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A picture of Soo Line Railroad #1003 (The engine said to have been the one responsible for the recording heard in the policy trailer.), pulling a short train on part of Steam Locomotive Heritage Association's line in Hartford, Wisconsin. (Circa 2014)

A picture of Southern Pacific Railroad #2472 (One of the few locomotives that is thought to be responsible for the recording heard in The Polar Express.), approaching the Nile's Canyon Railway "Sunol" depot in Sunol, California. (Circa 2012)

This is a Skywalker Sound sound effect. It was likely created by Randy Thom, during the late 80's or early 90's, and it debuted in the Dolby Digital: Train policy trailer back in 1992. However, it is more commonly known for being used as the whistle on the locomotive in 2004 motion-capture CGI-animated Christmas film, The Polar Express (2004), when the train starts to arrive at the Hero Boy's house at the beginning of the film. (Albeit as an edited variant in a lower pitch and speed.)

The one heard in the Dolby Digital: Train Logo is said to have been the 6 chime steam whistle that is on Soo Line Railroad steam locomotive #1003, while the one heard in The Polar Express is either from one of the following steam locomotives. : Southern Pacific #2472, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe #3751, Reading & Northern #425 (When it had a Southern Pacific 6 chime.), Chesapeake & Ohio #614 (When it had a Western 6 chime whistle.), or Southern Railway #4501 (When it had a Central of Georgia 6 chime in the mid 1980's.)

Used In

Movies

  • The Polar Express (2004) (Lower pitch and speed; used as the whistle on the locomotive, when the train starts to arrive at the Hero Boy's house at the beginning of the film.)

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(The original variant, as heard from the Dolby Digital Train 1992 trailer.) (The edited variant, as heard in "The Polar Express".)

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