CPR Brass Steam Locomotive

Bell #2329/2515/2552/2207

Of the twenty bells that I purchased from CP Bygones back in 1977, this bell is by far the rarest, having been installed on four different CPR lcomotives!

CPR locomotive #2329 was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Angus Shops, Montreal, Quebec in 1926.  This locomotive had a relatively short life and was scrapped in 1941 after only 15 years in service.  The bell was kept as a spare and was then installed on CPR #2515 and this locomotive was scrapped in 1950.  The bell was saved again and then installed on CPR #2552 until it was scrapped in 1956.  The bell was finally installed on CPR #2207 until that locomotive's retirement in 1959 when it was then scrapped.  The wooden crate shipped to me in 1977 has the number 2207 on the crate and the tag (see photo # 3) on the stem when the crate was opened which would certify that #2207 was the last locomotive on which this bell was installed.  The bell will be shipped in the original crate together with the tag and clapper assembly. - Craig McDowall


CPR usually stamped every bell with the locomotive number on which it was installed. One can often observe the renumbering history of locomotives reflected on the bell. In this case, the bell carries FOUR numbers, which in no way reflect any locomotive renumbering history.

The numbers 2207, 2329, and 2552 are clear and unambiguous. Number 2515 is not as obvious. the “515” portion, though not of best quality, is unambiguous. The preceding digit is definitely not a “1”, cannot be a 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 since CP never ran any steam locomotive with numbers 4515, 5515, 6515, 7515, 8515 or 9515. The only 2 possibilities are 2515 (a Pacific type) and 3515 (a Consolidation type). Seeing as the other clearly stamped for digit numbers are all Pacific type locomotives, I believe the stamped number is in fact, 2515. And upon very close examination the number appears to be a 2 rather than a 3.

With this in mind, I have examined the history of each of those 4 locomotive numbers and believe the following to be the history of this bell:

The bell was originally affixed to locomotive 2329 when it was built in 1926. This locomotive had a relatively short life. It was scrapped in 1941 after a mere 15 years of service. The bell was likely in very good shape at that point and was kept as a “spare." Sometime after 1941, it was installed on locomotive 2515. Locomotive 2515 was scrapped in 1950. The bell was again saved and eventually installed on 2552 until it was scrapped in 1956. The bell then was finally moved to locomotive 2207 until that locomotive’s retirement and scrapping in 1959.

History and details about locomotives for this bell, courtesy Ray Verdone of cprsteam.org


Bell dimensions: 12" high & 16" diameter at the rim. Bell will be shipped in original wooden crate as delivered by CPR in the 1970's. Second box will contain the yoke assembly, photos of locomotive (if available), history sheet together with an assembly DVD. . Please contact for shipping estimate. Extra charges for customs will apply if a US buyer.

Please note that these bells have been lightly polished but most may have some nicks etc. due to decades of use especially around the bottom rims of the bells.


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yoke with bell

photo pack 4

photo pack 4

 

#2329

This locomotive was built by ALCO - The Locomotive & Machine Company of

Montreal, later Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), Montreal, Quebec, August 1926.

Its builder's plate number was 66767.
It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date (August 1926).
It was scrapped September 1941 after 15 years and 1 month of service.
Locomotive CP2329 was of class G3d.pe. Class D10g

 

2329

Photographer: Unknown
Contributor: Craig McDowall
Toronto - 1933 - Stan Styles Collection


Pacific-Type-Class-G3d

2329 specs

 

2329 mark

Photographer: Craig McDowall
Contributor: Craig McDowall


One of 4 marks on this bell.

 

 

#2515


CP2515 was originally built as number CP1165.

It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date (June 1907).
CP1165 was changed December 1910: - CP1165 was renumbered to CP1115.
CP1115 was changed December 1912:

- Driver diameter was increased from 69 to 70 inches.

- CP1115 was renumbered to CP2515.
CP2515 was changed August 1929:

- Cylinder dimensions were changed from 21x28 to 22.5x28 inches.

- The locomotive was reclassified from G2c to G2r.
It was scrapped March 1950 after 42 years and 9 months of service.
Locomotive CP2515 was of class G2c.

2329

Photographer: Unknown
Contributor: Stan F Styles (GTC Collectibles)
Kentville NS - June 1946 - J Pratt Photo


Pacific-Type-Class-G2c

2329 specs

 

2329 mark

 

Photographer: Craig McDowall
Contributor: Craig McDowall


One of 4 marks on this bell. The preceding digit 2 is not visible in the photo but is discernible.

 

 

#2552


This locomotive was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Company,

Angus Shops, Montreal, Quebec, March 1909.
It was not given a builder's plate number.
It entered CPR service from Montreal & Atlantic Railway Company

formerly numbered 2552, sometime during 1932, as CP2552.
This locomotive left CPR service and went to Dominion Atlantic

Railway Company (DAR) as number 2552, May 1937.
Locomotive DAR 2552 returned to CPR service from Dominion

Atlantic Railway Company as CP2552, July 1947.
It was scrapped July 1956 after 47 years and 4 months of service.
Locomotive CP2552 was of class G2s.

2329

Photographer: G.Parkes
Contributor: Stan F Styles (GTC Collectibles )
Truro Nova Scotia - June 1948


Pacific-Type-Class-G2s

2329 specs

 

2329 mark

 

Photographer: Craig McDowall
Contributor: Craig McDowall

One of 4 marks on this bell.

 

 

#2207


This locomotive was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Company,

Angus Shops, Montreal, Quebec, October 1907.
It was not given a builder's plate number.
CP2207 was originally built as number CP1107.
It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date (October 1907).
CP1107 was changed November 1910: - CP1107 was renumbered to CP1007.
CP1007 was changed August 1913: - CP1007 was renumbered to CP2207.
CP2207 was changed October 1928: - Cylinder dimensions were changed from

21x28 to 22.5x28 inches. - The locomotive was reclassified from G1d to G1s.
It was scrapped August 1959 after 51 years and 10 months of service.
Locomotive CP2207 was of class G1d.minion Atlantic

Railway Company (DAR) as number 2552, May 1937.
Locomotive DAR 2552 returned to CPR service from Dominion

Atlantic Railway Company as CP2552, July 1947.
It was scrapped July 1956 after 47 years and 4 months of service.
Locomotive CP2552 was of class G2s.

2329

Photographer: Unknown
Contributor: Craig McDowall
Smith Falls - June 1958 - Stan Styles Collection


Pacific-Type-Class-G1d

2329 specs

 

2329 mark

Photographer: Craig McDowall
Contributor: Craig McDowall

One of 4 marks on this bell.

 

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