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Residents in west Minot look forward to no more train whistles

August 1, 2013

There will be fewer train whistles in west Minot with the completion of a railroad quiet zone between Souris Valley Golf Course and Maple Street....

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Aug-02-13 10:52 AM

Will they still ding the bell?

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Aug-02-13 9:45 AM

rajihammr, what kind of cheese do you want with your wine?

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Aug-01-13 7:47 PM

I've lived near the tracks for 62 years. Right now I live near Main street so I'm greeted by the train whistles for about 6 crossings. Quieting the whistles will NOT make the crossing less safe. Minot is a in a valley in case you didn't notice, it's like a amphitheatre, sound carries like nobodies business. I can hear the train horns on North and South hill, and I'm pretty certain that no one on North or South Hill has been struck by a train lately. People continue to get killed at crossings and the prime reason is that they are fine examples of Darwin award nominees. Sounding a horn that can be heard from 2 miles away makes no sense. Reminiscent of the practice of honking a car horn when you approached an intersection as if to say "here I am", but that was 1905, and we learned that a stop-light would work better. Quiet the horns and frustrate a-hole lot of train engineers.

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Aug-01-13 12:56 PM

Trains have been in Minot since the 1880's but yet people that buy near the tracks complain due to noise? Pretty sure the trains were there first and you should have thought of that before buying. Foregoing safety because of noise seems a little silly.

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Aug-01-13 11:44 AM

rajiihammr how long have you lived by the tracks? and by the way I'm not far from a crossing.

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Aug-01-13 9:59 AM

Having to listen to a 110 db train whistle is quite different from living next to the track where there is no sounding of the horn. Train horns annoy people miles from the crossing. Quiet them all.

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Aug-01-13 7:40 AM

zagsfan, totally agree with you. I have lived next to/or near the tracks all my life, and love the trains.

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Aug-01-13 12:52 AM

At the sole discretion of the engineer, he may still sound the whistles for animals, pedestrians, vehicles,and wayside workers. The only thing you will not hear is the whistle, you will still hear the train... Safety should be number one in everyone's book. I have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who buys property next to train tracks then complains when they hear a train

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