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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All Aboard! Whisler's have appetizing pedigrees
Joplin Globe, May 2nd

Throughout the past year, railroad memorabilia and special lanterns were obtained from the Lee Jackson family, of Joplin, to give the place an authentic touch. Garrigan gave me a tour of the place last week before the opening on Friday. What struck me...Read more

Addison, Bensenville offer spring fun for residents
Suburban Life Publications, May 1st

Visitors also will enjoy historical railroad memorabilia. • Korthauer Log House, 2 to 4 p.m., 900 W. Wood St.This tour will include information about the lifestyles of the Korthauers and other families living in the Bensenville area in the 1840s and...Read more

Huffabaloo promises fun and history
The Daily Citizen, April 29th

Inside the Huff House, Civil War and railroad memorabilia will be displayed. Outdoor activities include croquet, bocce ball, horseshoes, miniature golf, a Maypole wrap, carriage rides, sack and three-legged races, and more. There will be live music...Read more

Indiana Railway Museum huge success for Historical Society annual meeting
Greensburg Daily News, April 28th

Also featured were railroad memorabilia supplied by the Historical Society Museum. Included on the display tables were pictures of the Railroad depots in the county and pictures showing trains of all kinds from all over the county, state and country. A...Read more

Klopfenstein home on Heritage House Walk
Marion Today.org, April 24th

Other items include railroad memorabilia from when the Milwaukee Railroad came through Marion. Marvin Oxley wrote a history of Marion which covered the periods from about 1837 to 1920. However, it only existed as loose pages at the library. Pat, with ...Read more

Model train show this weekend in Tyler
Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 23rd

The Tyler Chapter of the Cotton Belt Historical Society will hold its annual Cotton Belt Train Show this weekend. Model trains will be up and running from to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W...Read more

Railroad Day brings in free train rides
Osawatomie Graphic, April 22nd

Residents also can view an impressive model train display, browse the museum's large collection of railroad memorabilia, take a climb aboard the historic wood-sheathed caboose, meet an author who unveils a little-told tale of the Civil War and see what...Read more

Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectors
Huntington Herald Dispatch, January 31st

Many people have a fascination with trains and they honor that interest by collecting railroadiana. It is a very broad field so many folks scale it down to one aspect or another. One area that fills the bill for loads of people is railroad lanterns...Read more