Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad Memorabilia Value Guide
The Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad started operations in 1878 and stopped service in 1879 for a total period of operations of 1 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. Decatur, Mattoon and Southern 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.
Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad only operated in 1 state which is indicative of smaller lines, or in some cases lines in larger states. Many one state railroads are short line railroads that didn't have large areas of coverage or large promotional budgets so items from them are likely to be somewhat rare and could be worth more if the railroad didn't exist for long or if it didn't produce many collectible items.
Decatur, Mattoon and Southern Railroad Operated Routes in the Following States: Illinois