Listen for the Whistle: The Soundtrack (Digital Download)

LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE: THE SOUNDTRACK brings long-scrapped steam locomotives back to life through the power of Nickel Plate Road no. 765. This is a digital download only.


It’s July 1948 and you have a front row seat to the end of the steam era. A thunderstorm bears down on a Midwestern railroad town and it’s business as usual as hotshot freight and passenger trains make the night come alive. Click here to listen to a sample.

Using audio of restored steam locomotive no. 765 and the vintage whistles from long-scrapped locomotives, the sounds of historic American railroading roar back to life.

Hear the 765 throughout its career, a Norfolk & Western Y6B struggle on wet rail, the long approach of a Pennsylvania Railroad K-4, and the ghostly song of a Chesapeake & Ohio freight train as it makes its way through the night.

Enjoy original songs written by the 765’s crew and the sounds that inspired a generation to always LISTEN FOR THE WHISTLE.

This is a digital download. Please ensure your computer is capable of downloading a 100MB Zip file and playing MP3s. A link to the download will be emailed and will remain active for 12 hours on the purchasing computer.

1. Suite
00:52 Wheeling & Lake Erie 2-8-4 no. 6428
3:00 Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 no. 604
5:57 Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 no. 765
10:19 Norfolk & Western Y6B no. 2153
15:23 Pennsylvania Railroad K4 4-6-2
18:13 Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 no. 765
20:08 Chesapeake & Ohio Hudson 4-6-4
24:04 Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 no. 765
2. Horsehoe Curve (2012)
3. Waitin’ on the 765 – Matt Shawver
4. Engine 765 – Ken Bantz
5. Steam Train – Matt Shawver