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Noisy nights for Caltrain neighbors through May

Nighttime training of new engineers means increase in horn noise

By Barbara Wood

Special to the Almanac

Caltrain has announced that nighttime training of new train engineers may disrupt the sleep of nearby residents for several weeks. The training started on April 11 and runs through May 24, and may occur from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and also during some daytime and weekend hours.

Jayme Ackemann, Caltrain's government affairs officer, warns "communities located near the corridor will notice an increase in horn noise and gate down time during the overnight hours as the training runs operate through their area."

The training will also take place on weekends when trains may be running at off-schedule times but will not pick up passengers.

The training is planned to make the new engineers more familiar with local crossings and other local characteristics.

Those who want to leave comments or concerns can call 650-508-7726.

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Posted by Caltrain--A-1950s-Train-System
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm

It's a shame that there isn't a simulator for train engineers like there is for pilots--so that these sorts of inconvenient training sessions could be reduced to shorter periods and not be so disruptive to our lives.


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Posted by electrify Caltrain
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Apr 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Quit stalling the Caltrain electrification. That will make it a lot quieter.


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Posted by willem
a resident of Meadow Park
on Apr 17, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Electrifying Caltrain without grade separations will do absolutely nothing to silence the train horns and bells and the gate crossing bells. The present plan to electrify Caltrain only has vague wording about separating select crossings on the peninsula. Electrification of Calttain is generally a good thing, but without grade separations everywhere, is not the panacea many believe it to be.


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