I am giving my dad this bell for a retirement gift. I was told it was a railroad bell and I would possibly like some more information about the bell. Possibly what era it was from(late 1800’s early 1900’s mid 1900’s etc) what kind of locomotive it came off of etc. Any thoughts or additional information would be very appreciated.
The basic information I can gather about the bell are:
Bell diameter: 14″
Bell Height: 11″
It has a 28 cast on the left and right side of the yoke.
It is a railroad bell and came off of a steam locomotive. This would have been pre-WWII as diesel-electric locomotives replaced coal-powered steam engines in the 1940s. The base is rounded to mount on the boiler casing. The bell appears to be angled rather than vertical and therefore probably mounted on the very front of the locomotive. Perhaps one of our railroadiana viewers will be able to identify the actual railroad or engine type.
Harry Long, MD