So there’s a movement afoot to stop trains from blowing their horns.
Which, in the first place, I have always known as whistles.
But I’m digressing.
What the people at stopthehorn.org want is for rail crossings to have is crossing arms. Instead of train whistles.
Now. Trains have been crisscrossing America for what? Two centuries?
They’ve certainly been running through there longer than those houses have been there, and it’s not like they were hiding them when the new owners moved in.
Horns and whistles and bells on trains are safety devices. They’re loud so that you know before you get right up on the crossing arm that you’re about to run up on a train crossing the tracks.
I know they’re loud. They’re supposed to be loud.
That light on the front is pretty damn bright and makes my eyes hurt. They should get rid of that thing, too.
Aiyiyi. What will they think of next? I grew up in a neighborhood with lots of train noise, and I never even heard it. Plus, they already have restrictions about blowing the whistles at night.
You know what else is loud? Sirens. Sirens are loud. Will they want those to be silent next?
I don’t think I’ve ever lived outside the sound of a train whistle, come to think of it.
If they get their way the silence will lead to fatalities and then they will turn around and sue the railroad. Uneffinbelievable. You can’t fix stupid no matter how much money you have.
It’s just ridiculous. They have no sense at all of the long view. What if there’s a power outage and the arms don’t work?