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Train whistle noise solutions explored

March 22, 2014

By MARK MARONEY mmaroney@sungazette.com The blaring horn on a engine at the three primary crossings in Newberry has been a nightmarish sound for some....

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JabbaTheHutt

Mar-23-14 6:23 AM

Speaking of the train horns though... My neighbors and us get a kick out of the trains that come through South Williamsport. There must be just a couple of engineers that make the regular runs with the coal trains through here and we notice it most overnight, but one guy will just Toot the horn as he comes to the crossings - a few short bursts. Then there is another guy who will just lay on the thing. We hear him coming from out Sylvan Dell area, near every crossing along 2nd Ave and Front St., Maynard St., and off in the distance toward Duboistown. It's kind of funny to be able to tell an engineer by the way he toots his own horn.

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JabbaTheHutt

Mar-23-14 6:17 AM

I lived on Boyd Street from birth to about the age of 10 or 11. The tracks were 10 feet from my backyard and maybe 50 feet from the back of our house (give or take). Maybe it was growing up next to them, but I don't recall us having any ill will toward the trains and the noise they make when they came by. Those tracks have been there a very long time, I don't get what the problem is. Sure, the residents in those homes are all likely new and did not grow up with the trains, but isn't that something you consider before buying or renting a home - location, environment? It's not the trains or the engineer's fault - it's required for safety's sake that they blow the horn upon approach. We moved to Loyalsock for many years, then I had a place in Wmspt, now over the river. I was away from trains for those mid-years, but now we have them down the hill from us and get blessed with the horn and can even feel them as they pass - not as much as those living right next to them though.

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jsteg47

Mar-22-14 1:25 PM

Everyones tolerance to HIGH noise levels are DIFFERENT , i have pictures that have fallen from my wall. I had no choice to move hwere I did. Had the manager of my apartment told me how VERY LOUD the whistle was, DAY AND ALL THRU THE NIGHT. I would have declined. Medical studies prove high levels of this type can and do cause hearing loss.

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VXerick

Mar-22-14 12:07 PM

I live one street over from the tracks through another part of Lycoming Co. I love the train whistles and hope they never change.

Geez people, get a life. Better yet, get a set of earplugs if the noise bothers you. I'll bet you never hear your yapping pet dog that drives others crazy at all hours.

This is like people who move near an airport and complain about the noise or people who move to the country and complain when farmers spread manure in their fields.

As one of the others commented .... if you don't like it, move.

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Shirly

Mar-22-14 10:33 AM

Wow...some folks need to get a grip. I'm in Newberry, but blocks and blocks away from the train tracks. Still, at night, when things are calm the sound of the trains carries up to my home. Then I remember years ago when there were two sets of tracks, one now long gone, just above 3rd Street as well as the set just below Third. So many trains!

A line from a Rod McKuen song: "Now it's down through the town to watch the trains." Pretty soon we won't be able to do that anywhere anymore. Get a grip, folks!

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TheMoe

Mar-22-14 9:55 AM

There are automatic gates at every one of the three crossings in Newberry and they have been effective since their modern installation in the 50's. The crossings and gates have been improved and updated several times since then. The whistle pattern is a standard from a by gone era. It's the 21st century folks! I do agree that the whistle is still a nostalgic sound, but the blaring horn really isn't necessary anymore. For those of you that insists that this practice is important; maybe we should return to using hand signals out of our car windows, when making turns.

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wwhickok

Mar-22-14 9:51 AM

I'd love for the person who was stupid enough to hit disagree on all the comments here to explain themselves. FKin dumb ***

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wwhickok

Mar-22-14 9:49 AM

The people complaining about the Whistle Noise from the Trains are dumb ***es. Seriously. Those whistles exist for your safety. Jesus.. It's people like this that cause local government to waste so much money on stupid crap. Don't like the whistle? Move!

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Zippie

Mar-22-14 9:15 AM

Ban train whistles and the ones that get it banned will be the first ones come a running when they get hit and killed by a train.

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lookout

Mar-22-14 7:34 AM

I find it that you get use to it and it becomes a common noise in your daily life. So much so that I actually stop and look both ways at the tracks just out of habit. No wasted money should be spent on this subject.

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JohnMBower

Mar-22-14 7:27 AM

I love the far-off sound of the train whistles late at night—if they were stopped, for me, it would be like banning church bells on Sunday, or birds' singing in April.

Telling my grandkids one day that you could once hear the trains in town will be like hearing that they once had horse-drawn ice wagons here—just something from the distant past that's gone forever. I do sympathize with the folks who live near the tracks, I just don't live anywhere near them. I'm sure if I lived so close that they woke me up, I'd feel differently.

Until they're gone, I guess they're going to sound just a little more lonesome to me, knowing that they are headed for extinction.

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eriklatranyi

Mar-22-14 7:06 AM

Yes, this is the selfishness of the average person today.

I buy a house near railroad tracks, but want the noise to go away.

I buy a house near a farm, but want the smell to go away.

I buy a house near an airport, but want the noise to go away.

I buy a house near the river, but do not want to pay for all the flood insurance.

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mikekerstetter

Mar-22-14 4:44 AM

I live near the train tracks and then complain about the noise.

The horns were designed to be heard by drivers of other vehicles near railroad crossings. Train engineers are required to blow their horn in a certain sequence at railroad crossings. I lived within a 1/2 mile of the tracks in Montgomery most of my life, 10 years about a block from them. I can't ever remember a time when I was woken up or otherwise bothered by a train going by.

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