Railroad Cap Badge, Conductor, Southern Pacific Railroad

This metal cap badge reads “CONDUCTOR” in skeleton type letters. The badge is plated and has two fastening pins or posts on the back with pin backs attached. The badge identified the wearer as a conductor 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 conductor was—and is today—the sole on-board supervisor of the train’s crew, responsible for the movement of the train, the safety of passengers, and the security and accounting of cargo on board.
Currently not on view
Object Name
railroad cap badge
date made
ca 1950
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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