Train horns are used as warning for drivers

Dec. 9, 2012 at 6:09 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Jennifer Foster's letter posed the inquiry, "Why do we have to be subjected to this noise pollution?" As a railroad engineer for 45 years, may I answer the question?

The Federal Railroad Commission's law states, "Engineers will ring bell and blow at all crossings, public and private, including foot crossings." Railroads work 24 hours in all kinds of weather.

On Dec. 4 I also read Ray Long's letter desiring a "quiet" zone. I personally obeyed the law and know I would rather wake a citizen than hit him or his children with a railroad engine. Even after obeying the law, I have been involved with more accidents than I can remember. In those accidents, 28 people were killed. Believe me, I remember those.

Arthur Bland, Yoakum



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