Your letter: Open letter to Sen. Collin Peterson and BNSF Railroad
We all need your help from the dreadful whistles in all the small towns along the railroad. I've always heard that anything above 80 decibels is damaging to our hearing. A friend of mine used a meter and it was recorded at 130 decibels and when this person held her hands over her ears, the engineer blew the whistle more.
What object does it serve to blow the whistle when there is already one train going through the crossing? Are we that stupid to drive into the train when the tracks are already blocked by one train?
Why when we have arms blocking the crossing along with bells sounding and lights flashing that we still need whistles at night that disturb people for miles around when the engineer can see clearly that there is no one near the crossing. I can assure you if a person has something on their mind, they will not sleep all night listening to the trains. There are many nice summer nights when you could leave the windows open, but if you do sometimes it seems as the train is going through your house.
I drove truck for 30 years and I can assure you if I am grossing 80,000 pounds and you pull out in front of me at a stop sign there is a darn good chance I am going to hit you but I don't blow my horn all through the intersection and ruin everyone else's peace and quiet because of a few that wish to break the law. That is like corporal punishment that we U.S. Marines went through in boot camp 55 years ago when one person broke the rules.
I would like to invite you to a friend of mine's house and see if you could ever get a good night's sleep. When most of these people bought their homes many years ago, there were only a few trains a day -- not like now with at least 60 per day and growing. We need help from the constant noise. I have heard some of the engineers blowing the whistle almost continuously for the 2 miles through Frazee.
There are thousands of people that thank you for any help we can get from you.
Lyle G. Dodes