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Old 12-19-2012, 10:20 PM
Location: Milwaukee, Wi
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In LA I lived where the train was 10 feet from my fence. It ran freight and metro trains all day long. Needless to say I got to a point where a 5.0 earth quake would not wake me.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:24 AM
Location: West Michigan
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Originally Posted by jtur88 View Post
I hear a train whistle now, passing a few block from my house. How loud it is depends on the wind direction and other atmospheric considerations. There are at least a dozen trains a day. I love hearing them. They're horns now, but we old timers still call them whistles, the way what you do on a keypad is still called dialing.

Have you ever lived in a place where you could hear passing trains, or do you now?
Yes. I live in a rural area, and there is an Amtrak/freight line about 5 miles away. I can usually hear the trains go through.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:48 PM
Location: Seattle, Washington
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I rarely hear whistles but I do hear them rolling by, and sometimes I hear their cars crashing together. There are tracks on the other side of the next block over from me.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:07 AM
Location: New York NY
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NY, NY checking in here: Yes, even in the big city I can regularly hear the trains. Late at night its easy to hear the whistle of trains rumbling downtown on the tracks, which are sort of between Riverside Drive (the furthest west ave in Manhattan) and the Hudson river.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:06 PM
Location: Vallejo
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Yup freight tracks are about a mile and a half from where I live.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:26 PM
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I'm about 1.25 miles from the nearest railroad track, which is a fairly busy line. There are hills and an interstate that are between me and the line, though, so I typically only hear trains at night or early in the morning when things are fairly quiet.
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:31 PM
Location: Brooklyn New York
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yes, i can hear the train from where I live.

I live midway down the block from the elevated train here in Brooklyn, NY. I don't mind at all, that is what our neighborhood is made up of, the train rumbling by.

I find the rhythamatic clicky-clack of the train kinda soothing to listen to.

yet, I hate airplanes with every ounce of my being
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Old 12-21-2012, 01:36 PM
Location: Maryland
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Yes, I live right next to the red line in Chicago, but I only register it when I pay attention. We are pretty high up, and our building's windows/doors are very thick. Incidentally, I actually can make out the "ding-dong...doors closing" sound much more clearly than the rumble of the train.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:05 PM
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Yes I live not too far away from the el.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:11 PM
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I live about a mile from the train tracks and regularly hear them on summer nights when I have my window open. Very soothing.
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