Hancock Air Whistles

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Hancock Air Whistles

Postby livesteamer » Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:53 pm

Did all the EP-5s use the air whistle. I am aware that all RDC uses the Hancock air whistle. Also, looking of HO and S scale Hancock air whistles to detail out a pair of HO RDCs and an s scale (American Flyer) EP-5.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby DutchRailnut » Sat Jan 16, 2016 7:18 pm

yes , so did all FL-9's , RDC's and lots of switchers , the Hancock airchime was real distinctive New Haven sound.
only RDC's not with Hancock was Roger williams cab units.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby livesteamer » Mon Jan 18, 2016 9:49 am

Thanks, got any ideas where I can find some HO and S scale Hancock Air Whistles. I have a pair of RDCs in HO and an old American Flyer EP-5 that I got as a kid back in the 60's that are in need of a tad bit of detailing.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby DutchRailnut » Mon Jan 18, 2016 6:42 pm

If Conductors are in charge, why are they promoted to be Engineer???

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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby chnhrr » Tue Mar 01, 2016 10:08 pm

Info on the Hancock Air Whistles. Where was Hancock based?

http://locomotivehorns.info/other/hancock.shtml
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby Noel Weaver » Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:22 pm

In addition to the New Haven Railroad Hancock Whistles were also quite common on the Seaboard and also the Florida East Coast and a few on the New York Central in by-gone years, there were probably some more as well but these are what I remember from the past.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby Ridgefielder » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:13 am

They lasted on the FL9's well into the '80s, if not the '90s. The sound was quite haunting when you heard them in the distance at night.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby CannaScrews » Sun Mar 20, 2016 8:06 am

Unfortunately they don't meet the decibel standards set by the FRA nowdays.

But on occasion, such as in Spencer NC 2 years ago, you can hear them.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby trainspot » Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:58 am

I'm wondering if anyone knows why only this one C425 got one? I photographed a few other ex-NH C425s around this time & they had regular horns.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby Noel Weaver » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:12 pm

I question whether this photo is legitimate or not. When I get a chance I will check my records, I have had most of these units at one time or another. Stay tuned for now.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby trainspot » Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:10 am

Noel Weaver wrote:I question whether this photo is legitimate or not. When I get a chance I will check my records, I have had most of these units at one time or another. Stay tuned for now.
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I can assure you Noel, I took it myself and its legit. Maybe Penn Central did it?
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby trainspot » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:06 pm

Another photo, photographer & a year later.
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=1854464
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby Noel Weaver » Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:46 pm

trainspot wrote:
Noel Weaver wrote:I question whether this photo is legitimate or not. When I get a chance I will check my records, I have had most of these units at one time or another. Stay tuned for now.
Noel Weaver


I can assure you Noel, I took it myself and its legit. Maybe Penn Central did it?


If you actually took these photos maybe you can tell all of us when and where. I am doing some research on this.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby DutchRailnut » Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:35 am

the pictures show: location date and photographer.
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Re: Hancock Air Whistles

Postby trainspot » Thu Apr 28, 2016 6:37 am

Found a 1974 picture, so maybe Penn Central or New Haven did the switch:
http://www.pbase.com/image/38993059
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