After years of looking for a reasonably priced locomotive bell I have been offered one that is brass/bronze and 12″ x 12″ at a reasonable price. I can find not markings on the bell, but it certainly appears to have the age and wear. However it does not have a clapper or the nut that secures it, just the bell. If I buy this bell, is it possible to find a reproduction or replacement clapper? Or should I just continue to hold out for one with everything intact? Thanks,
When a locomotive bell was separated from its yoke and bracket, it was probably destined for scrap. It will be quite difficult to get the appropriate clapper, yoke, and bracket for this bell. As is, it is probably worth about $500-$750. EWith all of the hardware, it would be worth about $1200-$1500. If you want the bell, accept it as is and keep on looking for an intact Locomotive bell.
Harry Long, MD
This is probably a diesel bell if it’s 12″ diameter. Most of them are mounted under the locomotive and never have a yoke. They have air ringers. I often see the 12″ diesel bells on ebay with the ringer sellinng around $200. I have also seen just the ringer on ebay.
There’s an outfit in ME. which will have a clapper and other parts cast for you. I had one done for about 200.00 if you are interested – firstname.lastname@example.org
I found the name and address!!! Scanmix Corp, 36Hogan Rd., Lewiston, ME 04240. PH. 207 782 1885. Good Luck