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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Recent News: Railroadiana
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Iron, rust and steelThe Durango Herald, August 16th
Debra VerStraete and her husband run Southwest Spirit Antiques in Ridgway, specializing in narrow-gauge railroad memorabilia but dealing in all things train. She said everyone has a special interest. “Some people collect keys and some locks, and some...Read more
Railfest steams aheadThe Durango Herald, August 15th
Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad engineer Mike Nichols gives No. 482 a final inspection Friday moments before departing for Silverton. The 2014 True West Railfest runs through Sunday. Weekend events will include Railroadiana with 40 booths ...Read more
Railfest on track with eventsThe Durango Herald, August 15th
This year's True West Railfest runs through Sunday with weekend events including Railroadiana with 40 booths of railroad and western memorabilia to buy, sell, trade; a Presidential Train to Cascade; special photography opportunities; and Galloping...Read more
Looking for beer taps, railroad lanterns? Lamp Post Inn in Middletown holding ...The Patriot-News - PennLive.com, August 12th
In addition, railroad memorabilia including lanterns and a spittoon, as well as furniture ranging from brass beds and wall and mantel clocks, will be auctioned off. There also is a barber chair. Holmes said the building dates back to the late 1700s and...Read more
Attend 47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Stay at Comfort Inn ...DigitalJournal.com, August 9th
ATLANTA, GA, August 09, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Comfort Inn & Conference Center Northeast, a top north Atlanta hotel near Doraville, GA, offers convenient lodging to exhibitors and guests attending the 47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana ...Read more
Civil War collection goes to Kennesaw museumAccess Atlanta, August 8th
James G. Bogle of Decatur, a career Army officer and lifelong fan of railroad memorabilia. Bogle, who died in 2010 at the age of 94, collected more than 30,000 photographs, thousands of documents and a panoply of objects, such as an actual piece of ...Read more
What to do in Atlanta | Aug. 6 - Aug. 13Access Atlanta, August 6th
47th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Sale. 9 a.m. Aug. 9. $7; children under 12 free. North Atlanta Trade Center, 1700 Jeurgens Court, Norcross. www.gserr.com. Atlanta Seafood & Craft Beer Festival. Noon Aug. 9. Free. Piedmont Park, 10th ...Read more
Picnic weekend and yard sale in AlnaWiscasset Newspaper, August 5th
The yard sale will start at 9 a.m. (no early birds please) and includes hundreds of items including some railroad memorabilia that have been donated for this sale, household items, some clothing, antiques and unique items. Regularly scheduled trains...Read more