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Old 05-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #57
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My wifes father worked for the railway so she loves the sound of trains However one night we were parked in a campground which had a rail close by ,we had no idea it was there untill the train came through at 3 am it felt so close I thought we were parked on the track even the light lit up the motorhome. We heard it coming and it got closer and then the light hit us and the motorhome was shaking then the engine went by and it was just the rumble of the cars .it was a memerable event
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Old 05-20-2011, 10:55 PM   #58
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I have stayed at a few absolutely beautiful RV resorts along the West coast overlooking the ocean. The gentle lapping of the waves creating a restful rhythm of natures sounds. Did I forget to mention the historic lighthouses and and the incessant syncope of the FOG HORNS.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:33 AM   #59
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My wifes father worked for the railway so she loves the sound of trains However one night we were parked in a campground which had a rail close by ,we had no idea it was there untill the train came through at 3 am it felt so close I thought we were parked on the track even the light lit up the motorhome. We heard it coming and it got closer and then the light hit us and the motorhome was shaking then the engine went by and it was just the rumble of the cars .it was a memerable event

That is a bit too close....

A thought: There are, or used to be, trains that were excursion trains, You'd drive your motor home to the rail yard, they (or you not sure since I've never traveled this way) drive your rig onto a train car and secure it... Then you ride the train to the other end of the run, and spend some time in your own bed on wheels, Then back on the train for the trip home. I can think of a few ways to deal with the wind of travel so you can extend slides and such while on the train too but I don't know if they use them.

I would like to see Main LIne rails have a few, just a few, cars of that type so an RVer going say from Detroit to Las Vegas could drive to the rail yards, get parked, take the train, and get off near Vegas. Would not have to be IN vegas, just somewhere in NV or AZ would do.

Of course Train Travel has it's hazards.. Google or You Tube search assignment:

Kingston Trio - To Morrow

Yes, there is a town named Morrow in the state of Ohio. I checked the map.
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We found the cg that kalynzoo talked about in Reno. Fortunately, few flights took off over us mostly arrivals and they didn't fly 24/7 thank goodness. Like others here, I enjoy the sound of a train except for once. I was riding shotgun in a semi, we had pulled off the highway for some much needed shuteye. During the night we were rudely awakened by a VERY loud horn, just about went through the sleeper roof. We had parked next to the tracks not far from a major highway crossing.
We have camped near rail lines and have not been bothered. As was mentioned, highways tend to follow rail lines because that is usually the most direct route and the path of least resistance.
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Only time was at the Newmar factory. Every 10 or 20 minutes and they love to blow the whistles
By law they must blow a warning whistle/horn at grade crossings unless a local law prohibits it.
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i grew up in central Virginia, where, unless you live up the side of Long Mountain, there's tracks... from first grade to the end of fourth, we lived a block from Monroe Station on the Southern Railway lines. when we moved, it took nearly all summer to get used to NOT hearing trains all hours of the night... and when we moved to the orchard out east of Amherst, it was worse. it was three miles to the nearest tracks, and then they were down in a cut. i joined the Navy out of high school, and had an entirely new set of constant noises to acclimate to...... Fairbanks-Morse makes ship diesels too..... GE makes all sorts of shipboard equipment....
now i live behind a railyard and there's activity 24 hours a day back there beyond the trees... but, if my wild raccoons out back can put up with it, so can i. BTW... we lie right under the incoming flight path for Charleston Airport...... there's something worse than train whistles by far.
only one time in the past sixteen years have i heard virtually NOTHING all night. Sept twelfth of 2001. nothing was moving at all here.
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Another thought on Trains and whistles.. Someone posted a bunch of pictures were folks decided to take 2 tons of car and try to beat several hundred tons of train with predictable results.

I mentioned riding on those steam trains... That's how I found out about them.. Someone tried to beat 1218 through a crossing.. They lost. I won,
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Love the sounds of trains, boats, and airplanes. Could watch them all for hours. They don't bother me at all at night. Take out my hearing aids, put on my CPAP and I hear nothing. DW does not share my views.
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