Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Fake Brass Railroad Bells

From: "P Janovick"

I found your site while searching for info on a PRR brass bell I bought about 15 years ago. I was told the bell I bought was an authentic rail bell, how can I tell if this is true or if it is one of these fakes? What is the incorrect engraving that I should look for ... or anything else ?

I would appreciate any info you can give me. My grandfather worked on the PRR all his life, and I was hoping this bell (along with other PRR memorabilia that we found after his death ) could be a link to him for his great-grandchildren.

Thank you in advance for your assistance

Patty in Ohio


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

There are many genuine railroad bells around. We have found the following website helpful (although it does not seem to have a section about bells):

Perhaps you could get some assistance from the following:

When making inquiries, you'll need to provide high quality digital photographs of the bell.

5/25/2005 4:34 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

The Brosamers Bell website has a photograph of a bell identified as being from a Pennsylvania Railroad locomotive. Another. A third "PRR" bell. They also make reproduction bells.

Giesler Engineering continues to produce "The Pennsylvania Railroad Bell."

Here is a list of Links to websites featuring railroad related antiques and collectibles.

caveat emptor

5/25/2005 5:08 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "P Janovick"

Thank you so very much for the sites you sent and for your fast response too! This will be a big help. ...


5/25/2005 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Garry Middleton"

Great Site! I'll be spending some time on it.
I was wondering if you could answer one question?
I have a souvenir bell Titled "old Central" "1865-1910" Would that have any significance to this railroad?
To me it looks more like a school bell design with a ring for the top than a railroad bell, but the suggestion was made to check. ...

—Garry Middleton

8/14/2012 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doubt with that inscription that the bell has any relationship to the Central Pacific Railroad.

8/14/2012 7:56 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See fake bells.

8/14/2012 8:05 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See Fakes & Reproductions: Miscellaneous Items.

8/14/2012 8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Garry Middleton"

... The bell in question isn't a real one, but a souvenir about the size of a shot glass. It has a button on the front with the dates in the middle and the words "Old" above, and "Central" below. The 'ring' on the top of the bell is just a molded design. No clapper or even a spot to put one. So it's clearly a commemorative piece, I just don't know for what.

—Garry Middleton

8/14/2012 9:23 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See related discussions.

8/14/2012 9:26 AM  

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