A steam locomotive whistle collector loaned a six chime whistle to the Steam Crew at the ORANGE EMPIRE RAILWAY MUSEUM (OERM) this weekend and it was promptly installed on our 2-6-2 Prairie locomotive, the VC 2. I worked in the machine shop today and was treated to the melodious sounds of the whistle all day. The Engineers seemed delighted to have the whistle, judging from the “tunes” played as they blew the road crossing located at the entrance to the museum . It must be more fun to have than our regular “hooter”.
I was told the whistle was cast in the SPRR Sacramento Shops, of reclaimed bearing brass. It is alleged this material imparts a unique coloration to the whistle upon polishing. I have no way to judge the matter; I do know the whistle was an attention getter. The whistle really set off the work the Steam Crew has been doing to improve the appearance of the Locomotive. I have retired from active work with the Steam Crew, unless something breaks, but I am confident our locomotive is in good hands.
This evening, I walked over to the “spot” where the VC 2 would spend the night and photographed the activity as the locomotive was put to bed. The light was great for images of the loaned whistle. The images below are the result.
You may click on any image below to enlarge. Enjoy!
The Old Machinist
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