January 6, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Train horns a nuisance

 

We moved to east Spokane Valley recently and we have yet to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Those incredibly loud horns on the BNSF trains, in addition to the loud rumble those especially empty coal trains make, are horrible. I think it is especially bad because the sound those horns make bounces off rocky outcroppings on the hillside behind our neighborhood.

In addition to that, the engineers blow too long, too often and often blow all the way from the Barker Road crossing, across Flora Road, and at times keep right on tooting. The prospect of 18 more trains, 36 both ways, has made us decide to move as soon as possible.

I was in Holland and Germany for a month and never heard a train whistle. They do not use them.

Ted Sontrop

Spokane Valley

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