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: Broadway & 7th Ave. RR CO (New York)..... Brooklyn Crosstown RR CO (New York)
... Buffalo Street Railroad Co. (Buffalo, New York)..... Detroit Citizens Street Railway (Detroit, Mi.)

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

Left: This bell is from the Street Railway Co in Greenville South Carolina, a line that
was only 2.25 miles long. It is one of VERY few known to survive...
Center left: a nice example from car builder Waltons Mfg. Works.
Center: Converted for conductors use, this bell is from the 42nd St. Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Ave. St. Ry Co. (NY).
Next, An example from the Louisville City Railway (Louisville, Kentucky)
Far right: A older style bell lettered METROPOLITAN RY, city unknown.

Left: Manufactured by Dayton Mfg. Co., this bell served the Detroit City Railway (Detroit, Michigan).
Center: St. Paul City Railway Company, St. Paul, Minnesota. Top marked "V&T", Vanduzen & Tift (Buckeye Bell Foundry), Cincinnati, OH.
Center Right, Brooklyn City Railroad Company, Brooklyn, NY.
Far Right, A Lewis & Fowler bell with the identification cast around the rim.

Far left is a bell marked"BRK'LYN B'Y RR" from the "Broadway Railway Company of Brooklyn",
one of only two known to be held in collections.
The next bell is marked "B'KLYN N.Y.". and was made by Lewis and Fowler.
Center right, an older model bell marked "BUFFALO STrRyCo. EASTSIDE" This was a short, 9 mile line in Buffalo New York.
The top marked "N&C NY", for the Nichols & Clarke foundry, the only example of this maker I have encountered.
Far right is a bell marked CPRR, which could be Central Passenger Railroad in Louisville Kentucky
or Coalville Passenger Railroad in Wilkes-barre Pennsylvania.

Left:A bell from the Wm. McKenna & Son foundry. Center: a piece from car builder Edward C. White.
Right: Broadway & Newburg Railroad Co., Cleveland Ohio., Far right: Central Passenger RR, Toledo Ohio.

Far Left:A third variation from Louisville marked "Lou. City Railway"
Near left: Hiding under two coats paint was this beauty, from the West Chicago Street Railroad Company.
Center: Third Avenue Railroad Company, New York.
Next are 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: Atlantic Avenue Railroad Company, Brooklyn, NY.
Center: Saginaw Street R.R. Co., Saginaw Michigan.
Right: Union Railroad Company, Providence, Rhode Island
Far right: Brooklyn St. RR Co.

Left: Lynn & Boston Railroad Company, Boston, Mass.
Center: Fair Haven & Westville, New Haven, Connecticut.
Right: Rochester City & Brighton, Rochester, New York.
Far right: Citizens St. Ry., Springfield, Ohio

All from New York, here are examples from,
Left: Coney Island & Brooklyn.
Center: A bell from car builder John Stephenson Ltd.
Right: From the foundry of Pugh & Russell
Far right: Another variation from the "Buffalo Eastside St. RR. Co.

Left:23rd Street Railway, Manhattan, New York
Next: Second Avenue Railway, New York,
Center: marked "Pat'd Jan 21, 1890"
Right: marked "Dayton Mfg. Co."
Far right: 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.

The bell left and center is marked WCSTRRCC. I have never seen a bell marked "CC"; it is always "CO" for company.
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.
Right: One of only 3 known examples; FREDERICK AVENUE ST RY of St. Joseph, Missouri

Left :Atlanta Str. Ry Co., Atlanta GA.
Left Center: Bushwick R.R. Co., Brooklyn, New York.
Right: Cincinnati Street Railway, Cincinnati Ohio.
Far Right: Topeka City Railway, Topeka Kansas.

(Far left) An older bell from the 23rd St Railway Co. NY. Note bolder lettering and no handle.
Left: Brooklyn City & Newtown. It is believed that Newtown was not a place, but rather a stream or creek.
Top rim is marked "MANF' BY J. J. WALTON, N.Y." Center: Hartford St. Ry. Co.
Right: One of only two examples known, from car builder Union Street Car Co.
Far right: Another variation from this N.Y. line marked EAST SIDE & BUFFALO ST. RY. CO.

Left: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.
Right: A third variation of the "Pat. Jan 21 1890 bell, This one has no '18', only the '90'.

Left: This bell is marked City Railway Co.
Center left: Coney Island & Brooklyn RR.
Center: Central Park North & East River. Center right: H&W Horse Railroad Co.
Far right: A bell marked HERDIC (car builder).

Left: a bell from A.D.Jacobus (car builder)
Near left: Minneapolis St. Railway Co (More-Jones foundry)
Center: Richmond City RR Co.
Near right: Geo. W. Nock (foundry).
Far right: Lyne Mfg. Co. (car builder)

Left: This bell is marked Louisville Rwy. Co.
Center left:Little Rock St.Rwy. Co. (Version 1)
Center: Canal & Claiborne.
Center right: BRS (Boston Railway Signal).
Far right: Buffalo St. R.R. Co..

Left: This bell is from BCR (Brooklyn City & Ridgewood).
Center left: Birmingham Street Railway.
Center: Broadway Railroad.
Center right: L&AH RR Co. (Lewiston & Auburn Horse RR Co).
Far right: New Orleans City Railway

Left: This bell is marked ERR for Evansville RR.
Center: ENTERPRISE Ry. Co. of Charleston S.C.
Right: Little Rock Street Railway (Version 2)

Far left: Metropolitan Street Railway, Atlanta GA.
Near left:: Louisville City Railway
Center: V&T (Vanduzen & Tift)
Near Right: Niagara Falls & Suspension Bridge Railroad, Niagara Falls, New York.
Far right: Buffalo Railway Co., Buffalo, New York.


Far left: Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.2)
Near left: Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.3)
Center right: Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.4)
Far Right: Bushwick RR CO (Var.2)

Left: 3rd Avenue Railway (Var.2)
Center: 2nd Avenue Railway (Var.2)
Right: Hartford & Wethersfield (Var.5)

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 beauty comes from outside the U.S. It is marked
It comes from Sao Paulo Brazil and was made by Walton Mfg. Co. NY


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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