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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10 things to do this weekend
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, December 11th

There will be operating layouts, vendor displays, accessories and railroad memorabilia. Admission is $5 ($3 for seniors and it's free for ages 11 and younger) Call (585) 475-2227. 6.The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of James Feddeck...Read more

Train Show sponsored by Putnam Railfans
Delphos Herald, December 9th

The Putnam Railfans invite the general public to their annual train show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Featured will be model railroading material of all gauges, railroad memorabilia, and operating model railroad...Read more

29th Holiday House Tour set for Sunday
The Mercury, December 9th

Reed organs and Reading Railroad Memorabilia fill the home, which also houses the oldest radio station in town. • 28 Walnut St. Home of Geno and Judy Palladino: Restored 1890 home which has been in the family for more than 100 years. Original deeds ...Read more

redbankgreen, December 8th

There's more to see this season at the museum, including the annual holiday tree, decorated (by the Friends of Monmouth Museum) with train and railroad memorabilia. The Holiday Gift Gallery is also in full swing, with jewelry, artworks, books, ceramics...Read more

All aboard! OKC Train Show coming this weekend
Mcalester News Capital, December 4th

Railroad photographs, slides, videos, memorabilia, railroad antiques, model railroad supplies, toy trains, railroad books, T-shirts, calendars and artwork will be among the many items displayed and offered for sale by the businesses. Featured are...Read more

Columbia Falls Depot/The Shops at Station 8
Flathead Beacon, December 2nd

True, it is no longer trackside, rather roadside, but the railroadiana and other artifacts once hidden in the walls are now proudly displayed inside the shop (by the way, if you're looking for things vintage, shabby-chic, primitive, and local in home...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

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