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Old 10-03-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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I live in Montrose. For the last few days, I've been hearing train horns pretty consistently from 4-7 am. Today Oct 3 they've been blowing constantly from 8 to 8:15. Isn't this banned? I assume I'm hearing the Washington corridor trains. What happened to the quiet zone?
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:46 AM
 
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It could also be that you are hearing trains from farther away. The cooler, drier air allow the sound to pass easier.
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Old 10-04-2010, 07:34 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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The train horns are banned at many crossings on Washington but I'm not sure about all of them. I live near one of them and haven't heard a horn in many months since the ban. However I think it was this past Thursday before bed that I heard one and thought it was strange to hear one.

The train horns are louder in cooler, drier air. Perhaps some of the crossings still have horns blowing and due to the weather we are now hearing those particular ones.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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I hear train hors all the time in this city. I just moved here a few months ago from a city that doesn't have trains and it really is anoying to hear these horns at all hours of the day and night. Why do they need to blow them? Isn't this why we have the railroad crossing guards that lower to block traffic? Isn't this why we have flashing lights at the intersections? If you still need a train to blow its horn then you really aren't paying attention.
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Old 10-04-2010, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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I hear train hors all the time in this city. I just moved here a few months ago from a city that doesn't have trains and it really is anoying to hear these horns at all hours of the day and night. Why do they need to blow them? Isn't this why we have the railroad crossing guards that lower to block traffic? Isn't this why we have flashing lights at the intersections? If you still need a train to blow its horn then you really aren't paying attention.

That's exactly how folks get killed. They don't all have arms that lower, and some folks just try to jog through them.

I, for one, like that forelorn call of the train blowing. We have a line near us that blows alot, all hours of the night.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:32 AM
 
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The trains in my neighborhood used to blow their horns all night for as long as I can possibly remember...and then the ban kicked in a couple of months ago. I honestly miss the sound of the horns at night, lulling me to sleep.
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Old 10-04-2010, 11:45 AM
 
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I think that if the train engineer thinks that he needs to use the horn for safey concerns (reports of gates not working, heavy traffic, etc) he can use them, even in "banned" zones.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I live near the train line, and havent had issues other than the normal whistles.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:45 PM
 
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I noticed S. Braeswood between Stella Link and 610 the old gates have been replaced at the crossing where cars can no longer maneuver around to beat the train - very good idea, unless that same train stays broken down a few hundred 100 yards away and we're stuck with no way to turn around. Maybe they'll have a code or something to remotely open/lower the safety barrier. I also love the sounds of trains blowing their whistles in the distance at night.
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Old 10-04-2010, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Katy, TX
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It could also be that you are hearing trains from farther away. The cooler, drier air allow the sound to pass easier.
Wow.. never knew that...!
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