Question about the N&W freight "hooter" whistle

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Tue Sep 23 09:10:04 EDT 2008

A couple years ago, I took my N&W whistle from 2173 to Cass where it was
used on a Shay on their Bald Knob run. The next morning I was at the station
when two local men came up to the engineer at different times as he was oiling
around and they commented about noticing a different whistle the day before.
One man lived about 9 air miles away and the other about 10-1/2 miles as the
crow flies! We estimated this from the topo maps I had with me at the time.
Now Bald Knob is atop a 4800+ foot high mountain and there was a good wind.

Aubrey Wiley

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