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Old 12-18-2012, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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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?
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:05 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Yes, near my moms house the Metrolink (LA commuter) runs by 41 times a day. I don't even need a watch. And freight trains in the middle of the night too. No quiet zones, it's a symphony of horns lol But some of the engineers are cool and on holidays will toot out "jingle bells" and stuff. At least they have some humor.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:11 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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We are exactly 1/2 mile from the tracks but hear the train more from further up or down the tracks. I love the train whistle most of the time. There was a short time of a few weeks when it bothered me, but I am back to enjoying it again. There is just something comforting about the sound of the train.

I judge the economy by the number of trains that go past a day. Today has been a busy train day. The stock market is good today too.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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There's a freight line about 2 or 3 miles from me and I can usually hear them at 5-6 in the morning blowing their whistles. Not really loud enough to wake you in your sleep, but if you don't have the TV or music on, it'll be pretty obvious.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Although my town and county doesn't have any passenger rail service, I do sometimes here freight trains on occasion.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:07 PM
 
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When I have the front windows open I can hear the Red and Purple lines going by every 3-15 minutes 24 hours a day. I never really register it though, it's pretty much "white noise". My old place was across the street from the tracks and it was very loud every few minutes....although again within a few days it was just background noise.

Growing up in Iowa we lived about a quarter mile from some freight tracks. Didn't hear whistles much as there were bridges or underpasses for the tracks, but in the summer with the bedroom windows open I LOVED hearing the rumble of the trains drifting up and down the line.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Freight line about 1/2 mile from the house, no passenger trains at all. I hear the one train a day go through every once in a while.
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:11 PM
 
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I've never lived somewhere that I couldn't hear the trains going past. I've lived within a block of the tracks twice in my life. It's pretty surprising how quickly your mind can tone it out. One of those places happened to be in the area where planes banked going into PHL. Now there's a sound you'll never tone out.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:53 AM
 
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I love hearing the trains too. I live around mile and a half from some tracks and within a few minutes of the southern terminus of Amtrak's AutoTrain so will hear that coming and going regularly.
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Old 12-19-2012, 05:58 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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i live about a mile from tracks and the trains run like clockwork. a distant whistle can be heard every morning, afternoon, and evening. but i honestly forget when specifically, i've totally toned them out.
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