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The Engine's Moan
American Steam Whistles
Edward A. Fagen

Here, Ed Fagen, one of the nation’s foremost authorities on steam whistles, has provided a broadly researched, eloquently written and marvelously witty book, the first and only one on the subject.


It includes comprehensive, illustrated chapters on: • the history of the steam whistle and how it developed; • the various uses of steam whistles on locomotives, ships, factories, firehouse roofs, circuses; • the broad range of whistle manufacturers, their histories and their product lines (including how to identify and date whistles, as well as an extensive discussion on the relative rarity of whistle types); • how to acquire, organize, and preserve a whistle collection; • how to repair and restore steam whistles in your shop; • how to blow steam whistles on steam or compressed air; • how a steam whistle actually works — a point that remains somewhat controversial even today.

Also included are an illustrated glossary of whistle terms, an illustrated review of the major whistle related U.S. design patents, and a comprehensive index. A joy to read, this book is a true “must have” for the railfan, collector, curator, historian of science, industrial archeologist, and anyone for whom the sound of the steam whistle has ever beckoned to adventures that live in the imagination. 8 page color insert

277 pages, Paperback, B&W, 8.5" x 11", © 2002
Order Number: AP014..........$39.95 $32.00

"Fagen, together with members of the Horn & Whistle Enthusiasts Group, have written a thorough history of these evocative relics of the age of steam." Book News, Inc.

"The only book devoted wholly to steam whistles. Two thumbs up!" Railroader

"Recommended for all train and boat buffs and anyone with a curiosity about the voice of the industrial revolution." Steam in the Garden
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