Dining cars on the rails were similar to today’s fine dining restaurants on wheels, they had elaborate menus, the finest china, linens, silver, and glassware. These objects would be valuable in their own right as fine antiques, but with railroad names engraved, applied, or decorated onto them they take on an even finer appeal. Items used on the rails typically included the name of the railroad and often even the name of the specific route of travel. Many collectors will focus on a specific area, which drives up the value of rarer items that are hard to find. Some railroads tend to command higher prices, such as the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe.
Below is a listing of my pages about Railroad Dining Car items: