NEED HELP ON ID FOR OUR BELL
June 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm #12085lisaabbottParticipant
Our church has a 17″ bronze bell that we believe was taken from a train originally.
On the inside of the bell is 12-285-C
on the base is 12-321
on the handle is 12-322
on the top is 12-323
inside the bell is Indianopolis Trans devices – [this is on the ringer]
June 14, 2012 at 10:30 pm #17072jackbellParticipant
Lisa: It’s possible you have a brass bell that was donated from a scrapped locomotive. Please post a photo.
June 15, 2012 at 2:02 am #17073lisaabbottParticipant
Here are pics.
Thank you for your help.
June 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm #17074Willie B. HerdParticipant
I believe it’s a RR bell also, looks like it has a compressed-air actuated (pneumatic) ringer, (clapper) as well as the inside clapper. Indianapolis Trans Devices is a good place to start- the numbers on the Yoke and Cradle are casting #’s, and may help….and the #’s on the inside of the Bell most likely are also. (Look for a # stamped into top of bell, this would be the engine # the Bell came off of.)
Also, try these websites for more info….railroadiana.org for Locomotive Bells, Lanterns, info, etc. Also has a search feature for names of RR lines.
bellsandbirmans.com Mostly Locomotive, he also buy and sells bells…also sells yokes, cradles, spare parts, etc. Polishing services offered. EXTENSIVE INFO. ON ELECTRO-MOTIVE DIVISION LOCOMOTIVE BELL IDENTIFICATION
June 16, 2012 at 12:54 am #17075hjlong3Participant
This is a railroad bell. It looks like the bell has been painted rather than leaving it to its natural polished brass finish. The steel bracket needs paint but the bell should be left with a natural finish.
Harry Long, MD
September 20, 2012 at 9:57 pm #17076sunlanderParticipant
This is a front-mount steam locomotive bell. That is, it was mounted on the front of the engine, rather than on the top of the boiler as was traditional for most engines. This would make it a larger type locomotive that it adorned. Because of the position, a bell rope would not be satisfactory and a pneumatic ringer was fitted. It is not possible to identify the railroad or engine. It seems that most bells had no such identifying marks. Nice bell!
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