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Stephen Piwowarski

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Re: WW&F No. 52 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #60 on: November 30, 2020, 10:06:37 PM »
And just think, those aren't anything more than truck horns. Just imagine if we could get the 5 chime train horn that Maine Narrow Gauge has. I love that thing. Believe it or not, the horns on the 52 should actually be louder than what they are now. The FRA requires a train horn/whistle to be between 90-92 decibals.

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I’ve always been a big fan of the Nathan air whistles that the New Haven used on many of their engines. That being said, I don’t believe that those particular “horns” meet the FRA’s decibel requirement. I think that is why you don’t see many of them operating in preservation.

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« Reply #61 on: November 30, 2020, 10:49:48 PM »
I’ve always been a big fan of the Nathan air whistles that the New Haven used on many of their engines. That being said, I don’t believe that those particular “horns” meet the FRA’s decibel requirement. I think that is why you don’t see many of them operating in preservation.

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Those actually do come in above the minimum requirement, but not overly so. If they didn't then places like Essex wouldn't be allowed to use them.
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« Reply #62 on: November 30, 2020, 10:57:14 PM »


Those actually do come in above the minimum requirement, but not overly so. If they didn't then places like Essex wouldn't be allowed to use them.
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Interesting Bill, when I was working on the Berkshire Scenic, I was under the impression that our FRA inspector wouldn’t allow them for that reason. If they are allowed, that would be such a nice choice for 52. In my opinion, you couldn’t ask for a better sound that isn’t so harsh as to destroy people’s ears on open cars etc.

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« Reply #63 on: November 30, 2020, 11:13:14 PM »
You can always do what we did down in Portland. Rig up a not overly large whistle (the one on #1 right now is a 2.5" live steam whistle from a locomotive I had years ago) to handle the regular operational load and have the loud air horn for emergencies. Works out pretty good for a busy place like Portland and would probably go over well with neighbors on Sunday mornings.
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« Reply #64 on: December 01, 2020, 08:08:56 AM »
We need a horn from an F unit. Sounds like a sax..
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« Reply #65 on: December 01, 2020, 03:38:20 PM »
There are (or at least there were) a couple of Westinghouse air whistles in Alice's Room that would do nicely on No. 52. I have a three-inch Crosby that would probably work, too.