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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.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: night; train; vanity; whistle
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1 posted on 02/25/2012 7:04:11 AM PST by Beowulf9
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To: Beowulf9

If the wind is in the right direction, we hear a train that is about nine miles away.


2 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:06 AM PST by yoe
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To: Beowulf9

Yes, it is possible to hear a train from that far away, especially if the wind is blowing favorably. We have a rail line about 7 miles north of our farm and I hear the whistles every now and then.


3 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:35 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies ... plan it.)
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To: Beowulf9

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


4 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:47 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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Different layers of air can reflect sound a long ways.


5 posted on 02/25/2012 7:06:56 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2011)
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For me it’s six miles as the crow flies to any train track. I hear the trains all the time. Much depends on atmospheric conditions and the shape of the land. Sounds are odd: there are reported cases of people who lived on the other side of a hill from a Civil War battle unable to hear anything of the artillery, yet people many miles away thinking the battle was in their back yard.


6 posted on 02/25/2012 7:07:05 AM PST by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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Is that 7 miles as the crow flys or via roads....Train whistles travel far, I live as the crow flies about 4 miles from the track and can hear the click-clack of the wheels if the winds are blowing just right..


7 posted on 02/25/2012 7:07:50 AM PST by goat granny
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Ducting of sound is caused by a temperature inversion, i.e. it gets warmer with altitude.


8 posted on 02/25/2012 7:08:29 AM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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Do you live near Ellwood Haynam?
9 posted on 02/25/2012 7:08:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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I was driving a train down your neighborhood street.

I'm sorry. It won't happen again.

See, it was a total train wreck.

10 posted on 02/25/2012 7:09:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (If unemployment helps the economy, like the W.H. says, then CONTRACTING CANCER MAKES YOU HEALTHIER!)
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New, Unexplained (Trumpet Like) Sounds

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2850633/posts


11 posted on 02/25/2012 7:10:02 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus
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I have heard trains that were 20 miles away. I can hear traffic 5 miles away sometimes. Too bad that cell phone does not work here.


12 posted on 02/25/2012 7:11:02 AM PST by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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Happens here in Mississippi all of the time. One track is a mile away and the other 9 miles away. Depending upon the wind, temperature, and humidity whether I hear it well or not.


13 posted on 02/25/2012 7:11:02 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Beowulf9
it takes a lot to laugh, it takes a train to cry

i, too, am many miles from train tracks but i can hear trains plain as day at night . they can be best hear right after a snowfall

14 posted on 02/25/2012 7:11:08 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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We live 8 miles from the tracks and hear the whistles. Seems more noticeable when the wind is from that direction.

Really makes it apparent that most vehicle/train collisions are a result of people trying to "beat" the train at the crossing.

15 posted on 02/25/2012 7:11:14 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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Heavy fog can do strange things...I went out one night to check the fence line to see if any goats were caught and the fog was heavy...I needed my husband to help untangle one and the neighbor across the street heard me, but the fog would’t let my yelling be heard in the house....she yelled over if I was in trouble...I had to have her call my house and tell my husband to come out and help....The comment that the fog was as thick as pea soup is real. I bumped into the goat and couldn’t see her....


16 posted on 02/25/2012 7:12:48 AM PST by goat granny
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To: Beowulf9

or they could be ghost trains . maybe your house or apartment was built over deserted train tracks


17 posted on 02/25/2012 7:14:12 AM PST by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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I grew up 4 miles from a Zoo, and when the wind was right we could hear the lions roar. Talk about spooky. Today I live about 5 miles from Union Pacific tracks, and 7 from BNSF tracks. We can hear them wind or no wind.


18 posted on 02/25/2012 7:17:11 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: Beowulf9

My brother collected them and would touch one off every once in a while in the evening over a Maduro wrapper and single malt.


19 posted on 02/25/2012 7:18:02 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: Dallas59

“Different layers of air can reflect sound a long ways.”

Correct. Sometimes I can hear the train very loudly. Not the whistle, but the train! There’s no crossing. It’s sometimes louder at my house, 3 miles a way, than it is a block in the other direction from the tracks. Combination of different layers and wind I guess.


20 posted on 02/25/2012 7:18:54 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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