Trains roil residents in Shakopee

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 5, 2012 - 4:16 PM

No one in Shakopee wants to be caught on the wrong side of the tracks when the trains lumber through. But is it a major civic issue?

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bobbybrianJun. 6, 1212:24 PM

I live in the "old downtown" part of Shakopee, and there is no reason for the train conductors to lay on their horns the way they do at night. A couple of quick "toots" as they approach each gate crossing would be more than sufficient at 3am - there isn't that much traffic at that time anyways. The train companies must employ sadists. Shakopee has noise ordinances - the trains are clearly in violation of those.

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justmeagainJun. 6, 12 4:21 PM

The quilt shop lady could move if she can't stand the noise...really stupid complaint on her part. Oh and they want to make the old fire station right next to the tracks an Art Center; I guess if they get to do that -- they will complain then about the noise later. It is federal regulation that the whistles have to be blown, the duration of the whistle and the loudness of the whistle. I live there and don't notice the train whistles unless it is cold, clear night and there is snow on the ground. Adults need to instruct their kids on safety at rail crossings...just like they do with stranger danger, street crossings, bike riding and many other things. It is not a civic issue. And you can get around the train if you use different routes around town. Good grief more traffic is near 169 then downtown. If I see a train and I use the river crossing downtown..then I keep going to one of the streets that the train has either not arrived at or has already passed but I don't try to beat the train. This is a waste of time arguing about this. If we make the trains not blow the whistles and someone gets killed; then these people would be shouting for the head of the railroad and mad they didn't do anything to prevent it.

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createdequalJun. 6, 12 8:27 PM

JMA, to repeat what the quilt shop owner, Becky Kelso, said about the train whistle: "It's never been an issue -- it's been a nothing for us." How is that a "really stupid" complaint?

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jsthappy2bhrJun. 7, 12 7:43 AM

america moves on the back of a truck and a train, every product used in America does, be thankful maybe?

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steam1Jun. 7, 1212:30 PM

Don't like the train whistles? I have a solution. Lets fence and gate off all access to railroad property like they do in Europe. With the fences in place the trains will have no need to blow the whistle. Whistling at crossing is a Federal requirement to warn idiot Americans that think they need to beat the train. Need to get across the railroad? Use your tax dollars to build an overpass. Railroads would be MUCH happier if the idiot citizenery didn't have access to THEIR property. Don't like the idea of increased taxes and less access because of fences? Then keep you mouth shut and live with the whistles. The are for YOUR protection NOT the railroads. Typical of us Americans to whine about anything that is a minor inconvenience to them.

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ilovechiliJun. 7, 1212:43 PM

bobbybrian is right on. We live a few miles from the tracks and can hear them lay on the horn for a ridiculous amount of time. And, this is usually between 1A-3A. While I'm 100% for public safety and using the horns like that during normal hours, there is no need to blast the horns during overnight hours. A couple of honks should suffice. The people who live on the line must never get any sleep!

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TomwalterJun. 8, 1210:31 AM

Just a thought--how long have the trains been going through Shakopee? Were the tracks here when people moved in and opened their businesses?

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justmeagainJun. 8, 1210:59 AM

Created Equal good grief now you're out here too...MIA on Shakopee News. She said that it has been a issue with her classes recently that is a complaint.

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baddoggieJun. 8, 12 8:33 PM

For starters the conductor doesn't blow the whistle. That would be the engineer. The Federal Railroad Administration regulates and enforces the train whistles. If the Engineer Just "toots" the whistle he faces a personal $5,000 fine. He must begin 20 seconds before the crossing and begin his last one just before the crossing and hold it through the crossing. The FRA follows these trains around religiously and does strictly enforce these regulations.

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createdequalJun. 9, 1212:02 AM

JMA, Becky Kelso said, "If we're trying to conduct a class and a train comes along 30 feet away, it COULD be difficult." Fortunately, she added, "IT'S NEVER BEEN AN ISSUE -- it's been a nothing for us, though if they were coming every half hour it would be a detriment with the noise." BTW I'd rather be missing on the News than posting on Patch.

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