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    Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone


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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Not sure this is the greatest of ideas with how fast the trains come through that area and the recent incidents with people getting hit. But, whatever, I guess.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    I have noticed the trains running MUCH slower on average. Maybe they are slowing down to stop but it just seems like 90% of them are traveling slower than 40mph and some slower than 30mph.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    When I read the first post, I was flabbergasted.(Sooo rarely do I have the opportunity to use that word and really mean it). I've seen two Operation Lifesaver presentations by Union Pacific folks (Operation Lifesaver, Inc.) in the last 6 months. I have a newfound respect for trains and the potential damage from impact. But the more I thought about the Ames situation, it's not vehicle accidents so much as pedestrians who do not respect the tracks. But, I still think that lack of warning horns will ultimately lead to another death(s).

    I lived a block from the tracks while a student at ISU, and now live just a few blocks from RR tracks in a small town. I've never been woken up by a train, and I think the homeowners complaining about the noise of the horns are blowing smoke.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    I don't agree with this. The trains in Ames go really fast! I know it is probably annoying if you live near it but it sure gets your attention when a train is approaching.


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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by phipsiclones View Post
    I don't agree with this. The trains in Ames go really fast! I know it is probably annoying if you live near it but it sure gets your attention when a train is approaching.
    ...and the crossing arms going down don't?



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Dumb and relatively inconsequential.

    Post something when they get that mess at Duff, Lincoln Way and Main St addressed. It's moments like sitting in traffic for 5 minutes while a freight train bisects Ames that help me forget that Ames is a major university town.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    ...and the crossing arms going down don't?
    There will be people who, after an accident, will claim that they thought the crossing arms were malfunctioning and decided to go around them. Motor vehicle accidents with trains seem to be rare in Ames, and as previously pointed out, its the pedestrians who are always trying to beat the trains.

    My understanding of this new quiet zone setup is that the train engineers will still be able to blast their horns if it looks like a pedestrian or motor vehicle appears to be getting ready to try to beat them. Really though, if you can't see or hear a million pound + train approaching without having your eardrums blasted.......you're on your own.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Is there any truth to what id heard at one point that at one point the railroad wanted to reroute around the city? Wouldve made a lot more sense for those high-speed lines to not be running through town.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Is there any truth to what id heard at one point that at one point the railroad wanted to reroute around the city? Wouldve made a lot more sense for those high-speed lines to not be running through town.
    I highly doubt there is any truth to that.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    If you dont want to hear the train horns all hour of the night dont live close to the tracks.


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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    If you dont want to hear the train horns all hour of the night dont live close to the tracks.
    You don't have to live close to the tracks to hear them. I live about 10 blocks away from one of the crossings and can hear the automated horns all the time. That said, they don't bug me that much.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Is there any truth to what id heard at one point that at one point the railroad wanted to reroute around the city? Wouldve made a lot more sense for those high-speed lines to not be running through town.
    Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure that the coal trains used to service the power plants run on the same tracks. I don't know why a route around town with a switch to allow coal trains to go into town couldn't be built though.


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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    Quote Originally Posted by alarson View Post
    Is there any truth to what id heard at one point that at one point the railroad wanted to reroute around the city? Wouldve made a lot more sense for those high-speed lines to not be running through town.
    Why would they want to reroute around the city? First of all they don't have to stop but it would be stupid to do so anyway. There are business tracks that are serviced by the east west double main in Ames such as SKEI coal and Ball plastics, not to mention the hookup to the north/south track that goes to Jewel. Also factor in that a major hookup to the Twin Cities/KC line is a mere few miles away in Nevada. So no, they would never consider rerouting around Ames. Maybe people should take the 2 minutes to go around to Grand instead of ******** about the 5 minutes they spend sitting at Duff.



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    Re: Ames to Be Railroad Quiet Zone

    I know it is probably annoying if you live near it but it sure gets your attention when a train is approaching.
    Those horns will scare the S*** out of someone unsuspecting that is on the tracks or just about to cross. If they don't know anything about the automated horns they think the train is right up on them and they're about to get hit!

    I guess I don't get why the city wants to use automated horns, they are just as loud as the real thing. Why waste money to put up fake ones.


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