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Old 09-14-2007, 11:08 AM
 
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Can you please tell me how loud are the freight trains that run through Decatur/Oakhurst? How disturbing is it or can you get used to it? thank you

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Old 09-14-2007, 01:55 PM
 
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Can you please tell me how loud are the freight trains that run through Decatur/Oakhurst? How disturbing is it or can you get used to it? thank you
They're freight trains. They're noisy. Everyone's tolerance is different. Me, I can sleep through the second day of work to re-roof the apartment I'm in (I've done it -- I woke up the first day). I slept through both of my other two roommates' alarm clocks, and all of their daily dressing activities, in college but woke up every time on my own. I now have three children under age 11 and they can all watusi into our bedroom and begin full-scale internecine warfare and I doze right through it. Other people can't sleep through a gnat tip-toeing across a shag rug.

In short, I could get used to it quickly, but YMMV.
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:11 PM
 
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Do you mean the trains that run parallel to College Ave. (the dividing line between Oakhurst and downtown Decatur)? If so, I live about two blocks from that line. Doesn't bother me at all. I hear the train whistle if I am up at night already, but it doesn't wake me (and I am a very light sleeper). Also doesn't bother my toddler. I don't even notice except late at night when everything is quiet. I was looking at a house close to the line that runs up through Druid Hills and asking alot of people about it, forgetting entirely that I actually live very close to an active track now!
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:00 PM
 
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We live about two blocks away. It woke me up for about a 3-4 weeks when we first moved (It usually comes at about 11:00ish and 4:00ish). It wasn't a huge deal. It would just wake me up and then I would fall right back asleep. Now it doesn't wake me at all, ever... but if I am awake at night I notice it. I seldom hear it during the day when I am busy though - I just don't notice it anymore unless I am very still and quiet and not focusing on anything in particular. Our friends lived about 3 houses back from the RR (very close) and said the same... took about a month and then they could sleep through it - they said it woke up their guests though.

I am a very light sleeper (it's actually a bit of a problem for me) so I am pretty sensitive to stuff like that.

It has never woken up my kids.

It annoyed me at first, but now I like it... It's kind of romantic (in an Old West sort of way) and marks time like a church bell does. You get attached to it.

Decatur recently passed a bond and one of the things that they are planning to do is to create silent RR crossings where the trains would not blow at all. Not sure if it will actually happen b/c there is some opposition among citizens... but it is on the list of bond "to dos."
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Old 09-15-2007, 09:13 PM
 
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Can you please tell me how loud are the freight trains that run through Decatur/Oakhurst? How disturbing is it or can you get used to it? thank you
I lived less than a block from the train. Only 2 houses on small lots seperated us from the tracks. I would stand on my deck and watch the train go by. It is loud and they would blow the horn right before the crossing. It just so happened that the horn would blow right at our house. You really get used to it though. Countless of times I would be on the phone and the horn would emit a deafening sound and I didn't notice. My party, on the other hand, would often ask what the h-e-double hockeysticks was that! Man, I loved living there. I even loved the train.
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