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No you don't get used to it, wakes me and my wife up every time. We live at least 10 blocks away from it.
I live right next to the railroad and you get use to it. Doesn't even wake me up anymore
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I can only imagine the discomfort residents go through trying to sleep close to a train and train horn. When working moonlight hours I can hear the horn and times it feels like it is just yards away. Very excessive compared to the other cities I have lived in.
Put up rail crossing guards with red lights and not the ones that a driver can snake through easily.
Post signs for the conductor to know when he is entering a residential area. Short horn usage area. Truckers are notified of not using engine brakes in city limits. Attach fines to the conductor and rail company for violations.
Place barriers up along on both sides of the track before the crossing so the sound travels down the track and the conductor can use the horn. The same barrier is used for freeway traffic noise.
Trains don't blast horns in Houston neighborhoods, especially with the decibel levels in Victoria. Not necessary. This little town is way behind the curve here. Victoria should study the options like directional horns. Just like like rail road warning crossing lights. Horns can be placed at crossings directed at traffic. It is not necessary to blast the whole town.
In my opinion, this is all hogwash. Consider that this town does not enforce it's own ordinance regarding the 50 foot radius for boom boxes, all of the extremely loud exhaust systems some people think they need to impress others and the sirens that are constantly sounding throughout Victoria regardless of the time of day or night. The American Indians were correct when they stated that white man speak with forked tongues; especially in Victoria.
How about we just put up some disclaimer signs to warn people that "In Victoria our trains don't honk, cross tracks at your own risk".
Enough with that 2 minute horn honking to cross one street.
If not a quiet zone, then consider the volumn in which the horns are set. They are much louder than car horns, and emergency vehicles, which operate at greater speeds. It would also help if only the horn facing in the direction of movement is sounded.
the railroad is not going to move the rail line.
if I remember correctly, Mayor Willy said Kansas City Railroad was going to move south of town. What happened with that?