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    • #10817
      R.Uritis
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      As luck would have it, I stumbled upon the website of a Civil War museum that houses the most famous steam locomotive of the era, the General. It’s bell is very similar to the bell in my previous post in that it appears to have a similar cast iron yoke that receives a heavy rectangular piece of bronze that tops the bell and is held in place by one large bolt. The General was built in 1855.

      Here is an image of the General’s bell. Perhaps the shape and construction of the ringing arm on my bell is another clue.

    • #13652
      stevezak
      Member

      If you look closely at the yoke it is very ornately cast. If cross sectioned it would look like an upside down T. The mounting area in the center of the yoke is not bolted to the bell. What looks like a bolt is actually a five point STAR. The with of the yoke in this area will accomodate a tapered cylindrical mount from the bell itself. Also note the lack of detail on the bell. This is different from the bell you aquired.

    • #13653
      R.Uritis
      Participant

      Thanks for your thoughtful reply, but slight enlargement if the image clearly shows a six sided nut with a bolt in the center that is turned against a five point star cast in the yoke.

    • #13654
      stevezak
      Member

      Yes, I see the nut with the enlargement. Thx for the correction. What did you do with this bell ? I hope it is displayed for all to see and not hidden in a barn again.

    • #13655
      R.Uritis
      Participant

      Steve,

      Not quite a barn… the new location is our primitive tent camp, more correctly, the mess tent, here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The frame comes apart for easy transport, and a local blacksmith made the pivots. The best way to call family and friends for a fireside dinner! R.

    • #13656
      stevezak
      Member

      That looks great. Very nice display. If you never tried it before and you want to keep that mirror finish, NeverDull is a cotton wading polish that is simply amazing. Most auto stores carry this. Some day when I get some time I will post a pic of one of the older Loco bells I have. I believe it is from the civil war era from a Rogers Loco.
      Take care, Steve

    • #13657
      hjlong
      Member

      Steve,
      I also have a Rogers Locomotive Bell similar to that seen on Rogers 119 at Promontory Point Utah. It is beautiful with an elaborate scroll work bracket and bronze fittings. It is mounted on a 1/2 inch steel plate and wheels that allow it to remain indoors. These early locomotive bells are truly treasures.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13658
      stevezak
      Member

      [attachment=1:2pvfh5sh]So fancy 14.jpg[/attachment:2pvfh5sh][attachment=0:2pvfh5sh]oldest bell stras.jpg[/attachment:2pvfh5sh]
      I have been collecting Loco bells for some time. I have also been collecting Loco Bell Pics (which are much cheaper) for a few years also. These two yoke mounts are similiar to the pic posted above. If anyone would like to describe their bell and would like to see a similiar pic, I will look through the collection and post. I have quite a few different styles covering many years of STEAM LOCO production.
      Steve

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