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Should city officials get the railroads to stop blowing whistles in North Lawrence?

Asked at Johnny's Tavern, 410 N. Second St. on December 26, 2004

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Photo of Ben Troja

“Absolutely. I’ve lived over in North Lawrence for three years. Some trains are nice, but some just lean on the horn the whole way through.”

Photo of Mike Maxey

“Yes. I think they should, and they should lay off the whistles in Billtown too.”

Photo of Debbie Drake

“I think the whistles are too important for safety to stop them. They could just have them do it in high traffic areas.”

Photo of Nick Lewis

“It doesn’t necessarily bother me, but if it’s in a residential area at like 3 in the morning, they should probably lay off the whistle.”


JHAWKGURL 13 years, 6 months ago

I cannot believe this is an issue? I have lived in North Lawrence for almost 32 years. I live very close to the tracks. They have never bothered me yet. To is a part of everyday life. I dont even notice it anymore unless I am outside and talking on the phone and I have to talk a little louder........ Come on people.....this is necessary for the safety of all people!

PigFarmer 13 years, 6 months ago

How stupid can Lawrence get they stop smoking in bars, force the removal of Sponge Bob and now want to override federal laws requiring train to blow whistle so the public has warning a big fast train is coming. Then when a family is scrapped off the track after being hit by a train the city will blame the engineer of the train! Who would make such a suggestion?

Even pigs have better sense.

kansas 13 years, 6 months ago



Not simply "Have a swell new year"....

Or just "Good luck in '05".......



Tammy Copp-Barta 13 years, 6 months ago

I've lived in North Lawrence for 38 years and live 1/2 block from the tracks. I don't hear them very often like I hear the emergency sirens blowing at Astaris that they never check! We've even had to call them about the sound and they say they don't hear them going off! Now THAT'S safe!

If "new" people in the neighborhood don't like the trains, don't move here. You're not breaking our hearts if you don't move over here!

tx2ks2nb2ks2tx2ks2tn 13 years, 6 months ago

Been thru your fair city a few times on way from SC Ks to KCMO, been lost there too. Would hate to think I would have been run into by a 200 ton diesel locomotive because some politician thought they shouldn't blow their horns to let vehicles and pedestrians know of their presence. But then Maybe Pigs are smarter than politicians.

Just passing thru from Memphis,TN where the politicians haven't thought of any way to make money from not blowing horns yet!!!

mhh1955 13 years, 6 months ago

You're kidding, right? There are rules for when and how a whistle is to be blown. It is for the safety of anyone who might be near a crossing. I mean asking a train not to blow its whistle is like saying...hey, if a school bus looks both ways...why should it have to stop before crossing the tracks - I mean, trains NEVER hit school buses.

But on the off chance that you can get the trains to stop blowing their 'bout getting all the traffic to stop on the Turnpike after 10:00 as well! It will help me sleep.

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