Train Whistle

Was I the only person unaware that the PTC powers that be were seriously considering paying good citizen money to silence/mute a train whistle? PTC citizens have heard that whistle for decades. Now we are supposed to pay so some new sub-division light sleepers won't have to hear a whistle that was there before their houses were built. Buy some ear plugs and get over it. It's amazing that we complain about government interference until we want some "special treatment", then we want the government to take care of our perceived problems. GET REAL!

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Submitted by normal on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 1:27pm.

A few years ago the train stopped blowing its whistle at night. They are liable if some dummy drives into them if they are not blowing that whistle. So you cant stop them. Now for the dummies who bought homes on the tracks. To Bad. You should have know your homes would vibrate from the trains going by. I actually know people who also bought in Planterra Ridge. They were dumb enough to not know there was an airport next door and also some said they didnt know about the industrial park and trains. They blamed it on the realtors that only entered Planterra off Hwy 54 so their clients didnt see the surrounding area. Buyer beware. Suck it up and enjoy progress

Submitted by jevank on Fri, 02/05/2010 - 1:19pm.

It is always good to know what subdivisions our council members live in...then sit back and watch what idiotic proposals come up.

Next up: Silencing that annoying emergency alarm system.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 9:38am.

Heard that sucker last night at 1134 pm as I was lying in bed. Though I live several miles from PTC, it comes through pretty loud & clear at least a couple of times a day. Know what? I love it! Think we could all do with a dose of nostalgia every now and then. And BTW, it IS a safety issue!

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Submitted by TinCan on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 3:46pm.

Yep Gym, I know the feeling. Grew up in a small town with 4 tracks through the heart of town. The Reading and the Pennsylvania each with a north and south bound track. The town had 4 crossings, and in those days no gates, so there were plenty of whistles around the clock. And those were steam engine days to boot. Diesels didn't appear until my early teens. Anyway I usually went to sleep to the clackety clack of the wheels on the rail joints. Funny thing is as a young bachelor I rented an apartment near a US highway and the damned truck traffic would keep me awake for most of the night. Well that and other bachelor activities.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 4:16pm.

I am from Enola, PA, home to the Enola yards, a three mile long, 79 track freight classification yard. The railroad built Enola, in more ways than one: a lot of the old buildings had the tongue and groove wooden boxcar sides incorporated into the structures. For one reason or another, in all of my travels, I almost always end up living where I can hear trains.

It's not easy being the carbonunit

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Submitted by TinCan on Sun, 02/07/2010 - 2:04am.

Believe we may have touched on Enola a long time ago. While wearing the bell bottoms and stationed at Bainbridge, MD I used to catch a ride as far as Enola with an uncle who was a conductor, and a couple of other train crew guys, from Sunbury. Don't remember if he was with the Reading or Pennsy. His run was from Enola to Renovo. The old thumb got me the rest of the way to MD.

Submitted by AtHomeGym on Sat, 02/06/2010 - 5:01pm.

go visit Folkston, GA. Folks come from all over to see them--it's a known prime viewing place due to sheer numbers. When visiting the swamp, stayed at a B&B there where there were several couples staying there for that very reason.

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