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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Twin Lakes Community Briefs
Baxter Bulletin, September 19th

Items from his collection of railroad memorabilia are exhibited at the Calico Rock Museum. For information, visit or call (870) 297-6100. — From submitted reports. CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE. Read or Share ...Read more

George H. 'Haps' Bruggman, railroad fan and artist
Baltimore Sun, September 19th

As his sales job involved traveling throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania, Mr. Bruggman became a collector of railroad memorabilia. "My mother was always sending him down to the basement, which was a treasure-trove of railroad artifacts and memorabilia ...Read more

Explore Newburyport, Amesbury during Trails & Sails weekends
Wicked Local Amesbury, September 18th

By Carol Feingold. Experience the sights and sounds of the Essex National Heritage Area during Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks & Water, Sept. 19-21 and Sept. 26-28. There are more than 150 free events all within ...Read more

Transportation Heritage Festival returns to Boonton, September 17th

Attendees can peruse the car shop, where there will be exhibits, railroad memorabilia, and transportation antiques for sale. There will also be presentations about New Jersey's rich transportation history in the Air Force Strategic Air Command car, in...Read more

Spend a night at the museum Thursday
Ottumwacourier, September 16th

The museum shop will be open for visitors to find gifts of all kinds, including T-shirts, hats, toys of all kinds and railroad memorabilia. Historical Society memberships will be sold at a discount that evening. The only cost for admission is a...Read more

Memphis Railroad And Trolley Museum Hosts Central Station's 100th ...
The Chattanoogan, September 14th

The Gulf Mobile & Ohio Railroad Historical Society will host a Railroadiana Sale, featuring railroad collectables and model trains, on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Central Station's boardroom, in conjunction with their annual meeting. Visitors...Read more

Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet
Highland Community News (subscription), September 4th

The open-air fundraising event for the nonprofit museum will feature over 180 tables of railroad antiques, collectibles, art, books and model and toy trains. Visitors can see everything from highly detailed scale models to family heirloom trains...Read more

PERRIS: Railroad history to come alive at museum
Press-Enterprise, September 3rd

Museum officials are gearing up for the Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature more than 180 tables of railroad antiques, art, books, model trains and other memorabilia available for purchase. “It's an...Read more