Although the train as a mode of transportation has tailed off in the United States, it was very popular before the automobile became king. In these days, it took a crew of people to operate the train and make sure that all riders had tickets. Conductor’s badges identified railroad employee’s to passengers and gave authority to the wearer.
Below are some images of Conductor’s badges, which were often worn on the hat, rather than pinned to the shirt or jacket like many other badges. The value of an antique Conductor’s badge is based on its rarity, condition, material, and provenance (who owned it, when and where)