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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Seaboard Festival on track
Richmond 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 the Valley
Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman, October 19th

We have a variety of Alaska Railroad memorabilia for prizes. For more information, call 907-376-1211 and we will mail you your tickets. 'Chronic Disease Self Management' course offered Mondays. A free six-week “Chronic Disease Self Management” course ...Read more

Putnam Railfans offer open house at Fort Jennings Depot
Delphos Herald, October 10th

Here visitors will find a restored train station filled with railroad memorabilia and history. A model train display runs seven trains simultaneously with operating, interactive displays for young (or old) visitors. You can take a ride on a handcar or...Read more

5 things to do this weekend
Victorville Daily Press, October 9th

2)Railfest 2014: The Western America Rail Museum presents Railfest 2014 this weekend. The festival at Barstow's historic Harvey House celebrates the railways of the Old West, featuring classic trains, railroad memorabilia, models, arts, crafts and more...Read more

Around Wayne and Westland
Hometownlife.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

Summit Depot to cut ribbon
McComb Enterprise Journal, September 28th

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the annex dedication at the Summit Liberty-White Railroad Depot. The public is invited for tour of new annex, refreshments and railroad memorabilia display...Read more

A family tradition
Wyoming Tribune, September 28th

Rocky Grant talks about his Union Pacific Railroad memorabilia, including a strong box used to store valuables on trains, at his house in Cheyenne on Friday. Many members of the Grant family have worked for the railroad over the past 100 year...Read more

Chattanooga Railroad Series: Bridgeport
The Chattanoogan, September 24th

It is used by the Bridgeport Area Historical Association as a museum of local history. It features a large display of local Civil War artifacts as well as railroad memorabilia. When a new railroad bridge was put into place in 1998, the old bridge was...Read more