Trains and railroads
Trains and railroad collectibles (sometimes known as Railroadiana) encompass a range of interests among collectibles related to train and railroad history and its ongoing legacy. These can interests include restoration projects, documenting history, preserving train and railroad history through the collecting of memorabilia or original manuscripts, and model collecting or building.
Train and railroad-related collections held in various museums around the world can offer insight into the variety of collectibles which surround the hobby.
Key collections include exhibits of historic trains and technologies at institutions like the British Transport Museum. or the University of Bristol's Brunel collection. The latter includes a variety of documents - such as designs, letters and manuscripts - giving insight into the the history of trains and railways.
Notable collectors of train and railroad collectibles include Chicago-based collector Phil O'Keefe.His steadily growing collection includes a variety of traction memorabilia including lanterns, whistles, headlights, keys, locks, fare boxes, fare registers, buttons, tokens, and paper.
About ten years ago, he became especially fond of collecting cap and breast badges from traction lines all over the country.
Notable restoration projects include the Flying Yankee Restoration Group, Inc, an organisation devoted to the American Flying Yankee train and projects working towards raising awareness of the train’s history and restoration of the train itself. The project was born of a partnership between the State of New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Flying Yankee Restoration Group. It is based in Woodstock, New Hampshire, United States.
Collectors' interested in train and railroad history can overlap into other collectibles niches. This includes maps - with the United States Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division holding over 4.5 million items relating to train and railroad maps.
These are documented on the Railroad Maps 1828-1900 website.
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