Steam Locomotive Bell ID

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Peter
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Steam Locomotive Bell ID

Post by Peter »

Hello Guys,
new member here. I was wondering if anyone could ID or date this Steam Lcoomotive bell? It is a air operated bell and there are marks on the inside that might have been numbers at one time..
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Peter
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Re: Steam Locomotive Bell ID

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28 views?? anyone??

Allen Hazen
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Re: Steam Locomotive Bell ID

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There is a picture (cut-away drawing showing how it would be mounted) of a "quick acting internal bell ringer" made by the Transportation Devices Corporation, as figure 6.169 (page 545) of the 1941 edition of the Simmons-Boardman "Locomotive Cyclopedia." (This edition of the "Cyc," covering pretty much the climax of American steam locomotives as well as early diesels, was reprinted by Kalmbach in the 1970s: probably a reasonable number of older railfans and model railroaders have copies.)
Alas, no accompanying text.

There are also pictures (on the next page) of similar bell-ringing devices of two other brands.

These are items that the locomotive builders would have ordered in from outside suppliers, probably after showing the customer a list of options, and mounted on new locomotives. Given that there weren't too many brands, any one would probably have been used on locomotives for many different railroads.

Sorry, that isn't very helpful, but it's the best I can do.

Peter
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Re: Steam Locomotive Bell ID

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Thanks Alan I appreciate that.
Peter

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