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The Depot Patrol

Badges of the Railroad Police

Depot Patrolman Finius O'Kelligan's gonna take ya on the tracks...

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Officers of the Illinois Central Railroad wore this 6 point flat tin star in the early part of the century. A reproduction is also on the market, being made in Utah, carrying badge number 942.

This small flat 5 point tin star was worn by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy RR Special Officers, circa WWI.

CB&Q watchmen had their own badge, equal to the special officer's. Circa WWI.

Another Road servicing Chicago, the Belt Railway. This 5 point star has very ornate arms with applied copper numbers on the disc.

A more-current day badge from the UPRR, this gold tear drop is adorned with the Seal of the United States in the center.

The Captain of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific RR Police wore this inverted 5 point star, probably circa 1940's.

Right about the same time, the Patrolmen of the C. M. St. P. & P. were wearing a 6-point ball-tipped star.

Just like all the other Chicago-area law enforcement agencies, the Erie Lackawanna Railway Police wore a star for that "Illinois look", complete with an Illinois State Seal.

Big and bold, commensurate of the times (1920s or before), the C&NW police wore this huge 6-point tin star, similar to the Chicago first-issue.

Another Chicago area railroad, the Chicago & Northwestern. This particular badge is probably circa 1960's.

This flat tin star, in the rank of Sgt. is from the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific, or "The Rock Island Lines"

Rock Island RR officers also wore a pie plate like their brother officers in Chicago. This particular pie plate is a "Schwartz re-make" as can be attested by the new appearance and the numbers laid straight across the badge. While this is a re-make from approximately the 1960's, finding a real one is next to impossible, so, it stays!

Another fine flat tin star from the CRI&P, this issue for Patrolmen, probably circa WWII.

This flat tin star is the same size (2.5") as the Sergeant's badge above. The Special Officer title is easier to find and also came in a "Special Police" title.

Basically the same star as above, but you can notice the variation in fonts used from one issue to another.

This is a slightly smaller star than the two above.  All of the CRI&P Special Officer badges were one-piece, flat tins.  In other words, the ball-tips were stamped into the metal, not applied as solid balls.

A large pie plate-sized tin star worn by Special Officers of CRI&P. The variety of star types found on this line is unbelievable.

The NFBC was reportedly a commuter railroad for the suburbs of Chicago back in the 1970s.  Any other info you might have on this road, please drop me a line.

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