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The locomotive that used the whistle. (Canadian National S1b Mikado #3254.)

A picture of Canadian National #3254 (The engine responsible for most of the recordings for the sound effects in the Series 6000 library.), undergoing a maintenance check, while pulling an excursion train sometime in September of 2011.

A picture of the locomotive, when it served it's time on the Gettysburg Railroad in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. (Circa 1986)

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, WHISTLE, STEAM - WHISTLE BLOWING FROM A STEAM TRAIN 02, can be found on The Mix I Broadcast Music Library.


  • First recorded: 1986
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Owner: Sound Ideas (1992-present)
  • Origin: Gettysburg Railroad in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  • Year debut: 1988
  • First heard: Technological Threat (1988)
  • Area used: Worldwide

The whistle that heard is in this sound effect, along with the other variants from the Series 6000 library, is a fouled Canadian National 5 chime step-top steam whistle, which was recorded from Canadian National Railway S-1-b class 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive #3254 in the 1980s. Eventually, it would get replaced by a better tuned whistle, due to the old one being a bit too loud and squeaky.

The site/location where the sound effect was recorded was probably at the Gettysburg Railroad in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, as it was the place at the time where the locomotive operated at, before being sold to Steamtown USA in Scranton, Pennsylvania sometime during August of 1987.

As of now, this sound effect is the most commonly used train whistle sound effect, as it has made a number of appearances across 100+ pieces of media.

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Used In

TV Shows


Home Video Series

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

Home Videos

Video Games




  • Brave Train (Used as Legendary's Whitsle.)
  • Paper Train
  • PlayKids (Can be heard in a higher pitch.)
  • Trollface Quest: Video Memes


Nintendo Switch:




PlayStation 2:

PlayStation 3:


  • Monopoly Millionairies Club


Wii U:


  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Used as the Hogwarts Express' whistle.)
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon

Xbox 360:



  • Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again (2000) (1st whistle only; used during the spoken-word bridge.)
  • Jim Johnston - Gonna Punch Someone Tonight (2007)
  • Kastytis Kerbedis - Sustok, Traukiny
  • Tom Hanks - Hot Chocolate (Heard twice.)



  • ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas (2010)


  • USA Network Cartoon Express (1991)



  • Brainpop Jr. Annie and Moby Video Series
  • Crayola: Vehicle Mixer
  • Choo-Choo (Read Aloud)
  • FAO Schwarz Train Set Motorized with Sound 30pc
  • Fisher-Price - E-Z Play Railway Motorized Steam Engine
  • Toy Story 3: Daycare Dash
  • VTech Roll & Surprise Animal Train

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 higher pitch trainz 2009 railfanning with dubbed audio part 1 and Apostrophe the movie part 69.)
  • amtrak 2022 productions
  • Eddsworld
  • Fast Freight Productions
  • J.T the blue pannier tank productions (Heard in the video "Testing out my bachmann Durango and Silverton H.o set".)
  • JulianTrainKid 2021 Productions
  • Imperial Potato (Used for Thomas the Tank Engine in "The T-Pose Apocalypse (20K Sub Special)".)
  • Inacio Studios Media
  • IOSStudios
  • MajorEngineStudios
  • MrConductorFan1406
  • SML Videos (Heard once in "Bowser Junior Pierces His Nose".)
  • SPdaylight4449 YES booba NO
  • Super Foxy Railway Productions


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