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.
Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)
Clubs & Associations
- Key, Lock and Lantern, Inc.
- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
Other Great Reference Sites
Most watched eBay auctions
Recent News: Railroadiana
Source: Google News
Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacyHeraldNet, May 24th
PENDLETON, Ore. — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston...Read more
Summer Events GuideFort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 23rd
July 11 and 12: Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert; model trains, speakers, railroad memorabilia swap meet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12; $; 419-238-4207 or www.vanwert.com/museum...Read more
History on the railsEast Oregonian (subscription), May 23rd
Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past...Read more
Memorial Day eventsThe Spokesman Review, May 22nd
Musical entertainment by the Heritage Tribute Band each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia; railroad layout by River City Modelers; veterans display. A free family brass band concert takes place 6 p.m...Read more
What's happeningThe Spokesman Review, May 21st
The Heritage Tribute Band will trace the arc of tunes written for and about railroads from the 1840s to the 1960s each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia, railroad layout by River City Modelers, veterans...Read more
Boothbay Railway Village to Open for 50th Season May 23Freepress Online, May 21st
The museum had its genesis in 1963, when George McEvoy, amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia, was teaching school in Bowdoinham and happened to hear from Phillip Carr, the railroad station agent at Freeport, that the station was going to be ...Read more
Boothbay Railway Village opens for 50th seasonBoothbay Register, May 20th
By late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport summer cottage was about to also reach capacity. He had to find...Read more
Families enjoyed Homewood's Rail Fest Saturday in spite of soggy weatherThe Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, May 19th
The event's other constituency, railroad buffs, also had much to see and do, Hofeld noted, with a number of vendors set up around the auditorium offering railroad memorabilia and literature. "It's typical of our events, which are all very family...Read more