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How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?


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How many whistles does your collection contain?

Which is your favorite & why?

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Old 11-16-2009, 11:32:58 PM
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I have 3 lunkenheimers, the 4" single chime being my favorite as I know the history of it and it came from the area where i grew up. Makes it a little more special to me compared to the others I guess.
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:57:45 PM
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I bought a 3" 3-chime Buckeye on Ebay last year to replace the screechy 2" penberthy-lunk hybrid on our Case. I love the sound of that Buckeye so much that I bought another one, hopefully for the Huber. I'd still like to hear what Jonas' 4-chime sounds like...
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Beth... I have two favorite whistles. The first is shown at left on my 15hp Case. It is a 4" Buckeye three chime. I've made an optional longer lever to control it, but still have the original. This whistle was the one that was on Dad's 20hp Reeves Highwheeler, so it has much meaning to me.



This isn't a real clear picture of the 4" Buckeye, when on the 20hp Reeves Highwheeler, but this is it.



This last whistle is a three inch single chime, pre-Lunkenheimer steamboat whistle. My dad took it off of the wrecked steamboat, Tacony on the upper Missouri River at UL Bend in about 1920. Tacony was a St. Louis to Fort Benton steamboat. Dad put the whistle on a 20hp Case he operated on the Missouri River bottoms irrigating and threshing.



When the US's largest earthen dam, Fort Peck Reservoir, was completed in the mid-1930s during the Great Depression (See the cover of the first LIFE Magazine), this Case above was trapped below the Missouri Breaks and soon to be covered with water. Dad hiked down there and took the whistle off and put it on 32hp Reeves cc CS #6269. When the engine was traded to Charlie Tyler in 1954, Dad removed the whistle and we put it on the Nichols & Shepard after the trade. As I remember Charlie offered $700 for the whistle, unheard of at that time. Dad refused the sale. One of the last things Dad told me before he died was, "Don't you ever part with the Steamboat Whistle." I promised him I wouldn't. It is in son Mike's posession as I type, but he knows the rules! Gary

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You don't suppose that that Case is still sitting there underwater???
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threecase,
It sure is! I flew the river one year about 30 years ago, when it was a dry year. I'd heard in the past that the smokestack's top would stick above the waterline in a dry year. I never saw the stack, but was busy flying and it is possible that ice took the stack off???

I remember asking Dad why he didn't try to get the Case out of there and he said you'd have had to build a road down the breaks and it would have taken "a D-8" to get it out. Not only did Dad not have the D-8, he didn't have the retrieval money and at that time, that engine was probably considered to be worth about $50? $50 is what the owner of it paid for it, used, about 1920. Don't think I've never considered it, but I was wishing I had a Sikorsky Sky Crane helicopter.
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Here's the steam boat whistle that Dad bought from Walter Knapp. It used to be on a tree with 2 others on Walter's Kitten. They were split up at the auction with neither side agreeing what the other portion was worth.

The Reeves has the capacity to blow it well....as many can attest...it will vibrate the ground.... Here's a clip of it being introduced during the NTA parade by announcer & Stakker Rick Brewer (aka Any more?!?!, Thank You! )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKkhhuOwnvY


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A few...



Favorite: Buckeye 3 chime.
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:37:32 AM
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My favorite is the 5" Lonergan 3 chime. It sounds like a B&O passenger train whistle.

We were at Nittany show one year, not selling very much, so I took a wander. There was this guy who had a card table and two 5" whistles on it the 3 chime and a big single... nothing else, and no prices showing.

On a lark I asked "How much?" $250 each, he says... at first I thought I was hearing things! "Will you take a check?" Yep......... I almost ripped my pants getting it out. Maybe I should have taken both, but I was afraid we wouldn't sell enough to cover the second one. The guy was gone when I went back an hour later, so I assume he made somebody else just as happy as me.

I really liked my 1/3 size siren I got from England too, but it went to a guy in Philly because I ran short of $$ after the big D... maybe someday I'll have 2 nickles to rub together again and replace it.
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I personally don't have any. But I know a fellow stacker has quite a few. He is under the weather and can not report on them. I have had the chance to pull the rope on a couple of them up to Rock River.
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Beff!
At present, I don't have a one!
But you know, a nice, deep throated, multi-chime whistle would make a lovely Christmas present for a favourite ol' Onkel!
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Here's some of my collection at our local show this past spring. Favorites -6 chime NYC RR , Lunk 3 chime , Kinsey 4 chime and Crosby 3 chime. Merton
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Have a 2.5, 3 and a 4" Buckeye chimes on my Buffalo. There's a siren, a few odd whistles in the barn, along with an 8" Crosby chime, and 3 whistles on my desk.

Found a 2.5" hooter this spring that I gave to my son on his 21st birthday. He was veeeeery happy.

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I think the last time I counted I had around 150 whistles big and small
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Several that I like!

My favorite sound is the Nickel Plate whistle on the 765! Sounds deep in the yard while setting still but high pitched and powerful when coming at you on the tracks at 60 mph!

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Another favorite is the 6 chime locomotive whistle off of the Nickel Plate that we have on the 20 Nichols & Shepard. Sure does sound nice at night & the cloud of steam is really impressive!



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Three inch Buckeye flat acorn
Five inch Crosby chime flat acorn
My favorite is Crosby. Low tone on ears. Neighbors
do hear two miles away. Back in 1991 is my last
time I blew a Crosby.
Here is a link of Crosby whistle site.
http://www.crosby-steam.com/csw.htm

Play the sound of all sizes.

The five inch Crosby sound much like a six inch Crosby.

Sold a Mockingbird. Still looking for wolf whistle.
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I have 2-1/2 on the Huber and my Keck has none. I respect folks right to collect whatever they want but it is frustrating to know all them whistles are just sittin on a shelf when a couple of 'em could be on my engine.
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Andy,

Whistles are sold every day......I'm sure we could customize one by putting fringe on one for you...

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Andy, I know a guy with a house full of whistles. We invited him to come to a whistle blow. He did come, and brought... a 2-1/2" Crane single.....

They're his, and I guess he doesn't want to have to re-polish them. I certainly would have loved to hear some of them. But again, they're his, not mine.

As for the evilbay suggestion, you're competing against an international market. The guys in England will gladly pay more than people will here for a common whistle.

Better suggestion. Watch feebay, but wait for Coolspring and go early.
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