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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Review: Depot 25 mixes great food, railroad nostalgiaRochester Democrat and Chronicle, September 1st
The husband-and-wife team has maintained the same charm that locals and travelers have come to expect from a historic train station building — complete with railroad memorabilia. David worked his way up from dishwasher to partner with the original...Read more
Tales from the Tread: The mission behind the missionSteamboat Pilot & Today, September 1st
If so, call our curator, Katie Adams, at 970-879-2214. The museum is always accepting donations and is currently seeking the following items to enhance the collection: Winter Carnival and Moffat Railroad memorabilia, antique bicycles, early snowboard...Read more
Boilermaker Special tours Linden Sundaythepaper24-7.com, August 27th
The original Linden Depot building, built in 1908, houses a large display of railroad memorabilia, including artifacts from the Monon and Nickel Plate Railroads which it was built to serve. The second building on the south side of the property houses a...Read more
Central Terminal toy train show set for Sept. 12 and 13Buffalo News, August 27th
The 2015 Central Terminal Toy Train and “Railroadiana Expo” will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in the terminal at 495 Paderewski Drive and Memorial Drive. There will be toy and model train vendors from throughout the Northeast selling...Read more
Mars Hill U. museum showcases history of train in WNCAsheville Citizen-Times, August 24th
Forrest Jarrett, retired senior director of Norfolk Southern Railway's police department, contributed significantly to the exhibit from his personal collection of railroad memorabilia. Jarrett is also known to have saved the Marshall Railroad Depot...Read more
Lively discussion during News-Herald listening sessionMarshfield News-Herald, August 20th
The newspaper missed an opportunity to report on the long-time career of Roger Frane, who closed his business, Railroad Antiques Mall, on Sunday, said Deb Felix of Marshfield. “There was nothing mentioned in the newspaper,” Felix said. “We need more ...Read more
Arts & Entertainment news Aug. 20-26Salisbury Post, August 19th
In addition to vendors and all types of railroad memorabilia, the show will feature three different options to ride the rails. The N.C. Transportation Museum's passenger train will be pulling 1950s era passenger cars that take the visitor on a ride...Read more
All aboard for train showEl Defensor Chieftain, August 19th
There will be operating layouts, raffle prizes and many vendors selling toy and model railroad equipment and railroad memorabilia. There will also be tracks available to test run any model train equipment before purchasing. “Many of the vendors are...Read more