Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Standard Trainman, Conductor and Porter's Cap

Standard Trainman, Conductor and Porter's Cap

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
This generic railroad cap is black with a stiff crown, flat circular top and a short visor. The cap's basic shape, similar to the French kepi, was used for passenger train conductors, passenger train brakemen (also termed "trainmen"), Pullman porters (in the ten decades before Amtrak), "Red Caps" (who help travelers with their luggage at stations), and - in the 19th century and first half of the 20th - stationmasters and station agents. Hat badges and other decoration could be added to signify the wearer's position and railroad.
Object Name
cap, conductor/trainman/porter
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
See more items in
Work and Industry: Transportation, Railroad
Clothing & Accessories
America on the Move
America on the Move
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object