Railroad Cap Badge, Brakeman, Great Northern Railway

Description
This silver metal cap badge bears the engraving “G.N.RY.L./BRAKEMAN” filled with black paint. This badge would have been worn by a brakeman on the Great Northern Railway Line, which operated from St. Paul, Minnesota to Seattle, Washington from around 1890 until 1970. The badge identified the wearer's crew position for passenger convenience, identifying the crewmember the passenger could speak with if there were questions, problems, or complaints. 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 1/4 in x 4 1/16 in; 3.175 cm x 10.31875 cm
ID Number
TR*334029
catalog number
334029
accession number
309861
subject
Railroads
Travel
Adornment
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Work
Clothing & Accessories
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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