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!”