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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Christmas Open House @ Putnam County Museum
Continental eNews, November 26th

With a “Railroad” theme, features will include: Christmas train ornaments, model train displays, history of railroads and depots in Putnam County, and other railroad memorabilia. Other activities will be: musical entertainment, train crafts, a wreath...Read more

Holiday happenings around Putnam County
Putnam County Sentinel, November 26th

5, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas train ornaments, model train displays, railroad memorabilia and the history of railroads and depots in Putnam County will be featured during the open houses. There will also be carols on...Read more

City museum packs lots of history into small space, November 26th

From military uniforms to railroad memorabilia, the museum has hundreds of interesting items, photos and documents including what was once described as the town's most prized possession — the Liar's Bench. #“This bench caused chaos in the town,” ...Read more

Trains coming to museum
Delphos Herald, November 25th

Fort Jennings historian and depot owner Dr. Wes Klir is bringing some of his railroad memorabilia from his train depot to display during the open house on Friday and Sunday. The history of railroads and depots in Putnam County including pictures and...Read more

OKC Train Show brings out the kid in everyone
Theadanews, November 25th

Visit the show's website at for rules. See railroad memorabilia, toy trains, operating model railroads and scale model trains and browse 124 exhibits from 22 states. The Children's Area will have“Thomas the Tank Engine” play boards ...Read more

All aboard the train show
Sioux Falls Argus Leader, November 23rd

Vendors also were selling equipment and railroad memorabilia. Tucked in the back corner of the Expo building was a large train display with 300 feet of railroad track. The track was put together by 11 people from four different states: Nebraska...Read more

Gift Guide … Not for profit
Suffolk News-Herald, November 21st

can get up close and personal with a real train caboose. And there's no place around with a better selection of train and railroad memorabilia for purchase. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society, which operates the...Read more

Model trains by the mile on view at this exhibit, November 18th

Also on display will be the society's collection of historic railroad memorabilia. This collection includes the world's largest display of illuminated tail signs. These are signs that hung from the Observation Cars that ran at the end of many passenger...Read more