American Queen Whistle

Listen to the whistle of the American Queen: MP 3

The sound of the original whistle of the American Queen (taken from the HERBERT E. JONES) was very weak, not that the whistle itself was inappropriate but the steam supply line's diameter was too small so the whistle didn't get enough steam needed to unfold her full power. Today the whistle (a Kahlenberg whistle) now obviously is operated with a mixture of steam and pressurized air and gives her a full, though not completely "steamy" sound. That's the sound you her in the recording here. In addition the American Queen has an air horn and unfortunately most pilots prefer the air horn now over the whistle so on some cruises you'll only rarely heare the whistle blow.

American Queen Steam Whistle



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