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Old 12-02-2018, 01:54 PM
 
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Curious, how is the situation with freight trains in Marquette, Munsing, Escanaba, Iron River:

- any train horn noise, especially at night?

- is there a lot of train traffic in general?

- any oil trains passing?

From MI rail map:
https://www.michigan.gov/documents/m...e_553910_7.pdf

I see a network of railroads on the UP, some owned by Canadian National (in red). Not sure what's with black lines. I'm trying to understand if there's any hassle from trains around biggest UP towns. I've been some places where train issues were major and wouldn't live there, even though otherwise I really liked them.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:47 PM
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Rail lines are shown on Google maps. As long as you are a couple miles away you won’t hear them. I live a mile away from a pretty busy line and can only hear them at night, but not if the windows are closed. Rarely they will wake me up on a summer night with the windows open.
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Old 12-03-2018, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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Here on the SE side of Ann Arbor I am about 1.75 miles from the east/west Amtrak line and a north/south Ann Arbor railroad line that runs freight, mostly late at night. I can certainly hear both of them in the summer but they don't bother me at all.

I remember visiting my ex wife's grandmother once in Morehouse Missouri. She had a railroad track right across the end of her back yard and trains would rattle the windows, dishes and you could feel it in the floors when it rolled through. She didn't even pay attention after decades of getting used to it.


Coincedently there is a group of Ann Arbor residents who have recently begun complaining about the freight trains blowing their horns late at night in the downtown area.. It appears as though these complaints may originate from some of the high end condo's built downtown near the tracks in the last few years. Some of them are clamoring for a "quiet zone" through town. That would require every at grade crossing to have drop down gates and right now none of them on that line do. The cost could run in to the millions and there is no funding source but the city last I knew.
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Old 12-03-2018, 12:17 PM
 
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Rail lines are shown on Google maps. As long as you are a couple miles away you won’t hear them. I live a mile away from a pretty busy line and can only hear them at night, but not if the windows are closed. Rarely they will wake me up on a summer night with the windows open.
I see, thanks, will keep this in mind. It took me a few months to recover my good night sleep after spending a month on a property about a mile downwind from busy freight railroad, with particularly loud horns too (not all horns are created equal) -- neither I want to be exposed to any pollution. In general, like to keep windows open at night and camp behind the house in summer. Anyway I want to be out in the boonies, if I do end up in the UP: will watch out to be away from the rail lines, since they seem to be heavily used/night use. I used to have a house very close to a line, but it was hardly used, by small trains with quiet horns and no night honking ever...very different experience from big 24-hour freight usage.
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Old 12-03-2018, 01:51 PM
 
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The Federal Railroad administration has rules for train horns....how loud and when they are blown.

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Old 12-03-2018, 05:31 PM
 
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They are required to blow the horns four times at every crossing
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Old 12-03-2018, 06:52 PM
 
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The Federal Railroad administration has rules for train horns....how loud and when they are blown.
And some engineers give extra-long honks just to stick it to local residents, in my experience. Horns on big lines got a lot louder, over time. I grew up near a big railroad, as kids we used to have a game crossing right in front of a moving train, at crossings and away from them, also laying down under the passing trains, away from crossings. Everyone is still alive. You can't put enough horns everywhere, to prevent every fool or drunk from being where they shouldn't be. (the only time really loud honking is justified is when a stopped train is starting to move, at the station, or, at curves where one can't see uncoming train, in my opinion)

Sounds like UP got pretty active freight lines, I'll make sure to keep distance.

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Old 12-04-2018, 07:31 AM
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They really should change the rule that says a train’s horn must sound when crossing a road that has gates blocking the traffic. There’s no need for —————— —————— —— ————————————! One short blast, at most, is all they need.
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Old 12-04-2018, 02:12 PM
 
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Seen twits drive around the gates and whacked.
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Old 12-04-2018, 03:53 PM
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Seen twits drive around the gates and whacked.
And they probably had their radio blaring so loud they couldn’t hear the horn no matter how loud.
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