OPINION: Is Rail Noise Intentional?

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This is an email from a Quayside resident who wonders if the rail noise is intentional?

It was received at our railnoise@quaysideboard.com email. If you have a rail complaint, please include this email so the QCB is aware of your complaint and is able to follow up if required.

Sent by email December 6, 2019


It’s 4:23AM and the train currently outside has been “bumping” for well over an hour now. They drive forward 4-5 car lengths, stop, then drive backward 4-5 car lengths, stop, then forward again. The result has been a constant series of bangs that has lasted for over an hour and a half. We had a similar issue last night. I’ve lived on the Quay for over three years and can’t remember another time when the bumping has been so continuous for so long. Are the train operators bored? What are they trying to accomplish by creeping forward and backward over and over again over such a short distance? It honestly seems intentional to me, but that might be the sleep deprivation…

This is the first noise complaint that I’ve filed. I understand that they have a job to do, but the overnight noise in the last couple of days has seemed more malicious than pragmatic. Any chance that you can ask them what’s going on?

Resident of Quayside Dr.
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