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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- Key, Lock and Lantern, Inc.
- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Things to do…The Buckeye Lake Beacon, April 17th
Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad show - Ohio's largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Admission is $6. For more information visit www.gserr.com...Read more
Model railroad show set for SaturdayNewHampshire.com, April 16th
take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School on Morrill Drive. Vendors will be displaying and selling models, kits, books, videos, photos, Lionel and American Flyer train sets, lanterns and other railroad...Read more
Railroad Workers Unite in ChicagoIn These Times, April 16th
At RWU's party during Labor Notes, in a conference room adorned with railroad memorabilia, workers share stories and details of different rail yards around the country. They talk about the otherworldly sound of hundreds of rail cars mounting the “hump...Read more
Group helps collectors of railroad gear stay on trackazcentral.com, April 11th
Question: I have collected railroad memorabilia for more than 30 years. I began with railroad china and gradually added posters, timetables, ashtrays, playing cards and even several ... Contact is Mary Ann James, membership chairman, 17675 W. 113th St...Read more
Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad memorabilia SearchBaltimore Sun, April 11th
A.J. O'Brien, center in a baseball cap, points out where the Ma and Pa railroad route used to run along the lower Stormy Run while volunteers clean up in the background. (Noah Scialom, Patuxent Homestead /November 17, 2013). «2. » 1/9. SPECIAL TO THE ...Read more
San Bernardino to celebrate Railroad DaysSan Bernardino Sun, April 10th
Tom, who has incredible knowledge of the city's thriving early days and its love affair with the railroad, led me past historic trains, railroad memorabilia and artifacts, antique horse-drawn buggies and the first automobile operated in San Bernardino...Read more
Senior BriefsMorning Star, April 6th
TRAVERSE CITY – Collecting railroad memorabilia is the focus of the April 8 Cottage Coffee at Hawthorn Cottage on the campus of Grand Traverse Pavilions. George Gregory, president of the Historical Society of Northwest Michigan, will lead the...Read more
Railroad Museum to hold open houseThe Sheboygan Press, April 2nd
To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years. A library containing thousands of books, periodicals and videos has been categorized. They are available for research purposes. The building...Read more