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Kentucky Steam Announces 2023 Whistle Blow

The one-of-a-kind event will be held on October 7th, 2023

Irvine, KY – The Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation is pleased to announce the Third Annual Whistle Blow presented by the Railroadiana Collectors Association Inc. The public event will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Yard, in Irvine, KY.

For the first time ever, the whistle blow will be a standalone event with an entire day centered around the folklore and history of the steam locomotive. The event will feature dozens upon dozens of antique steam whistles blown on live steam from railroads around the country. To date, it is the only announced public whistle blow in the United States for 2023. For those wanting to take in the event, it will feature train rides, games for kids, local craft beer, local food and even the opportunity for people to be an engineer of a steam locomotive – not to mention dozens of steam locomotive whistles blown on live locomotive-supplied steam. “The popularity of our annual whistle blow has grown immensely over the past two years,” said Chad Harpole, Vice President of Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation. “Since the last event, we have had interest from whistle and railroad enthusiasts from over a dozen states wanting to participate so we decided to dedicate an entire day for people of all ages to take part in and enjoy. We greatly appreciate our sponsors for allowing it to be free for the general public to attend.”

Raymond “Bo” Brown, Vice President and Membership Coordinator for the Railroadiana Collectors Association Inc. (RCAI) said that he is thrilled that their group can be the lead sponsor of the 2023 Whistle Blow. “The purpose and mission of RCAI is the education of railroad memorabilia and antiques to our members and the general public. There is no better way to educate folks on steam locomotive whistles than being able to hear them blown on steam from an actual locomotive – and most importantly feel them being blown. We are thrilled to be the presenting sponsor this year.”

For those unable to attend, Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation will once be partnering with Delay in Block Productions to Live Stream the event on YouTube. “Last year’s event was watched by over 25,000 viewers, “said Drayton Blackgrove, founder and owner of Delay in Block Productions. “We look forward to partnering once again with Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation to make this year’s Live Stream even better – with more information and interaction for viewers across the globe.”

If you are interested in bringing a steam whistle to blow on live steam, want to book your own engineer experience running a live steam locomotive or purchase tickets for the train rides, visit the event page for the 2023 Whistle Blow.

Kentucky Steam Heritage Corporation would like to thank its additional corporate sponsors include People’s Exchange Bank, Codell Construction, Country Boy Brewing and Dirk Soulis Auctions. Sponsorship opportunities remain available for this one-of-a-kind event.

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