(Closed) Train behind us??

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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sassy411:  Kind of. The initial outlay was pricey (but I am in Australia so everything compared to the US is pricey especially anything that involves labour) but the savings in utility bills over time will out weigh that. 

Plus not having to hear the noise is priceless!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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Haruyou:  we have a train track about 1/2 mile or less away from our house and that thing runs like clockwork, all day. You get used to it and I barely notice anymore. What really sucks is that we have a nuclear emergency alarm at the end of our street. We are probably 15 miles from a nuclear plant. I call it the Silent Hill alarm and it gets tested once a month. First Wednesday at noon. I work nights so when that thing goes off I wake up terrified. It’s horrible. 

I really hope our new baby sleeps through it but I have a feeling that thing is about to cause a monthly issue in my home. 

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

I went from rural nj to living in an apt in philly between a major highway and railroad and thought id never sleep peacefully again.. Got used to it in not too long.. Moved from there back to the quiet suburbs and actuaply found it a big adjustment to get back to the perfectly quiet ( which I now am used to!) so yes, you definitely grow used to it!

Post # 19
1936 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

How noticeable is it?

My mom’s house is in a subdivision on a hill looking down on a train and we didn’t notice it for months. One drunken night I got home at 5 AM (when it was deathly quiet) and heard it, lol. 

I actually like the sound! I picked our apartment (even though there were another buildings in the complex) because it faces a big street. I look out my window like a creeping cat, :). 

Apart from creating permanent soudblocking (double glazed windows like other posters mentioned) or a fish tank or pond or fountain that has a constant sound to drown it out you’ll just have to get used to it. But it’s not so bad.

Post # 20
373 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We don’t have a train but we have a big bar with an outdoor patio (that has games like bags) that backs up to our back yard…The first year it drove me crazy, especially since we go to sleep early and the bar patio doesn’t close till after 1am….last year I didn’t notice it as much…we will see how we do this year.

Post # 21
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I made this same post a few days ago. I’ve only been in this apartment 8 days, but I already barely notice the trains. (Mine is a subway depot where four train lines meet to go underground–so there is almost always a train there.) And I’m really sensitive to noise–I hate “random”/unpredictable noises like people talking outside a window or something. But the train sound is so neutral and frequent that it doesn’t bother me. 

I’ve heard blackout curtains are helpful, but I don’t think I’m going to bother with them. 

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Post # 22
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

The train runs directly behind my place – there is a fence, and then the tracks, and beyond the tracks is a park with the river running through it so we love the view.  I actually love hearing the train, except when it’s shunting the cars and squeeking while slowing down to enter the trainyard that’s a few km down.  When the windows are closed, we hardly notice it anymore, but in the summer with the window open, it’s hard to sleep if the train comes by at 4am.  Like others mentioned, you eventually get used to it 🙂

Post # 23
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Our house is right up against the train tracks where we live, however the train only comes by maybe twice a day if that (sometimes more, sometimes not at all). Darling Husband and I grew up in this town and while we’ve never been right on the tracks, it’s not something that bugs us. He actually really enjoys it because he wants to put penny’s on it and smash them and we walk down them (somtimes, it makes me nervous to be walking on them). The noise doesn’t bother us at all even though big trains come by. Our backyard is large though so our house is about 100-110 feet away from the back of our yard where the train is (which helps a lot). Actually what bugs me more is the neighbor who plays his music too loud in his car 😡 ! Haha!

I wouldn’t let the train deter you either way, I think we were able to buy our house at a great price because of it! And as other bees say, you do get used to it!!

Post # 24
2089 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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Haruyou:  we are 0.1 mile from the train station and very occasionally we feel our home shake from a big train going past but other than that- nothing!! I actually like it!

Post # 25
997 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - City Hall!

You’ll get used to it. But in the mean time you can replace windows with sound minimizing, or run a sound machine to help drown it out a bit.

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