fan and artistBaltimore Sun, September 19th
As his sales job involved traveling throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, Mr. Bruggman became a collector of railroad memorabilia. "My mother was always sending him down to the basement, which was a treasure-trove of railroad artifacts and memorabilia ...Read more
Antique Estates Auction 1700 s Antiques to 1970 s Modern DesignNews-Antique.com (press release), September 19th
News-Antique.com - Sep 19,2014 - WORCESTER, Mass. – Central Mass Auctions, Inc. will hold one of its most diverse auctions on Thursday, September 25, 2014. Offerings from Massachusetts and Connecticut estates include a Bannister Chair from the ...Read more
Explore Newburyport, Amesbury during Trails & Sails weekendsWicked Local Amesbury, September 18th
By Carol Feingold. email@example.com. Experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28. There are more than 150 free events all within ...Read more
Transportation Heritage Festival returns to BoontonDailyrecord.com, September 17th
Attendees can peruse the car shop, where there will be exhibits, railroad memorabilia, and transportation antiques for sale. There will also be presentations about New Jersey's rich transportation history in the Air Force Strategic Air Command car, in...Read more
Spend a night at the museum ThursdayOttumwacourier, September 16th
The museum shop will be open for visitors to find gifts of all kinds, including T-shirts, hats, toys of all kinds and railroad memorabilia. Historical Society memberships will be sold at a discount that evening. The only cost for admission is a...Read more
PERRIS: Railroad history to come alive at museumPress-Enterprise, September 3rd
Museum officials are gearing up for the Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 180 tables of railroad antiques, art, books, model trains and other memorabilia available for purchase. “It's an...Read more
Fall Railroadiana Swap MeetStreetsblog Los Angeles (blog), August 29th
Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. “It's Southern California's largest celebration of...Read more