Whistle Signals and What They Say
When engineers sound the horn of a train, it carries a message. Below are the examples of sounds used by engineers and what those sounds say to others.
short sound of horn (toot) long sound of horn
What it means
|Applying brakes. Stopping.|
|Engineers answer to any signal not otherwise provided for.|
|When standing, about to back up.
When running, stopping at next station.
|Alarm for persons or animals on the track.|
|Approaching stations, junctions, and railroad crossings.|
|A second section is following.|
|Flagman protect rear of train.|
|Releasing brakes. Proceeding.|
|Approaching meeting-points or waiting-points of trains|
|Flagman may return from west or south.|
|Flagman may return from east or north.|
http://www.railfanclub.org/fieldguide3whistle.asp viewed December 29, 2002