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How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?


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View Poll Results: How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?
1-3 67 35.45%
4-6 42 22.22%
7-10 30 15.87%
10-15 17 8.99%
16 or more 33 17.46%
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Old 11-13-2010, 11:41:58 PM
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Default Re: How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?

Back during the Summer I bought back (from the friend I traded it to) the original little 3-chime that was on my 13 HP when I bought it many moons ago. Glad to have it back, and ought to be a good whistle to put on the Case someday! I have the little squealer that was on the Case when it operated for probably many, many years up in the mountains, and always plan on keeping that one-but don't think I'll mount it on the engine, as it is probably not too melodious on the ol' ears!
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Old 11-14-2010, 10:17:08 AM
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I have way more whistles than i do engines! LOL
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:05:32 PM
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Bump. Any new additionals to your collections over the winter?
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:47:01 PM
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Default Re: How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?

I have a small collection.

1 6-8" Lunkenheimer single note flat top.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qbh9_zvKeMU
(Please no complaints on this one, it's a big whistle on a small boiler at low pressure just as I was going to shut the boiler down. The steam of course was very wet. Still loud though )

My new whistle that I got this winter is from the Whistle Shop. It's a 3 note step chime. -- Not trying to replicate anything historic. I haven't tried it on my boiler yet.
The first whistle in this video is my exact whistle. I like the sound of it and plan to do a video of it when I try it under steam.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bUWtwAZK9Y

I have a few whistles I bought on ebay and most of them were duds.

I got a buckeye (I would like to have a buckeye since I live in the buckeye state) that was very beat up. I took it apart and it had rusted iron chips in it. After I removed the chips and cleaned it's sort of ok. It was used as a whistle in a factory. The valve arm on it was broken at some point so it has a cheesy welded bar on it.

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Old 04-04-2013, 12:41:12 PM
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I've got about 8 complete whistles with another 5 or so whistles in the making. The number just rises the more I make. 2 of which are 3 chimes with a third on the way.

---------- Post added at 12:41 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:39 PM ----------

Once I start welding, I'll start making some single chime hooters out of steel. Much cheaper than brass or copper.
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Old 10-01-2013, 05:50:37 PM
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Since whistles have been a topic.....Here are the new (reproduction) #3 Lunkenheimers on my brother's 16 Reeves with its new Stutzman boiler. They really sound great at 75 psi or lower.

The center whistle is the same as the original on our 32 Reeves. Dad looked for years to reunite the large whistle with the rest of the tree, but it did not happen. My brother had actually spoken with the man who built this set about building the manifold and 2 outside whistles. By sheer luck, the entire set was acquired for about 1/2 of what he was quoted to have them made.

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Old 10-01-2013, 08:22:55 PM
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Beth -

So the question arises: Is that counted as one whistle, or three ?

3 bells, but one valve.

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Default Best recording of whistles and stack music ever!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0x7xq7z83M
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I loved that video not because of the whistle blowing. You would really have to be there to appreciate the whistle blowing, and how it echoed with the the trees and the river valley.

I loved it because this year or last year I was up in my buddies cessna and saw a train, I assume a freight train (not a steam powered train), and it was such a contrast in the air with anything else man made. It was so long!

From the vantage point in the video you posted you can see how long the train is. It really shows the power of steam when the whistle isn't blowing and you can hear the two cylinders exhausting, you can count the exhausts - but those two cylinders are pulling tons and tons.

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Beth V. Has your dad tried talking to Lang Somerville?
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Jason,

My Dad passed away in 2006 and we really wanted the original tree to put it back on. Yes, Lange has a wonderful collection of whistles.

This was the next best solution.

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Sorry to hear that about your dad Beth. I did not know. I know some other friends in the whistle building / collecting business and I'll keep my eyes and ears open for you.
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Oh, now that is just sweet! Did anyone catch the wheel-slip just as he approached the bridge? :-)

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I now have 12 and still need an engine
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Beth,

Why is 75psi the magic number? Can't you adjust the height of the domes or would the gap need adjusted between the bowl? I know I would want them to work at full operating pressure and I would have to tinker with them until I got it figured out.

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Jeff,

That's the opinion of their owner and he paid for them. We haven't had much time to really play with them yet. Check back this time next year!

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...and he paid for them.
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Not anywhere did I imply that the owner didn't pay for them....or traded a dead horse for them or 12 packs of gum balls for that matter..........

I just asked a simple question....

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Jeff,

Perhaps, I should rephrase. Rol has done the research on them and consulted with others of knowledge. They all agree on that area. I should have given him direct credit for my statement.

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Default Re: How Many Whistles Does Your Collection Contain?

14 right now. they range in size from a 1in. diameter Lunkenheimer plain, to a 12in. diameter Lonergan Chime. I am currently babysitting an Aultman Taylor that has four whistles on it, 3 smaller chime whistles and one 6in. diameter Lunk Mockingbird. What I really need is a BIG stationary boiler to handle the larger whistles. I think the 12in. Lonergan would suck the Aultman Taylors's boiler inside out.
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We have 21+. President ship, liberty ship, tug boat, Santa Fe, Southern Pacific. John and Mike
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