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Train Whistle heard at night though not near any tracks for miles
February 25, 2012 | Beowulf9

Posted on 02/25/2012 7:04:02 AM PST by Beowulf9

At night I hear a train whistle where I live, only occasionally and actually rarely. Have heard it about 3 or 4 times in about 7 years.

Thing is I live about 7 miles from a train track. Is it possible to hear a train whistle that far away?

and it does sound kind of ghostly, echoey, resonates.

I wondered if anyone else hear knows how far a train whistle can be heard.

I live in Phoenix Az, by Camelback Mountain.


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KEYWORDS: night; train; vanity; whistle
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To: Beowulf9

Something about train whistles in the night. It can carry for miles. We lived about as far from the train tracks in the Almaden area of San Jose, and could hear the train way in the distance in the still of the night - at least 7 or 8 miles miles away.


51 posted on 02/25/2012 7:46:51 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Beowulf9

Yes it is possible to hear a train whistle for long distances.

It is also possible you have a neighbor similar to ourselves out here in the sticks that has a trucking service, and has mounted a train air horn on his truck. Sounds just like a locomotive when he passes his friends ranch up the valley about a half mile from here as he honks, and waves.


52 posted on 02/25/2012 7:50:59 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus

Probably just a train whistle bouncing off the giant mothership overhead.


53 posted on 02/25/2012 7:55:51 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Beowulf9
You do know that some truckers put train horns on their trucks????
54 posted on 02/25/2012 7:56:26 AM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Beowulf9

>>>Heard it at midnight, why would a train whistle blow at midnight? I read that in Tempe they actually made a law they can’t blow the whistle because of complaints.

Trains are required by federal DOT Rules to blow horns/whistles as they approach road crossings - depending on what kind of controls are at the crossings. If municipalities desire no whistles, there’s a lot they have to do at crossings to make it possible for trans to be silenced.


55 posted on 02/25/2012 7:58:17 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: SkyDancer

good thing she wasn’t flying a plane.......


56 posted on 02/25/2012 8:06:03 AM PST by goat granny
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To: annieokie

It seems like all new refrigerators are much louder than the models made 20+ years ago. It isn’t specific to just Whirlpool. I think the chinese or whoever is making them now skimp on materials to make them as cheap as possible.


57 posted on 02/25/2012 8:06:03 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood
I have an idea on this noise. Perhaps if they take the back off and put in some insulation around the noise place, that is if they can find it. Think that would work, otherwise I like the Fridge and of course learn to live with this.

I bought a KitchenAid, had it for about 6 months. Made them order new doors, (scratches) and the doors would not seal. So this Whirlpool is a replacement, lol.

58 posted on 02/25/2012 8:11:01 AM PST by annieokie
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To: Beowulf9
Thing is I live about 7 miles from a train track. Is it possible to hear a train whistle that far away?

Yup, I can hear one from about 8 or 9 miles away at night sometimes.

59 posted on 02/25/2012 8:14:18 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: Beowulf9

That’s not a train, it’s a snowbird lost on Squaw Peak.


60 posted on 02/25/2012 8:20:58 AM PST by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: PapaNew

I sometimes hear one very close to here. Usually around noon.

I finally found out what is was. A neighbor who lives about a mile away, has a construction business and he also has an old steamboat whistle. I think he blows it to signal but maybe just for his amusement.

There are oddities about sound travel. I live about 300 yards from a rural crossroads. One day I was sitting on the porch and there was some construction work going on there. They were repairing a flashing red light.

I was sitting on the front porch and could hear their conversation as if they were only around 20 feet away.


61 posted on 02/25/2012 8:27:36 AM PST by yarddog
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To: PapaNew

I sometimes hear one very close to here. Usually around noon.

I finally found out what is was. A neighbor who lives about a mile away, has a construction business and he also has an old steamboat whistle. I think he blows it to signal but maybe just for his amusement.

There are oddities about sound travel. I live about 300 yards from a rural crossroads. One day I was sitting on the porch and there was some construction work going on there. They were repairing a flashing red light.

I was sitting on the front porch and could hear their conversation as if they were only around 20 feet away.


62 posted on 02/25/2012 8:27:50 AM PST by yarddog
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To: Lazamataz; Joe 6-pack; blueunicorn6; Beowulf9
I was driving a train down your neighborhood street.

Troublemaker! I'll bet you're a Doppler gangster.

64 posted on 02/25/2012 8:32:46 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: mountainlion

LOL! We’re exactly the same here.


65 posted on 02/25/2012 8:35:13 AM PST by Library Lady
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To: MindBender26

Before the highways and noise of modern life, Niagara Falls could be heard in Toronto roughly 70miles away.


66 posted on 02/25/2012 8:37:56 AM PST by singletrack (..................................................................)
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To: Larry Lucido
Anyone remember the old "Amazing Stories" series episode called "Ghost Train"?

..."Old Pa...it's coming!"

67 posted on 02/25/2012 8:38:22 AM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!...P.S. Why did FR ZOT Frantzie?)
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To: Beowulf9
If the wind is in the right direction, we hear a train that is about nine miles away.

Barometric pressure...

When the pressure is low, (potential rain), it's like a lid was put on the atmosphere and pressed down...Everything goes sideways instead of up, including sound, and smoke...

68 posted on 02/25/2012 8:44:08 AM PST by Iscool (You mess with me, you mess with the WHOLE trailerpark...)
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To: Beowulf9

Coyote hunters. Coyotes respond to train whistles


69 posted on 02/25/2012 8:51:59 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Larry Lucido

I’m sorry. I thought a Doppler Shift was an optional transmission on my 68 Oldsmobile.


70 posted on 02/25/2012 9:02:28 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: goat granny
Is that 7 miles as the crow flys or via roads....

I'd say flies, crows don't like to walk very far.....

71 posted on 02/25/2012 9:06:21 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Beowulf9

I hear a train all the time from farther than that. Perfectly normal


72 posted on 02/25/2012 9:07:43 AM PST by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Beowulf9
If you are hearing a whistle you are hearing a ghost.

Today's diesel locomotives do not have whistles. They are equipped with air horns.

A reproduction of a Southern Pacific Railroad 6 chime steam whistle.

Listen Here

A typical modern 5 chime air horn

Listen Here

As many folks have stated on here, yes it is possible to hear train horns from many miles away depending on weather conditions and the terrain features between you and the railroad.

73 posted on 02/25/2012 9:08:08 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: Iscool

Exactly.

When I can hear the trains on the tracks miles away it means rain soon.Train sounds not heard here in clear weather.


74 posted on 02/25/2012 9:10:20 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: SkyDancer

I take offense at that. Some of my best friends are drunk women.


75 posted on 02/25/2012 9:13:45 AM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: yoe

The wind direction is not a factor (sound waves travel much faster than the air can). It is the temperature profile in the air above ground level which causes ducting of the sound energy, and is the biggest factor.


76 posted on 02/25/2012 9:14:38 AM PST by expat2
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To: Beowulf9; InvisibleChurch; F15Eagle

100 miles. You can hear the whistle blow 100 miles.


77 posted on 02/25/2012 9:15:12 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: All

http://www.hornblasters.com/products/details.php?i=nathan-airchime-p3-540-train-horn-kit


78 posted on 02/25/2012 9:32:36 AM PST by troy McClure
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To: Hot Tabasco

LOL I could have worded it better couldn’t I......had to go back and reread my remark. Your good to catch that...


79 posted on 02/25/2012 9:34:14 AM PST by goat granny
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To: blueunicorn6

I told my Olds dealer that I couldn’t find my Doppler shift but he told me where to stick it.


80 posted on 02/25/2012 10:15:47 AM PST by Larry Lucido (My doctor told me to curtail my Walpoling activities.)
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To: Beowulf9
If you ever see it, try to catch the train number...


81 posted on 02/25/2012 10:19:06 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Mitt Romney is SEVERELY conservative - and I'm SEVERELY against giving him my vote!)
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To: yarddog
You reminded me of a couple of funny train stories. Way back when, my brother mounted a one-piston diesel horn on his VW bug. He and his girlfriend would drive into the bushes next to a RR crossing and blast it whenever a car was in the middle crossing the tracks.

Did you ever see the TV movie "Duel" (the first movie Steven Spielberg directed)? Do you remember the scene where he's so tired, he parks by the tracks and doesn't realize it. The same thing happened to our family on a vacation when I was a kid. (Duel scene link below.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmD0fKh0Bjw&feature=related

Don't know where this thread is going but it's fun talking about this stuff - a nice break from Robamaney/GingRick.

82 posted on 02/25/2012 10:25:29 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: troy McClure

Exactly. Back in the late 50’s, my brother mounted a one-piston diesel horn on his VW bug. He and his girlfriend would drive into the bushes next to a RR crossing and blast it whenever a car was in the middle crossing the tracks.


83 posted on 02/25/2012 10:27:44 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Jacquerie

Ghost trains! That’s it. Look for the ghost light on the phantom engine! Just don’t get on board or it will take you to the land of the dead.


84 posted on 02/25/2012 10:33:14 AM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Sacajaweau

lol


85 posted on 02/25/2012 10:40:33 AM PST by sit-rep
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To: Beowulf9

bfl


86 posted on 02/25/2012 11:56:07 AM PST by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked..." - BHO)
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To: Beowulf9
We live about eight miles away from a drag-strip. There is an Interstate, hills, lots of trees, and other obstructions between us. In the summer time we can clearly hear the cars “staging” and then the sustained 1/4 mile run. When they run the jet cars it's almost like being in the stands.

I remember some years ago we heard a short run which ended in a very loud bang. The next day we heard that a fuel burning rail blew a clutch. There were some killed in the stands from shrapnel. I believe the explosion ripped open the scatter shield, now they use Kevlar blankets.

Regards,
GtG

87 posted on 02/25/2012 12:06:18 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Beowulf9

I live down the street from you in Tucson. On a quiet morning I can hear the train whistle 8 1/2 miles away. I can hear the UofA clock town bell too sometimes. Sound travels well unopposed.


88 posted on 02/25/2012 12:15:45 PM PST by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: Yankee

LOL!!


89 posted on 02/25/2012 4:01:52 PM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: goat granny

That’d have to be a low flying plane or a high flying train. LOL


90 posted on 02/25/2012 4:03:13 PM PST by SkyDancer ("No Matter How The People Vote There Will Always Be A Federal Judge To Over Turn It")
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To: Beowulf9

I live near train tracks, about 500 yards, and the loudness does vary, depending on the wind direction.


91 posted on 02/25/2012 4:07:05 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: rabidralph

You are right, the wind does influence how sound can be heard, tho I have no idea why.

As someone pointed out, the speed of sound is far faster than any wind but apparently that is not the whole story.


92 posted on 02/25/2012 6:25:36 PM PST by yarddog
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To: yarddog
I'm thinking the train conductors move the horn around the length of the train on regular basis, just to confuse us. But why should they have all the fun?
93 posted on 02/25/2012 7:40:47 PM PST by rabidralph
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To: chimera

“Yes, I hear the whistles of trains running on tracks about eight miles to the west of my home. It’s a kind of lonely, romantic sound...”

I don’t hear that train often enough, only about 3 times, but the sound is about midnight, and the town is quiet and it is a very lonely romantic sound. I totally understand.

I love the answers on this column, btw, Just got home from work and reading through...wow!


94 posted on 02/25/2012 9:23:14 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Sacajaweau

“If you were really alert, you’d see a light, too.”

When I see that light I’m ready for the train to take me off, to the looney bin that is, heheh;)


95 posted on 02/25/2012 9:24:40 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Krankor

“It could be a Ghost Train. We had one near our house about 20 years ago.”

I would love to hear a ghost train. Did you hear it or see it? Where? I’ve always been fascinated by the Lincoln Ghost train story.

Would love to hear more:)


96 posted on 02/25/2012 10:01:17 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Yankee

Boy, that Ellwood Haynam really had that whistle sound down!

It was a modern train sound, and now I am educated as to the difference! Love that modern chime sound, which isn’t all THAT modern, because I think I’ve been hearing it since I was a kid in the 50s, right?


97 posted on 02/25/2012 10:10:35 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

“Ghost trains! That’s it. Look for the ghost light on the phantom engine! Just don’t get on board or it will take you to the land of the dead.”

omg, my stomach hurts from laughing!

ok, so I guess I’m hearing a real train ^..^


98 posted on 02/25/2012 10:13:39 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

Simple pleasures are best. Sitting on the beach in the evening watching the surf has got to be my number one spiritual relaxer. After that, watching the sunset on a warm evening, listening to the sounds of the evening, a quiet conversation, train whistles in the distance, the day settling down, just peaceful and restful.


99 posted on 02/26/2012 2:38:54 AM PST by chimera
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To: blueunicorn6

Back in high-school and college I made up a goofy country-western song. With verses added on each road trip. The last verse, (after about six years of verses and even more adventures!) goes like:

A train’s gently calling
on some distant rising
Calling me back to yesterday’s things.

But the train that I’m on
Is the train that is moving
Moving me on to what tomorrow will bring,
bringing....

REFRAIN:

Cold beans and whiskey
And honkey tonk bars
Dirty motel rooms
And gazing at stars.

My kids tell me I should get it recorded!


100 posted on 02/26/2012 3:03:19 AM PST by 21twelve
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