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A Brakeman's lantern from the Chicago and North Western Railway. Lanterns like this are a common type of railroadiana.

Railroadiana or railwayana refers to artifacts of currently or formerly operating railways around the world.


Railroadiana can include items such as:[1]

There are many more types of railroadiana available to the collector. Some railroadiana collectors include items in their collections as large as speeders or complete passenger cars.[citation needed]

The majority of pieces forming a collection can be legally obtained, often but not always at low cost, from either surplus or scrap sales from the railroad companies themselves, or through aftermarket railroadiana shows. Highly desirable items (rare or from popular lines) may sell for significant multiples of their original price.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ "FAQs {Frequently Asked Questions}". Railroadiana Online.