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Old 07-08-2021, 03:28 PM
 
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eegads!

This summer trains are honking at night in Monument CO more and more often and not usually at the main intersection. They are honking (2-4 small blasts) somewhere near Dirty Woman Park and after midnight. One train driver is briefly honking at the intersection of Mitchel and 2nd late at night as well despite it being a silent zone. Last night we counted three (possibly four) trains honking near Dirty Woman Park between midnight and 3 am.

Does anyone know what is going on and or why? Does anyone know if we can encourage them stop, and if so then how?

The frequency of the honking is increasing. In the winter, windows are closed and horns harder to hear.

We love the trains just not the honking at night in town.
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Old 07-09-2021, 01:17 PM
 
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In general, trains always honk their horns any time they pass through an intersection, even at night, unless a variance has been obtained to make it a no-honking zone (in which case they can still honk if they feel it is needed). You may hear it more at night because it is quieter and if the weather sets up right it can seem louder or more noticeable at sometimes than others.
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Old 07-10-2021, 03:22 AM
 
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Thank you. Yes, there is a variance here for a no honking zone at the intersections.

The majority of incidents are well beyond/past the intersection near us.

Based on your description it does seem likely that activity must have been happening too near the tracks. At this point and after more consideration, unless there were late night workers on the track, I'm thinking deer (?)

Thank you for your reply
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Old 07-10-2021, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Sun City West, Arizona
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I haven't lived in COS in three years now, but when I did and read this part of the forum regularly, there were other threads on this same topic. Not sure anything has really changed.
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