New (to me anyway) Rail Crossing warning sounds--San Clemente, CA

Nice job . I enjoyed the video... Sorry I missed your name.  

After all the noise the train enters the crossing with bell only , certainly different  from  the horn must be sounded until the crossing is occupied.( Special instructions  I guess).

 

juniata guy posted:

I like the sound of a steam whistle but; the repetitive nature of that sound would have me stuffing cotton in my ears if I lived near the crossing.

Curt

Amen, brother!!!

In Ames Iowa there are several crossings that have quiet zone systems, but its crossing horn honks.  And after a few minutes it is annoying, especially as the sound seems overdriven through trumpet speakers aimed down the roadways.

Worst, if train stops, the honking keeps right on going.  Most gate systems I believe have a time out that raises gates.  Seems they could build in same for honks. Only time honking stops is when engine hits road crossing proper.

Not sure which is worst evil, listening to real engine sound crossing and done, or repetitive over and over again artificial honks or steam whistle.

Big Jim posted:

I believe that warning is in violation of the FRA rules for blowing a road crossing. The last I knew, warnings were only supposed to be blown a certain number of seconds before entering the crossing.

Well this is electronic and tied into the flasher/gate system, and as long as the system operates so does the the annoying sound.  If you have a slow drag or stopped before the island crossing, that electronic horn just keeps right on a' tootin.  Once engine crosses island system shuts up.  The trumpet speakers are aimed/focus down the roadway at cars, so not much sound heard when off center.  Of course buildings in direct line get the pleasure of hearing the blat-blat at all hours (but hey, its fulfills quiet zone that city clamored for).  And the horn sound is distorted over-driven (maybe intentionally) for maximum effect.

Big Jim posted:

I don't know how you figure it is a "Quiet Zone" with all that unneeded noise!

Doesn't the Quiet Zone" regs apply to the engine and an engineer's use of the horn?

This is a grade crossing warning with different regs.

The folks get what they ask for...

Carl

Arctic Railroad

It seems annoying to us, because we would know what to do, what to look for, how to pay attention when driving and approaching a grade crossing.

But there are those drivers who are looking at their phone, trying to put in an address, text someone to tell them they're just around the corner, ordering something online, changing a radio station.  Essentially, the steering wheel is only in their way.  A lot of drivers are oblivious.

"Maybe someday, you'll be an Engineer for the Santa Fe!" - in a note to me sent with a P.R. package from the Santa Fe railroad.

Moonman posted:
Big Jim posted:

I don't know how you figure it is a "Quiet Zone" with all that unneeded noise!

Doesn't the Quiet Zone" regs apply to the engine and an engineer's use of the horn?

This is a grade crossing warning with different regs.

The folks get what they ask for...

Well, that's California for you!
Around here, a "Quiet Zone" is Quiet.

I'd take that "steam whistle" sound any day over the standard diesel sound effect.

There was a crossing in the far northwestern suburbs of Chicago that had one nearly 20 years ago that sounded  just like this one:

I think they removed it in 2012.

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