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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The Spokesman Review, May 21st

The Heritage Tribute Band will trace the arc of tunes written for and about railroads from the 1840s to the 1960s each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia, railroad layout by River City Modelers, veterans...Read more

Boothbay Railway Village to Open for 50th Season May 23
Freepress Online, May 21st

The museum had its genesis in 1963, when George McEvoy, amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia, was teaching school in Bowdoinham and happened to hear from Phillip Carr, the railroad station agent at Freeport, that the station was going to be ...Read more

Boothbay Railway Village opens for 50th season
Boothbay Register, May 20th

By late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport summer cottage was about to also reach capacity. He had to find...Read more

Families enjoyed Homewood's Rail Fest Saturday in spite of soggy weather
The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, May 19th

The event's other constituency, railroad buffs, also had much to see and do, Hofeld noted, with a number of vendors set up around the auditorium offering railroad memorabilia and literature. "It's typical of our events, which are all very family...Read more

Salamanca Rail Museum seeking volunteers to fill void
Salamanca Press, May 14th

The building which now houses the city's railroad memorabilia was once a passenger station for the Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh Railway, built in 1912, with the former freight house standing across the way. The museum has made some efforts to bring...Read more

Railroad Heritage Days celebrates Hub City history
Herald-Mail Media, May 14th

Displays at the roundhouse museum include various scale model railroad layouts, photos and artifacts, a Lego model train display and other railroad memorabilia. “Admission will give you a wristband, and you can go back and forth to the various...Read more

Rail Fest returns to Homewood this weekend
Chicago Tribune, May 13th

Inside the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District auditorium, 2010 Chestnut Road, visitors will find various train layouts and displays of railroad memorabilia. Shoppers can seek out additions to their own collections, from model railroad items to antiques...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