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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- Key, Lock and Lantern, Inc.
- Railroadiana Collectors Association, Inc.
- National Association of Timetable Collectors
- National Railway Historical Society
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Recent News: Railroadiana
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Memphis Railroad And Trolley Museum Hosts Central Station's 100th ...The Chattanoogan, September 14th
The Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad Historical Society will host a Railroadiana Sale, featuring railroad collectables and model trains, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Central Station's boardroom, in conjunction with their annual meeting. Visitors...Read more
Rail fans should ride down to Frisco museumEdmond Sun, September 5th
For more railroad memorabilia, visit the nearby Frisco Heritage Museum. Cost of the walking tours is $7 for adults and $3 for youngsters 3-12. Admission to the Heritage Museum is not included. Frisco, on the far north side of Dallas, is a three-hour...Read more
Kruse House fundraiser brings guests back in timeSuburban Life Publications, September 5th
Fred Kruse worked for the Chicago and North Western Railway, and the home is filled with family heirlooms and collections of quilts, cut glass and china, period furniture and railroad memorabilia. The Kruse's daughter, Celia, never married, and when...Read more
PERRIS: Railroad history to come alive at museumPress-Enterprise, September 3rd
Museum officials are gearing up for the Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 180 tables of railroad antiques, art, books, model trains and other memorabilia available for purchase. “It's an...Read more
The Week in Livable Streets EventsStreetsblog Los Angeles (blog), September 2nd
Saturday – Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. The open-air fundraising event for the ...Read more
Fall Railroadiana Swap MeetStreetsblog Los Angeles (blog), September 2nd
Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. “It's Southern California's largest celebration of...Read more
Marion mayor to give presentation at train showMcDowell News, August 21st
and Sunday. It will feature train rides across the sprawling railroad complex, including the caboose train. There will also be a dozen model railroad layouts featuring Z, N, HO, O and G scales. There will be vendors selling all kinds of railroad...Read more
Iron, rust and steelThe Durango Herald, August 16th
From the Silver Belle Saloon Girls, Tracy Harwood and Janet Scherer watch as Harwood's daughter Lauren pets Mary Posta's dogs Otto Mears and Cinnamon during Railroadiana, a railroad and Western memorabilia swap meet at the Durango & Silverton ...Read more