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Old 11-21-2008, 01:43 PM
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Default Steamboat Whistle Signals

Today's Steamboat 101 question comes from the front of the class on the port side. I noticed in the various you tube clips that the DQ whistle uses the same signal (long - three shorts - long) - at least I think that's what I remember since I can't play the clips sitting here in the hotel lobby. So the question is: do riverboats have a whistle code like the railroads with different combinations of long and short depending on what is being communicated? And why does the first pull seem to extend out? Is this to let the whistle clear out any condensation?



Last edited by Wesley Paulson; 11-21-2008 at 01:47 PM. Reason: Typo
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