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Old 05-18-2011, 02:15 PM   #15
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The first night we had our motor home we stopped at a CG in Ruskin, FL. We had a beautiful site on the river and were enjoying the scenery. When we went to bed you could hear the night sounds with the windows open. Really nice.
About 3:00 AM we heard a train whistle and I sat right up in bed. Sounded like it was upon us. Due to the stillness of the night it was 5 or more miles away and it blew the silly horn at every crossing. We did not know the tracks were across the street from the CG and it came rumbling by.
Checking with our neighbor the next morning he said it was the nightly train to the Tropicana plant, and it comes every night.
Since then it seems that every time we are in a CG we always hear a train whistle, mostly in a distance.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:18 PM   #16
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"The real surprise was when two trains passed out beside the coach."

So, Seajay, how did you revive them?

LMAO!! I think I understand whay you mean.

We had as similar experience in Gulfport or Biloxi back before Katrina. About a block above the highway that ran beside the beach was/is an apparent mainline. Maybe a block above the CG (think it was called Sans Beach). These things must have to blow that horn at every crossing - it was almost constant until they went out of hearing. Even with a fan going, we were awakened about every 30 minutes. The only redeeming thing about this place was a restaurant up the beach with great oysters
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:42 PM   #17
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So many memories are stirred up by this simple thread. MOre than a half century ago I would travel with my older brother by car accross country. At night we would simply pull off the road and kick our sleeping bags out and go to sleep. I was 12 or 13 at the time. I remember how I loved to be near a grade and listen as 18 wheelers came off the throttle and wound down the grades-----duh duh duh duh duh duh-----I agree with the nostalgia of hearing a train and provoking memories---I guess the difference is if you hear the train or "feel" the train------some of them are so close you can feel the rumble.
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Old 05-18-2011, 03:11 PM   #18
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We live in the woods in central Oregon about a mile from some train tracks and we get freight trains about three to five times daily. It may be old fashion but I never get tired of the train or watching it go by, while waiting at the crossing.
I think its a part of Americana and represents the economy and great history. Perhaps because my Grandfather worked for the railroad years ago in Indiana.
In my past careers I was a professional field interviewer for the Census Bureau in San Diego County and by accident interviewed a train engineer.After chatting found out his "route" was behind our house in Chula Vista. The next day not only did he blow the whistle a long time which brought all the neighbors out, he slowed down the train to yell hello.
Ah yes all these warm and fuzzy memories does not negate the fact of their noise, but I still vote for trains.
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Answer: Oh yeah!

And I always seem to find the main lines. Benson and Yuma, AZ are on the main line. Holbrook and Williams on another. Who knew Vaughn, NM (official middle of nowhere) was on the intersection of two lines? Any town along I-80 is also near the UP main line. And yes, the surprise of discovering tracks on the other side of a hedge or windbreak at midnight in isolated roadside parks in Texas, Utah, Minnesota. We listened to yard switching activity all night in Shasta City. A train worked its way through the industrial section of Las Cruces at 2 AM, honking for the crossing on every block, 10 blocks to the mile, 5 miles of audible range. There must be a code requirement that RV parking be located within earshot of a working railroad. I guess it is good that rail business is doing well.
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I grew up about 5 miles from a main line track, so trains highballing by do not bother me at all.

I was going to say that not once in all the years I've been camping has a train cut through my campsite, KIDS yes, DOGS, yes, Even so-called Adults, but Trains no.

Now that I have the humor out of the way...... Try this, Turn on the Air Conditioner, if you do not need cooling run it in FAN mode, on HIGH, the drone of the fan will very likely mask the sound of the train (Hide it) and your brain will quickly filter the noise of the blower.
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I will sometimes run the fantastic fan with the cover closed...


LOL the only train I have seen IN the campground was a Thomas the tank ... and it's young owner pushing it around...
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"two trains passed out beside the coach."
Doc -you beat me to the quote.
I've also overnited at St. George,S.C. and relate to the train noise. My consolation was that it rained all night & I fell back to sleep. I usually turn the TV on and off to sleep.
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I thought it was mandatory to have trains near a campground. If your real lucky they will have a railroad crossing also, so that you can experiance the haunting sounds of the train horn throughout the night.. I know the expensive campgrounds have airports close to them. Unfortunatly they only seem to practice touch and go landings during daylight hours.
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The only time trains bother me is if I am 20 feet away from the tracks and they don't slow down.
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They might bother me occasionally when very, very close ...like one park we use near Ft Worth where the track is in a channel immediately behind the park ...sometimes that 3am train sounds like it cannot get any louder/closer, and yet and keeps doing so!! ...and of course there is a crossing close by too...
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I grew up in Philly not far from the Elevated trains you see in the Rocky movies. My bed room window faced the Dauphin St curve. The wheels screeched around that curve day and night. If you were to ask when the last El went by I couldn't tell you, just didn't hear them after a bit.
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Seajay was it Havre, MT on U.S. 2? There is an Rv park+motel on the North side of the highway just as you enter Havre Westbound. It sits between U.S. 2 and the switchyard. Trains bother me-2nd hand; DW wakes up immediately and wakens me to see if I heard the train.
Actually I'd love to hear many more trains, perhaps it would greatly reduce our dependance on oil, as trains are the 2nd most fuel efficient way to move goods. Waterways are #1 on the efficiency list, drawback is rivers do not go where the goods must.
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What's nice when you get old like myself you can't hear that good and DW says I only hear what I want to anyway.
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