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

When Chicago Railroad Collectibles and Model Train Show vendor Clayton Rattin went with his friends to buy penny candy in Bourbonnais 45 years ago, his life switched direction. "There was a locomotive, a steam locomotive, that was picking up a car and ...Read more

An antique extravaganza in Rural Retreat
Southwest Virginia Today, October 10th

Among the items for sale: numerous bicycles that date back to the first pedal bikes in the 1860s; a huge collection of antique tools; a large collection of railroad antiques, including items from the Railway Express Agency, the country's first parcel...Read more

Editorial: Let's find a way to save the gasholder
Concord Monitor, October 8th

There is plenty of room on the 2.74 acre site to erect exhibits or even a small building to house Concord coaches and other artifacts of Concord's industrial age, including railroad memorabilia. The gasholder property is assessed at $355,000, so the...Read more

Robert "Rob" Wootton Dean, Orfordville, WI (1953-2015)
Janesville Gazette, October 6th

He was an avid reader and collector of railroad memorabilia, and he and his parents or his friend, Jim Shumway, often planned trips based on railroad history. Rob was also a collector of Coca Cola products and collectibles. He enjoyed finding those...Read more

Pathways of History Tour 2015 features historical sites in Butler, Kinnelon ..., October 4th

There will be a special exhibit of railroad memorabilia organized by the museum curator, who will be available to discuss the artifacts. Another highlight will be a video presentation of the 1957 Pequanoc Rubber Company fire, which was the largest...Read more

Butler Museum to reopen for Pathways of History tour, October 4th

Three main exhibit rooms of the museum will be open and a special exhibit of railroad memorabilia will be among the features of the museum. Butler was and still is an important operating point for the NYS&W Railway. A video presentation of the 1957 ...Read more

'It Was a Miracle:' Izaak Walton Inn After the Fire
Flathead Beacon, October 3rd

The Izaak Walton Inn is full of antique railroad memorabilia and artifacts that harken back to the hotel's beginnings. The Izaak Walton was built in 1939 as a hotel for railroad personnel and passengers. It once served as the community's post office...Read more

All Aboard! Here's a Place for Train Enthusiasts to Stop Over News, October 2nd

“There's a lot of railroad memorabilia that is in both these buildings. For an enthusiast who likes this kind of thing, it's really quite unique and fascinating,” says listing agent Bob Starr. The father of one of the owners was a lifelong railroad...Read more