Voting by some city council members in regard to a study of construction costs associated with establishing silent railroad crossings builds a solid case for approaching constituents before assuming the shrill, blaring whistle that reverberates day and night, week after week is a back-burner issue.
Mary Koep suggests folks get used to the whistle and some actually like it. I have yet to meet one of these individuals.
When I purchased my house 35 years ago the volume of the whistle was quite tolerable. A number of years back someone in railroadom upped the loudness thinking everyone in town needed to be notified of the trains coming even those attempting a peaceful night’s sleep. The paltry sum needed to initiate the first step in alleviating Brainerd’s noise pollution problem was a cost most residents would have heartily endorsed spending.