Has a sound you’ve never heard before ever scared you completely out of your wits? It’s happened to me! “Train horns” are the latest craze, and they’re becoming more and more popular every day. The first thing I asked was, “why?” That’s a good question, I thought, but the answer should be obvious. Train horns are loud, and unless the sound they produce is kept within the decibel levels allowed by regulations, they can be very, very loud. First off… what is a train horn, anyway? It’s an air horn device used to provide a warning and is used by electric and diesel locomotive passenger trains, along with other railroad vehicles.
“Train horn” is a self-explanatory name. These devices were first used on trains, but they later began to also be used on fire trucks and ambulances, and then on large trucks. They were used to warn people that an emergency vehicle was approaching and to instruct them to move out of the way. They are extremely effective and fire trucks still use them today. Fire trucks now tone down the sound of their air horns with shutter tone, however.
Many people say train horns on cars warn other drivers on the road that you are approaching. Well, of course! Train horns come in a lot of different models and kits to choose from. You can mount one on your truck, van or car. Along with the horn, a train horn kit includes the valves and tubes needed for installation. The cost of train horns ranges from as low as $100 to more than $800.
We don’t need to stop there, either, because you can get accessories for your current train horn or a train horn you might be thinking about buying in the near future. These accessories include things like triple horns, air tanks, pressure switches, compressors and replacement solenoids.
Installation is simple. Train horns can be mounted on many areas of your car, including in your trunk, under the hood, and on the roof. They can be installed pretty much anywhere there’s enough room. The vehicle you have will decide which model or style of horn you should get. Most people use their train horns as an accessory. Many cars look almost the same, but a train horn mounted on the outside of your car can really make it stand out in a big parking lot.
There are recommended decibel levels for these horns, because high levels can be dangerous to animals and humans. It is necessary to keep the horn’s decibel level within legal requirements to avoid this type of situation. This is the responsibility of each train horn owner to use this product in a reasonable manner to avoid any hazardous situations from developing.