NIce. Where did you get the Crosby?I have a 12 inch Crosby whistle. It is 46 inches tall, weighs 260 pounds and has a 3 inch steam line. I think this would be a bit large for a traction engine. A line that big with the whistle full open would probably syphon water from the boiler and drain the boiler faster than the blowdown. I agree the small whistles are shrill and annoying. Mockingbird whistles and sirens are always fun and interesting as a second whistle. Longer bell whistles have a deeper tone and are more pleasant to the ear. The Buckeyes have longer bells. Another whistle that is deceptive is the Powell. Beth V. has a Powell pictured above (Horizontal with ruler). The longer chamber goes to the top and then out over the shorter bell. This gives it a deep bell tone. I personally think the Powell’s have the nicest chords and are the least shrill. I do have a Chinese step top and feel they are good whistles and sound nice. The Chinese still build and run steam locomotives today. Pictured is a 6-inch Chinese step top 5-chime locomotive whistle (left), and a Powell 8-inch 3-chime (Right)
in post 25 is a photo of what I talking aboutRe: Whats your favorite Steam Whistle?
and a few more pics of it thanks for any help