Steam Whistles

Whistle designed by member Cary Atkinson using our design spreadsheets


Paducah, KY
United States

Paducah has a very rich heritage as both a river and railroad hub. Steam whistles were very much a part of that heritage. Our discussion list specializes in all technical aspects of the steam whistle and its design in addition to its history.

Once upon a time the American steam whistle was a signaling device, seen almost everywhere steam was present. Today only a few remain alive and as that nostalgic whistle echoes in the distance, we're reminded of days gone by; maybe with a chill or even a tear. There's nothing like the sound of a steam whistle.

Some are still researching every aspect of the whistle, making them more efficient, louder, and better than ever before; hoping that someday they will return to the main stream signaling market.

Our group consists of collectors, restorers, builders and those holding patents on steam or related types of whistles. If you've always had questions about steam whistles, but were afraid to ask, you've found the right place on the web. We are there for you!


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