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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.


RARE ANTIQUE BRASS STEAM PRESSURE GAUGE - VINTAGE RAILROAD CAR 5
RARE ANTIQUE BRASS STEAM PRESSURE GAUGE - VINTAGE RAILROAD CAR 5" TRAIN GAUGE
$195.00
Antique Vtg Erie R.R. Railroad Kerosene Lantern
Antique Vtg Erie R.R. Railroad Kerosene Lantern
$29.99
Antique Railroad Train Switch Lamp Signal Lantern Dressel ? Adlake ? Parts
Antique Railroad Train Switch Lamp Signal Lantern Dressel ? Adlake ? Parts
$77.00
Antique Railroad Crossing Signal Lights with pole,
Antique Railroad Crossing Signal Lights with pole,
$399.99
Antique Northern Pacific railroad lantern Dressel - Arlington N.J.
Antique Northern Pacific railroad lantern Dressel - Arlington N.J.
$30.00
ANTIQUE RAILROAD PASSENGER CAR GLASS
ANTIQUE RAILROAD PASSENGER CAR GLASS
$49.00
Antique Railroad Brass Candle Lantern Original Glass Hurricane Adams
Antique Railroad Brass Candle Lantern Original Glass Hurricane Adams
$39.99
Vintage Antique PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Handlan Railroad Lantern
Vintage Antique PRR Pennsylvania Railroad Handlan Railroad Lantern
$48.00
Antique Old Railroad Kerosene Oil Torch Lantern Lamp Railroad Lighter? Rare item
Antique Old Railroad Kerosene Oil Torch Lantern Lamp Railroad Lighter? Rare item
$27.50
Antique RAILROAD PLATFORM LANTERN ??? gas candle
Antique RAILROAD PLATFORM LANTERN ??? gas candle
$256.75
Antique C.M & St P R. Railroad Lantern with 4 Lenses & Burner
Antique C.M & St P R. Railroad Lantern with 4 Lenses & Burner
$250.00
Antique Adams & Westlake Railroad Caboose Pullman Corner Sink
Antique Adams & Westlake Railroad Caboose Pullman Corner Sink
$267.22
Antique DIETZ CLIPPER LANTERN Clear Globe Railroad, Barn, Ship etc...
Antique DIETZ CLIPPER LANTERN Clear Globe Railroad, Barn, Ship etc...
$25.95
Antique Railroad Brass Candle Lantern Original Glass Hurricane Patent Sept 1907
Antique Railroad Brass Candle Lantern Original Glass Hurricane Patent Sept 1907
$90.00
TWO ANTIQUE BRASS OIL LANTERNS, RAILROAD, NAUTICAL ETC.
TWO ANTIQUE BRASS OIL LANTERNS, RAILROAD, NAUTICAL ETC.
$114.52
Antique Railroad Oak Coat Hat Luggage Rack Cast Iron 6 Station 38'' Steampunk
Antique Railroad Oak Coat Hat Luggage Rack Cast Iron 6 Station 38'' Steampunk
$120.00
Antique 36
Antique 36" railroad train car luggage rack~Trolley coat hooks rack~Hall tree
$89.95
Vintage Antique Wood Pullman Coat Hanger Railroad Advertising Nice
Vintage Antique Wood Pullman Coat Hanger Railroad Advertising Nice
$5.00
Railroad Passenger Parlor Lounge Club Car Seat Antique Art Deco 1930s 1040s
Railroad Passenger Parlor Lounge Club Car Seat Antique Art Deco 1930s 1040s
$200.00
Antique Railroad Caboose Lamp
Antique Railroad Caboose Lamp
$75.00
Antique Erie Railroad Caboose Lamp
Antique Erie Railroad Caboose Lamp
$65.00
Antique Storm King Kerosene Smudge Pot Railroad Highway Springfield IL Kerosene
Antique Storm King Kerosene Smudge Pot Railroad Highway Springfield IL Kerosene
$9.99
Antique Railroad Kerosene Lantern Switch Light RR Train
Antique Railroad Kerosene Lantern Switch Light RR Train
$129.99
Antique Dietz Railroad Train Lantern: PHILADELPHIA & READING RAILWAY TRANS DEPT
Antique Dietz Railroad Train Lantern: PHILADELPHIA & READING RAILWAY TRANS DEPT
$75.00
Antique Vintage Railroad Kerosene Oil Can
Antique Vintage Railroad Kerosene Oil Can
$29.15
antique railroad lantern
antique railroad lantern
$20.00
Antique Vintage Railroad Water / Oil Can Large
Antique Vintage Railroad Water / Oil Can Large
$37.25
ANTIQUE RAILROAD LANTERN
ANTIQUE RAILROAD LANTERN
$19.00
VINTAGE ANTIQUE HANDLAN ST. LOUIS RAILROAD LANTER OIL BURNER POT FONT W/ WICK
VINTAGE ANTIQUE HANDLAN ST. LOUIS RAILROAD LANTER OIL BURNER POT FONT W/ WICK
$22.00
Antique Pocket Railroad Emergency Candle enclosure Lamp  Lantern Maw London
Antique Pocket Railroad Emergency Candle enclosure Lamp Lantern Maw London
$47.56
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag: ERIE RAILROAD
Antique Railroad Tool Check Brass Tag: ERIE RAILROAD
$12.99
ANTIQUE ADLAKE SEMAPORE RAILROAD LAMP
ANTIQUE ADLAKE SEMAPORE RAILROAD LAMP
$210.00
Antique Handlan St Louis C & ORY Railroad Wall Mount Kerosene Oil Lantern Lamp
Antique Handlan St Louis C & ORY Railroad Wall Mount Kerosene Oil Lantern Lamp
$112.99
Early Antique Police Tin Railroad Bulls Eye Single Lantern NYPD?
Early Antique Police Tin Railroad Bulls Eye Single Lantern NYPD?
$19.99
Antique Pintsch ES 46 Railroad Brass Gas Lamp Train Car Lantern Valve Key
Antique Pintsch ES 46 Railroad Brass Gas Lamp Train Car Lantern Valve Key
$25.00
Antique Pennsylvania System Railroad Reliable Lantern Hardware w/ Hanging Clip
Antique Pennsylvania System Railroad Reliable Lantern Hardware w/ Hanging Clip
$44.44
Antique Pocket Railroad Emergency Candle enclosure Lamp  Lantern
Antique Pocket Railroad Emergency Candle enclosure Lamp Lantern
$29.56
THE ADLAKE NON SWEATING LAMP ANTIQUE RAILROAD SWITCH LANTERN
THE ADLAKE NON SWEATING LAMP ANTIQUE RAILROAD SWITCH LANTERN
$255.00
Antique Railroad Lantern. SOUTHERN PACIFIC. c. 1920. S.P. Co. Tall Globe. SCARCE
Antique Railroad Lantern. SOUTHERN PACIFIC. c. 1920. S.P. Co. Tall Globe. SCARCE
$195.00
Antique Vintage Railroad Switch Light Lamp Adlake
Antique Vintage Railroad Switch Light Lamp Adlake
$104.99
Antique Primitive Wood Railroad Time Table Holder for Fargo, Minot, Dakota ND
Antique Primitive Wood Railroad Time Table Holder for Fargo, Minot, Dakota ND
$225.00
antique railroad lanterns
antique railroad lanterns
$21.50
Antique  RAYO RAILROAD TRAIN LANTERN   No. 39WB
Antique RAYO RAILROAD TRAIN LANTERN No. 39WB
$39.76
Antique GNRy Great Northern Railroad Lantern The Adams Clear Cast Globe 1897
Antique GNRy Great Northern Railroad Lantern The Adams Clear Cast Globe 1897
$325.00
DIETZ VESTA ANTIQUE RAILROAD LATTERN N.Y. GRAND CENTRAL STATION ALL ORGINAL
DIETZ VESTA ANTIQUE RAILROAD LATTERN N.Y. GRAND CENTRAL STATION ALL ORGINAL
$69.99
Antique 1916 Deagan 4 Note Railroad Dinner Chimes w/ Original Mallet
Antique 1916 Deagan 4 Note Railroad Dinner Chimes w/ Original Mallet
$349.99
Antique 1923 Genesy Electric Lantern Co. Railroad Switchmans Light , Kansas City
Antique 1923 Genesy Electric Lantern Co. Railroad Switchmans Light , Kansas City
$120.00
Antique Roll Front Railroad Ticket Display Cabinet Pine Chestnut BLADES PATENT
Antique Roll Front Railroad Ticket Display Cabinet Pine Chestnut BLADES PATENT
$550.00
Antique Vintage RAILROAD
Antique Vintage RAILROAD "ROCK ISLAND LINES" 2 gal STONEWEAR WHISKEY CROCK JUG
$325.00
Antique Dressel Switch Lamp Railroad Lantern Arlington N.J.
Antique Dressel Switch Lamp Railroad Lantern Arlington N.J.
$200.00


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.