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Leslie Train Horns Review

When there is mention of air horns, where do you begin? Is there any company that stands out above the rest? The Leslie Company is one of the most renowned train air horn companies to present day.

About the Company

The company that is responsible for creating one of the most well known train horns across the country is The Leslie Company who now goes by the name of Leslie Controls, Inc. The Leslie Company originated in the town of Lyndhurst, New Jersey and soon moved to Parsippany. The final place that the company decided to relocate to in 1985 was Tampa, Florida. They began their horn production after they were able to obtain the rights to a specific line brand of air horns known as “Tyfon.” The Tyfon brand was part of the product line created by Kockums Mekaniska Verkstad who starting manufacturing air horns in the early 1930s for the booming railway system.

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Many trains since the 1930s, were proud owners of the A200 model air horn. Leslie Company continued to manufacture these well known horns for many years before creating their own line the “Chime-Tone.” Unfortunately, the Chime-Tone series did not sell as well as anticipated because they ended up requiring an extremely high volume of air intake. With every downfall is a lesson to be learned because the Leslie Company was able to create a new line of air horns that had interchangeable parts requiring less air volume but producing a sound much louder than the Tyfon series.

The new line was named the SuperTyfon series which replaced all Tyfon series air horns. This was developed by Kockums who after years of manufacturing and developing air horns, figured out how to amplify sound wilst utilizing the air pressure within the power chamber. This led to the Leslie SuperTyfon S-5T to be considered the best of the best. The king of air horns is synonymous with the SuperTyfon S-5T. These particular horns are available in single through five tone configurations and still being manufactured to this day.

Review of the Company

Many Leslie air horns are easily attainable on various sites. There are many positive reviews as well as many companies that will refurbish old air horns. Whether they are for collectible purposes or real use – there are many facets to these great treasures. Return policies do vary depending on what site is used for purchase but all sites are very user friendly.

Conclusion

It seems as though when looking up information on train air horns, one would be crazy not to know about this company. After many years of being in business, the Leslie Company has perfected the multi-chime, extremely loud train air horn!

User Reviews

Posted by Jim

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I’m outfitting a 1928 Ford roadster pickup with a Leslie horns kit. I prefer 3 or 5 tones. Does anyone has a preference on which is a good horn kit by Leslie? Thanks, jim

Posted by Larry

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I grew up in Lyndhurst, NJ, Leslie Conpany’s first home, in the 50’s and 60’s. Their manufacturing plant, a very large facility, was smack dab right in the center of town, across from the town hall and police and fire depts., and right alongside the railroad tracks of what today is NJ Transit’s “Main Line” in Bergen County. The company employed hundreds of local men and women.

As a youngster I, like all other kids, always looked for a day off from school at the first sign of snow. In the morning during a snowfall we would all be stuck to the living room window intently listening for the 3 loud blasts from the air horns at Leslie Company that could be heard clearly heard at all corners of the town. I think they would sound those horns at 7:30AM if the schools would be closed for the day. You could also find out if the schools were closed by listening to one of the AM radio stations, but every kid in town would be waiting to hear those horns blowing at the Leslie Company.

Nowadays the old Leslie plant property consists of several strip malls with the usual smattering of Chinese and Italian restaurants, dollar store, liquor store, video game store,, drug store, bank, etc.

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