Railroad Cap Badge, Brakeman, used on Western Maryland Railroad

Railroad Cap Badge, Brakeman, used on Western Maryland Railroad

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Description
This chrome-plated metal cap badge bears the engraving “BRAKEMAN” filled with black paint. This badge identified the wearer's crew position on passenger trains. The brakeman’s duties included moving from car to car to trigger the brakes and slow the train around turns or steep grades, dropping cars at stations, lining switches, and signaling crew members about train operations.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
railroad cap badge
Other Terms
railroad cap badge; Railroad
associated place
United States: Maryland, Hagerstown
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 3/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 1.905 cm x 9.2075 cm
ID Number
1996.0107.33
catalog number
1996.0107.33
accession number
1996.0107
subject
Railroads
Adornment
Travel
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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