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1:57 AM Train Horn!!!

Ya I have question: Was anyone else knocked out of bed by the unusually loud, blasting train horn at 1:57 AM this morning?
Jonatan Jatombliansky January 21, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Not really!
Kevin George January 21, 2014 at 04:34 PM
We were.
Barbara January 23, 2014 at 04:59 PM
We hear it on occasion. We believe it's a truck driving on the 8 with a horn resembling a train. Are you near the freeway?
Kevin George January 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM
I'm close to the downtown fire station. This was not a a truck on 8. We are familiar with the train, we have heard it regularly for the thirty years we have lived here. It was this particular, unusually loud and very long horn that I am talking about.
CosasChaparitas January 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM
I talked to the "train geek" down at the museum car and he said there are two freights that run through La Mesa. One at approx. 1:45 am and one at 3:45 am. I live up on Mt. Nebo and we hear it clear as a bell! BUT I like it :)
Things I Learned January 24, 2014 at 01:22 PM
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EX5phFmbrU8 ;-)
Kevin George January 24, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Thanks Cosas. Is that every night? Like I said we often hear it, but that one Monday morning definitely had an attitude. It was suggested to me that the engineer may have gotten a parking ticket in LM and we were getting payback:)
Batman January 27, 2014 at 02:10 PM
The City of La Mesa has been at odds with the freight line over the late night horn ever since the early 1980s. In the 1970s and before the freight train made its rounds during the day. But then MTS bought the tracks and the freight had to schedule its run after the trolley is done with its regular schedule, which is after midnight. So, the trolley is to blame.
Things I Learned January 27, 2014 at 02:17 PM
What else is new?
Kevin George January 27, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Thanks Batman. Obviously there are Federal rules controlling the horns that must be sounded, just wondering if the same rules apply in Downtown SD where important people sleep. "The Quiet Zone is in effect 24/7 and is in place for the following public crossings: Laurel St, Hawthorn St, Grape St, Cedar St, Beech St, Ash St, Broadway, Kettner & G, Market St, Front St, First Ave, Fifth Ave" http://www.quietzonesd.info/FAQ.html
Batman January 27, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Federal law requires them to blow the horn at all grade crossings and in any emergency, such as if sombody walks out in front of them. However, they don't have to sound the horn at crossings if they slow to 15 MPH or less and flag or flare the crossing. But, they have a very narrow window of time to do their work and get off the line so the trolley can begin its daily schedule. Again, MTS is to blame for generously giving us the trolley.

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