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Hi,<br><br>
We're thinking about a move. One possibility is to move farther out and have DH take a commuter train in to work each day. We'd be interested in living close enough to the train station that he could walk. But I don't know if that would be so close that the noise would be annoying.<br><br>
Anyone have input?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I lived near traintracks when I lived right by campus. I got used to the noise of the trains. When we moved away from the trains I had trouble sleeping because it was quiet <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I lived about half a block frim the tracks once - way too close! But I'd say a few b;ocks out would be okay and still walkable for your dp.<br><br>
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We live close to train tracks (freight, not commuter) and the noise doesn't bother me. I do notice the trains during the day, mostly because the storm door in the kitchen rattles when they go by.<br><br>
I did have to stand on my neighbor's front stoop for awhile yesterday. She couldn't hear me knocking over the train noise, and it was a long train! The tracks go right in front of their yard.
 

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I live about a block away from the train tracks here, and the noise doesn't bother me. It's the Long Island rail road, so it's only commuter trains. I think if there were freight trains on the tracks it would be a lot louder.
 

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We live right by the train tracks (freight, not commuter). The train only goes by 2 or 3 times a day. My kids LOVE it. The noise doesn't bother me, but like I said, it's only 2 or 3 times a day.
 

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We live a few blocks from commuter rail tracks. The trains go by every 5-10 minutes. At this distance the noise doesn't bother us.<br><br>
Kids love trains. There is even a spot near our train tracks where people in the neighborhood have set up benches for train watching, and neighborhood kids hang out there to watch the trains.<br><br>
I wouldn't want to live closer than one or two blocks away, though; the houses directly next to the tracks get a lot of noise.
 

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Beyond noise, think about the air quality and even the soil contamination level. Is this a diesel train, electric?<br><br>
Commuter trains obviously can have a significant net positive effect on air quality by reducing automobile traffic, but the train emmisions themselves can be high in particulate and nitrgoen oxide and other nasty stuff which gets concentrated in the area close to the tracks.<br><br>
Just something else to think about.
 

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Before dh and I were married he lived near an airport. I'd be on the phone with him and the noise from the planes was so loud that it would drown out his side of the conversation. He was so used to it that he wouldn't even hear them, he'd just keep on talking.<br><br>
That's my long-winded way of saying I'd expect that you'd get used to the train noise and not be bothered by it.
 

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Thanks! I think these are mixed use tracks. I know the commuter system as a whole is, but I'm not sure about this particular spur. It's the MARC train system, and the stations we're currently looking at are the Fredericksburg and Brunswick stations.
 

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I grew up a couple blocks from a freight train line, and definitely got used to it. It was surprised when, the first few times dh slept at my parent's house, he complained about the train noise at night. None of us heard it!<br><br>
The neighborhood we are hoping to move into now has commuter train tracks running thoughout. No house is far from the train (nor is our apt now, but we would potentially be moving closer). Since it is a commuter train, you should be able to check the schedule. Maybe it would be a good idea to park in the neighborhood during a scheduled train visit, and see first hand how loud it is. Yes, you will get used to it....but at least you would be mentally prepared for it initially.
 

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Like everyone else said, you really get used to it. My dad's last place was 50 yards away from the tracks and you really never noticed it unless it was the middle of the night and you couldn't sleep. Then I cursed the tracks<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
What's really funny is from where we lived before to here, the noise level is sooooo different. We were close to the airport, tracks and a highway. The noise was normal. When we moved here, it was so quiet it was bizarre. Now when we hear the train (about 5 times a year) we all get quiet and say "what is that noise??" Then we realize it's the train. The first year we lived here the geese kept me up! Trains, planes, cars, people...no problem. Geese? Holy crap they are loud!
 

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We live about a mile from the tracks here. We hear the train whistles now and then, but that's *it.* And, now that we've lived here a few months, we don't even notice those very often. It's a pretty heavily-used track; goes right into Union Station, carrying freight, passenger, and commuter traffic.
 

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I agree you get used to the noise. I probably wouldn't want to live less than 5-6 blocks from the tracks, though. But if your dh considers, say, a 10 minute walk reasonable, I think you can get a plenty big enough "buffer zone" between you and the tracks so the noise is inoffensive and the diesel fumes are less of an issue.<br><br>
Right now I live 20 mins walk (7 mins bike ride) from a MARC/freight track, and we can sometimes *just* hear the train whistles in the distance.
 

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A 10 minute walk would be very acceptable. I think 20 would be the outside limit for walkable for him on a regular basis.<br><br>
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I live a 3 minute walk from tracks with trains about 8 times a day. You don't notice the noise at all. The only thing that bothers me is you have to cross the tracks to get to my house. You can garantee if I am late, I have to wait at the tracks to cross.
 

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I live a half block from a freight track crossing. For the most part, you get used to it, but I'd still recommend spending some time in the neighborhood to hear just how loud the trains are.<br><br>
If you're not next to a crossing, a train going down the tracks isn't that loud at all--not much difference than a semi truck driving down a highway--but if you're next to a crossing, the horn can be very loud.<br><br>
And if the train is going through at a normal speed, it isn't that loud. However, trains that are going really slow often have loud, squealy tires. My mom used to live near Union Station in Chicago, and the commuter trains coming in at a crawl screeched something awful. And if you're near an area where trains hook and unhook cars a lot, you'll get a lot of sudden boom sounds.
 
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