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Neil Goeppinger
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When you consider that there were both firms which cast only the bells for locomotives, and there were locomotive works which cast their own bells, there were alot of companies casting bells, and thus numerous ways of mounting RR bells. I’m sure there were some firms which used the tang method of mounting their RR bells. There really isn’t going to be any way to definitively determine if this is a locomotive bell unless you’ve got some history of the individual bell. If it had the mounting cradle, that would likely tell you, especially if it had a round concave upward base to fit on a boiler. Without that, there is no way to know if it had “A” frame stands and was at a river pier, on a bridge, or elsewhere. Another fun bit of history for conjecture. — Neil