Antique Railroad Menu Values

Dining cars on the rails were similar to today’s fine dining restaurants on wheels, they had elaborate menus, the finest china, linens, 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. Menus in railroad dining cars were beautiful works of art with famous scenes along the route on the cover and interior, reading some of the choices takes us back to a day where travel was a luxury, not a burden. Menus in good condition can bring several hundred dollars, while common or poorer condition specimins may be as little as $10. Some railroads tend to command higher prices, such as the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe.

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