CPR Brass Steam Locomotive

Bell #2612/5135

This bell was mounted on two different CPR steam locomotives.  #2612 was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Angus Shops, Montreal, Quebec, April 1912. It was not given a builder's plate number. It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date. It was scrapped in May 1946 after 34 years and 1 months of service. Locomotive CPR2612 was a Pacific, class G2e.


This bell was then installed on CP5135 sometime after that date.  #5135 was a Mikado (2-8-2), class P1e and was originally numbered #5035.  It was scrapped in October 1961 after 48 years and 2 months of service.

Full History

#2612:

This locomotive was built by Canadian Pacific Railway Company, Angus Shops, Montreal, Quebec, April 1912. It was not given a builder's plate number. CP2612 was originally built as number CP1212. It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date (April 1912). CP1212 was changed January 1914: - Driver diameter was increased from 69 to 70 inches. - CP1212 was renumbered to CP2612. CP2612 was changed January 1931: - The locomotive was reclassified from G2e to G2u. It was scrapped May 1946 after thirty-four years and one months of service. Locomotive CP2612 was of Pacific class G2e.

#5135:

This locomotive was built by ALCO - The Locomotive & Machine Company of Montreal, later Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW), Montreal, Quebec, August 1913. Its builder's plate number was 52722. CP5135 was originally built as number CP5035. It entered CPR service as a brand new locomotive on that date (August 1913). CP5035 was changed September 1927: - Cylinder dimensions were changed from 23.5x32 to 23x32 inches. - The locomotive was reclassified from P1b to P1e. - CP5035 was renumbered to CP5135. It was scrapped October 1961 after 48 years and two months of service. Locomotive CP5135 was of Mikado (2-8-2) class P1e.

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. There are two numbers on this bell. The number 5135 is however quite clear. The number 2612 is also discernible though the 6 leaves a bit to the imagination. Actually the fact that the tag included by CPR at the time they packaged the bell quite clearly indicates 2612 and, one would think, is based on reasonable information at that time.

CPR ran two steam locomotives with the number 2612; one between November 1908 and November 1913. The other ran between January 1914 and May 1946. CPR only ever ran one steam locomotive numbered 5135 and that was between September 1927 until it was scrapped in October 1961. This scrapping date coincides very well with late 50's early 60’s scrapping program which, presumable, was when this bell was saved.

From the evidence of this bell, I would surmise that this bell was first installed on 2612 perhaps after it was renumbered to 2612 in January 1914, (or perhaps during its rebuild in January 1931) until its scrapping date in May 1946. The bell was saved and sometime after that it was installed on 5135 until the locomotive was scrapped in October 1961.

History and details about locomotive CP #2612 & #5135, courtesy Ray Verdone of cprsteam.org


This bell was purchased directly from Canadian Pacific Railway in 1976.  

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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bell

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Photographer: Craig McDowall

The number 2612 is barely discernible but corresponds to the number on the tag.

 

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Photographer/Contributor: Craig McDowall

Clearly discernible as 5135. However the tag clearly identifies this bell as being from 2612.

After over 25 years in storage, this bell sees the light of day again.

Pacific Type. Class G2e

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Source: Stan Styles collection - Contributor: Craig McDowall

Coquitlam – August 1940.

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Photographer: L. A. Stuckey - Contributor: Eugene Connelly

Sutherland Saskatchewan July 1942

Mikado Type. Class P1e

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Source: Stan Styles collection - Contributor: Craig McDowall

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – July 1943.

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