from: Trey Stubbs: “What railroad guys did when the whistle blew :-)”
From the Industrial Revolution to the settlement of the West, you can’t talk about the History of the United States without talking about trains; and whether it’s that train set you had as a kid, or a cherished pocket-watch handed down from generation to generation, there are so many great artifacts related to our railroads.
Train and railroad artifacts, commonly referred to as railroadiana, are wildly popular amongst collectors, and it’s easy to see why. There is so much history involved with each piece, and the quality of these pieces is often unmatched in today’s world. Many collectors focus on a particular region or railroad system, or on a specific type of item. Popular items include lanterns, pocket watches, railroad spikes and signs.
After combing through our archives, we found some great user-submitted photos that were packed with both monetary and sentimental value. But first, check out this vintage footage of a passenger train!
If that blast from the past wasn’t enough to quench your railroadiana thirst, check out these wonderful items submitted by our users!
from: Randy Colby: “Illinois Bunn Special watch, carried by my great uncle, who was a passenger conductor on the Pennsylvania Rail Road”
from: Randy Colby: “Inside to the Illinois Bunn Special watch, carried by my great uncle, a passenger conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad. I don’t remember this dog. He had a different one when I was little.”
from: Fonda Renna Howard Reed: “My Grandfathers safety glasses we were when he worked on the railroard, he died in 1964 so these were before then.”
from: Janice Pilgrim: “This is an iron railroad spike. Does anyone know how old it could be? My dad gave me two about thirty years ago.”
from: Janet Torgersen: “I believe this is a vintage railroad marker…. Lenses are cracked but could anyone tell me it’s value”
from: Craig Bass: “Could someone help me identify this? It is approx 6″ wide & 8” long. It has “BUCKS” on one side & what looks like F37 on other side. Auctioneer said it was a railroad key but I can’t find any info on it…..thanks”
from: Lydia Evans: “Anyone know the particulars on these railroad lamps? I have looked all over them for marks and there is nothing!”
from: Rick McNeill: “I’d love to see the kerosene railroad lamps that others have collected..Dietz blizzard #2”
from: Kyra Hennessy: “Old South African railway signal lantern (shunter lamp), found in the bushes along the railway track.”