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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Editorial: Let's find a way to save the gasholderConcord 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 ...NorthJersey.com, 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 tourNorthJersey.com, 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 FireFlathead 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 OverRealtor.com 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
Chatsworth historic sites open during Black Bear FestivalThe Daily Citizen, September 27th
Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County's railroad towns as well as special displays about Chatsworth's early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has recently been completely revamped and...Read more
What's your antique worth? Find out Saturday at the Bel Air ArmoryBaltimore Sun, September 23rd
Kevin Ferrell, Saxon's Jewelers – jewelry; Craig Flinner – prints and paper; Bryan Folus, Folus Music – music and stringed instruments; Bob Hasselback – tiffany glass, art glass and lamps; Walter Holloway – trains and railroad memorabilia; Norman...Read more