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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- National Railway Historical Society
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Americana music and tours to tell Chatsworth's storyThe Daily Citizen, August 2nd
Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County's railroad towns as well as displays about Chatsworth's early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has been completely revamped and additions made to the...Read more
Attend 49th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show and Stay at Clarion ...Satellite PR News (press release), August 1st
ATLANTA, GA, August 01, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center North Atlanta, a leading Doraville Georgia hotel, offers convenient lodging to vendors and guests attending the 49th Atlanta Model Train and Railroadiana Show...Read more
'Railroadiana' ties us to the pastOrillia Packet & Times, July 31st
Last weekend, I went to the antique show at the fairgrounds and one thing that caught my eye was a beautiful Canadian National Railway poster dating to about 1910, extolling the virtues of the wide-open Prairies for settlement and agriculture and the...Read more
Guys Talk Trains in MiddletownThe Epoch Times, July 29th
MIDDLETOWN—It's confirmed: Railroad memorabilia events are a guy's thing. Boys of all ages gathered at the Mulberry Senior Center in Middletown on July 26 for the annual Middletown Railroad Day event. Visitors browsed vendor tables to see miniature ...Read more
Foundation fundraiser coming SaturdaySouthwest Virginia Today, July 20th
Other items up for bid include railroad memorabilia, a framed P. Buckley Moss print, Limoges china, train sets, an airplane ride, tickets to the Wohlfahrt Haus and Barter Theatre, Wythe Raceway family packages good for all four races in August and a...Read more
A Life on the Rails: The Dedication of Railroad TouristsAtlas Obscura, July 13th
The Casseopeia, the most luxurious passenger train in Japan, skirts Hokkaido's Volcano Bay, two hours into its overnight run from Sapporo to Tokyo. (Photo: Scott Lothes). Many tourists would skip a trip to the Chernobyl Exclusion zone in Ukraine based...Read more
Museum founder celebrates 50th anniversary of railroad dreamWCSH-TV, July 10th
He moved it to a hayfield in Boothbay, planning to show his own small collection of railroad memorabilia. But McEvoy said people told him the place needed a moving train, so he built tracks, bought an old steam locomotive and the Railway Village was born...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