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A picture of Nevada Northern #40 (The engine responsible for the recording.), idling on part of the railroad's line, while pulling a short passenger train.

A picture of the exact Powell 3 chime steam whistle mounted on #40, as seen in a 1990's VHS titled, "Thunder on the Rails".

This sound effect can be found on the Hanna-Barbera Lost Treasures Sound Effects Library, which was made by Sound Ideas. It was originally an MGM effect that debuted in 1948 with Half-Pint Pygmy. The title of this sound effect should not be confused with Sound Ideas, WHISTLE, STEAM - FACTORY WHISTLE, LARGE FACTORY. Even though this sound effect (Along with the shortened variant) is listed as a factory whistle, the whistle that is heard in this sound effect is a Powell 3 chime steam whistle that was recorded from Nevada Northern Railroad 4-6-0 type steam locomotive #40.

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Used In

TV Shows




  • Cartoon Network Station ID (Heard once in "Red and The Wolf".)


  • McDonald's Happy Meal - Tonka (2003)


Web Originals

  • B. Happy (Heard once in Episode 3, higher-pitched.)


  • Around the Clock at Bikini Bottom (Heard in a high pitch.)

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Audio Samples

(The sound in a higher pitch, as heard in the Tom and Jerry short "Solid Serenade" and the Fanboy and Chum Chum episode "Chicken Pox".)