Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

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Metra210
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Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

Post by Metra210 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 8:48 pm

Yesterday, as I was filming the morning rush period on the Metra BNSF Line at the Brookfield station, an inbound express train passed through the station, the leading cab car sounding its bell as usual. The steel bells on most, if not all, Metra cab cars were manufactured by EMD, and the sound that they produce greatly resembles that produced by the bells on Metra F40PH locomotives. I have a video of the train with an odd-sounding bell, and below is the link to the video. Skip to 0:40 to hear the sound of the bell. Does anyone know what kind of bell that may have been on this Metra cab car?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RymYmxo4jN8
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metra104
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Re: Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

Post by metra104 » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:48 pm

Metra210 wrote:Yesterday, as I was filming the morning rush period on the Metra BNSF Line at the Brookfield station, an inbound express train passed through the station, the leading cab car sounding its bell as usual. The steel bells on most, if not all, Metra cab cars were manufactured by EMD, and the sound that they produce greatly resembles that produced by the bells on Metra F40PH locomotives. I have a video of the train with an odd-sounding bell, and below is the link to the video. Skip to 0:40 to hear the sound of the bell. Does anyone know what kind of bell that may have been on this Metra cab car?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RymYmxo4jN8
The bell you heard is from a former 8200 Series Cab Car

metra209
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Re: Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

Post by metra209 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:35 am

The only cab car to have that former BN or 8200 bell is 8473. Its been having it for at least a few years now, however it probably will lose it once it has been rebuilt.

larry84988
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Re: Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

Post by larry84988 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:09 am

The cabcar 8473 has a brass bell presumably from a ex-CB&Q cabcar which previously had one but for whatever reasons got a steel bell in place of the brass bell. This video shows an ex-CB&Q cabcar with a steel bell at 11:51 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vUhTfSc_2A

EJ&ESDM809
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Re: Weird-Sounding Bell On Metra Cab Car

Post by EJ&ESDM809 » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:47 pm

I saw that cab car fly through Westmont a few weeks ago on a inbound deadhead, sounded neat at speed!

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