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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Big Texas Train Show comes to the GRB Sept. 6-7
Your Houston News, August 27th

than ever, featuring some 100,000 square feet of model train layouts, railroad-related displays from area museums, kids' activities, and private hobbyists and commercial vendors offering both model train equipment and vintage railroad memorabilia...Read more

Big Chuck: Maywood a welcome glimpse into the past
Oneonta Daily Star, August 25th

The display cases are filled to overflowing with Sidney Center memorabilia and railroadiana. One case holds a complete collection of old railroad glass lanterns, one in each color. The variety of colors would signal to the engineer what was ahead...Read more

Marion mayor to give presentation at train show
McDowell News, August 21st

and Sunday. It will feature train rides across the sprawling railroad complex, including the caboose train. There will also be a dozen model railroad layouts featuring Z, N, HO, O and G scales. There will be vendors selling all kinds of railroad...Read more

All aboard called for Sept. 13 train ride
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin (blog), August 20th

The museum will be open that day for free tours of the collection of railroad memorabilia. Chillicothe Fire Station No. 1 will be open for tours as well. Other activities planned for the day include vendors, entertainment and food by CHS members and at...Read more

Railfest on track with events
The 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 -, 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 ..., 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

What to do in Atlanta | Aug. 6 - Aug. 13
Access 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. Atlanta Seafood & Craft Beer Festival. Noon Aug. 9. Free. Piedmont Park, 10th ...Read more