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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Review: Depot 25 mixes great food, railroad nostalgia
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 1st

The husband-and-wife team has maintained the same charm that locals and travelers have come to expect from a historic train station building — complete with railroad memorabilia. David worked his way up from dishwasher to partner with the original...Read more

Tales from the Tread: The mission behind the mission
Steamboat Pilot & Today, September 1st

If so, call our curator, Katie Adams, at 970-879-2214. The museum is always accepting donations and is currently seeking the following items to enhance the collection: Winter Carnival and Moffat Railroad memorabilia, antique bicycles, early snowboard...Read more

Boilermaker Special tours Linden Sunday, August 27th

The original Linden Depot building, built in 1908, houses a large display of railroad memorabilia, including artifacts from the Monon and Nickel Plate Railroads which it was built to serve. The second building on the south side of the property houses a...Read more

Central Terminal toy train show set for Sept. 12 and 13
Buffalo News, August 27th

The 2015 Central Terminal Toy Train and “Railroadiana Expo” will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in the terminal at 495 Paderewski Drive and Memorial Drive. There will be toy and model train vendors from throughout the Northeast selling...Read more

Mars Hill U. museum showcases history of train in WNC
Asheville Citizen-Times, August 24th

Forrest Jarrett, retired senior director of Norfolk Southern Railway's police department, contributed significantly to the exhibit from his personal collection of railroad memorabilia. Jarrett is also known to have saved the Marshall Railroad Depot...Read more

Lively discussion during News-Herald listening session
Marshfield News-Herald, August 20th

The newspaper missed an opportunity to report on the long-time career of Roger Frane, who closed his business, Railroad Antiques Mall, on Sunday, said Deb Felix of Marshfield. “There was nothing mentioned in the newspaper,” Felix said. “We need more ...Read more

Arts & Entertainment news Aug. 20-26
Salisbury Post, August 19th

In addition to vendors and all types of railroad memorabilia, the show will feature three different options to ride the rails. The N.C. Transportation Museum's passenger train will be pulling 1950s era passenger cars that take the visitor on a ride...Read more

All aboard for train show
El Defensor Chieftain, August 19th

There will be operating layouts, raffle prizes and many vendors selling toy and model railroad equipment and railroad memorabilia. There will also be tracks available to test run any model train equipment before purchasing. “Many of the vendors are...Read more