Trains to Blow Whistle at Crossings

Hampton Roads’ WVEC reports (BugMeNot password) that things are going to get a little noisier starting tomorrow. The Federal Railroad Administration has new regulations on the use of train horns, meaning that Norfolk Southern is obliged to blow their whistle at all public grade crossings in 13 communities around Virginia, including Charlottesville.

Having lived within earshot of rail lines for many years now, I recently tried to figure out what I’m hearing. Wikipedia has this great little guide to what different whistles mean.

Two long, one short, and one long it is.

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