Bell Geared Steam Locomotive
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Geared Steam Locomotive Works

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Boiler

"The boiler is made of the best grade fire-box steel with cold drawn seamless steel tubes expanded and beaded in to each head.  It is quickly fired, easily cleaned and gives a high pressure super-heated steam." 230d


Burner & Fire-box

"The Bell Oil Burning Steam Geared Locomotive is designed from the ground up to burn fuel efficiently and is in no sense converted nor adapted.  The burner and fire-box are of our patented type, extremely economical and efficient in its use of fuel".

"We have spent many years in experimenting with oil burners and as a result of these experiments and much practical experience we have developed a very efficient burner.  It is easily operated and adjusted to condition of work.  Burner for kerosene, fuel oil, distillate and the heavier grades of Mexican and Texan crude petroleum will be installed as specified.  The fire-box is designed to secure complete combustion, and the quantity of air easily regulated to suit condition for underground, sea-level and altitude work". 230d



230p

Engine

"The Bell Engine, illustrated on this page, is geared direct to the axle.  It has but few moving parts, runs in oil in an enclosed mud and dust proof case.  This engine being geared direct to the axle and even pull or "torque" is secured with a consequent 50% greater haulage capacity than the direct connected locomotives of equal weight" 230d


Roller Bearings

Were applied to all moving surfaces except the pistons and crossheads. 230d



Smoke Box Door

The smoke box doors were hinged on the left so the door would open to the left.   The vast majority other North American steam locomotive builders designed their doors to open to the right.   A few exceptions were some locomotives built for the United States Army  and  Denver and Rio Grande Western.   Some "gypsy" locomotives were built with the door hinged to open from the bottom.   


Note:  Text in DARK RED is a direct transcription from the indicated source / reference.

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