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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- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Getting the most out of Washington County, Maryland, TwoPicket News, December 6th
Eight cabooses and other railroad memorabilia are also displayed here. It is the only Western Maryland Railroad steam locomotive in existence. An on-site museum features Western Maryland artifacts. The museum is located at Highland Way, opposite the ...Read more
Top things to do this weekend in Southern Bergen CountyNorthJersey.com, December 6th
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. Hours of the exhibition are Fridays from 7 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 6...Read more
New Lenox club's train display keeps Christmas spirit on trackJoliet Herald News, December 5th
The space is filled with railroad memorabilia and photos, too, giving the clubhouse a museum feel. For the CLRC — one of the few clubs to own its own space — this has been home since 2004. And like children with new toys at Christmas, members are...Read more
Museum to present holiday event Saturdaykmherald, December 5th
Back by popular demand, the model train exhibit is set up by the Piedmont “S” Gaugers, and visitors will also enjoy the historic railroad memorabilia, antique toys and games. An extensive interactive model train track provides hands-on fun for all ages...Read more
Salamanca Rail Museum Calendar Now AvailableJamestown Post Journal, December 2nd
The Salamanca Rail Museum formed in 1981 to collect and preserve railroad memorabilia, and to collect and disseminate historical information on railroads, particularly how they relate to Salamanca and the surrounding areas. This year's calendar cover...Read more
Celebrating a CenturyConnectstoughton, December 1st
A display of railroad memorabilia is sure to interest railroad and train enthusiasts of all ages, and the Stoughton Historical Society's collection of farm tools, industrial items and wagons built by the T.G. Mandt and Stoughton Wagon companies will...Read more
Museums chronicle city's eclectic pastPueblo Chieftain, November 30th
Housed, along with the Amtrak station, in a 1904 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad depot, this small museum is packed with railroad memorabilia, including two operating G scale large-module trains that circle a miniature frontier town; 19th-century railroad...Read more
Antiques & Collectibles: Mays Landing reader's Washington birthday plate ...Press of Atlantic City, November 29th
Folks who collect Buffalo china, railroad memorabilia and items associated with George Washington presently pay as much as $160 to $180 for near mint to very near mint chargers bearing "Made Expressly For" identification while examples without such a ...Read more