4500's original whistle.

Discussion in '4-8-4 Northern' started by Dennis D Garrett, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. The first two scenes on this video are 4500's original whistle, being blown by Mike Massy, 4500's restoration manager, several years ago. This was at the Pawnee, OK steam tractor show. The wood fired power house boiler was putting out about 80 psi at the time, but you can get an idea what it should sound like at 250+. I don't know where this whistle is now, maybe back on the engine again, but if not, hopefully in a safe place. A few years ago, I took a six chime Santa Fe whistle down there and Matt Ritchie (second scene) climbed up to the top, mounted it, and we blew it off & on all afternoon. I don't know if they do that at Pawnee anymore since Matt passed on or not. I do have a couple of whistles I'd like to hook up somewhere, will have to watch for a whistle blow event somewhere this spring or summer.

  2. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Matt Richie has passed away? How old was he?

    Met Matt eons ago when I worked at the ES&NA. He was shooting video of the ES&NA as I recall. Can't remember if I was running an engine that day, or what, just remember meeting him. Then, decades later, I saw him again once when I was on a loan-out for WATCo. He had been with WATCo for a while by that time.

    If I'm understanding you correctly, sorry to learn of his passing.

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  3. Can't remember now how I found about it, He called me one time, and was having health problems, I think he had cancer of the esophagas, but not sure if that was the cause of death or something else. He was still posting on Trainorders in Jan 2015.
  4. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Thanks for the reply, Dennis.

    Saddened to learn of his passing.

  5. he died during surgery, early 2016

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