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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Sheboygan Railroad Museum to hold open houseThe Sheboygan Press, January 26th
To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years. New donations of crossing signals have recently been added, recently taken out of service in the area. A library containing thousands of books, ...Read more
New Richmond County museum is 'for the people'Richmond County Daily Journal, January 15th
They include everything from motorsports at the Rockingham Dragway and North Carolina Speedway, the Hamlet Hospital and prominent families to education, textiles, agriculture and — of course — railroad memorabilia. “Basically, my concept was to make ...Read more
Model Train And 'Railroadiana' Show Chugs Into NorcrossFOX 5 Atlanta, January 15th
The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted to model trains and "railroadiana" -- which means vintage railroad artifacts including signage and lighting. More than 300 vendor and exhibitor tables are expected for the 50th show, with many selling...Read more
Good Day Atlanta Viewer Information January 15, 2016FOX 5 Atlanta, January 14th
Model Train And "Railroadiana" Show Chugs Into Norcross: Expect lots of little engines that could -- and will -- race into Norcross this weekend, for the 50th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show. The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted...Read more
What to do in Atlanta: Fairs, festivals and more | Jan. 13-20Access Atlanta, January 12th
$14; ages 15 and younger free when accompanied by a paid adult. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, Atlanta.www.atlantaboatshow.com. 50th Atlanta Model Train And Railroadiana Show And Sale. 9 a.m. Jan. 16...Read more
Davenport German American Heritage Center Unveils New Train Exhibitwhotv.com, January 10th
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A new train exhibit rode its way into Davenport's German American Heritage Center on Sunday. The showcase, called "Crossing the Tracks of Time," depicts the Quad Cities' railroad history. It features railroad memorabilia, artifacts, ...Read more
Try Roadhouse Boulder Depot5280 | The Denver Magazine, January 7th
Brothers Terry, Mike, Dan, and John Shipp have transformed the circa 1890s building into a cozy but hip full-service restaurant and bar, filled with railroad memorabilia. There's even a depot history quiz built into the interior design that's fun for...Read more
All aboard for collectibles at Railroadiana showChicago Daily Herald, October 13th
Rattin will be attending the 24th annual Chicago Railroadiana Railroad Collectibles Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, mostly selling items he had to purchase as a lot to get a coveted piece of memorabilia. "I buy and sell. If I don't have something...Read more