Amtrak Coast Starlight #14 had a Mishap! The Lead Engine had a Horn Malfunction!

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Andrew Kim

Amateur Radio/Photo Geek
A friend of mine sent me a video of Amtrak Train #14 arriving and departing Santa Barbara with a unique twist. The Lead horn of Amtrak P42DC #115 was not working, so what did they do? Well, the conductor was blowing the horn of the 2nd locomotive #114.

Don't know when this occurred or why the horn failed on engine #115, but the scanner in the video said "One More Crossing", an indication that someone other then the engineer is in control of the horn. Not to mention the engineer's frustration of that major malfunction.
I know of a few times that the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train's lead unit died, so the engineer was in the rear unit at the end of the train and the conductor was in the lead unit blowing for the crossings. Not the same situation, but it illustrates that in the end, you just make it work. :)

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