The Streamliner Extra!

The Streamliner Extra provides additional information or details that enhances articles in select issues of The Streamliner.

 

STAR BRASS WHISTLES
Below are several recordings of Star Brass whistles that John Bush covers in his article “Union Pacific and the Star Brass 5-Chime Whistle,” in the Autumn 2018 issue of The Streamliner. Click the whistle type below to hear the recordings:

 Early Single Note Hooter – This recording represents the sound which would have been made by the early single note whistles. Blown at 200 psi while fitted to ex-LS&I 2-8-0 No. 18 in Antonito, Colorado, 2010.

Star Brass Long Bell Single Note (freight) – Representative of the sound of the Star 6” diameter “plain” whistle used by UP in freight service.  Recorded by the late Howard Fogg, this is actually a B&O engine, but the diameter and length of the bell is very  close to the Star Brass and thus sounds very similar.

  Star Brass 3-Chime (Passenger) – Jim Ehernberger recorded this Star 6” diameter 3-chime when it was still in service fitted to 2-8-0 number 400, circa 1954. One of the very last of these whistles in regular service on Union Pacific.

Star Brass 5-Chime Step Top 1 – Star 5-chime step-top.  Heard from several hundred yards away.  Whistle fitted to ex-LS&I 2-8-0 No. 18 at  Antonito, Colorado, 2010.

Star Brass 5-Chime Step Top 2 – Same whistle, recorded from more than a quarter-mile away, east of Fort Garland, Colorado, blown at 200 psi.  This whistle is believed  to have been last used on UP 2-10-2 number 5020. It is easy to see why these whistles were hard on crews and resulted in the use of shields. Click here to see a close-up photo of the top of this whistle.

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TRAIN SYMBOL AND BLOCKING TABLES FOR WEST COAST TERMINALS
Click here to download tables of train symbols and blocking that Rob Leachman analyzed in his article “Whose Railroad Is It: UP-SP and UP-WP Run-Through Train Operations” in the Summer 2016 issue of The Streamliner. This includes a detailed listing of UP’s symbol freights between North Platte and West Coast terminals and information on how the trains were blocked, for 1974, 1977, and 1982.

INTERPRETING DISPATCHERS’ TRAIN SHEETS
Dispatchers’ train sheets provide a wealth of information about Union Pacific operations, but the actual documents are very large. Please click here to view a high resolution scan (10mb) of the train sheet in Mark Amfahr’s article in The Streamliner Vol.30 No.1. There are many additional train sheets in the members area. For information on joining the UPHS please visit the Company Store.

Whistle Article Edit

UNION PACIFIC AND THE HANCOCK LONG-BELL 3-CHIME WHISTLE
Now that you have read John E. Bush’s article and seen pictures and diagrams of the Hancock whistle in The Streamliner Vol. 28 No. 2 Spring 2014, you can hear what the whistle actually sounds like. Please click here to hear a dozen sound recordings that will bring the Hancock Long-Bell 3-Chime whistle to life!

Big Boy Article P6UNION PACIFIC’S BIG BOY COMES HOME
When we think about UP’s Big Boys we don’t often think about all the manufacturers who provided components that contributed to that locomotive’s success. Please click here to view a gallery of Big Boy related advertising as a companion to the article “Union Pacific Big Boy Comes Home” featured on page 6  of The Streamliner Vol. 27 No. 4.

 

1954 ToursWORKING FOR THE C&NW-UP DEPT. OF TOURS 1954-1956
Please click here to view the entire Union Pacific and Chicago & North Western Western Summer Tours 1954 booklet.  This is an extra feature for the article “Working for the North Western – Union Pacific Department of Tours, 1954-1955″ located on page 14 of The Streamliner, Vol. 27 No. 2.