Railroad Whistle Talk
Believe it or not, railroad engineers don't blow the locomotive whistles just for the fun of it. Every toot has a distinct meaning and helps to keep the wheels rolling.

Some of the "Whistle Talk" used by our engineers is given below, so that you may know what the engine is saying the next time you hear the whistle echoing over the countryside.

Each "o" means a Short Toot. Each "_" means a Long Toot.

o
_ _
_ooo
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _ _
ooo_
oo
ooo

oooo
_ _o_
_
oo_
oooooo

Apply Brakes. Stop.
Release Brakes. Proceed.
Flagman go back and protect rear of train.
Flagman return from West or South.
Flagman return from East or North.
Protect front of train.
Answer to any signal not otherwise provided for.
When Standing, to back up. When running, to to stop at next passenger station.
Call for signals.
Approaching highway crossing at grade.
Approaching stations, junctions and railroad crossings.
Approaching meeting or waiting, points of trains.
A number of short toots is an alarm for persons or livestock on the track.



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