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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Recent News: Railroadiana
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Oklahoma City Train Show pulling into State Fair ParkNewsOK.com, November 30th
Railroad memorabilia, toy trains, operating model railroads, contests, clinics and scale model trains will be on display, and more than 100 exhibitors from 23 states will display products. Railroad photographs, slides, videos, memorabilia, railroad...Read more
Weekend - Things To DoHope Star, November 26th
The Hope Visitor and Information Center Depot, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Main and Division streets, Hope; exhibits on life and times of former President Bill Clinton and former Governor Mike Huckabee; railroad memorabilia with...Read more
Oyler: A trip down memory lane with the Waynesburg & Washington RailroadTribune-Review, November 25th
My recent column on Mike Carrozza's collection of railroad memorabilia related to the Chartiers Branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, “60 Miles to Waynesburg,” focused on the first 32 miles, from the Union Station in Pittsburgh to Washington. The...Read more
5 ways to break out of your turkey comaJournal and Courier, November 24th
Other parts of the museum complex house railroad memorabilia — including circus-related trains and displays — as well as books, gifts and toys. (Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 3. Exceptions: Closed Christmas Day and ...Read more
Palo Alto model railroad is neighborhood attractionPalo Alto Online, November 22nd
Struck salvaged spikes and tie plates that hold track together from the old Laguna/Matadero site, and he's picked up other railroad memorabilia as rail lines have abandoned right of ways. A line of dated railroad nails in a fence mark the years his...Read more
Fillmore railroad owner tires of legal battleVentura County Star, November 19th
run well — all of that all of a sudden kind of gets switched over to attorneys almost every day and fighting a fight that you really shouldn't have to be fighting,” Wilkinson, 66, said recently, sitting in his tiny, mobile office overflowing with...Read more
Visitors flock to model railroad showLansing State Journal, November 15th
They could buy model train equipment in a variety of gauges, swap model train advice and buy railroad memorabilia from hats and T-shirts to conductors' lanterns from 200 vendors. "A lot of people have a lot of interest in railroads," said Michael...Read more
All aboard for collectibles at Railroadiana showChicago 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