Westside Train Horn

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I recently moved to the lower west side and notice that the train honks its horn nearly the entire trip from downtown through the entirety of the westside whereas I haven't noticed it being used this much in other parts of town at all. This happens even at 3 am and goes on for quite a long time. Maybe this has been discussed before but does anyone know why there would be such frequent and loud honking?

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Roger Sep 22, 2017 04:13 PM
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I love the train horn coming through here that sounds like a steam engine.....

mauve Sep 22, 2017 03:03 PM
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I love train horns. Music to my ears. Even the names of them are beautiful ("Leslie RS3L," etc). On Youtube they have many hundreds of 1000's of views. Try these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eCEGSv4UNs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LL-ZpVkiu4Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ5O4TRp9dk

Flicka Sep 22, 2017 01:39 PM
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We live one street back from the tracks and it's true, you get used to the horns. Growing up we lived next to the Miramar, between the highway and the RR tracks. Friends spending the night would be horrified by all the noise. We didn't even notice it. A few years ago on Christmas Eve morning, 7am, I was coming back from the beach when the engineer tooted Jingle Bells on his horn. No one out on our street but me on that sunny morning. It was like Christmas magic, a favorite holiday memory.

StevenLeuck Sep 22, 2017 01:39 PM
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Certainly not the vile and negative,.... but, some that were deleted were highly entertaining and often I was perplexed at why they had been taken off other than that some poor soul was apparently triggered by their words and complained. Some were entertaining for the sole reason that they much have bothered someone enough to complain. It's hard to imagine that some people's sensitivities are so wound up.

420722 Sep 22, 2017 12:57 PM
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I didn't like the new layout at first and was set to boycott and then asked myself if it was really worth not visiting a website because the layout and a couple other things had changed. Was I becoming that Santa Barbara that even a website had to be to highest standard or I would never use it again? Nah, here I am just like you still using it because at the end of the day I love edhat and I love reading and commenting on here with you all. Edhat has given us the power to get rid of comments that are deemed unnecessary by the up or down votes and that is pretty cool. I used to enjoy reading the vile and negative comments too but I'm fine without seeing them. Do we really need to read comments that are so useless they went into the waste bin? That's my opinion anyways.

laughing Sep 22, 2017 03:43 PM
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you are the new man. tell it brother. Yoh are the new edhat. meow I love valance and crime. Flash last week my sister go her locket ripped off by a WMA. BOLO

StevenLeuck Sep 22, 2017 09:39 AM
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I really miss being able to see the removed comments. They make for some of the best entertainment of the day sometimes. When I click on "see all", it shows me a link to the deleted messages but that only takes me back to the undeleted messages. Am I missing something? Is there a way to still see them?

jqb Sep 23, 2017 03:25 PM
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"Ed" (Peter Sklar) is no longer with us. The people now running this site don't seem to care about it the way he did.

laughing Sep 22, 2017 03:47 PM
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IF I COULD REMEMBER I WOULD TELL YOU.

a-1511402030 Sep 22, 2017 12:29 PM
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I agree. I'm having the same issue. Odd that Ed hasn't chimed in lately on any of the numerous questions/complaints about this new site.....

laughing Sep 22, 2017 12:12 PM
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I don't remember what I said to cBillly to get deleted . I was just kidding around.

a-1511402030 Sep 22, 2017 07:30 AM
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According to the DOT Federal Railroad Administration: The Train Horn Rule and Quiet Zones Under the Train Horn Rule (49 CFR Part 222), locomotive engineers must begin to sound train horns at least 15 seconds, and no more than 20 seconds, in advance of all public grade crossings. If a train is traveling faster than 60 mph, engineers will not sound the horn until it is within ¼ mile of the crossing, even if the advance warning is less than 15 seconds. There is a "good faith" exception for locations where engineers can’t precisely estimate their arrival at a crossing and begin to sound the horn no more than 25 seconds before arriving at the crossing. Train horns must be sounded in a standardized pattern of 2 long, 1 short and 1 long blasts. The pattern must be repeated or prolonged until the lead locomotive or lead cab car occupies the grade crossing. The rule does not stipulate the durations of long and short blasts. The maximum volume level for the train horn is 110 decibels which is a new requirement. The minimum sound level remains 96 decibels.

tagdes Sep 22, 2017 09:12 AM
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Which is totally irrelevant in this discussion as there are NO GRADE CROSSINGS north of Montecito for northbound trains along the west side. Read the original and the follow up posts.

laughing Sep 21, 2017 06:39 PM
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Santa Barbara co . is now known as the ghost run

laughing Sep 21, 2017 06:58 PM
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Newly dead and nearly dead viva los muortos ! Bet I messed that up too. I'll take the Buss.

bs61 Sep 21, 2017 04:29 PM
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It is actually the roughly 4 am freight and laughing man is correct the train guys tooting to some one special .

Mo-leta Sep 21, 2017 02:30 PM
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It's a law - when trains are coming to a crossing they must sound the horn, regardless of the time.

tagdes Sep 21, 2017 06:53 PM
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As already stated here there is only one X-ing N-bnd and it's only 500 ' from the station. Take the time to read before posting what's already been discussed.

Ducky Sep 21, 2017 02:06 PM
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I feel your pain, OP. As someone else said, you get used to it pretty fast.

420722 Sep 21, 2017 01:11 PM
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Always do your homework before moving to a new town or neighborhood. It could save you from being miserable. Ps. On a good note you will get used to it and probably won't hear it much as time passes. We live across the street and I rarely hear it.

tagdes Sep 21, 2017 12:42 PM
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First of all it's not Amtrak at 3:00 in the morning. These are Union Pacific freights and yes they are on their horns for the reasons already posted here and because they don't run on schedules like Amtrak thus the additional warning for many that would not normally be expecting trains at these hours.

LocalMatt Sep 21, 2017 12:00 PM
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People live in the bushes by the train tracks. So if these people are walking close to tracks you are going to hear the horn

a-1511402030 Sep 21, 2017 11:58 AM
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It's one of the charms of living near the RR tracks. I used to live a couple of blocks from the train station and only on Sunday mornings would I be tossed out of bed by the horns of trains coming into or leaving the station. I guess the ambient noises the rest of the week muffled the blast so I didn't notice them as much. Also if you stay at the Biltmore avoid the bungalows in the back... yup, you'll be tooted out of bed there as well.

a-1511402030 Sep 21, 2017 11:26 AM
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So many recent deaths on the tracks. If I were an engineer, I'd be blowing all the way through too. They must be haunted by these deaths.

laughing Sep 21, 2017 11:05 AM
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Rumor has it thet the engineer is signaling his gal on the west side. Its been going on for a year or so.

Roger Sep 21, 2017 11:25 AM
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I've been hearing that for years....

RLJ Sep 21, 2017 10:20 AM
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And a freight train running through the middle of my head

laughing Sep 21, 2017 11:40 AM
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I'd pay to see that. lol ...I've got a bad desire :)

CivilEngineer Sep 21, 2017 10:03 AM
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There's only one crossing that exists northbound of the train station that I know about- and that is the one for Montecito St. Everything else is grade -separated and so they don't need their horn for them. I would guess they want to make sure anyone sleeping on the tracks hears them coming and gets off. The track right of way is home to a lot of people in various states of alertness.

a-1511402030 Sep 21, 2017 09:34 AM
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It's the law. I believe they must sound their horn 200 feet before and after every crossing....or something like that.

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