The bell is from Santa Fe No. 1137, a 2-6-2 style steam locomotive.
The engine was built in January 1903 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works and was in active service with Santa Fe until it was scrapped in 1953.
On February 1, 1964, the bell was presented to J. E. Lester, the Assistant General Manager in Topeka, upon his retirement after 45 years of service.
The bell was acquired by the Museum in 2014.