Railroad Cap Badge, Conductor, Utica & Schenectady Railroad

Description
This silver metal cap badge bears the engraving “U.&S.R.R./CONDUCTOR” filled in with faded black paint. This badge was affixed to the uniform cap of a Utica & Schenectady railroad conductor who served aboard passenger trains. The Utica & Schenectady railroad began service in 1836, becoming a part of the New York Central Railroad in 1853. The conductor was—and is today—the sole on-board supervisor of the whole crew, responsible for the movement of the train, the safety of passengers, and the security and accounting of cargo on board.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1850
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 14.605 cm
ID Number
TR.333734
catalog number
333734
accession number
304200
subject
Railroads
Travel
Adornment
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
Clothing & Accessories
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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