Installing a Steam Train Whistle in the Garage

For some reason, I like train whistles. The neighbors probably hate me for this passion but I try not to toot my horns too often and never early in the morning or late at night. We installed a large steam train whistle this week in Bubba’s Garage. While we weren’t sure it would work off our air compressor and 1/2” piping it ended up being plenty loud. First up – the train whistle.


Peg sourced this beast from MD Whistles out of Fairmont, WV. It is a Duluth Missabe & Iron Range (DMIR) 3-chime whistle. We then ordered a 1 1/2” to 1/2” bushing from Grainger Supply since we couldn’t find one local. Next up was a United Brass Whistle Valve that I purchased off of eBay so we can pull a cord and make it toot. Add some black pipe from Home Depot and we were in business.


We still need to finish some brackets but the shop compressor handles the whistle pretty well. Bubba’s Garage now goes “Woo-Woo!”


  1. Brilliant, do your neighbours ever ask you what the noise is

    Air Compressor

  2. Most of my neighbors know me and also know loud things are always coming from the garage (horns, exhaust, music, etc.) Our mini truck even has a 5 horn diesel train setup running off a 5 gallon tank mounted under the bed.

  3. Do you think it's possible to mouth maybe a three chime whistle on a pickup.

    1. Hey, Rocky. The biggest problem you would have would be mounting an air tank big enough to provide the volume of air needed for the train whistle to sound. Steam type whistles operate more on volume than pressure.