Railroad Cap Badge, Conductor, Utica & Schenectady Railroad


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.

Date Made: ca 1850

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: RailroadsTravelAdornment


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: TR.333734Catalog Number: 333734Accession Number: 304200

Object Name: railroad cap badge

Physical Description: metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 1 1/2 in x 5 3/4 in; 3.81 cm x 14.605 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a6-8c2f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_843122

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