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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Many people are fascinated by railroads. At one time, railroads were connected to most aspects of community and economic life, and… [more]
My husband Bill always loved trains and my grandfather had been an executive with the Denver and Rio Grande here. We opened up a l… [more]
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What's more powerful than a locomotive?Dailyrecord.com, June 13th
This weekend, visitors will also be invited to view the museum's assortment of train artifacts, including indoor and outdoor operating model trains, historic railroad memorabilia, equipment, and Civil War and Titanic displays, which include a display...Read more
Sunday picks: Your choice: Loggins, Baez or PitbullChicago Daily Herald, June 9th
Model train fans can find a variety of pieces for their collections at the Kane County Railroadiana and Model Train Show and Sale at the Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles. The show features model trains and operating layouts...Read more
Three presented with Heritage Award in ClallamPeninsula Daily, June 3rd
displays railroad memorabilia and history dating back to when tracks passed through the area, as well as photos and artifacts of Port Crescent, Gettysburg, Disque, Twin, Piedmont, Fort Hayden at Tongue Point, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc and, of course...Read more
Sinking Spring proud to share two milestonesReading Eagle, June 2nd
The buildings date from the 1800s and house local historical and railroad memorabilia. Hoffa said he knows of people in their 90s who have lived in Sinking Spring all their lives, and it's interesting to hear about the borough's history from them...Read more
Three Clallam residents to receive awards for preservationPeninsula Daily, May 29th
The museum, one block east of the Joyce General Store in the community west of Port Angeles on state Highway 112, displays railroad memorabilia and history, as well as photos and artifacts of Port Crescent, Gettysburg, Disque, Twin, Piedmont, Fort...Read more