Railroad Cap Badge, Brakeman, Southern Pacific Railroad

Description
This metal cap badge reads “BRAKEMAN” in silver-colored skeleton letters. The badge has two posts protruding from the back that allowed it to be affixed to the uniform cap of a railroad employee who served aboard passenger trains. This badge identified the wearer as a brakeman on the Southern Pacific Railroad. The Southern Pacific Railroad ran throughout the southwest United States, opening in 1865 and operating until 1996 when it was taken over by the Union Pacific Railroad. The brakeman’s duties included moving from car to car to trigger the brakes and slow the train, dropping cars at stations, lining switches, and signaling to crew members about train operations.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
railroad cap badge
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1/2 in x 3 5/8 in; 1.27 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
TR*333722
catalog number
333722
accession number
304341
subject
Transportation
Railroads
Work
Adornment
Travel
Clothing & Accessories
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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