Nathan K5LR24

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Nathan K5LR24

Postby BCRAIL99 » Thu May 10, 2018 12:49 pm

Does anyone know how old the Canadian K5LR24 horns are on the NS? Do they have square tags or tagless manifolds and how can you tell if they are older, judging by the sound. NS has them on early 2000's built GE locomotives. I'm pretty interested in finding one one day, but don't know where to get one.

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Nathan K5LA

Postby BCRAIL99 » Thu May 17, 2018 4:20 pm

Are there differences in sound, between a raised letter K5LA and an older K5LA? Why did Nathan start making Nathan K horns with it being raised letter, what does raised letter mean?

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Re: Nathan K5LR24

Postby Mafarnz » Thu May 17, 2018 7:24 pm

Raised letter refers to horns manufactured after 2010, when the word AIRCHIME began appearing on the side of the bells. Prior to this only the number was on the side of the bell.

When this changed happened the tuning of the K horns went to h___. The sound became absolutely terrible. Its only been in the last few years that the tuning has been corrected somewhat, but a newer "raised letter" K horn still sounds different than the older sound from the late 80's early 90's that most people prefer.
Raised letter 3B bell Jeff Hammaker.jpg
Raised letter 3B bell Photo taken by Jeff Hammaker
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