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Old 10-30-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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Does the train from the cement plant runs throught the cities at night?
How frequent is the schedule?
Is it pretty loud?
I am looking at houses in the area and would like to know how far I should stay away from the railroad, thanks.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:52 PM
 
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Just in case you don't learn of anything here, maybe you can check with the office of Liz Kniss for an update? I once owned a home near Union Pacific tracks elsewhere in the Silicon Valley, and you are smart to be looking at this aspect.

"Daytime Railroad Schedule Back on Track - Supervisor Liz Kniss - District 5 (BOS) (http://www.sccvote.org/portal/site/d5/agencyarticle?path=%252Fv7%252FSupervisor%2520Liz% 2520Kniss%2520-%2520District%25205%2520%2528BOS%2529&contentId=d7 b7a2760e8a0110VgnVCM10000048dc4a92____&cpsextcurrc hannel=1 - broken link)"
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:38 AM
 
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The Union Pacific tracks through Cupertino are *only* used for trains to the quarry. The line runs from San Jose along the light rail tracks to Campbell (along Winchester Ave) and then through Saratoga and Cupertino to the quarry. They are very infrequent. They also run very, very slowly (under 10 mph). I probably wouldn't want to live in a house that directly backed up on the tracks, but "across a street" shouldn't be a problem.

Also, they aren't supposed to run at night.
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Old 04-28-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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The train hasn't been running for several months now (April 2017). Before that, it was running at most once per month around mid-day .... never morning or night. And it runs very very slowly (less than 10 mph) so noise is minimal. The quarry it serves appears to be winding down, which makes sense since the property is way more valuable as a housing development.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:09 AM
 
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I moved here 2 months ago and live and work near the tracks. I have yet to see a train. If anything, living near the tracks would be a good thing as you have a perfect trail for running or walking the dog.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley, CA
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The quarry it serves appears to be winding down, which makes sense since the property is way more valuable as a housing development.
Wouldn't be surprised. Many local residents have been trying to get that closed down for years due to pollution issues.
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Old 05-04-2017, 03:36 PM
 
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Hello,


I used to be a conductor for the UP and worked out in the peninsula. This is what I can tell you about our trains*


-The tracks that run north and south from San Francisco to San Jose are not owned and operated by Union Pacific Railroad anymore. They where sold to Cal train. Cal train leases usage of the tracks to union pacific with certain restrictions. "Why do I care about this?" I'll explain later.


- Union Pacifc has 3 jobs daily that originate from the S. San Francisco yard. 2 of the jobs start at 8 or 9PM and night the other job starts at sometime midday. There is also a train that goes from San Jose to S. SF during the day for drop offs


- of the 2 jobs one only goes to redwood city breaks off the mainline and extracts cars, the other train goes from S. SF all the way down to San jose and back...


- the tracks speeds are not measured by what kind of train it is as to how fast is the area of said track. Frieght trains can go up to 50-60mph in that area of the track.


- Caltrain only allows UP freight to depart to the mainline tracks during certain "lows" in their period. Since freight travels slower than passenger cars. With that being said we usually don't depart the yard until around 10pm. we try to make it down to Sanjose for the meet by 12pm. try to make it back to S. SF by 2am. This is just rough times and based on a lot of things.


a few things about living next to tracks. while you might "hear" the engine and feel the vibration from the train. that can be dealt with and even managed. Where the problem comes in is, every intersection about 1/2 mile to a mile away we have to blow our horns to let cars know we are coming. we continue this until we occupy the intersection then we stop blowing. This isn't just with frieight is also happens with passenger trains.


If buying near tracks I would look to how close your house is from any given intersection.


Freight isn't going to be your biggest problem as caltrains have trains running the track ever 30 minutes to a hour.


Hope this helps.

*This is from schedules from about a year ago and while train jobs don't usually train all this is subject to change.
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Old Today, 01:20 AM
 
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12:15am Wed June 14. Train! I've missed it... It's been a long time and I welcome the sounds, though I'm sure I'm a mile from the tracks near 85/280.
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