|Railroad Crossing Quilt Block Pattern Information|
OUT in the dark the train passes
And the whistle calls to the child,
Desolate, piercing, wild,
From the track in the meadow-grasses . . .
"Far, far away," it screams,
"Far, far away,
Out in the distance are dreams
Dreams you shall follow some day
Far through the endless wild . . .
Distance . . . dreams . . ."
Backward the faint call streams:
Far in the dark the train passes,
And the whistle calls to the child.
by Margaret Widdemer
Did you know that trains have their own whistle language? Here's what each whistle pattern means:
Two Longs: Release brakes. Proceed.
One Short: Apply brakes. Stop.
Two Longs, One Short: Approaching meeting points or waiting points of trains.
One Long: Approaching station.
Two Longs, One Short, One Long: Approaching public grade crossing. Used as an alarm for people or livestock on the track.
Three Shorts: When train is standing, back up.
Two Shorts: Answer to any signal not otherwise provided for.
Can you hear train whistles where you live? Inquiring minds want to know!
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