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Family lines sd40-2 horns

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Family lines sd40-2 horns
Posted by JohnWPowell on Thursday, October 1, 2020 7:50 PM

Can someone tell me what horns family lines used on there sd40-2 Thanks John

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Posted by gmpullman on Friday, October 2, 2020 3:30 AM

Hi, John

No expert here. Looks like a Leslie RS5T-RRO? (two smaller bells reversed)

Others may "chime" in with better information.

Another listen here:

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x58rn

 

S-5T 25, 31, 37, 44, 55 C dim with
flattened 9th
C,  D#, F#, A,  C#

But, these horns had a penchant for wheezing and squealing when the power chamber got dirty or worn.

Good Luck, Ed

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, October 2, 2020 5:16 AM

Would it not be better to look at this answer for specific types of "Family Lines" power, including the many that had horns specified by the predecessor railroads?

Was there an organized program to use 'standard' horns when rebuilding or shopping particular kinds of power?

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Posted by MARTIN STATION on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:05 AM

John,

  For the unit in the photo, Ed is correct. I just finished detailing a L&N Family Lines SD40-2 (3584) and it also used the Leslie RS-5T RRO. I ordered mine through my LHS and he got them from Athearn, part # ATH02024. These are the ones Athearn uses on their Genesis models and they are really nice but not cheap (about $20 for 3 retail), I'm not sure who else makes them but you can probably find them a lot cheaper but they are really nice. Overmod is correct that on some units depending on the era and where the unit came from, the horns can be different, but I've seen these on L&N, SCL, and EX-B&O units just to name a few. 

Hope this helps,

Ralph 

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Posted by JohnWPowell on Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:01 PM

Thanks everyone 

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