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MPS Railway Conductor's Badge, Ryazan-Ural Railroad, #1, late 1940s - 1953.

In brass and enamels; 36.7 mm in height, 29.6 mm in width. The individual serial number "1" is in the center, under the white letters МПС ("MPS", for Ministry of Railroad Transportation.)

In fine condition. The red enamel is chipped in small area at the lower corner of the hexagon but is intact elsewhere and shows nice luster. The blue enamel shows minimal rubbing and tiny flakes that are unnoticeable to the naked eye, no significant wear. The black enamel on the lettering and numeral "1" is practically perfect. The white enamel on the letters "MPS" has

In brass and enamels; 36.7 mm in height, 29.6 mm in width. The individual serial number "1" is in the center, under the white letters МПС ("MPS", for Ministry of Railroad Transportation.)

In fine condition. The red enamel is chipped in small area at the lower corner of the hexagon but is intact elsewhere and shows nice luster. The blue enamel shows minimal rubbing and tiny flakes that are unnoticeable to the naked eye, no significant wear. The black enamel on the lettering and numeral "1" is practically perfect. The white enamel on the letters "MPS" has tiny chips and flakes but is overall well preserved.

The screw post is full length, nearly 12 mm. Comes with original screw plate in nickel-plated steel maker-marked "ShM MPS". The screw plate shows oxidation but remains fully functional.

Ryazan-Ural Railroad (Рязано-Уральская железная дорога) connected the Urals industrial and mining region with Siberia and Central Asia. It greatly expanded during WW2 owing her importance as a conduit for grain, raw materials and production of the factories that had been evacuated from the western areas deep into the Soviet interior. In 1953, the railroad was merged with the Stalingrad Railroad creating a larger Near Volga (Приуральская) Railroad, so the old name could appear on a conductor's badge only until 1953. The badge is also very scarce because the Ryazan-Ural Railroad was relatively small compared with some other major Soviet railroads and had limited passenger train traffic - thus requiring far fewer conductors.
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