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The Engine's Moan American Steam Whistles by Edward A. Fagen

from The Engine's Moan

"... by turns a wailing banshee, a demonic shriek, a song of bewitchment, the spur to wanderlust, the voice of loneliness, the echo of solitude, the harbinger of grief, parting and loss ...[the steam whistle] also signals the prospect of adventures yet to be tasted enterprises yet to be undertaken ..."

Here, Ed Fagen, one of the nation's foremost authorities on steam whistles, has provided us with a broadly researched, eloquently written and marvellously witty book, the first and only one on the subject. It includes comprehensive, illustrated chapters on:

Also included are an illustrated glossary of whistle terms, an illustrated review of the major whistle-related U.S. design patents, and a comprehensive index.

A joy to read, this book is a true "must have" for the railfan, collector, curator, historian of science, industrial archeologist, and anyone for whom the sound of this icon of connotative richness has ever beckoned to adventures that live in the imagination.

Code No. 009711, 277 pages, ISBN 1931626014, $58.00

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