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How To Start Your Own Railroad Antiques Collection

If you have an interest in collecting railroad antiques the best way to start is at the beginning. You can start your collection with paper ephemera, some of these include: tickets, dining menus and schedules.


antique railroad insulators
antique railroad insulators
$5.95
Union Pacific Overland Railroad Lock, Heavy Solid Brass With Antique Finish
Union Pacific Overland Railroad Lock, Heavy Solid Brass With Antique Finish
$36.88
Union Pacific Railroad Working Lock, Solid Brass Antique Finish, Trains Railway
Union Pacific Railroad Working Lock, Solid Brass Antique Finish, Trains Railway
$34.99
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Switch Stand
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Switch Stand
$400.00
Antique German Railroad Lantern, Solid Brass
Antique German Railroad Lantern, Solid Brass
$105.00
ANTIQUE BRASS
ANTIQUE BRASS "BUNNELL" RAILROAD TRAIN STATION TELEGRAPH
$40.00
Vintage Antique Train Steam Engine Railroad Track Paperweight Desktop Accessory
Vintage Antique Train Steam Engine Railroad Track Paperweight Desktop Accessory
$25.00
Antique Railroad Spittoon Authentic
Antique Railroad Spittoon Authentic
$35.00
RARE ANTIQUE BRASS RAILROAD TRAIN STEP
RARE ANTIQUE BRASS RAILROAD TRAIN STEP
$210.00
Hard To Find Antique Cast Iron Railroad Whistle Sign 8 Ft.
Hard To Find Antique Cast Iron Railroad Whistle Sign 8 Ft.
$450.00
ANTIQUE
ANTIQUE "SANTA FE" RAILROAD TRAIN ADVERTISING MECHANICAL PENCIL
$15.00
Antique Adlake RAILROAD Switch Lock
Antique Adlake RAILROAD Switch Lock
$20.30
Antique Dietz ACME Inspector Railroad Lantern Kerosene Oil Lamp Clear Shade
Antique Dietz ACME Inspector Railroad Lantern Kerosene Oil Lamp Clear Shade
$55.51
Antique B&O RAILROAD map Letterpress Printing Press Block - Vintage Train
Antique B&O RAILROAD map Letterpress Printing Press Block - Vintage Train
$199.00
Antique Pennsylvania Railroad Adlake Chicago Oil Lantern w Burner PRR lamp
Antique Pennsylvania Railroad Adlake Chicago Oil Lantern w Burner PRR lamp
$595.00
ANTIQUE RAILROAD Signal Bulb
ANTIQUE RAILROAD Signal Bulb
$10.00
Antique Adlake Railroad Lamp  Non Sweating Chicago
Antique Adlake Railroad Lamp Non Sweating Chicago
$150.00
ANTIQUE c. 1830 CUMBERLAND VALLEY RAILROAD CVRR TABLE ORIGINAL PAINT PATINA vafo
ANTIQUE c. 1830 CUMBERLAND VALLEY RAILROAD CVRR TABLE ORIGINAL PAINT PATINA vafo
$875.00
10-Vintage-Railroad-Spikes-Antique-Blacksmith-Forge-Scrap-Craft-Train-Track-RR
10-Vintage-Railroad-Spikes-Antique-Blacksmith-Forge-Scrap-Craft-Train-Track-RR
$13.75
Antique Sante Fe Railroad Box Car/Dinning Car Overhead Light Fixture Stueben era
Antique Sante Fe Railroad Box Car/Dinning Car Overhead Light Fixture Stueben era
$120.00
Vintage Antique Old Functional 4 Sided Railroad Light
Vintage Antique Old Functional 4 Sided Railroad Light
$500.00
  VINTAGE   KEROSENE    RAILROAD LANTERN   ANTIQUE         
  VINTAGE   KEROSENE    RAILROAD LANTERN   ANTIQUE         
$59.75
Antique M.C.R.R. Railroad Lantern THE ADAMS Clear Cast Extended Base Globe 1892
Antique M.C.R.R. Railroad Lantern THE ADAMS Clear Cast Extended Base Globe 1892
$500.00
DL&W RR RAILROAD ANTIQUE & OBSOLETE  COPPER Police Badge IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
DL&W RR RAILROAD ANTIQUE & OBSOLETE COPPER Police Badge IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND
$197.99
Antique U.S. & S. Co. Teardrop Railroad Bell - Works -
Antique U.S. & S. Co. Teardrop Railroad Bell - Works -
$2,000.00
1 ORIGINAL ANTIQUE CAST IRON LARGE RUSTIC C&NW RAILROAD BOXCAR DOOR HANDLE PULL
1 ORIGINAL ANTIQUE CAST IRON LARGE RUSTIC C&NW RAILROAD BOXCAR DOOR HANDLE PULL
$59.00
Southern Pacific Lines Railroad Lock, Solid Brass With Antique Finish, Trains
Southern Pacific Lines Railroad Lock, Solid Brass With Antique Finish, Trains
$28.99
Antique Handlan St. Louis Railroad Switch Lamp
Antique Handlan St. Louis Railroad Switch Lamp
$400.00
UNION PACIFIC UPRR No 1 RAILROAD TRAIN SWITCH LOCK VINTAGE ANTIQUE RAILWAY RARE
UNION PACIFIC UPRR No 1 RAILROAD TRAIN SWITCH LOCK VINTAGE ANTIQUE RAILWAY RARE
$24.99
2 Antique RR Railroad Signal Switch Lamp Lantern Light Train Switch C
2 Antique RR Railroad Signal Switch Lamp Lantern Light Train Switch C
$285.00
SCARCE 200LB L & N RAILROAD ANTIQUE CAST IRON FENCE POST LOUISVILLE NASHVILLE
SCARCE 200LB L & N RAILROAD ANTIQUE CAST IRON FENCE POST LOUISVILLE NASHVILLE
$2,639.99
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag:
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag: "ERIE RAILROAD"; CLEVELAND OHIO
$21.99
Antique B&O Baltimore and Ohio Railroad cast iron advertising paperweight
Antique B&O Baltimore and Ohio Railroad cast iron advertising paperweight
$60.00
Antique Double Sided Railroad Train Station Bench - 8.5 feet wide
Antique Double Sided Railroad Train Station Bench - 8.5 feet wide
$3,000.00
Antique Adams & Westlake Company Railroad Kerosene Oil Lamp NY, Phi, Chicago
Antique Adams & Westlake Company Railroad Kerosene Oil Lamp NY, Phi, Chicago
$149.99
ANTIQUE  RAILROAD LANTERN DRESSEL (ARLINGTON NJ USA)1913 cast-iron base/platform
ANTIQUE RAILROAD LANTERN DRESSEL (ARLINGTON NJ USA)1913 cast-iron base/platform
$1,195.00
ANTIQUE THE ADAMS RAILROAD LANTERN ADAMS WESTLAKE CHICAGO NYNH & HRR
ANTIQUE THE ADAMS RAILROAD LANTERN ADAMS WESTLAKE CHICAGO NYNH & HRR
$155.00
Antique Railroad Lock & Chain by Adlake IRM 1987
Antique Railroad Lock & Chain by Adlake IRM 1987
$14.99
25-Vintage-Railroad-Spikes-Antique-Blacksmith-Metalworking-Train Track-RR 6.5
25-Vintage-Railroad-Spikes-Antique-Blacksmith-Metalworking-Train Track-RR 6.5"
$27.50
Superior Antique Railroad Train Sign Chicago  Santa Fe & California Railroadiana
Superior Antique Railroad Train Sign Chicago Santa Fe & California Railroadiana
$950.00
Antique Railroad Lantern Amber Globe Adams Westlake Co. 1920s
Antique Railroad Lantern Amber Globe Adams Westlake Co. 1920s
$237.15
Antique Cabinet, Cupboard From NC Railroad Station, 1800's, CSX, Filing
Antique Cabinet, Cupboard From NC Railroad Station, 1800's, CSX, Filing
$600.00
Very Rare Antique Adlake Non-Sweating J.P.R.R. Railroad Signal Lantern
Very Rare Antique Adlake Non-Sweating J.P.R.R. Railroad Signal Lantern
$260.00
Antique Pennsylvania Railroad Keystone Tiffen Set Complete With Carrier
Antique Pennsylvania Railroad Keystone Tiffen Set Complete With Carrier
$40.00
Antique Type RA 128 Golden Glow Locomotive Headlight Train Railroad Early 1900s
Antique Type RA 128 Golden Glow Locomotive Headlight Train Railroad Early 1900s
$1,995.95
ANTIQUE DIETZ STANDARD #39 BELL BOTTOM RAIL ROAD LANTERN DIETZ VULCAN RED GLOBE
ANTIQUE DIETZ STANDARD #39 BELL BOTTOM RAIL ROAD LANTERN DIETZ VULCAN RED GLOBE
$119.95
Large Hydrostatic Pressure Gauge Ashton Boston 14
Large Hydrostatic Pressure Gauge Ashton Boston 14" Industrial Antique Railroad
$459.00
ANTIQUE VINTAGE OXWED RAILROAD RAILWAY LAMP LANTERN # 2155 ~ RARE ESTATE FIND !
ANTIQUE VINTAGE OXWED RAILROAD RAILWAY LAMP LANTERN # 2155 ~ RARE ESTATE FIND !
$149.99
ANTIQUE -VINTAGE LIONEL TOY RAILROAD TRAIN LIGHT BULB PARTS COLLECTION LOT
ANTIQUE -VINTAGE LIONEL TOY RAILROAD TRAIN LIGHT BULB PARTS COLLECTION LOT
$40.00
Antique Railroad Lantern CT Hamm No. 3-1/2 Conductor's Lantern XLNT
Antique Railroad Lantern CT Hamm No. 3-1/2 Conductor's Lantern XLNT
$1,100.00


Tickets and schedules are still fairly accessible depending on how far back you would like to go with your collection.

1. Schedules and Tickets

You can start your search for these ephemera at some flea markets, book dealers or ephemera dealers.

Schedules and train tickets are the most cost effective way to start on your collection. You will find that schedules came out in multiple editions and were mass produced.

Train tickets are additionally easy to find especially used ones and you will be able to pick these up from about $5. The more rare ones may be difficult to find but they are out there.

2. Dining menus

Depending on the train and the country you can find the most fascinating food menus from these old trains.

These type of menus range between 50 to 60 dollars a piece. You can even start a collection on the menu’s they had for children.

3. Calendars and Posters

This collection is a lot more expensive than the tickets and the menus. Railroads owned a printing press that they would use to advertise on certain posters and calendars.

A highly collectible calendar dates back to the 20th Century. This era introduced streamlined trains and the rail road companies started advertising on posters through out the 1920’s to the 1930’s.

The most valuable calendars that are still in good condition can easily fetch a very high price. They are usually sold at auctions, if you would like to invest in one of these it is recommended you set aside a lot of money.

The companies in these times used the posters to advertise and display their services at well known travel agencies.

When you start this type of collection try and put your focus into a certain train line or area. It is very easy to get side tracked and you will want your collection to represent a certain theme.

You could even focus your search on your own home town it may make your collection more meaningful to you.

How ever you decide to start your collection have fun with it and try sticking to a certain theme. Allocate a certain amount of money you have available and try not to overspend.