This year's York steam whistle concert could be last

Dec 15, 2009 Read more: York Dispatch 22
The annual steam whistle Christmas concert might come to an end this year because of ongoing boiler issues and high costs. Read more
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Philadelphia, PA

#1 Dec 15, 2009
This event doesn't have to end just ask for volunteer politicians to blow off some hot air they always seem to plenty to spare year round .
John Doe 000069

Mount Holly, NJ

#2 Dec 15, 2009
I wish I had the money. I would not give them any money for that dumb concert. I would use it to have the permit revoked. What that moron does is not music. It's just white noise. You remember how it used to sound when you have to dial up to go online? That what it sounds like to me. All that concert is nothing more than disturbing the peace plain and simple.
Philliesfan

United States

#3 Dec 15, 2009
John Doe 000069 wrote:
I wish I had the money. I would not give them any money for that dumb concert. I would use it to have the permit revoked. What that moron does is not music. It's just white noise. You remember how it used to sound when you have to dial up to go online? That what it sounds like to me. All that concert is nothing more than disturbing the peace plain and simple.
Whether or not you like the quality of the music is not the issue. This is a, what, 10 - 15 minute concert one day a year which brings pleasure to many. The fact that you don't like it and wish to have it discontinued, no matter who else enjoys it, shows your selfishness and intollerence. How sad for you. Merry Christmas
Testify

Dover, PA

#4 Dec 15, 2009
I hope that they can save it. If the story goes worldwide, maybe they can get enough donations.
Hey Kinsley

York, PA

#5 Dec 15, 2009
How about taking some of the profits you make from all the highway projects you mysteriously seem to always get and do something worthwhile like sponsoring the event.
Ron Hoover

Middletown, PA

#7 Dec 16, 2009
Why does this cost $15,000? Who receives this money?
porkforyou

Carlisle, PA

#8 Dec 16, 2009
Ron Hoover wrote:
Why does this cost $15,000? Who receives this money?
A new bolier probably costs 15 grand but instead they haul in a boiler from Jersey.lmao
Ron Hoover

Middletown, PA

#9 Dec 16, 2009
Doesn't anyone local have a boiler? Seems very excessive! Money could be put toward a much better use.
Johnny Christmas

Lancaster, PA

#10 Dec 16, 2009
Do any of you bother to read the article or do you just jump in with your complaints? They said pretty clearly that the cost is for the boiler and its hookup and operation, and that because of the economy they can't get as much of this work donated as in previous years. And a new boiler for $15,000? You're kidding, right? This is a great York tradition and people should be trying to figure out how to keep it so, not second guessing the good folks who have made this happen in recent years. Best wishes to them - and coal in the stockings for all of you negatoids!
Ron Hoover

Middletown, PA

#11 Dec 17, 2009
Traditions don't feed and cloth the poor and homeless. Come on, get in the real spirit of Christmas!
John Doe 000069

Mount Holly, NJ

#12 Dec 17, 2009
Philliesfan wrote:
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Whether or not you like the quality of the music is not the issue. This is a, what, 10 - 15 minute concert one day a year which brings pleasure to many. The fact that you don't like it and wish to have it discontinued, no matter who else enjoys it, shows your selfishness and intollerence. How sad for you. Merry Christmas
How would you like it if I lived near you and got a rock band to play in my back yard and the music was so loud it shook and rattled you windows? Like I said I hope they hook it up wrong or the entire thing falls apart.
porkforyou

Carlisle, PA

#13 Dec 18, 2009
John Doe 000069 wrote:
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How would you like it if I lived near you and got a rock band to play in my back yard and the music was so loud it shook and rattled you windows? Like I said I hope they hook it up wrong or the entire thing falls apart.
As long as its AC/DC i wouldn't mind
Philliesfan

United States

#14 Dec 18, 2009
John Doe 000069 wrote:
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How would you like it if I lived near you and got a rock band to play in my back yard and the music was so loud it shook and rattled you windows? Like I said I hope they hook it up wrong or the entire thing falls apart.
The steam whistle is hardly on the same level with a rock band. It doesn't rattle your windows and it doesn't last for hours. It's a few minutes of harmless holiday cheer one day a year. Geez...lighten up and let people enjoy this tiny bit of cheer. It's not a big enough deal to get all bent out of shape over.
Merry Christmas.
Bill Kuehne

Glen Arm, MD

#15 Dec 23, 2009
How much would it cost to make a permanent repair to the boiler, so you can stop renting the portable boiler? A fund raiser to fix the boiler might work - there are a lot of railroad fans out there that would probably contribute something, even though they may never have the opportunity to hear the concert.
Richard Weisenberger

AOL

#16 Dec 24, 2009
We could help keep this tradition alive indefinitely by having a new languid plate machined for this whistle which would allow full output at a mere fraction of its current operating pressure. This would greatly reduce the operating power requirement of the whistle, along with the cost. It would allow the whistle to operate from a common low pressure boiler, such as the type used for heating buildings and permit the tradition to continue for new generations.
In the Know in Hanover

Middletown, PA

#17 Dec 24, 2009
That is a great idea! How much would it cost and who can do this?
John Doe 000069

Mount Holly, NJ

#18 Dec 24, 2009
I should set up a legal fund to prevent York for granting a permit for this stupid so called concert. Why doesn't the annoying steam whistle violate the city's noise law?

Since: Dec 09

Middletown, PA

#19 Dec 24, 2009
Do you expect the city to apply laws consistently?
Testify

Dover, PA

#20 Dec 24, 2009
John Doe 000069 wrote:
I should set up a legal fund to prevent York for granting a permit for this stupid so called concert. Why doesn't the annoying steam whistle violate the city's noise law?
Do yourself a favor: Get in your car, drive 15 miles away until the concert is over, then go home to bed. Or would that be too easy and then you'd have nothing to bitch about?
Richard Weisenberger

AOL

#21 Dec 25, 2009
I moderate the Yahoo group "Steam Whistles'. We would be more than happy to supply all of the technical details. The cost would be the simple machining of new smaller languid plate to increase the slit width of the whistle to allow full power operation at a mere fraction of the current pressure and related boiler HP. We want to keep traditions such as this alive for future generations to enjoy.
In the Know in Hanover wrote:
That is a great idea! How much would it cost and who can do this?

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