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Old 09-07-2012, 06:25 PM
 
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anyone have information on Wallingford; especially the railroad tracks running through town? How often do trains use it, how noisy, etc.

Looking at a couple properties there, not sure of moving there yet!

(for general info, the wife and I work at Okemo in the winter, and are familiar with Vermont and the economy.)
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:00 PM
 
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A caution about buying anywhere near a railroad. Traffic patterns can change. Just because a railbed looks almost abandoned, that does not mean traffic can't double, treble, or even more in a short period of time. That is the nature of it. That line is owned/leased by Vermont Railroad and was part of the old Rutland. It has never been a major rail route, as the tracks on the West side of Lake Champlain are a more direct route between Canada and the New York City area. There is local mining that gets rail transport, and Canada supplies large amounts of lumber products which might come through, and fuel products and chemicals travel by rail. You could expect at least a couple of freights a day. Rail noise is dependent on track maintenance, speed, grade, and the condition of the cars. IIRC, the grade through Wallingford is minor, and VR does a good job on track maintenance.

In general, a railroad more than 500 feet away can start to fade into background noise indoors. Anything closer than a couple hundred feet and you are going to notice every train. As much as I love trains, I would not want to live closer than 500 feet to a simple single track on a straight flat stretch, or closer than 1,000 feet to some of the more hazardous spots. A wreck can often involve chemical vapor clouds from transported ammonia, sulfuric acid, chlorine, alcohol, and a host of other products. It might never happen or only happen once, but the risk is one that is avoidable.

I was unable to quickly find the freight schedule, but 802-775-4356 will get you the section. Otherwise, some of the rail photographers usually know schedules. One thing I do note is that only two engines seem to be ganged in photographs, which means the trains would be relatively short.
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:18 AM
 
Location: The Woods
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You'll get at least 2 and sometimes a little more a day. Mostly shorter freight trains. It wouldn't be that hard to avoid living near the tracks in Wallingford, just look at the other end of town.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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I like Wallingford -- actually 'discovered' it a few years ago when I was heading towards Tinmouth and ended up driving around for a bit to get a better sense of the town and area. Actually I think Wallingford gets missed alot especially in real estate; I think it is one of those towns that would work well for people who work in Rutland but don't necessarily want to live in Rutland proper [meaning City and Town] and for those who work in the Ludlow area who don't want to necessarily live there either.
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