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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Railroad museum looking to pass on Hermiston's legacy
HeraldNet, May 24th

PENDLETON, Ore. — Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston...Read more

Summer Events Guide
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, May 23rd

July 11 and 12: Railroad Heritage Weekend, Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert; model trains, speakers, railroad memorabilia swap meet; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 12; $; 419-238-4207 or more

History on the rails
East Oregonian (subscription), May 23rd

Behind a chain link fence, between a 1913 dining car and a 1912 passenger coach full of railroad memorabilia, a faded wooden sign reading “West Maxwell” can be seen from Hodge Park in Hermiston. The sign is one of the last reminders of a time long past...Read more

Memorial Day events
The Spokesman Review, May 22nd

Musical entertainment by the Heritage Tribute Band each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia; railroad layout by River City Modelers; veterans display. A free family brass band concert takes place 6 p.m...Read more

What's happening
The Spokesman Review, May 21st

The Heritage Tribute Band will trace the arc of tunes written for and about railroads from the 1840s to the 1960s each day at noon and 2 p.m. in the Heritage Chapel; pictures and railroad memorabilia, railroad layout by River City Modelers, veterans...Read more

Boothbay Railway Village to Open for 50th Season May 23
Freepress Online, May 21st

The museum had its genesis in 1963, when George McEvoy, amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia, was teaching school in Bowdoinham and happened to hear from Phillip Carr, the railroad station agent at Freeport, that the station was going to be ...Read more

Boothbay Railway Village opens for 50th season
Boothbay Register, May 20th

By late 1963, George McEvoy, just 27 years old, was amassing a collection of railroad memorabilia that filled the family home in Grafton, Massachusetts and it appeared that their Southport summer cottage was about to also reach capacity. He had to find...Read more

Families enjoyed Homewood's Rail Fest Saturday in spite of soggy weather
The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle, May 19th

The event's other constituency, railroad buffs, also had much to see and do, Hofeld noted, with a number of vendors set up around the auditorium offering railroad memorabilia and literature. "It's typical of our events, which are all very family...Read more