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When I rode on the R32 Phase Is and Phase IIs in the past I've noticed different placements with their horns:

 

This one has a horn right above the cab:

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This one doesn't:

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I've noticed for quite some time that the R32s with horns above the cabs make a screeching noise like some horns on the R44s, while the R32s with horns below the coupler make the regular WABCO sound. Is there a chance that the R32s with horns above the cab are the first R32s, while the R32s with horns below the couplers R32As?

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I also noticed a little difference in the prop. One of the models sounds like a R-68 when moving and another sound like a RedBird. I cannot really detect which Phase are the models. Too late to identify them, school bell destroyed my ear, :P.
I think that's b/c R32s use Westinghouse motors like the majority of the Redbirds.

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The R32 and R32A designations are meaningless nowadays. All are R32's.

 

The best way to tell the difference between Phase I and Phase II besides if you have a good ear for the brake equipment is the location of the passenger door cutouts...if it's on the side of the heater underneath the seat it's a Phase II. If it's on the inside of the door frame, it's a Phase I.

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Thanks for the info, but do you know the exact reason?

 

I realize this probably isn't the answer you're looking for but the best explanation is "it's always been that way" even pre GOH. Didn't have to do with the rebuild:

 

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All R32 have the same KL3C horn. If they sound different, that's because of age. Some horns are rusted, cracked, or even incapable to make a sound. All NYCTA train have KL3C horns except the R160s which have KL7H horn which sound electronic.

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All R32 have the same KL3C horn. If they sound different, that's because of age. Some horns are rusted, cracked, or even incapable to make a sound. All NYCTA train have KL3C horns except the R160s which have KL7H horn which sound electronic.
Are those horns made by WABCO?

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