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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

News Flash: Trains Are Noisy

Rockland has passenger train service this summer for the first time in 50 years, but some residents are complaining about all the whistling.
The railroad says federal law requires them to blow the whistle at crossings. New warning lights and gates will be installed in the coming weeks, and the city then plans to ask the federal railroad administration to declare the line a "quiet zone," meaning no whistles.

But no matter what, Mayor Brian Hardin says people need to get used to having trains again.

"They may have thought the train would never return. But the tracks were always there. So the railroad's back and they have to adapt. But also the railroad will adapt to the condition of the people who live around it," said Hardin. [Link]
Maine Eastern Railroad runs between Rockland and Brunswick July through October.

2 Comments:

At 1:43 PM, July 25, 2006, Blogger weasel said...

I live within the sound of the whistle (as well as the ambulance station: much louder and frequent noise) and I think it's awesome. I'm no trainhead but it's great to hear the whistle and the slow cachunk of the bogies rolling over the rails.

 
At 11:18 PM, July 25, 2006, Blogger Chris said...

I grew up within a hundred yards of a Grand Trunk crossing, and the sound of a train whistle never bothered me--even at 2 or 3 in the morning.

 

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