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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Man seeks to build replica of Elkader Railroad Depot
Dubuque Telegraph Herald, May 30th

When completed, the depot will contain railroad memorabilia, a train layout donated by past society members and memorabilia from the area that will be exhibited on a rotating basis. "The depot will also be a welcome center and a teaching tool for many ...Read more

Plan your weekend
Hamilton Spectator, May 29th

It features large operating model train layouts, vendors selling model trains, railroad memorabilia, comics, new and old die-cast toys, action figures, model kits, sports and nonsport cards, coins, and vinyl records. Admission is $5, kids under 12...Read more

Iron Island: Family-friendly ghost hunts this weekend
Niagara Gazette, May 28th

(also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) which features rooms filled with local artifacts, including military items from every war and railroad memorabilia which pays homage to the Lovejoy neighborhood surrounded by train tracks...Read more

Crosslake model train museum displays new exhibits and layouts
Northland Press, May 25th

There is a store where you can purchase an engineer's hat, shirts, books, train whistles and other railroad memorabilia. A children's layout is also available for young train engineers to operate. There are whistles to blow and you can participate in a...Read more

Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy
Albany Times Union, May 24th

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading "West Maxwell" can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last ...Read more

Summer Events Guide
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 23rd

July 11 and 12: Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert; model trains, speakers, railroad memorabilia swap meet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12; $; 419-238-4207 or www.vanwert.com/museum...Read more

History on the rails
East Oregonian (subscription), May 23rd

Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past...Read more

Memorial Day events
The Spokesman Review, May 22nd

Musical entertainment by the Heritage Tribute Band each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia; railroad layout by River City Modelers; veterans display. A free family brass band concert takes place 6 p.m...Read more