Railroad Horns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The village of Maxwell is hoping a new device approved for railroad crossings will make the town a little quieter.

The Federal Railroad Administration has given the green light for communities to install automated horn systems at railroad crossings, instead of having the train blow its whistle all the way through town.

Locomotive engineers are required by federal regulation to sound the horn on the locomotive as they approach all public crossings.

Residents in Maxwell, as well as other communities along the Union Pacific tracks, have complained about the amount of noise generated by trains as they pass through.

The Federal Railroad Administration has given approval of the device in all 50 states.

The village will now seek approval by the Board of Trustees to buy the system and get it installed.

The system will cost about $50,000.

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