Morse Code for Q and Grade Crossing whistle similar codes

NW Mailing List nw-mailing-list at
Fri Dec 17 22:24:08 EST 2010

For what it is worth, American Morse code (railroad Morse) has two
shorts a long and a short for Q. International Morse code is completely
opposite, two shorts a long and then a short. So truth of the matter is
that in the railroad world - -o- did not exist, except as the crossing

-o o- - o

Nathan Simmons
trainman51 at

On 12/17/2010 18:22, NW Mailing List wrote:

> I don't know the answer but there is a slow wire or Morse wire group

> similar to this type og N&W listing and I suspect someone of those

> guys would know. Check around. there's also a fella named Abram

> Burnett who might know as he is into the the good old Morse code.


> Interesting question to which there is probably an answer or maybe a

> non-answer as to they had to come up with some series of dots and

> dashes. Wonder which came first the Morse code for Q or the grade

> crossing signal? That might be the more operative question.



> Bob Cohen




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>> Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:41:32 -0800 (PST)

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>> Subject: Question for Skip to ask the Brethren

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>> Skip,

>> Could you ask the Brethren if they know why the letter Q in Morse Code is the

>> same as a whistle blowing for a crossing? dash dash dot dash or long long short

>> long. Thanks,

>> Mike Shockley

>> Peoria, Illinois, but native Virginian

>> I want to get there one Wednesday night

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