Excellent Railway Rebuilder Badge, circa mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels. 39.1 mm tall x 26.5 mm wide; the screw post
measures approx. 3.7 mm thick. This is an early version of
one of the awards of the WW2 Railway Proficiency Series
(1943-57). Unlike the later issues, this badge features a
pronounced 3-d relief to the oval center medallion.
In excellent condition. The enamel is essentially perfect
everywhere and retains beautiful luster. There are a couple
of contact marks and internal imperfections on the banner
resulting in tiny dark spots, but these are almost
unnoticeable to the naked eye. There are no chips, flakes or
significant scratches. Raised details of the artwork are
perfect and crisp. The original silver and gilt finishes are
nearly pristine on both the obverse and reverse. The screw
post is full length, over 12 mm. Includes original, pre-1946
screw plate marked "NKPS Sh.M. Z" (Narkomat of Railroad
Transportation, Mechanical Stamping Factory"). An extremely
attractive piece, a real standout among the badges of this
series that usually display at least some degree of damage.
Rebuilding the railroad track and rolling stock destroyed by
the Luftwaffe or blown up by retreating German ground troops
was of paramount importance to the Soviet war effort.
Railway workers routinely labored round the clock, in
miserable weather and under constant bombardment, to
complete the task. Even in the initial period of the
Patriotic War, the uncanny speed of the repairs often
frustrated all German efforts to disrupt Soviet