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    • #11068
      dunrobin
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      I have recently acquired what I am sure is a salesman’s sample of a pre-air operated PRR bell. I believe it is a from before PRR started to make their own bells. It is identical to the real thing. Including bearing cap bolts and oil ports. The bearings split too. Has anyone ever seen one of these. It is 6 3/4″ tall. I can not find any information on them anywhere.

      Thank you.

    • #14480
      hjlong
      Member

      Do you have a picture. This would be helpful. PRR did not sell RRBells and I do not know why they would have a salesman’s sample. There have been scale models produced through the years, and that is what you probably have. Betty Taylor had 1/4 scale models made several years ago and sold them to ABA members. It did not have the hydraulic ringing apparatus on it. There was also a smaller model that did have the hydraulic apparatus on it that was sold about the same time, but I do not know who produced them.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14481
      dunrobin
      Participant

      I will get a photo in here this weekend. The wooden bell mount made of oak is dated Dec 1974. So the bell was mounted on a wood stand in 74. This bell is identical in every way to the real thing. There is a name and number scribed inside the bell. It says “gresler 134”. Maybe this means something. Did PRR not start producing their own bells until 22′? I have a keystone publication that says something to that effect I am sure. I will have to double check. It will be interesting to find out either way for sure. Thank you for the info.

    • #14482
      dunrobin
      Participant

      Here’s some photo’s.

      The rope arms have been broken off but nothing I can’t fix. When I’m done no on will ever have known. Unless it is a salesman’s sample. Then I am not sure if I should touch it. We will find out. Thanks. I’ll be looking for a 1/4 scale steam locomotive to go under it if anyone knows of one. 🙂

    • #14483
      PRRcollector
      Participant

      These are reproduction PRR bells made by Giesler Engineering, Lenni,Pa. I have his advertisement dated 1980. He made 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, and full size bells. I believe the company is still in business producing motorcycle products and other items.

    • #14484
      dunrobin
      Participant

      Thank you very much. I did some research and found PRR made their own hardware from day one. Will make a nice conversation piece. What were they sold for in 1980? Thanks again!

    • #14485
      hjlong
      Member

      This is the 1/4 scale bell. Betty Taylor, late member of the ABA, had several of these made and sold them to ABA members. I did not know where she purchased them, but hers were this same Geisler bell. It does not have a hydraulic ringing apparatus, but rather was rope activated. Betty’s bells were slightly different as they had only the single rope arm and were specific for a locomotive that was built at the Altoona Works of PRR.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14486
      dunrobin
      Participant

      Thank you for all that have replied. Greatly appreciated!

    • #14487
      PRRcollector
      Participant

      I have one of the !/4 scale bells that Betty Taylor had made. I believe she told me they were made by a retired foundry employee of the PRR. The bell has the low mount style bracket used on the PRR K4 and other locomotives. The 1/4 scale Giesler reproduction bell has the higher boiler mount and was modeled after those used on the older PRR steam locomotives. The Giesler prices in 1980 were $125 for 1/4 size, $375 for 1/2 size, $695 for 3/4 size and $1095 for full size. He had them all on display at the Rough & Tumble steam tractor show in Kinzer, Pa. in the late 1970s. They are beautiful reproductions and marked with Giesler and a serial number as you see on your bell.
      I never bought one because I had an original full size PRR bell of the same style with the two rope pulls which I found at an antique shop near Lancaster, Pa. in 1960 for $125.

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