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93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
5/16/24 1:21 p.m.

So my big dumb van has onboard air already, meaning its a slippery slope to a train horn.  

But damn, a Nathan Airchime is $2k on sale. 

I am very surprised that there isn't really a comparable knockoff.  There are plenty of air horn kits, but not a lot of legit locomotive horns or clones out there.  

Anyone got any leads?  Sources?  Suggestions?

Noddaz
Noddaz PowerDork
5/16/24 1:35 p.m.

Have you tried e-bay?

It seems there is a lot of questionable quality train horns there.

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
5/16/24 1:43 p.m.

Yeah, the used Nathans are still a rack.  Way too much for my blood.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
5/16/24 3:54 p.m.

$2,000 are the cheap ones, unfortunately 

John Welsh
John Welsh Mod Squad
5/16/24 4:14 p.m.

This seems like it would've been something JC Whitney would have had in the catalog.  

 

Amazon...the new JC Whitney

$290  video of it in action

hobiercr
hobiercr UberDork
5/16/24 4:27 p.m.
John Welsh said:

This seems like it would've been something JC Whitney would have had in the catalog.  

Right? I remember their "Ocean Liner Horn." "You'll make waves in traffic."

preach
preach UltraDork
5/16/24 4:47 p.m.

At work we have a spare VA class submarine horn. We are machinists, so of course we made a fitting to put compressed air to it. Once in a while we put the 95psi to it in our shop on the 2nd of 6 floors. Tears every time. It's REALLY loud.

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
5/16/24 5:10 p.m.

The usual Auto Zone air horn isn't enough?

mtn
mtn MegaDork
5/16/24 5:47 p.m.

A cheap train horn? In this economy?

RX Reven'
RX Reven' UberDork
5/16/24 6:23 p.m.
mtn said:

A cheap train horn? In this economy?

Railroad Yards: Efficiently Organizing Freight Trains

Gary
Gary PowerDork
5/16/24 7:41 p.m.

So you're driving a van ... on the street ... and you want a train horn? Why? For what purpose? There are a couple "very nice individuals, I guess" in our town driving coal-rollers with train horns. And they like to blare their horns randomly all hours of the day and night to display some form of personality trait. Scares the E36 M3 out of everybody within a one mile radius. I fail to understand the purpose. Is it like the "loud pipes save lives" bullE36 M3? Please tell what motivates.

So as you might know now, this is a major peeve of mine.

AClockworkGarage
AClockworkGarage Dork
5/16/24 10:02 p.m.

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
5/16/24 11:12 p.m.
RX Reven' said:
mtn said:

A cheap train horn? In this economy?

Railroad Yards: Efficiently Organizing Freight Trains

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There are wierd railroad laws out there, and they will exploit them prosecuting you.

NickD
NickD MegaDork
5/17/24 8:01 a.m.
Appleseed said:
RX Reven' said:
mtn said:

A cheap train horn? In this economy?

Railroad Yards: Efficiently Organizing Freight Trains

=

There are weird railroad laws out there, and they will exploit them prosecuting you.

I remember there was a guy taking horns and bells and number plates off of some power that Reading & Northern had stored. He tried to use the excuse of "I'm a railfan and I wasn't vandalizing or stealing, I was preserving history". It didn't work.

Apexcarver
Apexcarver MegaDork
5/17/24 8:09 a.m.

insofar as who needs one...   I mean, I didnt go full train horn on it, but I did get a rather loud self contained air horn for my Bugeye because maybe if the small car SOUNDS big when I fire it off they will actually pay attention and not kill me. 

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
5/17/24 12:38 p.m.
Gary said:

So you're driving a van ... on the street ... and you want a train horn? Why? For what purpose? There are a couple "very nice individuals, I guess" in our town driving coal-rollers with train horns. And they like to blare their horns randomly all hours of the day and night to display some form of personality trait. Scares the E36 M3 out of everybody within a one mile radius. I fail to understand the purpose. Is it like the "loud pipes save lives" bullE36 M3? Please tell what motivates.

So as you might know now, this is a major peeve of mine.

It sounds like you completely understand the purpose and motivation.  Allow me to share with you this sweet meme I made referencing a truck I was looking to purchase and how I was going to justify it to my wife.

travellering
travellering Dork
5/17/24 2:00 p.m.

There was three of the ultimate bro-dozer pavement princess trucks at a cars and coffee event I went to.  I noticed my one tire was a little low, and I could hear the air compressor running they had on board for the 5-trumpetted train horn they had mounted under the bed.  Figured it couldn't hurt to ask if I could get some air.  "Sorry, man, it's hardlined to the train horn only."

 

Y'know, if that lifted 4x4 ever went off roadin', it'd be nice to be able to air your 35 series 26 inch tires down for a tiny bit more traction, and reinflate them when you get off the trail.  Wonder what the best tool for that might be?

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
5/17/24 2:07 p.m.
preach said:

At work we have a spare VA class submarine horn. We are machinists, so of course we made a fitting to put compressed air to it. Once in a while we put the 95psi to it in our shop on the 2nd of 6 floors. Tears every time. It's REALLY loud.

TIL that submarines have horns. Move over, whale!

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
5/17/24 2:18 p.m.
03Panther
03Panther PowerDork
5/17/24 2:50 p.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner :

I imagine the 688 class subs had an air horn up in the con tower, but if so, it would be one of the few systems I never worked on. Not sure. 

adam525i
adam525i SuperDork
5/17/24 5:04 p.m.

I couldn't see having these triggered from the steering wheel but having them on backup duty might be nice.

On the last Subaru I had a simple, 1 trumpet air horn behind the bumper that ran straight off a little compressor with no tank (they're all over amazon). What was nice is a quick little tap of the horn got a soft, quick honk out of it, perfect for saying "I see you over there" or "I think you fell asleep and now the light is green so please go", held any longer and it very quickly rose to "WAKE UP MOTHERberkeleyER THE LIGHT IS GREEN" which seemed perfect for a horn. 

MadScientistMatt
MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
5/17/24 5:11 p.m.

Hornblasters makes cheaper plastic copies that still sound close.

Mndsm
Mndsm MegaDork
5/17/24 9:15 p.m.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/315111899760

 

You know you want the dragon express. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
5/21/24 8:29 a.m.
914Driver said:

The usual Auto Zone air horn isn't enough?

I bought the brand name version of this one out of clearance from their website for my GMT 400. Loud enough when I needed it, I wasn't intending to terrorize anyone. 

1988RedT2
1988RedT2 MegaDork
5/21/24 10:14 a.m.

We shouldn't judge.  Some drivers sleep more soundly than others. 

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