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How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?


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1-3 67 35.45%
4-6 42 22.22%
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10-15 17 8.99%
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Allen, I just have a hard time seeing what is fun about having toys that you don't play with.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:18:38 PM
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Andy, I agree, it's like owning a car you just polish, not drive.

OTOH, when you have a nice whistle, and show it or blow it, you've got to keep fending off the persistent buggers who are determined to have it for THEIR collection (or to resell for a tidy profit). That's probably the real reason why so many never see the light of day.
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:19:43 PM
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Andy:
Not sure of the problem,did they not come from the factory with just one!(ha ha) ---------------------TWD
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I agree with Andy, I currently own three whistles and they are all mounted to engines. (One seems to be permantely mounted) I hold no grudge against anyone collecting them, but when you see people who can't even afford one for their engine, and others have so many, gotta question is this a good thing? Dunno, kind of like some collectors who buy steam engines, restore them completely and then never ever light a fire in them. It is certainly their right, their property to do with what they will, but why not take that engine out to the shows and demonstrate what it was made to do?

I was told once of a collector. It is said that he has so many whistles that my car trailer would not be able to haul them all at one time....
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People hoarding things in the hobby Travis - surely you jest. Guess it depends on that person to whether people will criticize them or not As long as items do not sit out and rot, I really do not mind if people build collections. If people want to hoard things whether it be whistles or engines so be it, I will wait for their auctions later. The cycle of life will keep going around
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Who has a whistle waiting under the tree???

I'd like to have this whistle tree under my tree this year. This is the original tree on Walter Knapp's Kitten. The big whistle on our 32 Reeves sat in the center. Might anyone know the tree's current location? I doubt I could afford the tree & whistles, but it sure would be nice to have all 3 together for some photo and sound opportunities!



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Beff!
Since there is only the one postal day left until Christmas, something is telling me not to expect an arrival from your extensive and covetted whistle collection. So! I had to resort to my own means!
Does this constitute a collection?
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Onkel G!

That is a beginning!! ..did you vote? Where's the red Christmas bow & gleaming glow?

I'll be glad to loan you one...or 2, if you'll bring that tigger.....over here!

Merry Christmas!

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Got a few el-cheap-o whistles...any of my steam buddies that knows me well will tell you I'm not a big whistle fan. One nice one, a pretty good sized Lunkenheimer three chime, 4" I think. Saw it at a friend's house, down in Mississippi, on his front porch back when visiting back in 1998. Asked him, "David, you want to sell that whistle?" He responded "Mike, you don't want to buy that whistle. You see how the bell's dented and the valve's messed up?" "Yep, sure did...want to sell it anyway?" "Well, Mike, if I'm going to sell it, am afraid I can't take a penny less than $40 for it" Yep, thought I was going to pull my arm out of socket reaching around for a couple of twenties out of my back pocket! Bell's still dinged up, but have had my buddy Tony fix the valve on it for me. It sounds about like an old riverboat whistle...nice, deep, and low moaning sound.

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I did some quick multiplication on the average anount of whistles from the poll in this thread and came up with something like 850! its amazing how many survive and the value they can still hold today.
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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.
What do the KGB agents tell you is the "correct" whistle for your engine?
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I see Paul Spence found a little Lunkenheimer....anyone else??

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^ It's a Powell.......

**Right you are!...but at least I spelled Paul's name correctly! Beth**

Craig here: You spelled Lunkenheimer correctly too......but I'm STILL docking points.......
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Beff!
Since there is only the one postal day left until Christmas, something is telling me not to expect an arrival from your extensive and covetted whistle collection. So! I had to resort to my own means!
Does this constitute a collection?
Merry Christmas
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Onkel G,
Don't know if I'd call it a collection, but know that about any steam fellow should be glad to have what the SN plate bolts onto!!!!
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Funny you should ask Beth.

This showed up in the mail today.:

It is an 8" that needs some help.
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Nice whistle there Tom! Which engine will get to supply the steam?

Happy New Year!
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2" pipe. I don't know if I have anything big enough for it. It would have to be plumbed off the main valve.

I have a 5" lunkenhiemer fire alarm too. It also needs some help. The tube is dented and the variable piston is gone.

The 8" is missing the valve internals. I can pattern between the two to make them both working whistles.

The 8" was Cedar Rapids, IA city power plant whistle.

The man I got the 5" from said he removed it from a building in Cinncinati,OH where brass fittings had been made.
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What do the KGB agents tell you is the "correct" whistle for your engine?
I believe that most Keck engines had a 3-chime Buckeye whistle when new.
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The 8" was Cedar Rapids, IA city power plant whistle.
I'm fairly certain that this whistle is pictured at Mount Pleasant in front of a big Reeves traction engine, a 32 h.p. I believe, in the mid 1960's in the IMA.

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Turns out I was wrong on everything.

The whistle was the fire alarm for Iowa Falls, IA , and is pictured in the May-June 1966 issue of the IMA on p. 22 in front of Neil Miller's 32 Reeves at his show near Alden, IA. The picture does give one a sense of how large the whistle is pictured with the engine in the background.

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David, your doing good to remember anything from a 43 year old magazine.

You got whistle, Iowa, and 32 Reeves right. I'm not sure what I had for breakfast today.

That whistle must be around somewhere yet. I have seen another 8" like this at Warps museum in Minden,NE displayed in the fire station, so there are some around yet.

There should be a copy of that magazine here. I'll look when I get time.
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