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Leavenworth leaders considering effort to quiet trains

October 13, 2010


— Leavenworth city leaders are considering asking train operators not to blow their horns while they go through town.

The commissioners voted Tuesday to pay a Dallas-based consulting firm $15,860 to study whether to end a city requirement that train operators blow their horns as they approach railroad crossings.

Paul Kramer, assistant to the city manager, says establishing a quiet zone can take up to three years. He says it involves coordinating with the Federal Railroad Administration, railroad companies and the Kansas Department of Transportation.

The Leavenworth Times reports that the city is also considering restricting horn sounds only during certain hours of the day. He says the issue was raised by potential developers for a downtown Leavenworth hotel.


Bob Burton 4 years, 12 months ago

Can be done, just requires money, lots of money..

Kontum1972 4 years, 12 months ago

nobody pays attention the the train crossing's even when the arms are down...and the horns wake the bum's

clovis_sangrail 4 years, 12 months ago

". . . the issue was raised by potential developers for a downtown Leavenworth hotel."

And we certainly do not want to disturb the quiet slumber of paying guests, do we?

gatekeeper 4 years, 12 months ago

Please do this in Lawrence. The train traffic has increased a lot since I bought my house and some conductors like to play songs with their horm as they pass through. Before I bought my house, I hung out in the area to see how often the trains came through. It wasn't bad then. If the city is too cheap to do the basic things to make this happen (concrete barriers installed so cars can't drive between the arms), we'll take up a collection to pay for it.

WHY 4 years, 12 months ago

Why does the train need to warn people 5 miles away. They just need to turn them down. A train is loud anyway. If you can't tell that a train is coming you have bigger problems than a horn can fix.

Danimal 4 years, 12 months ago

If you just eliminate road-level crossings there isn't a need to blow the horn and it completely eliminates the chance of train and auto collisions. Of course, it would take a ton of money to do. I'm glad to see that developers everywhere put their desires before public safety.

blindrabbit 4 years, 12 months ago

What ever happened to a proposal for the UP (North Lawrence) tracks to be re-routed from Mud Creek area to Midland Junction area, thus bypassing North Lawrence. The former Westvaco/FMC/ plant could be served by a spur and the grain elevator is not that busy anymore. Do I remember that this proposal was nixed because of airport location issues.

If this could be accomplished it could solve many problems including noise, safety, time. I'm sure it would be costly, but many lives have been lost in this section through the years; especially at Laptad Crossing.

The BNSF tracks on the South side of the river are not used that much other than the 2 daily Amtrak trains and a occasional freight.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 12 months ago

Wait until some distracted driver gets splattered all over the landscape by a quiet train...... L

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