Y6b shrill whistle

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Thu Apr 29 22:17:54 EDT 2010

So did the mallets use a different whistle than the A's? I know the whistle Mike is refering to, and it is not the familiar hooter, nor the deeper whistle of the passenger engines.

Marty Flick

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Mike, you must be too young to have heard the real thing. N&W's mallets had unique high whistles that echoed up and down the valleys through which the N&W ran. They were a beautiful contrast to the deep chime whistles of Class J and K passenger locomotives.

As I grew up, seventy and eighty years ago, I would lie awake at night listening to the long-drawn-out whistles from freight trains running up and down the Scioto River valley in southern Ohio. N&W's whistles - freight and passenger - were different yet from those of the B&O that crossed the N&W in my home town of Chillicothe, Ohio.

Bob McKell

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Subject: Y6b shrill whistle

I bought a Y6b from Broadway and it has an alternate whistle which I couldn't stand until I watched Sunday River's N&W Articulate video again--there it was. It is very shrill. Any idea what it is and how it was used?


Mike Shockley


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