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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Weekend - Things To Do
Hope Star, November 26th

The Hope Visitor and Information Center Depot, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Main and Division streets, Hope; exhibits on life and times of former President Bill Clinton and former Governor Mike Huckabee; railroad memorabilia with...Read more

Events Listings: Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, 2015
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader, November 26th

Whistle Stop Train Show, the 36th annual event with over 115 tables of new and used Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, Ives, H-O, N-Scale and LGB model trains along with railroad antiques, books, Matchbox cars and parts. Buy, sell or trade. Woodward Fire...Read more

Oyler: A trip down memory lane with the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad
Tribune-Review, November 25th

My recent column on Mike Carrozza's collection of railroad memorabilia related to the Chartiers Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, “60 Miles to Waynesburg,” focused on the first 32 miles, from the Union Station in Pittsburgh to Washington. The...Read more

5 ways to break out of your turkey coma
Journal and Courier, November 24th

Other parts of the museum complex house railroad memorabilia — including circus-related trains and displays — as well as books, gifts and toys. (Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. Exceptions: Closed Christmas Day and ...Read more

Palo Alto model railroad is neighborhood attraction
Palo Alto Online, November 22nd

Struck salvaged spikes and tie plates that hold track together from the old Laguna/Matadero site, and he's picked up other railroad memorabilia as rail lines have abandoned right of ways. A line of dated railroad nails in a fence mark the years his...Read more

Fillmore railroad owner tires of legal battle
Ventura County Star, November 19th

run well — all of that all of a sudden kind of gets switched over to attorneys almost every day and fighting a fight that you really shouldn't have to be fighting,” Wilkinson, 66, said recently, sitting in his tiny, mobile office overflowing with...Read more

Visitors flock to model railroad show
Lansing State Journal, November 15th

They could buy model train equipment in a variety of gauges, swap model train advice and buy railroad memorabilia from hats and T-shirts to conductors' lanterns from 200 vendors. "A lot of people have a lot of interest in railroads," said Michael...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