The Edmond Sun

Opinion

June 17, 2014

LETTER: Train whistle disrupts sweet slumber

EDMOND — To the Editor:

I’ve lived in Edmond since 1971 and have always heard the trains. Okay, there is a track so that makes sense. They were never a problem before the past six months. However, things change and so have they. I am older than before so I expected my hearing to be less, not better.

Call me crazy, but this is real! I can’t possibly be the only one to hear the change. The trains come by during all hours of the day and night. That’s fine and the sound is fine. That is the sound we have learned to live with. The sound that has changed is the whistles. As they go by, they are constantly going louder and longer. They seem to be trying to wake up the town, and that can drive a person crazy. June 14 between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. there were four trains less than 15 minutes apart. There had been one at a time at 12:15 a.m. and then at 1:30 so I was awake for them.     I had almost gotten back to sleep when the whole hour of them started again.

Are there no regulations on noise for city limits at all? It just has to be something that has changed with them. I mean, a short whistle at each crossing is enough. The loud sound to be heard from 15th to Covell when you live in the middle is awful. I can’t possibly be the only person to be kept awake by this constantly. I’ve thought it was only me, but have talked to other people who feel the same.

Isn’t it possible to check codes for such things and tell them to be better about it?

OK, you can call me crazy, but there have been times I was right. When you are being kept awake nightly by anything it puts stress on your sanity. I need more sleep than I’m getting and ear plugs haven’t helped.

Helen Jackson

Edmond

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