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Nathan Prime

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WABCO (Westinghouse Air Brake Company)


WABCO E2-B1 Westinghouse Airbrake CO. Entry into the chime horn. The center "E" series, along with two outer "B" series horns mounted on a plate (manifold) make up the chord of E, A, C. A deep rich steamboat sound! I remember them best on some of the Pennsylvania Railroad's first generation diesel power, and their experimental electrics from the 1950's.



The A-2 was a single-note horn used primarily on switchers. It had both a long bell and short bell version (15 in. and 11-5/32 in. respectively). When used singly, the long bell was generally the one used. Wabco also produced a two-chime AA-2 horn which combined a long and short bell A-2 on a common manifold. The A-2 was fairly common on Alco switchers of many railroads.
Factory tuning was: D for the long bell, G for the short bell
Wabtec was still offering the A-2 as of 2001, but no large railroads are known to have purchased any. As with all Wabco horns, A-2's are rare to find in service today. They may still be found on older switchers or museum locomotives.


Sample3 (sehr kurz)




My WABCO E-2 in a Sherry' Durango runby.

The E-2 was Wabco's single-note deep horn for road locomotives. It was popular in the early years of dieselization, especially on Alco and Fairbanks Morse locomotives. Milwaukee Road's "Little Joe" electric locomotives were also fitted with E-2's. The horn could be used singly or in pairs, with one horn facing forward and one to the rear.
Factory tuning was: F
The E-2 was less popular than its competition, the Leslie A-200, and like the Leslie, it fell out of favor with the advent of multi-chime airhorns. E-2's are rare to find in service today except on museum locomotives.
Airhorn from E-2 sound samples: Sample1 (sehr sehr kurz)

E-2 sound samples: Sample2 (sehr kurz)

E-2 sound samples: Sample3

E-2 sound samples: Sample4 (kurz)

E-2 sound samples: Sample5 (kurz)

The Newburgh & South Shore, a switching railroad located in Cleveland, OH, had an unusual horn mounted on one of their locomotives in the mid-90's. It consisted of a Wabco E-2 and a pair of smaller horn bells mounted to the right of the E-2 on the roof of the locomotive. The horn was a homemade arrangement cobbled together from second-hand single-note honkers of varying pedigree. The sound is not likely to be confused with anything else.
Airhorn from NSS horn samples: Sample1 (kurz)

NSS horn samples: Sample2 (sehr kurz)

NSS horn samples: Sample3 (sehr kurz)



The AA-1 was an early Wabco two-chime airhorn used primarily on interurban equipment and some early locomotives and railcars. It was presumably a combination of long and short bell A-1 horns on a single manifold. The AA-1 was still available in 1936 when San Francisco Bay Area transit operator Key System outfitted its new "bridge unit" articulated cars with the horns. The horn was presumably phased out with the introduction of the AA-2.
Documentation of the factory tuning of the AA-1 has not yet been uncovered. Surviving horns on Key System bridge units at the Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista Junction, CA appear to play E and G#.
A few AA-1's survive on preserved electric interurban equipment.
Airhorn from Key System bridge units: Sample1

Key System bridge units: Sample2

Key System bridge units: Sample3



The AA-2 used the short and long A-2 bells on a common manifold to create a two-chime airhorn with a pleasing perfect 4th interval. The horn appears to use the same back cap as its predecessor, the AA-1. The horn's most common application was probably on commuter equipment. Chicago & North Western and Rock Island both used paired AA-2's on cab cars for their Chicago, IL push-pull commuter service (photo above), and Chicago South Shore & South Bend and New Jersey Transit both operate electric multiple unit railcars fitted with AA-2's. The horn has also been used on industrial locomotives.
Factory tuning was: D and G
Wabco's corporate successor Wabtec was still offering the AA-2 as of 2001, but few railroads have purchased them in recent years. Chicago commuter authority Metra still has some cab cars with paired AA-2's, and some survive on NJ Transit cars as well as scattered industrial locomotives.
Airhorn from AA-2 sound samples: Sample1 (kurz)

AA-2 sound samples: Sample2 (kurz)



As early as the late 1940's, WABCO had a series of three chime "E-2B" airhorns available. The horns consisted of various E and B-series "pneuphonic" horn bells attached to a common manifold, with the two outer bells angled 3 degrees outward relative to the center bell. The E-2B horns never achieved much market penetration, but a few did find their way onto locomotives.
The E-2B-1 was probably the biggest seller of the line. It featured a large E-2 bell in the center, flanked by a B-7-21 and a B-7-25 bell. The combination of tones wasn't any particular musical chord, but was an handsome, deep sound nonetheless.
Factory tuning was: 170Hz, 210Hz, and 255Hz
It is unlikely that any E-2B-1's survive on active locomotives, but thankfully several have been preserved in private collections.
Airhorn from Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc.: Sample1

Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc.: Sample2

Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc.: Sample3 (sehr kurz)

Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc.: Sample4 (sehr kurz)



The E-2B-3 was the highest pitched horn of the E-2B line. As with the E-2B-1, it consisted of several WABCO single note "honkers" bolted to a common manifold, in this case the stubby E-44 bell flanked by a B-7-30 and a B-7-36 bell. The E-44 bell could be reversed (turned backwards) if desired.
Factory tuning was: 248Hz, 300Hz, and 360Hz
The E-2B-3 wasn't popular in railroad service. A picture exists showing an E-2B-3 on the roof of Alton & Southern RS-3 #34, and Louisville & Nashville had them on a few locomotives as well. It is unlikely that any survive on locomotives today.
Airhorn from Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc., and Bill Williamson: Sample1

Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc., and Bill Williamson: Sample2

Courtesy Ed Kaspriske, Horns Inc., and Bill Williamson: Sample3

An audio file of Bill Williamson's WABCO. E2-B3, recorded by me back in 1996 at a horn get together at Thornhurst, Pa.

This horn has a characteristic "steam boat" sound to it.

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