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Protecting a small part of this wonderful era, I am proud to display these bells in my personal collection.

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 rare 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 hand use, this bell is from the 42nd St. Manhattanville & St. Nicholas Ave. Street Railway Company. (New York) An example from the Louisville City Railway (Louisville, Kentucky) Far right: A very old style bell lettered METROPOLITAN RY, city unknown.

Left: Manufactured by Dayton Mfg. Co., this bell served the Detroit City Railway (Detroit, Michigan). Center: A bell from the St. Paul City Railway Company, St. Paul, Minnesota. The top is marked "V&T" identifying it as a product of Vanduzen & Tift (Buckeye Bell Foundry), Cincinatti, Ohio. Center Right, a bell from 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". It is 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. In the center right, an older model bell marked "BUFFALO STrRyCo. EASTSIDE" This was a short, 9 mile line in Buffalo New York. The top is manufacturer marked "N&C NY". This manufacturer does not show up in any of my lists, and info on it would be appreciated! Far right is a bell marked CPRR, which could be Central Passenger Railroad in Louisville Kentucky or Coalville Passenger Railroad in Wilkesbarre 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 of gloppy red and orange 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: Minneapolis Street Ry. 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" for Hartford & Wethersfield Horse Railway Co.

Left and center is a bell that is a mystery. It is marked WCSTRRCC. None of my friends or associates has ever seen a bell marked "CC"; it is always "CO" for company. The initials are West Chicago Street Railroad.....what? Investigation has shown that the West Chicago also operated CABLE CARS. Could that be what the "CC" represents? Some quotes on the subject:
".......a noisy bell was attached to the rear axle of each car"
"........it has been found expedeant 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..."
Thus, there is precedent for such usage. BUT....did they actually have bells marked for the cable car division? I'll keep looking for information. Right: One of only 3 known examples; a 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: Cincinnatti Street Railway, Cincinnatti Ohio. Far Right: Topeka City Railway, Topeka Kansas.

(far left) A much older bell from the 23rd St Railway Co. NY. Note bolder lettering and no handle. (left) Brooklyn City & Newtown. I am told that Newtown was not a place, but rather a stream or creek. This bell also has unusual lettering around the top rim , "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.

A unique, older bell from the Detroit Citizens Street Ry. Co. Enclosed in a special apparatus, it looks to have been modified to hang over the driver, or perhaps at one of the doors, as it has a handle attached to be rung manually.

A 6" piece of track from the horse car railway in Clay Center Kansas circa 1890's.

I am always anxious to aquire new bells for my collection. If you have, or know of any for sale, please contact me using the email link below.

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