I have been told that this group of bells is the largest documented collection
of its type in the U.S.. It is my pleasure to share it with you here.

Left to right:
1] Broadway & 7th Ave. RR CO (New York)
2] Brooklyn Crosstown RR CO (New York)
3] Buffalo Street Railroad Co. (Buffalo, New York)
4] Detroit Citizens Street Railway (Detroit, Mi.)

Left to right:
1] Chicago West Division Railway
2] Chigago West Div. version 2 (Chicago Il.)
3] Dry Dock, East Broadway & Battery Ry. (New York),
4] Louisville Railway (Louisville, Ky).

Left to right:
1] A bell from the Street Railway Co, Greenville South Carolina, a line only 2.25 miles long. One of VERY few known to survive.
2] An example from car builder Waltons Mfg. Works.
3] Converted for conductors use, this bell is from the 42nd St. Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Ave. St. Ry Co. (NY).
4] Next, An example from the Louisville City Railway (Louisville, Kentucky)
5] A older style bell lettered METROPOLITAN RY, city unknown.

Left to right:
1] Manufactured by Dayton Mfg. Co., this bell served the Detroit City Railway (Detroit, Michigan).
2] St. Paul City Railway Company, St. Paul, Minnesota. Top marked "V&T", Vanduzen & Tift
3] Brooklyn City Railroad Company, (Ver.1) Brooklyn, NY.
4] A Lewis & Fowler bell with the identification cast around the rim.
5] One of only 3 known examples; FREDERICK AVENUE ST RY of St. Joseph, Missouri

Left to right:
1]"BRK'LYN B'Y RR" from the "Broadway Railway Company of Brooklyn", one of only two known to be held in collections.
2]"B'KLYN N.Y.".. made by Lewis and Fowler.
3] an older model bell marked "BUFFALO STrRyCo. EASTSIDE", a 9 mile line in Buffalo NY, top marked "N&C NY",
(Nichols & Clarke foundry) the only example of this maker I have found.
4]A bell marked CPRR, which could be Central Passenger Railroad in Louisville Kentucky
or Coalville Passenger Railroad in Wilkes-barre Pennsylvania.

Left to right:
1] A bell from the Wm. McKenna & Son foundry.
2] A piece from car builder Edward C. White.
3] Broadway & Newburg Railroad Co., Cleveland Ohio.,
4] Central Passenger RR, Toledo Ohio.

Left to right: 1] A third variation from Louisville marked "Lou. City Railway"
2] Hiding under two coats paint was this beauty, from the West Chicago Street Railroad Company.
3] Third Avenue Railroad Company, New York.
4-5 ] Two bells from Lewis & Fowler Mfg. Co. Both marked "PAT JAN 21, 1890"on top edge.
First measures 2 3/4" at the bottom and 2 1/2" tall. Far right is 3 3/8 at bottom, 3 1/4" tall.

Left to right:
1] Atlantic Avenue Railroad Company, Brooklyn, NY.
2] Saginaw Street R.R. Co., Saginaw Michigan.
3] Union Railroad Company, Providence, Rhode Island
4] Brooklyn St. RR Co.

Left to right:
1] Lynn & Boston Railroad Company, Boston, Mass.
2] Fair Haven & Westville, New Haven, Connecticut.
3] Rochester City & Brighton, Rochester, New York.
4] Citizens St. Ry., Springfield, Ohio

All from New York, here are examples from,
1] Coney Island & Brooklyn.
2] Car builder John Stephenson Ltd.
3] Pugh & Russell Foundry
4] Another variation from the "Buffalo Eastside St. RR. Co.

Left to right:
1] 23rd Street Railway, Manhattan, New York
2] Second Avenue Railway, New York,
3] top marked "Pat'd Jan 21, 1890"
4] marked "Dayton Mfg. Co."
5] Marked "H&W H RY CO" (Var.1) for Hartford & Wethersfield Horse Railway Co.
(Four more variations of H&W bells are shown farther below.)

This bell is marked WCSTRRCC. I have never seen a bell with the "CC" designation.
The lettering is for the West Chicago Street Railroad. Research shows this line also operated CABLE CARS;
perhaps that is what the "CC" represents. Following are some quotes on the subject:
".......a noisy bell was attached to the rear axle of each car"
"........it has been found expedient to attach a bell to the revolving axle of the cars as a warning to keep clear"
"........some cable lines put bells on the axles of their cars"
".......two alarm bells clamped to the front axle of each car..."
So, there are indications bells were used in this way. But, I can not confirm if they actually used bells marked just for the cable cars.

Left to right
1] Atlanta Str. Ry Co., Atlanta GA.
2] Bushwick R.R. Co., Brooklyn, New York.
3] Cincinnati Street Railway, Cincinnati Ohio.
4] Topeka City Railway, Topeka Kansas.
5.Brooklyn City & Newtown RR CO (Ver.2)

Left to right:
1] An older bell from the 23rd St Railway Co. NY. Note bolder lettering and no handle.
2] Brooklyn City & Newtown. (Newtown may not have been a place, but rather a stream or creek) Top marked "MANF' BY J. J. WALTON, N.Y."
3] Hartford St. Ry. Co.
4] One of only two examples known, from car builder Union Street Car Co.
5] Another variation from this N.Y. line marked EAST SIDE & BUFFALO ST. RY. CO.

Left to right:
1] A unique, older bell from the Detroit Citizens Street Ry. Co. Hung by a special apparatus, it may have been modified
to hang above the driver, or perhaps it was to be rung by a passenger to signal that they were ready to depart the car.
2] A third variation of the "Pat. Jan 21 1890 bell, This one has no '18', only the '90'.
3] This beauty comes from outside the U.S. It is marked CIA C. de F. de SAO PAULO
It comes from Sao Paulo Brazil and was made by Walton Mfg. Co. NY

Left to right:
1] This bell is marked City Railway Co.
2] Coney Island & Brooklyn RR.
3] Central Park North & East River.
4] H&W Horse Railroad Co.
5] A bell marked HERDIC (car builder).

Left to right:
1] a bell from A.D.Jacobus (car builder)
2] Near left: Minneapolis St. Railway Co (More-Jones foundry)
3] Richmond City RR Co.
4]Geo. W. Nock (foundry).
5] Lyne Mfg. Co. (car builder)

Left to right:
1] This bell is marked Louisville Rwy. Co.
2]Little Rock St.Rwy. Co. (Version 1)
3] Canal & Claiborne.
4] BRS (Boston Railway Signal).
5] Buffalo St. R.R. Co..

Left to right:
1] This bell is from BCR (Brooklyn City & Ridgewood).
2] Birmingham Street Railway.
3] Broadway Railroad.
4] L&AH RR Co. (Lewiston & Auburn Horse RR Co).
5] New Orleans City Railway

Left to right:
1] This bell is marked ERR for Evansville RR.
2] ENTERPRISE Ry. Co. of Charleston S.C.
3] Little Rock Street Railway (Version 2)
4] 3rd Avenue Railway (Var.2)
5] 2nd Avenue Railway (Var.2)
6] Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.5)

Left to right:
1] Metropolitan Street Railway, Atlanta GA.
2] Louisville City Railway
3] V&T (Vanduzen & Tift)
4] Niagara Falls & Suspension Bridge Railroad, Niagara Falls, New York.
5] Buffalo Railway Co., Buffalo, New York.


Left to right:
1] Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.2)
2] Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.3)
3] Center right: Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.4)
4] Bushwick RR CO (Var.2)

Here are 2 unique bells; manufacturers samples used by the foundries that made them.
Left is one marked 42 ST M & ST N AVE RY. The top has not been drilled for a hanger and there is no clapper attached.
Center: a bottom view showing the unfinished undersides.
Right: This one is marked Louisville City Railway [V.6]. Its top is not completed and no hanger or clapper was attached.

This Brooklyn City RR horse car bell serves as a reminder of the transit strike of 1895 in Brooklyn
(then its own city) New York. As the police were greatly outnumbered by the strikers, the National Guard was called in,
which included the 47th Regiment. Who created this item or to whom it was presented is unknown.
It has not been cleaned or modified in any way and is being preserved in 'as found' condition.

This bell intrigues me, but it could be an imposter. The bell looks 'right'... could it have been connected
by a cable or string, on a horse car or trolley, for passengers to signal the driver?
It is included here as a curiousity.


A section of rail from the horse car line in Clay Center, Kansas.
"Clay Center Ry.", Main line 2 miles, gauge 4 ft 8 1/2 in., rail 21 lbs.
Owned 4 cars, 4 horses and 10 mules.

A rare piece of horse railway history is this ledger book from the Highland Street Railway of Boston.
It records all of their horses, route miles traveled, cars used, etc., and covers the years 1885, 1886 and 1887.

I am always looking for bells and other horse car railway artifacts.
If you have, or know of any for sale, please contact me using the email link below.

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