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Horn blasts

Postby Baxterdog » Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:36 pm

I live near a crossing and am used to hearing the Long, long, short, long series of horn blasts. Recently, I noticed the conductor just layed on the horn with one consecutive long blast. Could this have been to warn someone on the track? I thought an emergency warning was a series of short blasts? Any idea why the long consecutive blast?
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Re: Horn blasts

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:11 am

first it was Engineer blowing horn, second most likely a person or car was fouling crossing.
If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: Horn blasts

Postby Baxterdog » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:01 pm

Sorry, so the ENGINEER controls the horn. Okay, now I know. Still, what about the long continuous blast v. series of short ones for an emergency? I'm fascinated by the code of what these sounds mean.
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Re: Horn blasts

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:13 pm

series of short blast is usually used for person or animals near right of way.
a long continuous blast , means I am about to obliterate whatever is in way.
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Re: Horn blasts

Postby Baxterdog » Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:45 pm

Interesting. Is there a book/list of what means what?
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Re: Horn blasts

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:11 pm

listed in rules like Norac or GCOR under whistle signals.
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Re: Horn blasts

Postby amtrakhogger » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:09 pm

One long and loud to blow out the eardrums of that punk kid playing chicken with me.
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