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    • #24366
      1Hampton
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      Hello All,

      I am trying to identify the bell in the images I have attached. It was my Uncle’s who passed away several years ago. Now my Aunt who is not the most computer friendly by any means, has asked for my to try and find some information about it. Thus far my research has led me here and I am reaching out to this community for some much need insight. The bell itself is probably 100+lbs, and the diameter of the mouth is 15″in.

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    • #24372
      Garry
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      Hello to you Hampton1!

      What a neat looking bell. It looks like you have most likely a fire truck bell, but it could be a train engine bell too, we would need to see better photos of the mounting.

      Have a look at this, what you do think? Is it a match?

      Garry

      • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by Carolyn Whitlock. Reason: Picture edited because it came from a commerical site with bells for sale
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    • #24418
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I am quite sure you have a brass railroad engine bell. Look at he bottom of the round cast iron mount. Is it concave upward? If so, it came from a steam locomotive. If it is flat, it likely came from a diesel locomotive. I do not collect locomotive bells, although I have owned a few. There are people who could likely tell you what railroad the bell came from based on the numbers on the top of the bell. I have not collected or studied those records. — Neil Goeppinger

    • #24420
      PRRcollector
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      Yes, it’s a steam locomotive bell. The numbers stamped into the bell would be the number of the locomotive. The numbers on the bottom of the bracket are just casting pattern numbers. You would have to know the railroad name to find the type of steam locomotive.

    • #24422
      nightflier51
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      I have one that size. It sounds the musical note of D ….Most of this type does not have audible other partial notes but D is most heard. Others, you can hear the other notes along with main note like a chord.

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