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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Sheboygan Railroad Museum to hold open house
The Sheboygan Press, January 26th

To that end, it has amassed a large collection of railroad antiques, some dating back more than 100 years. New donations of crossing signals have recently been added, recently taken out of service in the area. A library containing thousands of books, ...Read more

New Richmond County museum is 'for the people'
Richmond County Daily Journal, January 15th

They include everything from motorsports at the Rockingham Dragway and North Carolina Speedway, the Hamlet Hospital and prominent families to education, textiles, agriculture and — of course — railroad memorabilia. “Basically, my concept was to make ...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

Good Day Atlanta Viewer Information January 15, 2016
FOX 5 Atlanta, January 14th

Model Train And "Railroadiana" Show Chugs Into Norcross: Expect lots of little engines that could -- and will -- race into Norcross this weekend, for the 50th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show. The event is the southeast's premiere show devoted...Read more

What to do in Atlanta: Fairs, festivals and more | Jan. 13-20
Access Atlanta, January 12th

$14; ages 15 and younger free when accompanied by a paid adult. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Boulevard, Atlanta.www.atlantaboatshow.com. 50th Atlanta Model Train And Railroadiana Show And Sale. 9 a.m. Jan. 16...Read more

Davenport German American Heritage Center Unveils New Train Exhibit
whotv.com, January 10th

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A new train exhibit rode its way into Davenport's German American Heritage Center on Sunday. The showcase, called "Crossing the Tracks of Time," depicts the Quad Cities' railroad history. It features railroad memorabilia, artifacts, ...Read more

Try Roadhouse Boulder Depot
5280 | The Denver Magazine, January 7th

Brothers Terry, Mike, Dan, and John Shipp have transformed the circa 1890s building into a cozy but hip full-service restaurant and bar, filled with railroad memorabilia. There's even a depot history quiz built into the interior design that's fun for...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