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The actual whistle mounted on the locomotive using it at the time the effect was recorded.

This sound effect can be found on The General Series 6000 Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas. An identical copy of this sound effect, Sound Ideas, WHISTLE, STEAM - WHISTLE BLOWING FROM A STEAM TRAIN 02, can be found on The Mix I Broadcast Music Library.


  • First recorded: October 4, 1987
  • Creator: N/A
  • Owner: Sound Ideas (1992-present)
  • Origin: Steamtown National Hustoric Site, Scranton, PA
  • Year debut: April 16, 1988
  • First heard: Technological Threat
  • Area used: Worldwide

This whistle is a fouled CN 5 chime step top whistle, once owned by CN S-1-a 2-8-2 Mikado locomotive no. 3254 in the 1980s. Eventually, it would get replaced by a better tuned whistle. The site where the sound effect was recorded is probably Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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Used In

TV Shows


Home Video Series

  • Mighty Machines (Heard once in "At the Train Yard".)

Home Videos

Video Games



PlayStation 2:


  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (Video Game) (Used for the Hogwarts Express.)
  • Roller Coaster Tycoon




Wii U:

Nintendo Switch:


  • Monopoly Millionairies Club



  • Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again (2000) (The 1st whistle is used during the spoken-word bridge.)
  • Jim Johnston - Gonna Punch Someone Tonight (2007)
  • Kastytis Kerbedis - Sustok, Traukiny


  • ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas (2010)



  • Brainpop Jr. Annie and Moby Video Series
  • Crayola: Vehicle Mixer
  • Choo-Choo (Read Aloud)
  • Fisher-Price - E-Z Play Railway Motorized Steam Engine
  • Toy Story 3: Daycare Dash

Theme Parks

  • The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
  • Magic Kingdom Welcome Show (Heard until January 9, 2017.)

YouTube Videos

  • Aiden Andrews (Heard once in a normal pitch in Apostrophe the movie part 65, train whistles that were used as stock sound effects, and in a high pitch trainz 2009 railfanning with dubbed audio part 1 and Apostrophe the movie part 69.)
  • Inacio Studios Media
  • IOSStudios
  • MajorEngineStudios
  • MrConductorFan1406
  • SML Videos (Heard once in "Bowser Junior Pierces His Nose".)


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