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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Somonauk United Presbyterian hosts 170th anniversary festivities
Kendall County Now (subscription), April 29th

In addition to vintage wedding dresses, other featured displays for the open house included handmade quilts, some more than 100 years old and others that were newer; Underground Railroad memorabilia; and photographs of church events. Refreshments ...Read more

Cotton Belt Train Show set for this weekend
Tyler Morning Telegraph, April 28th

The event will feature vendors with railroad memorabilia, model trains, tracks and accessories. In addition to items that will be on sale, organizers said attendees can expect to see a variety of train displays. “Most people come just to see the trains...Read more

'Noah of the railroads': Northern Pacific historian James Fredrickson dies
The News Tribune, April 22nd

to preserving his career employer's most prominent artifacts — including Tacoma's Union Station, now a federal courthouse — and some of its most arcane, filling the basement, garage and a bedroom of his North End home with the railroad's memorabilia...Read more

Gallia group seeks to create railroad museum
Gallipolis Daily Tribune, April 21st

“There are many of us (group members) that have railroad memorabilia to put in there, operating layouts and various things to interest the kids. We'd like to get a box car and make that into a place where people can bring their kids and have a birthday...Read more

Railroadiana Show and Sales set Saturday
Pine Bluff Commercial, March 30th

The 21st annual Railroadiana Show and Sale is set for Saturday, and Elizabeth Gaines of the Cotton Belt Historical Society said this year's show promises to be the biggest ever. “We've got some new vendors coming in this year and a lot of people who...Read more

Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet in Perris among things to do this weekend in the ...
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, March 3rd

Spring Railroadiana Swap Meet: An open air event with over 180 tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, toys, art models and toy trains and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. March 5. Cost is $5-$7 for swap meet only, $12 for train and trolley rides. Orange Empire...Read more

Model Train And 'Railroadiana' Show Chugs Into Norcross
FOX 5 Atlanta, January 15th

The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted to model trains and "railroadiana" -- which means vintage railroad artifacts including signage and lighting. More than 300 vendor and exhibitor tables are expected for the 50th show, with many selling...Read more

All aboard for collectibles at Railroadiana show
Chicago Daily Herald, October 13th

Rattin will be attending the 24th annual Chicago Railroadiana Railroad Collectibles Show at the Kane County Fairgrounds, mostly selling items he had to purchase as a lot to get a coveted piece of memorabilia. "I buy and sell. If I don't have something...Read more