Periodically, when i'm in the attic at night working on my layout, I hear the familiar grade crossing horn signal. From my location, it's towards the southwest - a few miles away. My guess is that it is a CSX freight. Over the last two weeks, I've often heard a train; that has not been the case over the past few months. What running near your neighborhood? Do you go to trackside for a view>? Alfred
Unfortunately the train that came through my town has been discontinued. It use to come in from Chicago to Grand Rapids. The closest train route now is 10 miles from me. It is a freight line that also has Amtrak service. It's only twice a day. Morning it's going to Chicago and evening it's coming from.
The two towns on either side of ours have trains running through them. On one side is the MBTA commuter train. On the other is a freight line but I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know which rail companies use it. I do hear the trains from both towns.
LIRR1926, Welcome to OGF. Thanks for the NJ train info. I lived in Piscataway for a short time and would watch the trains traverse the Raritan Bridge. I grew up in NYC - What is your connection to the Long Island RR? Alfred
Where I grew up in Ohio we lived in a valley between two railroads, the (now defunct) Akron, Canton, and Youngstown (AC&Y) and a B&O line. On warm summer nights with the windows open I could hear the whistles and horns of the engines on the AC&Y tracks about 1/4 mile to the west. The B&O line was about 1/4 mile to the east, but down at the bottom of a rather steep hill, so we rarely heard those.
Now where we live in southern Delaware, there are only industrial sidings. Once in a while we'll hear a distant train horn, but not often.
We do, however, have a fire engine in town called the "Night Train." It sports a rather loud train horn, which it uses quite a bit when it's on a run and approaching traffic.
Joe, that is good about being close to the local train; and a nice benefit on the Amtrak card. It has been years since I've been at the Philadelphia station; when I was doing a good deal of train travel (mostly for fun) I would pass through the city en route. Alfred