Route 24: Riding the Rails

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February 15, 2018 – Train engineer Chris Dingman knows a second language, the language of train horns.
Dingman is the engineer of the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad train.
Travis O’Conner is the conductor.
Did you know when you hear a train approaching a crossing, and the horns are blasting there’s a pattern to those blasts?
Approaching a grade crossing, the engineer will sound a long blast, a second long blast, then a short then long approaching a crossing.
Traditionally, train horns were used to communicate between the locomotive engineer and crew members out in the field.
The horns are used as a warning when the train starts or stops.
Learning the language of the horn blasts was what every train engineer mastered before hitting the rails.
Even with todays radio communication those horn blasts still warn yard workers, and drivers to stop, look and listen.
 

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