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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.


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 Railroad Link Pin Coupler Set
Antique Railroad Link Pin Coupler Set
$74.99
Southern Pacific Lines Railroad Lock, Solid Brass With Antique Finish, Trains
Southern Pacific Lines Railroad Lock, Solid Brass With Antique Finish, Trains
$33.99
 Antique Obsolete UNION PACIFIC~ROADWAY & BRIDGE DEPT.~RAILROAD PADLOCK~BRASS
Antique Obsolete UNION PACIFIC~ROADWAY & BRIDGE DEPT.~RAILROAD PADLOCK~BRASS
$38.00
ANTIQUE P&LE RR RAILROAD LANTERN GLASS GLOBE MARKED CNX 5 9/16
ANTIQUE P&LE RR RAILROAD LANTERN GLASS GLOBE MARKED CNX 5 9/16 "TALL DEITZ LIGHT
$75.00
Antique Glass Ball Liquid Soap Dispenser Railroad Auto Oil Gas Service Station
Antique Glass Ball Liquid Soap Dispenser Railroad Auto Oil Gas Service Station
$189.00
2 Antique/Vtg~OBSOLETE~CHICAGO BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD~SIGNAL PADLOCKS +KEY
2 Antique/Vtg~OBSOLETE~CHICAGO BURLINGTON & QUINCY RAILROAD~SIGNAL PADLOCKS +KEY
$122.50
ANTIQUE VINTAGE UNION PACIFIC RR RAILROAD LARGE 11
ANTIQUE VINTAGE UNION PACIFIC RR RAILROAD LARGE 11" BRASS SPITOON train
$25.00
RARE ANTIQUE SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD CONE SHAPED FIRE BUCKET
RARE ANTIQUE SEABOARD COAST LINE RAILROAD CONE SHAPED FIRE BUCKET
$59.95
Antique Dietz NYCS New York Railroad Inspector Lantern Lamp
Antique Dietz NYCS New York Railroad Inspector Lantern Lamp
$135.00
Antique Railroad Fire Bucket Embossed SOO Line
Antique Railroad Fire Bucket Embossed SOO Line
$125.00
Antique Brass Pennsylvania Railroad Stand / Holder / Base
Antique Brass Pennsylvania Railroad Stand / Holder / Base
$65.00
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag: ERIE RAILROAD BC (Buffalo Creek)
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag: ERIE RAILROAD BC (Buffalo Creek)
$21.95
ANTIQUE ORIGINAL bronze PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD MEDAL c1917-1918 WW1 - MEDALLION
ANTIQUE ORIGINAL bronze PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD MEDAL c1917-1918 WW1 - MEDALLION
$58.77
Antique Saint Louis San Francisco Railroad Lock Rare Decomissioned
Antique Saint Louis San Francisco Railroad Lock Rare Decomissioned
$99.99
Antique Obsolete Rock Island Lines Railroad Brass Signal Lock
Antique Obsolete Rock Island Lines Railroad Brass Signal Lock
$50.00
Antique 90 Year Old B & O Railroad Safety Coin
Antique 90 Year Old B & O Railroad Safety Coin
$125.00
Vintage Antique Solid Brass PULLMAN Railroad Train Car Metal Ashtray
Vintage Antique Solid Brass PULLMAN Railroad Train Car Metal Ashtray
$60.00
Vintage Antique DIETZ TORCH Railroad RR Road Flare Kerosene Auto Smudge Pot
Vintage Antique DIETZ TORCH Railroad RR Road Flare Kerosene Auto Smudge Pot
$35.27
Antique ADAMS & WESTLAKE B&O Railroad Lantern
Antique ADAMS & WESTLAKE B&O Railroad Lantern
$32.00
ANTIQUE PYLE NATIONAL COMPANY - Railroad STEAM LOCOMOTIVE Engine HEADLIGHT VTG
ANTIQUE PYLE NATIONAL COMPANY - Railroad STEAM LOCOMOTIVE Engine HEADLIGHT VTG
$2,000.00
Antique Oak Wood Glass Train Railroad Station Desk Cabinet Display Counter Case
Antique Oak Wood Glass Train Railroad Station Desk Cabinet Display Counter Case
$175.00
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Baggage Cart Hit & Miss SteamPunk Table Axle Brackets
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Baggage Cart Hit & Miss SteamPunk Table Axle Brackets
$32.00
Antique Vintage Railroad Oil Can With Cap Oiler Urbana OH
Antique Vintage Railroad Oil Can With Cap Oiler Urbana OH
$40.00
HAND THROW ~ RAILROAD TRAIN SWITCH ~ LOCOMOTIVE TRACK ~ ANTIQUE UN RESTORED
HAND THROW ~ RAILROAD TRAIN SWITCH ~ LOCOMOTIVE TRACK ~ ANTIQUE UN RESTORED
$398.00
ANTIQUE CAST IRON CROUSE HINDS RAILROAD HEADLIGHT LAMP TROLLEY SHIP STEAMPUNK
ANTIQUE CAST IRON CROUSE HINDS RAILROAD HEADLIGHT LAMP TROLLEY SHIP STEAMPUNK
$125.00
Rare Vintage Antique Cast Iron Railroad Train Conductor Finger Ticket Punch
Rare Vintage Antique Cast Iron Railroad Train Conductor Finger Ticket Punch
$29.95
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Baggage Cart Standard Brackets Industrial SteamPunk
Antique Cast Iron Railroad Baggage Cart Standard Brackets Industrial SteamPunk
$25.00
Antique Chicago Great Western Railroad Horse Bridle Rosettes, Buttons/Rings!
Antique Chicago Great Western Railroad Horse Bridle Rosettes, Buttons/Rings!
$130.00
 9 RAIL ROAD RAILROAD VINTAGE ANTIQUE LANTERN LENSES USED
9 RAIL ROAD RAILROAD VINTAGE ANTIQUE LANTERN LENSES USED
$22.00
Antique FREMONT NEBRASKA RAILROAD Train DEPOT Plate WHEELOCK China Austria
Antique FREMONT NEBRASKA RAILROAD Train DEPOT Plate WHEELOCK China Austria
$69.99
Vintage Antique RR Railroad Cast Iron CrossBuck Crossing Sign
Vintage Antique RR Railroad Cast Iron CrossBuck Crossing Sign
$449.99
Antique Vintage Early Rock Island Railroad galvanized bucket pail
Antique Vintage Early Rock Island Railroad galvanized bucket pail
$49.00
Lot of 17 Antique Obsolete Keys - Most Railroad - Many Brass & Many Marked
Lot of 17 Antique Obsolete Keys - Most Railroad - Many Brass & Many Marked
$170.00
Antique Armspear P&R RR Loco Dept Phila Reading Railroad Lantern Embossed Globe
Antique Armspear P&R RR Loco Dept Phila Reading Railroad Lantern Embossed Globe
$159.99
Antique Adlake Railroad Lock
Antique Adlake Railroad Lock
$10.00
Antique Brass Railroad Platform Sign
Antique Brass Railroad Platform Sign
$79.99
Antique WESTERN MARYLAND RAILROAD STAMPED LETTER CIGAR LETTERHEAD
Antique WESTERN MARYLAND RAILROAD STAMPED LETTER CIGAR LETTERHEAD
$9.99
Antique Railroad Pullman Badge Griffin Wheel Co. #402 Railroadiana
Antique Railroad Pullman Badge Griffin Wheel Co. #402 Railroadiana
$89.99
Antique Metal Tin  HAMILTON WATCHES
Antique Metal Tin HAMILTON WATCHES "RAILROAD TIMEKEEPER'S OF THE WORLD" fr116
$7.99
Antique Vintage RR Railroad Lantern Model A Union Carbide Lamp RARE
Antique Vintage RR Railroad Lantern Model A Union Carbide Lamp RARE
$79.99
ANTIQUE VINTAGE RAILROAD TRAIN PULLMAN CAR SMALL BRASS SHELF 11
ANTIQUE VINTAGE RAILROAD TRAIN PULLMAN CAR SMALL BRASS SHELF 11" BATHROOM?
$150.00
railroad RR spike puller antique early wood wooden handle vintage rare
railroad RR spike puller antique early wood wooden handle vintage rare
$20.00
Antique THOMAS EDISON Primary Cell Battery Glass Jar Samson Railroad
Antique THOMAS EDISON Primary Cell Battery Glass Jar Samson Railroad
$150.00
Vintage Antique 1918 10K gold ORT order of railroad Telegraph 25 year award
Vintage Antique 1918 10K gold ORT order of railroad Telegraph 25 year award
$60.00
Antique J.C. DEAGAN 4 Note Railroad Dinner Chime in Velvet Lined CASE .... RARE!
Antique J.C. DEAGAN 4 Note Railroad Dinner Chime in Velvet Lined CASE .... RARE!
$399.00
Antique Vintage Railroad Oiler Urbana OHIO RR
Antique Vintage Railroad Oiler Urbana OHIO RR
$30.00
HUGE ANTIQUE D.L.&W. RR BRASS RAILROAD LOCK PADLOCK ROMER&CO.NEWARK,NJ 4-1/2
HUGE ANTIQUE D.L.&W. RR BRASS RAILROAD LOCK PADLOCK ROMER&CO.NEWARK,NJ 4-1/2"X3"
$495.00
1903 antique PENNSYLVANIA LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD TICKET coupon firemen's conv
1903 antique PENNSYLVANIA LEHIGH VALLEY RAILROAD TICKET coupon firemen's conv
$67.95
SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR TRACK PAIR ID BADGES ANTIQUE SOUVENIR OLD RAILROAD TRAIN
SAN FRANCISCO CABLE CAR TRACK PAIR ID BADGES ANTIQUE SOUVENIR OLD RAILROAD TRAIN
$44.99


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.