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Living by railroad tracks

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Oregonhunter5, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    Ok. So I'm also looking at places near railroad tracks. Thousands of homes in the area are around railroad tracks. Nice places! I found a place that's bordering tracks. About 10-15 trains per day. 50 acres of land with nice home.
    Would this bother you?
    All this help is helping me put folks. So thanks!
     
  2. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    I used to live 50 yards from a RRtrack. Got used to it real quick. Of course they didn't blast the horn as much as they do in Eugene to keep the druggies from being run over. I wasn't near a crossing either. I would avoid it if it were near a crossing.
     
  3. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I grew up a few miles from a track and I actually enjoy the sound of a train passing in the middle of the night...its reassuring for some reason. You get used to it.
     
  4. Oregonhunter5

    Oregonhunter5 2C IDAHO Well-Known Member

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    It's next to the crossing, 100 yards, and they sound the horn.
    It wouldn't mind me. I'm just currious about resale.
     
  5. simon99

    simon99 Central Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Its hard to say regarding resale.....what bothers some potential buyers is irrelevant to others. I would have a market analysis done by an agent or at the very least spend some time on Zillow to see how often other homes in the vicinity go on the market and if the price increases, is stagnant or decreases. Having comps done is the only real way to tell.
     
  6. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    stand in the bedroom train goes bythen decide
     
  7. xlsbob

    xlsbob coos county Platinum Supporter Platinum Supporter

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    I spent a couple months living in a rv park on the Columbia just across the river from Biggs Junction. The first few nights the train whistles at the nearby crossing would wake me up, after a couple weeks I'd only wake up if they were way off the normal schedule .
     
  8. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I've lived next to them for over 3 years. They do a lot of switching on the siding that is literally 50' from my window. At first it was awful, I complained, we went round and round...now I've gotten over it. Unless I'm trying to fall asleep and they are blowing the horn, I don't notice.
     
  9. BAMCIS

    BAMCIS Eugene Well-Known Member

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    Like simon99 said, the sound of a train in the middle of the night is strangely reassuring. We can hear them doing their switching off of the NW Expressway really well in the summer. Not so much in the winter because the windows are closed.
     
  10. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    One of my closest friends lives in town, down in the most ghetto part. The view out of his front door and across the street is the switching yard. He doesn't mind it a bit and it affords the ability to get away with many things that couldn't normally be done for entertainment.
     
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  11. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    The sound and rumble of the trains is very pleasant...

    But sometimes they come off the tracks and those tanker cars carry some some very unpleasant stuff!
     
  12. 45 for me

    45 for me Oregon Well-Known Member

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    We have a house near the tracks. Wife and I don't really notice it. The one exception is when the windows are open and they lay on the horn. That can be annoying. The house had AC when we bought it, so we knew we could keep them closed at night in the summer.
     
  13. Navman

    Navman Canby Oregon Active Member

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    Great topic, my Wife and I were just having this talk the other day.

    "Wonder if there has ever been a study of health effects" babies, children, adults

    I'm a light sleeper and the thought of a train horn rattleing me out of deep sleep 100 ft from my home would make me drink more Scotch.
     
  14. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I had a buddy that rented an apt right next to the tracks. Eastern Kentucky, coal country. He lived there for thirty years....He always complained about the coal dust coating everything in his house. He never set foot in a mine but died of black lung at the age of 54..
     
  15. U201491

    U201491 Well-Known Member

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    It can be amazing what people can be conditioned to ignore. In the beginning it will be rough, but after a month or so, you will probably actually not even hear it, as your mind will condition and block it out.
    I had very few places to study that were quiet in college, and after a while the noise level wasn't even a factor, but then silent areas drove me nuts.
    Funny how the mind works. people are easily adaptable and easily conditioned.
     
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  16. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I lived next to the UP tracks south of Salem for a year and it was fine. How far is the house from the tracks? Which rail line and where (roughly)?
     
  17. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    They spray the coal with some sort of a sealer nowadays that holds everything in place and prevents dust. It'll even hold a chunk of coal sitting on the edge of the hopper in place all the way over from Wyoming to Vancouver.
     
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  18. Dapapadon

    Dapapadon Gladstone, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    As a kid our house was 50 yards from the tracks. I hated going to bed. When I heard the train coming I knew I'd be asleep soon. Darn old train was like a lullaby to me. That thump, thump thump of the wheels crossing the ties always put me out fast. Only thing close is light rain on a thin roof. I'm nodding off just thinking about it.
     
  19. bruzer

    bruzer Grants Pass, OR Well-Known Member

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    What about crime rates near railroad tracks? Around here some of the crooks use the irrigation ditches as a way to get straight into your backyard. Would the R/R tracks offer the same opportunity?
    Good luck, stay safe and may God bless us all,
    Mike
     
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Elwood didn't mind.

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