Nothing says American heritage like a collectible piece representing one of the country’s most famous railroads. Chesapeake & Ohio was a class I railroad owned by Chessie System, Inc. It connected many states, including Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin. This widespread railroad was formed in 1869 and ran until 1987, yet its memory lives on in the hearts and minds of Americans everywhere. These memories are encapsulated in a wide variety of Chessie merchandise and collectibles. Most famously, the Chessie cat is a mascot for Chessie systems, and appears on many pieces of memorabilia, including the Chessie calendar. If you have a technical interest in the railroad, you can search for one of the 7,000 books, 200,000 engineering drawings, or one of the 60,000 mechanical drawings for sale. Some of these documents are available on eBay from reliable sellers, as well as many other collectibles. Grab a piece of American history, and learn more about a transportation system that kept the country chugging along.