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Old 05-20-2011, 11:39 AM   #43
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #44
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I won't stay at a campground that has a nearby RR track unless I have no other choice.

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Old 05-20-2011, 01:22 PM   #45
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As a railroad employee, the absolute last thing I want to hear is a train horn!!!!! Especially while on vacation!
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:25 PM   #46
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Many years ago I was praire-dog shooting in WY. We went to town on Friday evening to visit the Silver Boot in Cody. A man there said his house sat beside the tracks, and one night he sat up in bed wondering what woke him up. He checked the clock and realized the train had not passed and sounded the whistle at the road crossing. He phoned the sheriff and explained the train did not pass his house on schedule. The train had derailed, and the missing train sounds had woke him.
So I guess it is what you get used to when sleeping.
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When I was kid I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. The lived adjacent to tracks that ran logs up to Mt. Rainier. I would get up early to watch the morning train head out. I was pretty sad when they stopped running.

To this day the sound of trains gives me the warm fuzzies from childhood. I would probably go out of my way to camp NEAR tracks.
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As a railroad employee, the absolute last thing I want to hear is a train horn!!!!! Especially while on vacation!
I have to say I know exactly how you feel.. Since I'm a ham radio operator, Under Michigan law I can have a police scanner in my car.. People (other hams) would sometimes ask why I did not.

Well.. after listening to police radios for 8 hours a day at work (I told 'em where to go for a living) the absolute LAST thing I wanted to listen to on my way home was police calls.

Now a train whistle thoug To me that's a lovely sound, does not bother me one bit. reminds me of home.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:29 PM   #50
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I used to live 1 block from some busy tracks and got annoyed whenever they woke me at night. The first Christmas eve at about 3 am I awoke to the sound of the train tooting Jingle Bells. I laughed and turned over and went back to sleep. I was never awakened by the trains after that night and I'm convinced that no longer resenting them is responsible for my peaceful slumber.
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Old 05-20-2011, 07:06 PM   #52
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I've lived pretty close to the tracks a few times. Once, in Denver, they were within 100 feet of the house on Santa Fe and did their switching at night. Never bothered me, but made my light-sleeping mother miserable.

They were just a few blocks away when we lived on Bannock and then on Acoma. Don't remember even hearing them, but we played by the tracks all the time.

Many years ago, I had a pickup at a wheat plant in Hereford, TX. I backed up to the dock and went to sleep. Sometime in the night a train thundered past about 2 feet in front of my truck. Too close!

The only place the trains ever woke me up much was when we slept in the truck at the Baggett terminal in Birmingham, AL. The tracks are between the terminal and the Sloss Furnace next door. The problem there is that there was one of those very rare 90 degree crossings out in the street, and that made just a deafening noise.

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Old 05-20-2011, 08:13 PM   #53
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It seems like RV parks are so often by train tracks! A few years ago we went to Oceanside RV Park in S. California . . . thought it would be great as it was so close to the beach. Also so very very close to train tracks. It drives me nuts, and I have those ear plugs people have mentioned to use in target practice and didn't think how helpful they would be in RV parks! Gonna pack them for the next trip!
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Keep in mind that the railroads came first - the cross country roads followed the same path that the RR established. I hear the trains, but get right back to sawing logs.
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In defense of railroaders i have to say it is not their fault the Federal Railroad Administration mandates when , how far and how long the whistle must blow.
Some of those train drivers exceed the requirements. Probably rolling on with a big grin on their face.
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Easy on the train drivers...(engineers). It is all FRA mandated on how we blow the horn for the crossings. We don't like it either....many think that the cabs of the locomotives are plush and sound proof. This is so not the case. Some of the horns are just as loud inside the locomotive as it is outside. Engineers can also be fined for excessive horn blowing as well.

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