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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The Pink Store entertains visitors at U.S.-Mexico border crossingAlbuquerque Journal, April 17th
There is a picturesque downtown area with a café and the don't-miss Columbus Historical Museum, where you'll find railroad memorabilia, clothing and uniforms and other vintage borderland historical displays, including a replica of the shotgun-pelleted...Read more
Things to do…The Buckeye Lake Beacon, April 16th
Golden Spike Entertainment presents the Buckeye Model Train & Railroad show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 18. It's Ohio's largest combination model train and railroad memorabilia show. Cost is $6. For more information visit www.gserr.com...Read more
Thanks, Suzanne!Pekin Daily Times, April 13th
To the editor: Now that spring has sprung and the grass is greener, our head gardener Suzanne Cook has some nice planting plans for our park depot. Now all we need is some railroad memorabilia that serviced Pekin in the “past.” That way we will still...Read more
Public art, personal statementsTyler Morning Telegraph, April 11th
City leaders envision that the park will showcase railroad memorabilia and could one day become an attraction that complements the popular Texas State Railroad, a steam-powered train that runs between Palestine and Rusk. Since the introduction of Art ...Read more
Train show returns to Green BayAppleton Post Crescent, April 8th
There will be more than 15 operating layouts in multiple scales, with nearly 200 vendor tables offering railroad memorabilia, clothing, photos and art work, and model railroad engines, cars and kits in every scale. For more information, visit www...Read more
Trains, Equipment, Railroad Memorabilia to Be Sold at AuctionVirtual-Strategy Magazine (press release), March 31st
Steam power will soon be a reality once again at Mid-Continent Railway Museum. As part of the Steam-Readiness Program, choice items that no longer fit the focus or needs of the museum will be offered to the public at auction. Conducted by United...Read more
Izaak Walton Inn: A Montana iconGreat Falls Tribune, March 23rd
There are plenty of spaces to relax including the lobby with plenty of over-sized chairs and places to kick back after a day on the trail or a hike in the park. Decorated with railroad memorabilia, the downstairs of the inn offers old-fashioned fun...Read more
Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectorsHuntington Herald Dispatch, January 31st
Many people have a fascination with trains and they honor that interest by collecting railroadiana. It is a very broad field so many folks scale it down to one aspect or another. One area that fills the bill for loads of people is railroad lanterns...Read more