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Railroad Cap Badge, Conductor, Michigan Central Railroad

Railroad Cap Badge, Conductor, Michigan Central Railroad

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Description
This silver metal cap badge bears the engraving “M.C.R.R./CONDUCTOR” filled with black paint. This badge would have been worn by a conductor for the Michigan Central Railroad, which began operating between Detroit and Chicago in 1846. The MCR was consolidated into the New York Central system during the 1930s. 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
Object Name
railroad cap badge
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 in x 3 3/8 in; 2.54 cm x 8.5725 cm
ID Number
TR.334932
catalog number
334932
accession number
315321
subject
Railroads
Travel
Adornment
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Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Work
Clothing & Accessories
Transportation
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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