* Update * at the bottom of the post.
If you have been a reader The Old Motor for a while, you know that we like steam-power and everything that goes along with it, so it makes sense to use it to bring in the New Year and our fourth season of publishing the magazine. I grew up hearing the sound of the steam whistle at the Eagle Lock Company in the Terryville, Connecticut, a small factory town. It announced the start and the end of each work day and was used as a call to bring the fireman to the station when there was a fire, but perhaps the best tune it played was the “no school” message on a snowy winter morning.
Watch and listen to the many sounds of the steam whistle heard in the interesting video above, as it brings in the New Year at the Pratt Institute.
* Update * Keith Willams at the New York Times reports:
“A longstanding Brooklyn tradition might end tonight with a blast – literally. Since 1965, Conrad Milster, the chief engineer at Pratt Institute in Fort Greene, has blown in the new year with his private collection of steam whistles. But the loud whistles marking the start of 2014 might be the last to be heard”.
You can read the rest of the very interesting story by Keith Willams at the New York Times. Just below you can see another short video showing Conrad Milster operating some of his incredible collection of whistles at previous new years event at Pratt.