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Re: PC: Check out eBay: Brass Bell Old Penn Central R.R.
- Subject: Re: PC: Check out eBay: Brass Bell Old Penn Central R.R.
- From: "Craig E. Hatter" <ns4610@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 07:03:55 -0500
> I don't think it's a locomotive bell. It's only 10 inches tall.
> Looks like one of the retirement bells they gave to those who were about
> to leave the job.
It's not thick enough at the base to have been a locmotive bell, also all
those ridges on the exterior and of course the lack of air fittings. Having
owned, sold, and brokered a few of these, unless you were there when
they/you removed it from the locomotive and can document such event, these
are very generic and extremely heavy. This goes for diesels, steam is
another story of course. IIRC EMD last used brass circa 1966.
The ex-K&ITRR FM switcher bells were very large with an approximate diameter
of 16" and at least that tall. Employees removed them, turned yokes in the
wood shop to mount them and took them home as trophies. Saw one removed
from a YankeeTown Dock FM once. It was hidden under the front engineers side
pilot step, took the RR employees a couple of days to discover it. Cutting
torch took about 2 minutes, while moving the dead in tow switcher to an
appropriate location took about an hour.
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