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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What's Up calendarHuntington Herald Dispatch, March 13th
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, March 16 Free parking and admission. Model train displays, live steam model train rides, railroad memorabilia for sale and model trains for sale. Collis P. Huntington Railroad Historical Society 304-523-0364. Greenbo Lake...Read more
Top picks for weekend fun in the city March 14 to 16Burnaby Now, March 13th
5 Get riding the rails, so to speak, at the Western Railroadiana Show at the Cameron Recreation Complex, 9523 Cameron St., on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Western Rails is Canada's oldest railroadiana show, which is in its 32nd year. Get all things...Read more
Model train show coming to Pioneer Florida MuseumThe Laker/Lutz News, March 13th
This collection of model train layouts, railroad memorabilia and hobby shop vendors will take place in the museum's Mabel Jordan Barn, a 7,000-square-foot showroom, that will have several model train layouts. At the same time, the historic Trilby Depot...Read more
Community turns out to wish city a happy 125thPaso Robles Daily News, March 11th
In addition, the crowd enjoyed a railroad memorabilia display, an opportunity to learn about the early history of the area, and the 125th Anniversary Kids Historical Scavenger Hunt was unveiled. Forms for the scavenger hunt were distributed and will...Read more
Michael D. PalombizioThe Daily Times, March 11th
Michael loved to watch western's from his large DVD collection, was an avid follower of the History Channel, was an avid Ohio State and Dolphins football fan, and loved to go to flea markets looking for pottery, railroad memorabilia, and sports items...Read more
Entertainment calendar published March 13, 2014The Saratogian, March 11th
WATERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY: 117 Third St., Waterford. 237-0891. Exhibit of photography by William Gill, “Trains at Night,” through the end of April. In conjunction with the photo exhibit, the library will also feature a display of D&H Railroad...Read more
Chamber of Commerce Meets, Gives Update On Train Depot ProjectSalineriverchronicle.com (blog), March 10th
There is also the possibility that no matter what the eventual long term plan is for the depot, that in some way railroad memorabilia and historic items from the depot's history could be displayed throughout. It was noted that some residents have...Read more
Collectors Are Chasing Nostalgic Railroad MemorabiliaDigitalJournal.com, February 27th
GREENVILLE, SC, February 27, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Collecting antique railroad memorabilia is a popular way to remember the nostalgic days when rail travel was the standard way to get from point A to point B. If it is old and associated with a ...Read more