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    • #10643
      red33555417
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      Hello All

      My friend has this bell and has had it for many many years in his shop. He is 64 & I am 66. He has no computer access.
      We were sitting around talking and the conversation came to his bell. He told me to take it home, take a picture of it and see what I could find out about it. So, I did!!

      It is 12″ wide, 9″ high. There is no clapper in it, but rather a rough hole in the top. It seems to be made of brass or bronze or whatever bells are made of. What we both thought was different is that it is “rough” with tool? marks on the surface and we thought that bells are supposed to be smooth not rough. Also there are 3 initials on the top around the hole and some numbers. We know nothing of bells, so any info as to age, where it was made, is it worth anything besides scrap, how would you put a clapper in it, any info would be appreciated. I took 3 pics and put them on photobucket, labeled Jims Bell. Here is the link: http://s158.photobucket.com/albums/t114/DongBaThin1965/

      We hope to hear something from somebody as it is interesting as we didn’t know folks collected bells!!

      Thank You,

      Don & Jim

    • #13217
      bobbam
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      It appears to be a former RR locomotive bell (or the major part of one). There should be a heavy (2-3 inch diameter) boss at the top and about 2 inch high (now broken off –and roughly or badly done) for mounting below the engine frame (most likely a diesel locomotive).

      That’s my best guess anyway, having seen a few locomotive bells (and some that were broken ones). We have a RR bell collector in our local chapter, and he may be able to add to this –if he sees this. I’ll ask him to comment when I next see him.

      I’d say it’s only worth scrap value of the metal at a scrap yard, and not much else. Too damaged to add a clapper. Too broken for use and it won’t ever ring. And wouldn’t make even repair parts for anyone.

    • #13218
      Frank
      Participant

      Looks more like cast iron to me. Pity it has been ruined. Doorstop. Nothing more. Sorry.

    • #13219
      red33555417
      Participant

      We appreciate your help in identifying this as a locomotive bell! This is the condition Jim received it in years ago. It appears to be made of brass or bronze or whatever bells are made of rather than cast iron. I turned it upside down on a block of wood, tapped it with a hammer and it has a nice high ring to it! We are thinking about putting a clapper in it some way just to make it ring. Is a clapper made of the same material as the bell or could we use iron to make a clapper? Be kinda nice if we could make it ring again, sorta bring it back to life.
      Also if bobbam’s friend needs to know the number and the initials to help identify the bell they are 3004156 and EMD. Hopefully this will shed some more light on things. Thanks for all your help.
      Don & Jim

    • #13220
      PRRcollector
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      With the numbers and EMD, it’s a newer diesel locomotive bell.

    • #13221
      red33555417
      Participant

      Wow, it has been quite some time since anyone posted to this. Do the letters EMD stand for anything in particular like the foundry name or RR?? Also do the numbers reflect the year it was made? Thank You!

    • #13222
      lucky13
      Member

      If a magnet clings to it it’s steel or iron. If not, it’s brass or bronze. Clappers are nearly always iron or steel. A good machine shop should able to design enough parts to make the bell functional but it will probably be pricey.

    • #13223
      PRRcollector
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      The EMD is Electro Motive Division of General Motors who built the locomotive. The numbers cast into the bell are the part number. It’s the same number on all EMD bells of that type. If you find any numbers stamped into the bell – that could be a locomotive number but I’ve never seen a locomotive number on a diesel bell. Baldwin Locomotive Co. did stamp a code number into their diesel bells that can identify the locomotive. Baldwin used the same code for steam locomotive equipment and numbers are stamped into Baldwin bells, builders plates, number plates etc.

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