Railroadiana refers to an avid interest in railroad history and the collection of railroad artifacts (maps, schedules, lanterns, dinnerware, etc.). Railway enthusiasts looking for reference and information sources to help augment a collection or pursue personal interests will find in the Business & Economics Department a significant research collection on railway history. Our department’s collection covers international, American, Californian, and local railroads, as well as, books and other resources on railroad companies, trains (i.e. Pullmans, steam engines), specific railway lines (i.e. Sunset Limited), railway labor history, biographies on railroad titans, and railway stations. (All images are from LAPL's Travel Poster Collection.)
Building the Transcontinental Railroad:
Rival Rails: The Race to Build America’s Greatest Transcontinental Railroad. By Walter Borneman.
Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad. By David Haward Bain.
The History of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe. Edited by Pamela Berkman.
Railway Maps of the World. By Mark Ovenden.
World Atlas of Railways. By O.S. Nock.
Famous Passenger Train Services:
The Orient Express: The History of the Orient Express Service from 1883-1950. By Anthony Burton.
The Super Chief, Train of the Stars. By Stan Repp.
Railroad Titans Biographies:
The Associates: Four Capitalists Who Created California. By Richard Rayner.
The Life & Legend of E.H. Harriman. By Maury Klein.
Collis Potter Huntington. By Cerinda W. Evans.
The Official Pullman-Standard Library. By David W. Randall.
The American Passenger Train. By Mike Schafer.
California Index: http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/lapl-indexes/california-index
Library Photo Collection: http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/photosearch_pageADV.jsp
Main Library Catalog: http://ls2pac.lapl.org/#section=home
Selected list of Railway Organizations, Associations & Other Library Collections
California State Railway Museum: http://www.csrmf.org/
California State Library: https://www.library.ca.gov/
National Railway Historical Society: http://www.nrhs.com/
Union Pacific, History & Photo Collection: http://www.up.com/aboutup/history/
Union Pacific Railroad Museum: http://www.uprrmuseum.org/
Huntington Library: http://www.huntington.org/
National Archives: http://www.archives.gov/
Nevada Historical Society: http://museums.nevadaculture.org/
Texas State Historical Society: https://www.tshaonline.org/