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

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 Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania
  • Year debut: April 16, 1988
  • First heard: Technological Threat
  • Area used: Worldwide

The whistle heard is a fouled Canadian National 5 chime step-top steam whistle, once owned by Canadian National S1b class 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive #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, as it was the place the locomotive operated at.

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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:

PlayStation 3:


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

Xbox 360:




Wii U:

Nintendo Switch:


  • Brave Train (Used as Legendary's Whitsle.)
  • Trollface Quest: Video Memes (Heard once in level 12.)


  • 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
  • Tom Hanks - Hot Chocolate (Heard twice.)


  • The Polar Express (1985) (Heard twice in the Liam Neeson narration.)


  • 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 high pitch trainz 2009 railfanning with dubbed audio part 1 and Apostrophe the movie part 69.)
  • amtrak 2022 productions
  • Eddsworld
  • Fast Freight Productions
  • JuegaGerman
  • JulianTrainKid 2021 Productions
  • Inacio Studios Media
  • IOSStudios
  • MajorEngineStudios
  • MrConductorFan1406
  • Mundo Gaturro Web Toons (Heard once in "La Busqueda del Tesoro".)
  • SML Videos (Heard once in "Bowser Junior Pierces His Nose".)
  • SPdaylight4449 YES booba NO
  • Super Foxy Railway Productions


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