Results 1 to 11 of 11

Thread: Will the train switch yard be noisy?

  1. #1
    100614
    Guest

    Will the train switch yard be noisy?

    Has anyone notices that there are several train tracks near the fairgrounds? Are these active tracks? What is the expected noise likely to be?

    Thanks --mds

  2. #2
    Candidate for Director Jackie Hughes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Spokane, WA
    Posts
    39
    Okay all, here is the difinitive answer to all those questions regarding the rail lines that are seen in the ariel view of the fairgrounds.

    The yard is operated by Union Pacific, not BNSF as previously reported in other posts. I spoke with a director at UP this morning, so this is direct from the horse's mouth as they say.

    While UP does have 24 hour operations, they only have two trains that utilize those tracks on a daily basis. Both trains are morning trains, 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM and operate Monday-Friday. IF (and according to UP that is a big IF) there is any other activity that occurs, everything is shut down by 7:00 PM. No trains run on Sundays at all.

    All their other rail activity takes place through another switching yard, as does the Amtrak train, which BTW does come through Spokane at 1:30 AM. The station for Amtrak is located in downtown Spokane (the platform Rev. Willie is refering to) and the train comes into Spokane via another yard before hitting the station and then departing for parts west.

    For those of you who like trains, you will have to be satisfied with the visiting the train museum on the rally grounds. Hopefully this answers all questions.
    Jackie Hughes
    '86 K75, '99 Ducati Monster 750
    Spokane, WA

  3. #3
    100614
    Guest
    Thank you. As someone who used to live next to a switch yard -- AND WILL NEVER AGAIN -- this was very informative. Hopefully, everything's correct and I won't have any bad flashbacks

  4. #4
    Registered User jgr451's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Left Coast Canada
    Posts
    1,362
    As someone who used to work in a train switch yard aka Hump...I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to spend much time around one,if quiet is your current value.
    You can get used to it....

  5. #5
    On the Road
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Coeur d'Alene ID
    Posts
    21
    Has anyone ever met a quite train??

  6. #6
    MT State of mind
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    856
    Actually, yes, there is "quiet rail" that reduces the noise you hear when a train goes by. But I've never known of a quiet rail yard. I've been around a few and lived near one for too long, and I'll second that "never again" and raise you a "not near a sawmill again, either."
    Last edited by Montana; 02-19-2004 at 08:43 PM.

  7. #7
    Bill C.
    Guest

    Not Me!

    I love the sound of trains!

  8. #8
    leave my monkey alone LORAZEPAM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Location
    West Salem, OH
    Posts
    2,888
    Bill, have you ever been to a switch yard? the sound of the cars banging into each other over and over as they change the cars to other trains is not very romantic, especially in the middle of the night.
    Gale Smith
    2009 Versys
    1999 R1100RT

  9. #9
    ian408
    Guest
    Originally posted by Montana
    Actually, yes, there is "quiet rail" that reduces the noise you hear when a train goes by. But I've never known of a quiet rail yard. I've been around a few and lived near one for too long, and I'll second that "never again" and raise you a "not near a sawmill again, either."
    Yes. CalTrain is installing seamless rail (or what ever it's
    called) and it is quiet. But not when a freighter blows through.

    A train is passing by now and about all I can hear is the
    engine.

    If you're looking for quiet, don't stay near the yard.

    Ian

  10. #10
    Brrr YB in IN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Bloomington, Indiana
    Posts
    1,185
    My best friend's bedroom window growing up was about 30 yards from a very active train track. After a while you just start to sleep through it, even if the horns are blowing or not.

  11. #11
    MT State of mind
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Posts
    856

    Hey, I know where to get one!

    I know where there's a car like that available. Has Rev Willie considered contacting Montana RailLink about a rally train? Of course, all it takes is $.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •