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Train Whistle Language

Engineers do not blow whistles just for fun. Every toot has a meaning. Here's some definitions of what they mean:

( means a short toot  means a long toot)

  Release brakes. Proceed
Apply brakes. Stop.
   Approaching meeting points or waiting points of trains.
Approaching Station.
    Approaching public grade crossing. Used as an alarm for people or livestock on the track.
   When train is standing, back up.
  Answer to any signal not otherwise provided for.

Track signal (semaphore)


 

    

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