July 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm #12097
I have (I think) a locomotive bell. Does anyone know what L52 means?
July 9, 2012 at 9:47 pm #17093GarryParticipant
Hope you become a regular member!
If you can post a photo or two of the bell, that would help in the identification for you.
also the size and composition of the bell & clapper is good to know.
What is the Skirt Diameter? The height? Type of Clapper?
While it’s not 100% definitive, (what ever is?
) the Strong (rare earth type) magnetic / color tests can often help distinguish some types:
Does it hold a magnet Strongly (Iron bell), Brassy colored and holds it weakly (bronze bell), Brassy Colored and doesn’t hold a strong magnet at all (Brass), or Copper colored (copper).
L52 could mean a lot of different things, especially where it is marked and how. For example stamped into the bell and clapper both? Painted on the side? …
If it is a locomotive bell, it could stand for the size put on by the manufacturer or perhaps stamped / painted on the side by the Company to indicate that it belonged to Locomotive #52. BUT remember I am only giving examples here! Without knowing more, or having photos of all the relevant parts, all we can do is give possibilities.
But welcome, and we hope to hear back from you with more details!
July 11, 2012 at 12:50 am #17094
I have pictures but, apparently, they’re too large to post.
Do you have any recommendations as to how to do this?
July 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm #17095Willie B. HerdParticipant
Hi Jerry, U can reduce the size of the pics in your PC before posting them here….also, U could create a photobucket account…it’s an image hosting web-site, then U just post a link, and U don’t use up memory on your PC. 💡
July 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm #17096
Thanks Willie and Garry.
Garry, thanks for your response–I finally got some pictures posted.
The bell is in storage right now and I won’t be able to get access ’till later in the summer. However, recollection tells me diameter is at least 18-20 inches and the heights is approximately 24 inches (these are minimums).
My dad had it in his yard but not sure where he had found it!
(pls let me know if there’s a problem opening this link–as I said, I’m new to this)!
July 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm #17097Willie B. HerdParticipant
U are welcome, pics look good!
Definitely a Railroad bell, made of brass. L52 is probably a casting number….are there any other numbers on the bell/hardware???
July 27, 2012 at 7:20 am #17098RockinEZParticipant
What an interesting bell. Great photos.
Please post any information you obtain.
The history is the fun part!
July 28, 2012 at 7:30 pm #17099
Thanks everyone–appreciate your help!
I’ll take a better look at it when I’m back in my hometown to visit the relatives although I don’t think that there are any other numbers on it.
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