Torrance studies ways to reduce train horns, establish 'quiet z...

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Responding to an increasing number of complaints from residents, Torrance is pursuing a plan that would make it unnecessary for trains to toot their horns at the eight railroad crossings in the city. Full Story
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Torrance Prospect

New York, NY

#25 Jun 30, 2010
Eastside wrote:
The train horns are part of living in Torrance. I've heard them my entire life and have lived within a half mile of the tracks for the past 20 years. It's not even half as bad as it used to be. We used to have trains running through the city almost hourly before the Alameda corridor was finished. And, yes, there is that one train driver that is mad as hell at the world and takes it out on us by leaning on the horn. BUT The Horns add to our safety. If the gate and lights fail (and they do) someone would get killed if the horns weren't blowing. Too Big of a risk. GET OVER IT AND STOP WHINING! AND DON'T WASTE ANOTHER NICKEL ON THIS STUPIDITY.
Looking to move to Torrance... wondering if you could give me specifics on the train noise, how often they come thru, etc. Thanks!
Patrick Tierney

Pleasanton, CA

#26 Aug 23, 2010
Torrance Mom wrote:
No, please don't do away with the sounds from the trains! We love to hear the train go by, and yes, we do live close enough to hear them. It is such a pleasant throw back to the calmer way life used to be here in Torrance, and a treat to hear the trains over the roar of the streets. We love the varied lengths of the horn blasts as we try to imagine who is doing it and the reasons behind them. Day or night, the train sounds bring comfort to our house.
Torrance Mom:

What a lovely sentiment "Torrance Mom" expresses! The train, foghorn, and the factory whistle at the oil refinery (all of which I hear from my home)are comforting, archetypal sounds of romantic early American life and culture. My native Torrancian family and friends all feel the same.
There's will always be the minority of NIMBY newcomers who move in and attempt to recreate Torrance to satisfy their own selfish expectations. I never could imagine what those types were thinking when they relocated to this area, as it's a simple case of "buyer beware"!
Michelle

Redwood City, CA

#27 Nov 9, 2010
Good Luck Torrance! We live in Redwood City and by the time your train gets here, the horn blowers, clearly, just stand up, turn around backwards, and SIT on the horn. Thursday night from 12-4am is the worst. We live a good distance from the train, but it sounds like someone blowing a marine horn right in our house. I can't imagine what other purpose than seeing how much human beings can stand. The sleep deprivation alone is wearing. And there's no consistency. One train toots, the next one blares with one loooong blast from Palo Alto to Burlingame. I'm CONVINCED that the horns are louder than they were, say, 5 years ago. Why? What's the point?
from Stockton

Stockton, CA

#28 Mar 20, 2011
Just want to say that same thing happens here with some of these crazy and who knows maybe bitter or like someone mentioned before SICK conductors, blow the horn so long that I wish they became deaf but who knows that maybe the reason, dont think so, but what I can say is that when we talk about this with my mother, she says that she feels bad for the kids that have to go to school the next morning because they especially like to sound the horn so loud and for so long on Sunday night like on purpose, or school days, those people from the railroad are horrible -well not everyone- but anyways, the bloggers that excuse these practices I bet might complain about something else but of course we, the rest will not know about it, Good Luck to the Torrance residents from Stockton, CA.
shawn

Anaheim, CA

#29 Jun 18, 2011
the train noise is aweful. my dog barks every time she listens to those aweful tooting horns. what are they honking at anyhow. i swear if someone doesnn't move from the tracks after seeing the train coming, it is their own fault if they get run over. and why in god's name is some one on the tracks after the gates are lowered and red lights are blinking. shut these damn tooting horns up.
Denise

Torrance, CA

#30 Jul 25, 2011
I love how there are people who think the lound, roaring sounds of these random train visits are calming or soothing. That's really nice. I find peace and silence calming and soothing...but you know what, to each their own!!!

I would definitely agree that the sounds of the train could be better if they didnt pull on that damn horn string for 20 seconds at end. I'm sure they enjoy doing that because they're tired of working such horrible hours.

You guys, It already sucks that the train comes at random times. I live literally right across from the tracks and I can't complain about the sound of the train driving by, but i WILL and SHOULD complain of the inconsiderate elongated horn blowing. Senseless and selfish.
Totoro

Los Angeles, CA

#31 Aug 24, 2011
Where is cat bus when you need it?!
landlord lied

Los Angeles, CA

#32 Sep 10, 2011
rented my first home in old torrance after 30 years in south torrance and find myself in a neighborhood that is blasted by train horns all hours of the day and night. 1am 2am 3am 5am right now. All we'd like is to have the blasts regulated by length of blow and by the decible level click clack on the rail is not the problem its the unregulated and unsupervised blasting of the horn that's the problem.
MindBlownTorranc eAdult

Los Angeles, CA

#33 Sep 17, 2012
Torrance Mom wrote:
No, please don't do away with the sounds from the trains! We love to hear the train go by, and yes, we do live close enough to hear them. It is such a pleasant throw back to the calmer way life used to be here in Torrance, and a treat to hear the trains over the roar of the streets. We love the varied lengths of the horn blasts as we try to imagine who is doing it and the reasons behind them. Day or night, the train sounds bring comfort to our house.
You are a nut job. The train is unbelievably obnoxious. I rent on Carson/Crenshaw and struggle with train noise. It is not on a regular basis but to hear the train blast it's horn at 2, 3,4 and 5 am is absurd. If a driver try's to cross at a track or a person does catch a blimps of a train moving 8 mph, well Hasta luego.
Richard Arreola

Harbor City, CA

#34 May 15, 2013
My question is,why are they honking in the empty parts or industrial zones with no crossing. I live in Wilmington, Ca and getting tired of it. I would like the pointless noise reduced. It's bad enough with the big rigs.
lovey

Gardena, CA

#35 May 15, 2013
MindBlownTorranceAdult wrote:
<quoted text>
You are a nut job. The train is unbelievably obnoxious. I rent on Carson/Crenshaw and struggle with train noise. It is not on a regular basis but to hear the train blast it's horn at 2, 3,4 and 5 am is absurd. If a driver try's to cross at a track or a person does catch a blimps of a train moving 8 mph, well Hasta luego.
low life renters shouldn't have a say so. When you start paying insurance and property tax, then you can biotch, dumbass
Choo Choo Charlie

Gardena, CA

#36 May 15, 2013
Richard Arreola wrote:
My question is,why are they honking in the empty parts or industrial zones with no crossing. I live in Wilmington, Ca and getting tired of it. I would like the pointless noise reduced. It's bad enough with the big rigs.
Question, why do you live in the empty part or industrial zones so that you are able to hear this?
Richard Arreola

Wilmington, CA

#37 May 16, 2013
The lower part of Wilmington Ca. (A.K.A ghost town) is located on and around P.C.H and Blinn st. My mortgage is 1300 and I can fit 6 cars in my driveway. I also get along with my neighbors better here than in Lomita where I grew up. I don't want to be a slave to this country in dept for ever, or 30 years.Instead I'll waste my money on traveling. However I digress, the area I spoke of in my previous message is more than a mile away. We need to stop or control the overkill horn warriors. The voice that does not speak is'nt heard.
Patrick Tierney

Torrance, CA

#38 Dec 20, 2013
Torrance Mom! I'm with you! As in movies, music, poetry and literature, trains are a romantic part of our heritage as Americans. I love to hear the lonesome train wail, and also foghorns and air raid sirens---I find them nostalgic reminders of a vanished, and vanishing America...

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