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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Summit Depot to cut ribbon
McComb Enterprise Journal, September 28th

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held 5:30 p.m. Tuesday for the annex dedication at the Summit Liberty-White Railroad Depot. The public is invited for tour of new annex, refreshments and railroad memorabilia display...Read more

A family tradition
Wyoming Tribune, September 28th

Rocky Grant talks about his Union Pacific Railroad memorabilia, including a strong box used to store valuables on trains, at his house in Cheyenne on Friday. Many members of the Grant family have worked for the railroad over the past 100 year...Read more

Around Wayne and Westland, September 27th

Ss. Simon and Jude Ushers Club will sponsor a buy and swap, toy and train show, noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30, at the church hall. The church hall is at 32500 Palmer Road, west of Merriman, Westland. Admission is $2 per person, $4 per family. Food...Read more

Chattanooga Railroad Series: Bridgeport
The Chattanoogan, September 24th

It is used by the Bridgeport Area Historical Association as a museum of local history. It features a large display of local Civil War artifacts as well as railroad memorabilia. When a new railroad bridge was put into place in 1998, the old bridge was...Read more

Twin Lakes Community Briefs
Baxter Bulletin, September 22nd

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

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

Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet
Streetsblog Los Angeles (blog), September 2nd

Train enthusiasts, history buffs and those wanting to learn about Southern California's railway history are welcome to attend Fall Railroadiana Swap Meet at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris. “It's Southern California's largest celebration of...Read more