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Old 11-01-2018, 04:39 PM   #1
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I am refurbishing a 7 1/4" gauge model of a Canadian diesel shunter. It was fitted with a standard 12v car horn, which has failed. Real train horns are lots of money, but lorry-type multi-tone air horns are plentiful and a reasonable price. Does anyone know if any of these horns sound anything like a real train?
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Old 11-01-2018, 04:48 PM   #2
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I thought lorry horns usually worked on compressed air. Is that suitable?
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I have an original Deltic horn in the loft.
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Yes they do, as do real train horns. The compressors are quite small and a small reservoir (coupe of liters) will do fine if you don't want to sound the horn too often and too long.
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I suppose you need to listen to a few horns. What you need is a branch of Horns R Us.
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That would be nice.
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I have an original Deltic horn in the loft.
Growler, how big is it? Lorry horns will fit in the model, but I will need to work out where to put the air reservoir.
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Hi, at a guess it’s just over 12” long with a tapered shaft of about 2” - 4” which sits on a plate that’s about 4” x 2” that fits onto a compressor and it’s all made of brass.
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