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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Full steam ahead for 2014 Soulé Festival/RailFest
Meridian Star, October 30th

Meridian RailFest will be held at the same time as the Soule' Festival and will feature railroad memorabilia – books, cars and other collectibles – for sale, displays and concessions. About Soule' Steam Works & MIHM. George W. Soulé founded the company ...Read more

Franklinville railroad station announces holiday open house hours
The Star-Ledger, October 29th

The waiting room contains some old photos and railroad memorabilia. The office features the ticket window, railroad schedules, an old potbellied wood burning stove and a large desk. The cargo room contains a large Lionel Train display with a...Read more

Richmond County news in real time
Richmond County Daily Journal, October 29th

folks used to have to wait 48 hours to read about something that happened on Saturday — say, for example, the Seaboard Festival, which packed Hamlet's Main Street with people, vendors and railroad memorabilia last weekend for the 32nd straight year...Read more

Annual festival takes a page out of Plant City history, October 27th

Members of the Plant City chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, also in period dress, will greet visitors to the community center, where museums will be open featuring local and railroad memorabilia. There will also be food and craft...Read more

Last stop, Silverton
The Durango Herald, October 25th

Saturday marked the last train to Silverton of the season for the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, and everyone wanted their portrait with the big locomotive. From left: Ivan Gutierrez, Brenda Castillo, Melissa Gonzalez and Jorge Dominguez, ...Read more

Thousands enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Seaboard Festival
Richmond County Daily Journal, October 25th

What started as a tribute to railroad memorabilia in 1982 has turned into an all-day event that Seaboard Festival President Marissa Grooms said would see up to 25,000 people. It was a day for that many and possibly more to see old friends, visit with...Read more

Seaboard Festival on track
Richmond County Daily Journal, October 22nd

It began in 1982, according to the city of Hamlet's website, as a display of railroad memorabilia on Main Street sponsored by what was then known as Richmond Technical College as part of a study on railroad history and its impact on Southern culture...Read more

Around Wayne and Westland, October 2nd

The Fall Fest at the Westland's Farmers and Artisans Market today features the flavors, scents and beauty of autumn. Visitors can win a fall arrangement from My Lady's Florist. There's two chances to win. The drawing will be at 5:30 p.m. Winners must...Read more