Chicago and Alton Railroad Memorabilia Value Guide
The Chicago and Alton Railroad started operations in 1861 and stopped service in 1931 for a total period of operations of 70 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. Chicago and Alton Railroad 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.
Chicago and Alton Railroad operated routes across 2 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
Chicago and Alton Railroad Operated Routes in the Following States: Illinois, Missouri