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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Recent News: Railroadiana
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Museum extends hoursPowdersvillepost.com, February 28th
A Lionel layout is currently under development. Lining the museum's walls are photos, maps, timetables and other railroad memorabilia. The Central Railway Museum is the creation of the Central Railway Model and Historical Association Inc. (CRM&HA) and ...Read more
“Your Town Friday” heads to Shirley!Fox 59, February 20th
We have family pictures, stuff from the original doctor, we restored this house out front, and we have lots of railroad memorabilia. I think you can see the growth of America as Shirley grew. It's a very nice town, a very booming town and it's managed...Read more
Out & About: Sunol Railroad Cafe serves dish of AmericanaOroville Mercury Register, February 14th
He has set the cafe's homey mood with historical Sunol photos and weathered railroad memorabilia covering the walls in honor of the town's rail lines. The Niles Canyon Railway's vintage trains make stops about two blocks from the restaurant, before...Read more
Large crowd comes out for train eventThe Daily News, February 13th
Visitors had the opportunity to meet and mingle with former GM&O employees, view slide shows from the railroad's heyday, purchase railroad memorabilia at a flea market and listen to live music. They also had the chance to view the building's completely ...Read more
Rare, vintage banknotes to be auctioned offThe Daily News, February 10th
Rare banknotes will be auctioned off in Greenville, South Carolina, Saturday, Feb. 28. The top note, from the First National Bank of Abercrombie, is expected to sell for $4,000 at the auction. The Blue Seal note from Wahpeton is expected to sell for $1...Read more
Somerset West Pizza Caboose closes after 38 years in Beaverton (photos)OregonLive.com, February 6th
The Pizza Caboose at Somerset West included railroad memorabilia on the walls and an operating train ran around the fireplace, which has an upside down replica steam engine smokestack for a chimney. A train also ran around the ceiling perimeter of the ...Read more
Manifest Auctions Presents Rare Porcelain Signs & Railroadiana Feb 28thDigital Journal, February 5th
Manifest's sale also includes a collection of rare railroad antiques including locomotive builder's plates by Baldwin and ALCO, wax sealers used by railroads and express companies, and an extremely rare Santa Fe railroad locomotive badge which is ...Read more
Jean McClelland: Railroad memorabilia popular with many collectorsHuntington Herald Dispatch, January 31st
Many people have a fascination with trains and they honor that interest by collecting railroadiana. It is a very broad field so many folks scale it down to one aspect or another. One area that fills the bill for loads of people is railroad lanterns...Read more