HOMEMADE CALLIOPE

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PO Box 130-Hwy 51 S One Gunpowder Lane Union City, Tennessee 38261

Many years ago when I started collecting my cars to house at Dixie Gun Works I found that steam whistles were five and ten dollars each. So, I bought them. About twenty years ago I decided to make a steam calliope. Not having the money to buy an air compressor with a high 'cubic foot per inch' output, I went to town and bought a 2 HP air conditioner compressor for $75.00, a 50 gallon propane tank for $ 10.00 and had a plumber to put them together along with the right pop-off valve that pops off at 35 pounds.

For twenty years now our customers and visitors have blown these whistles every day that sound just like a Mississippi River Mark Twain steamboat. With 35 pounds of air they will almost burst your eardrum and of course they are in order according to the frequency of the sound of the ten steam whistles. To me, these are real neat.