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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- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Full steam ahead for 2014 Soulé Festival/RailFestMeridian Star, October 30th
Meridian RailFest will be held at the same time as the Soule' Festival and will feature railroad memorabilia – books, cars and other collectibles – for sale, displays and concessions. About Soule' Steam Works & MIHM. George W. Soulé founded the company ...Read more
Franklinville railroad station announces holiday open house hoursThe Star-Ledger, October 29th
The waiting room contains some old photos and railroad memorabilia. The office features the ticket window, railroad schedules, an old potbellied wood burning stove and a large desk. The cargo room contains a large Lionel Train display with a...Read more
Richmond County news in real timeRichmond County Daily Journal, October 29th
folks used to have to wait 48 hours to read about something that happened on Saturday — say, for example, the Seaboard Festival, which packed Hamlet's Main Street with people, vendors and railroad memorabilia last weekend for the 32nd straight year...Read more
Annual festival takes a page out of Plant City historyTBO.com, October 27th
Members of the Plant City chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, also in period dress, will greet visitors to the community center, where museums will be open featuring local and railroad memorabilia. There will also be food and craft...Read more
Last stop, SilvertonThe Durango Herald, October 25th
Saturday marked the last train to Silverton of the season for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and everyone wanted their portrait with the big locomotive. From left: Ivan Gutierrez, Brenda Castillo, Melissa Gonzalez and Jorge Dominguez, ...Read more
Thousands enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Seaboard FestivalRichmond County Daily Journal, October 25th
What started as a tribute to railroad memorabilia in 1982 has turned into an all-day event that Seaboard Festival President Marissa Grooms said would see up to 25,000 people. It was a day for that many and possibly more to see old friends, visit with...Read more
Seaboard Festival on trackRichmond County Daily Journal, October 22nd
It began in 1982, according to the city of Hamlet's website, as a display of railroad memorabilia on Main Street sponsored by what was then known as Richmond Technical College as part of a study on railroad history and its impact on Southern culture...Read more
Around Wayne and WestlandHometownlife.com, October 2nd
The Fall Fest at the Westland's Farmers and Artisans Market today features the flavors, scents and beauty of autumn. Visitors can win a fall arrangement from My Lady's Florist. There's two chances to win. The drawing will be at 5:30 p.m. Winners must...Read more