Central Pacific Railway Memorabilia Value Guide
The Central Pacific Railway started operations in 1899 and stopped service in 1959 for a total period of operations of 60 years.
After the Civil War railroads exploded in the US with hundreds of lines starting service all over the country. This was the the age of steam locomotives and rail travel was still a luxury. Central Pacific Railway items from this time period can be very valuable and items of most types that predate 1900 will be valuable if they are in good condition. Many collectors are looking for antique railroadiana that dates before 1900 so there is a strong market for anyone looking to sell.
Central Pacific Railway operated after 1940 which means that many of the most common items you might find will not be especially valuable, these include items like timetables, pinbacks, menus, and other promotional items given out by the railroad. These items tend to be quite common on the market today and typically will be worth only a couple dollars. If a railroad antique is dated 1940 or later, chances are that unless it is a very unique item, it will not be worth much if you want to sell.
Central Pacific Railway operated routes across 4 states, this is an average amount across most railroads and is typical of small to mid size Eastern Railroads or mid size Western Railroads. Items from railroads of this size tend to be of average rarity so there usually isn't much of a premium price on items from these railroads unless the item is particularly hard to find
Central Pacific Railway Operated Routes in the Following States: California, Nevada, Oregon, Utah