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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Americana music and tours to tell Chatsworth's story
The Daily Citizen, August 2nd

Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County's railroad towns as well as displays about Chatsworth's early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has been completely revamped and additions made to the...Read more

Attend 49th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Stay at Clarion ...
Satellite PR News (press release), August 1st

ATLANTA, GA, August 01, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center North Atlanta, a leading Doraville Georgia hotel, offers convenient lodging to vendors and guests attending the 49th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show...Read more

'Railroadiana' ties us to the past
Orillia Packet & Times, July 31st

Last weekend, I went to the antique show at the fairgrounds and one thing that caught my eye was a beautiful Canadian National Railway poster dating to about 1910, extolling the virtues of the wide-open Prairies for settlement and agriculture and the...Read more

Guys Talk Trains in Middletown
The Epoch Times, July 29th

MIDDLETOWN—It's confirmed: Railroad memorabilia events are a guy's thing. Boys of all ages gathered at the Mulberry Senior Center in Middletown on July 26 for the annual Middletown Railroad Day event. Visitors browsed vendor tables to see miniature ...Read more

Foundation fundraiser coming Saturday
Southwest Virginia Today, July 20th

Other items up for bid include railroad memorabilia, a framed P. Buckley Moss print, Limoges china, train sets, an airplane ride, tickets to the Wohlfahrt Haus and Barter Theatre, Wythe Raceway family packages good for all four races in August and a...Read more

Prairie Public Seeking Radio Stories, July 12th

Staff at the Prairie Village Museum in Rugby are on track for a day of refreshments and reflections this Monday. They're asking area residents to bring their railroad memorabilia and stories to share for a new project that will air over FM radio waves...Read more

Museum founder celebrates 50th anniversary of railroad dream
WCSH-TV, July 10th

He moved it to a hayfield in Boothbay, planning to show his own small collection of railroad memorabilia. But McEvoy said people told him the place needed a moving train, so he built tracks, bought an old steam locomotive and the Railway Village was born...Read more

Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectors
Huntington 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