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Horn blasts

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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.
You think that was slow? Next time it will be even slower! Ya see, the headlight will be coming through the steam and its
never gonna get there!

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