A train horn is an extremely loud, powerful air horn that serves as an audible warning device on electric and diesel locomotives, electric or diesel power cars, and in electric and diesel multiple units. The horn’s primary purpose is to alert persons and animals to an oncoming train,


Fact 1

Each type of honk is different and indicates a safety message to approaching trains. For example; a succession of short sounds is an attempt to attract attention to the train. It is used when persons or livestock are on the track.


Fact 2

Trains are actually not required to honk the horn when approaching a station, unless train staff notice a person standing too near the edge of a platform.


Fact 3

The history of train horns started in 1832, when a stationmaster suggested, that the trains should have an audible signaling device, and the train whistle as invented.


Fact 4

Prior to the invention, in an attempt to prevent the accident, the engine driver, had “mouth-blown a horn”, but that no attention had been paid to this audible warning, because it had not been heard before.


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