Tamara Holub, Librarian, Business Department,
Great Western Railway Poster

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.) 

Loetschberg Railway


Collection Highlights:

Building the Transcontinental Railroad:

Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-1869.  By Stephen Ambrose.

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.

Great Western Railway


Company Histories:

The History of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe.  Edited by Pamela Berkman.

Sunset Limited: The Southern Pacific Railroad and the Development of the American West, 1850-1930.  By Richard J. Orsi.

Union Pacific, Volumes 1 & 2.  By Maury Klein.

Boulder Dam


Railway Maps:

Railway Maps of the World.  By Mark Ovenden.

World Atlas of Railways. By O.S. Nock.

Federated Malay States Railways


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.

Great American Scenic Railroads [videorecording].

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.

LAPL Catalogs:

California Index: http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/lapl-indexes/california-index

Library Photo Collection: http://photos.lapl.org/carlweb/jsp/photosearch_pageADV.jsp

Travel Posters: http://www.lapl.org/collections-resources/visual-collections/travel-posters

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/