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Federal law has more trains blowing their horns

August 4, 2005

Albany- There are many intersection in South Georgia where trains cross your path. A new federal law to protect the who live near those intersections has their ears ringing.

It's an all too familiar sound for neighbors along West Oglethorpe.

"They're like very loud," said KeKe Overstreet of Albany.

"During telephone conversations, you have to tell your people to call you back or whatever," said Calvin Brooks of Albany.

It's enough to scare the youngest neighbor. "It's so loud, I have a kid brother about two, he's scared of them. He runs to you and wants you to hold him," said Lashala Robinson of Albany.

But it's a necessity. The Federal Railroad Administration at the end of June made it mandatory for locomotive engineers to sound their horns as a warning at all public rail crossings.

"It's only when they come to the intersections or the roads they're crossing they blow their horns, so after they get down at the intersection they stop blowing their horns," said Brooks.

Neighbors along West Oglethorpe say the horn blowing has increased since June and while it's annoying it's something they have to deal with.

"Yeah, It is an inconvenience, but I've been staying here around five years, so it doesn't bother me," said Brooks.

"They don't bother me in the middle of the night, it just bothers me when I'm on the phone or something," said Overstreet.

"You have to deal with it," said Robinson.

"It's just part of my neighborhood, like a car going down the street," said Brooks.

Under the federal guidelines, cities can set up quiet zones where trains will not sound their horns. So far, no city in Georgia is designated as quiet zone.

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