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RCS is proud to announce the immediate availability of whistle only sound systems for Live Steam locos.
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L & B "LYN" whistle. British Narrow Gauge
USA Mainline 3 Chime. (Sound clip courtesy of Mr Jon Radder)
USA Narrow Gauge 5 chime.

In a nutshell each sound system is literally plug in. Power is provided by the 5 volt R/C battery supply.
The only wiring is hooking up a suitable 8 ohm speaker.
Use any R/C Channel to activate sound. The Channel # 5 bind button on all RCS, Micron and Deltang Tx hand-pieces is ideal. Stick radios too.

Full details are HERE
USA sounds made available with the valuable assistance of Peter Thornton.
 

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Maybe just what I've been looking for - but for a steam boat rather than a loco. Quick question - I already have a 'real' steam whistle which is activated by a servo on the boat, but it is pretty feeble. Idea would be to augment with something like this - is it possible to attach this to the same RC channel so they they fire simultaneously. (I control the boat with one of your RC units...)

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is it possible to attach this to the same RC channel so they they fire simultaneously.
I'm pretty sure that a Y cable is available and will do what you want. (Aircraft occasionally have 2 servos to do a single job.) The only thing to watch is the power needed to run a servo on your whistle and this module at the same time.
On a boat you might have room for a decent size speaker too !
 

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The 3-chime was also used on the East Broad Top locos, so if you have an Accucraft #12 it is perfect. Nevin at the East Broad Top confirmed the PRR whistles are very similar. The 3-chime will work on the K4 (which is where mine is going, and that tender is mostly empty so I am hoping to get a BIG speaker somewhere.) It also works for the G5 and E6 (Accucraft & WuHu) live steamers, and many more.

I think Tony found the 5-chime whistle recording on a std gauge loco, and from my digging it appeared the D&RGW used that type on both their std and narrow gauge locos. I plan to put one in my DSP&P Mason Bogie with a big speaker.

Almost any Youtube video of a steam excursion includes lots of whistling, so it is easy to compare these sounds with the prototype you have.

My Accucraft Countess now has the "Lyn" whistle and a small Radio Shack speaker. Obviously you need to use the biggest speaker that will fit, with a proper baffle (enclosure.) I just ordered a whole bunch of 20-50mm round and rectangular speakers to play with. . .
This is the "Lyn" whistle in my loco (starts at 0:39)

 

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Maybe just what I've been looking for - but for a steam boat rather than a loco. Quick question - I already have a 'real' steam whistle which is activated by a servo on the boat, but it is pretty feeble. Idea would be to augment with something like this - is it possible to attach this to the same RC channel so they they fire simultaneously. (I control the boat with one of your RC units...)

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Hello Robert.
Thanks for the interest.
The sound cards are made for me by Model Radio Workshop. They specialise in R/C boat supplies.
Go to https://modelradioworkshop.co.uk/shop/ and scroll down to the sound cards.
 

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Hello Robert.
Thanks for the interest.
The sound cards are made for me by Model Radio Workshop. They specialise in R/C boat supplies.
Go to https://modelradioworkshop.co.uk/shop/ and scroll down to the sound cards.
Good idea Tony. I've grown a bit weary experimenting with whistle designs to get a better whistle sounds. Perhaps I should just use the steam whistle valve to give a small visual "mock-up" steam spray, and let the actual sound be electronic?

I have experimented with the bell sound being electronic, as physics of course will never allow any reasonable sound from a tiny mechanical bell.😄

Both bell and (a long) whistle sounds though, are only 3 seconds. I guess one needs to wait another seconds, before it is possible to reactivate?

It seems the cards allow multiple sound recordings? How are they selected and activated? (A short whistle sound and shreaking brakes cold also be nice.)
 
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