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Date: 05/14/18 17:40
Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: MaryMcPherson

Paducah rebuilt 4-8-2 #2500 is one of only three big Illinois Central steam locomotives still in existence.

Last Thursday, James Adams of Centralia, Illinois, was given quite the birthday surprise. He was one of the individuals instrumental in saving the locomotive, which today rests at Fairview Park in Centralia. On the occasion of Mr. Adams' 105th birthday, an air compressor was brought in and the sound of #2500's whistle was heard for the first time since she last ran in 1957. Spry for having passed the century mark, Mr. Adams climbed into the cab of the locomotive and celebrated with his hand on the whistle chord.

As soon as George told me he got video (I couldn't make it since I had a train to run), I planned to put this video together giving a brief history of what brought about the 2500 Class of the Illinois Central and the celebratory blowing of the locomotive's whistle.

Enjoy!

Mary McPherson
Dongola, IL
Diverging Clear Productions

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Date: 05/14/18 18:59
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: krm152

Great video! Thanks for posting.
IC was the last railroad in steam in Louisville KY.
That is the only road I can remember seeing steam
run on.
ALLEN



Date: 05/14/18 19:43
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: wabash2800

Thanks for sharing Mary. That's a wonderful video and a wonderful thing the folks did for that old-timer. I can't help but think how much better the whistle would have sounded with steam running through it, however. But it was nice anyway. I take it the IC was one of those roads that had whistles that sounded like steamboat whistles (at least on its big power)?

Victor A. Baird
http://www.erstwhilepublications.com



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Date: 05/14/18 20:02
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: MaryMcPherson

150 pounds of air wasn't enough for it to really cut loose, but you take what you can get.

By the late steam era, most IC engines had the three chime long bell whistles. They were based on similar Hancock whistles, but with a slightly different tuning. IC made many of them at Paducah.

Mary McPherson
Dongola, IL
Diverging Clear Productions



Date: 05/14/18 20:20
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: Panamerican99

Very nice! I have one of those big IC whistles. Over the years, it has been on a 3ft ga 4-4-0 at Busch Gardens, ex-Reader 2-6-2 no. 11, a D&R 2-6-2,
and NKP 765 (on the Louisville & Paducah trips out of Paducah).

-JH



Date: 05/15/18 00:18
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: WauhopM

Would be a hell of an excursion engine if it was restored.



Date: 05/15/18 05:31
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: MaryMcPherson

Panamerican99 Wrote:
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> Very nice! I have one of those big IC whistles.
> Over the years, it has been on a 3ft ga 4-4-0 at
> Busch Gardens, ex-Reader 2-6-2 no. 11, a D&R
> 2-6-2,
> and NKP 765 (on the Louisville & Paducah trips out
> of Paducah).
>
> -JH

I bought one myself, if not FOR myself. I got it for the Monticello Railway Museum, and it was on Southern Railway #401 last fall. The engine's Southern whistle is back on it for the photo freight charter scheduled later this week.

Mary McPherson
Dongola, IL
Diverging Clear Productions



Date: 05/15/18 09:07
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: MP4093

Very nice Mary, thanks.



Date: 05/15/18 15:23
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: LocoPilot750

I love the sound of these IC whistles, here's mine. I just wish I could find a place to hook this up to see if it sounds as good as it looks. These are a large 6" whistle, about 2 feet long (or tall), 70 lbs or so. This one has 2" NPT threads, the other whistles I have are that odd, 12 tpi 3/4" taper per foot.



Date: 05/16/18 16:19
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: Realist

MaryMcPherson Wrote:
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> 150 pounds of air wasn't enough for it to really
> cut loose, but you take what you can get.
>
> By the late steam era, most IC engines had the
> three chime long bell whistles. They were based
> on similar Hancock whistles, but with a slightly
> different tuning. IC made many of them at
> Paducah.


It's not the psi as much as the volume of air that
counts. IIRC, the inlet to an IC whistle is at least
2" in diameter, maybe a little bit more. A 3/4" or
even 1" air hose ain't going to let it sound for very
long or very loud.

150 psi is about all you can expect from an ordinary
portable (or even stationary) air compressor



Date: 05/19/18 04:34
Re: Celebrating 105 years with ICRR 2500
Author: MaryMcPherson

Realist Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> It's not the psi as much as the volume of air
> that
> counts. IIRC, the inlet to an IC whistle is at
> least
> 2" in diameter, maybe a little bit more. A 3/4"
> or
> even 1" air hose ain't going to let it sound for
> very
> long or very loud.
>
> 150 psi is about all you can expect from an
> ordinary
> portable (or even stationary) air compressor

Add to that the different characteristics of air and steam, and it also alters the overtones of the whistle somewhat.

Sure, it didn't sound like it would have if she had been sitting there under steam. But so what? Give them an "A" for effort. The community enjoyed it, and Mr. Adams obviously had a blast! In fact, it went over so well that I understand there are plans to do it again in October.

Mary McPherson
Dongola, IL
Diverging Clear Productions



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