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Old 06-23-2010, 02:17:22 AM
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Hi There:
I've been asked by a friend of a friend to dig up some info on his 22hp Robert Bell portable, as the owner isn't really a steam person, or someone who's terribly internet friendly. The engine number plate has disappeared into the mists of time, but I did get the boiler numbers off the back.

From top to bottom:
1935A (Is this an Alberta boiler #?)
TP 240
WP 160 (these are obvious)
21/10/14 (date of first inspection /registration I'm thinking?)
G.M.G.

The above are all encased in a punched square. On the top center of the back of the boiler is the number 320, stamped in as well.

He's wondering the following:
-history of this particular engine?
-does anyone have any parts books/catalogues that might help with the re-plumbing?
-it's missing it's governor-would anyone know what size/type should be on this engine?

Any and all help would be appreciated-I'm sure someone out east must have some info on these machines!

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Colin
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Old 06-23-2010, 01:24:02 PM
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Default Re: Info needed for Robert Bell Portable

CF,
As a rule, I think the Alberta brand was an A inside a circle.
Attached picture is from a later catalogue, maybe 1920 as it shows the Bell gas tractors. But they made portable engines right up into the late 40s or 50s and are still making boilers for industry and traction engines!
http://www.boilersmith.com/
Bell usually had Gardener governors though earlier catalogues mention Waters as well. Not sure of the size for that hp engine. Piping shows up in the picture below but I have seen some where the feedwater pipes go up the side of the barrel a ways and plumb in there (below the motor location).
Recall this thread up next week as some of the Searsons might see it. They are probably on their way to Wauseon as we speak. They have a big Bell portable. You might find some more info here:
http://www.smokstak.com/forum/showth...Bells+Swell%21
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Default Re: Info needed for Robert Bell Portable

I'm bumping this up to the top of the page to see if anyone else has any ideas (and.or know of a source for Robt. Bell boiler blueprints-Boilersmith didn't seem to have anything?)

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Hey Colin,

Now that you have friends in "low/high" places, did you find this information?

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I haven't actually found much more about it, although I have since found a Waterous engine up in the interior of BC with a similar stamping (****A), so I'm not quite sure what is up there. Hopefully the BC Safety Authority is done with their computer upgrade so I can try to pull info on that boiler number, see if they have anything in the dusty archives
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Bump. Were you successful?
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Default Re: Info needed for Robert Bell Portable

Robert bell had al the info on there engines in 1979 as dad had the history on 21 our portable and 24 contractors special from them while getting a new boiler or our 18 watterloo . surly someone still has that why would they toss it that late ?good luck
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I called them about 4 weeks ago about a project of mine and they said when they finally made the switch from traction engines/portables and boilers for plants, to just the boilers for plants they got rid of most of the stuff. -Mike
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I wasn't successful with my initial inquiries at Robert Bell, and the BCSA was less than helpful, so we didn't really pursue it further. I should try again-I know some people who have had some luck (?) with getting info on Robt Bell recently, so I've got a few emails out.
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