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Train ‘Crash’ Sounds from Railroad Tracks Alarm Residents

Norfolk Southern spokesman says that the trains have been putting on the brakes to cede traffic from oncoming trains.

The loud ‘crash’ sounds coming from the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks during the past week are no cause for alarm, officials said Monday. 

During the past week, several residents have reached out to Lakewood Patch inquiring about loud noises coming from the trains on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks between 8 and 9 p.m. each night last week.

The trains are “crawling along and coming to frequent stops, creating loud and unsettling bangs,” said one resident.

“They would go so slow, then stop and it would sound like a accident but there was not (an) accident,” said another resident. “What is going on here? It's crazy (and) scary.”

Norfolk Southern spokesman David Pidgeon said that the sounds are the result of trains putting the brakes on. 

“And when they do, the cars behind the locomotives condense, which can make a series of booming sounds as each one comes to a stop,” he said, adding that the trains are likely “slowing for other trains.”

Although several residents reached out to Lakewood Patch, Lakewood Police Chief Timothy Malley said no reports were filed.

“You’re in a busy rail corridor,” said Pidgeon. “Safety is our top priority.”

Brigid Balogh November 13, 2012 at 06:17 PM
thanks colin for using my article i wrote. this is pretty cool i feel special :) but like i said was scary and crazy when u only live 2 houses past the tracks
Mike Smith November 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM
When you use the independet brake on a locomotive on an Auto Rack train you are going get alot noise from the cars running in called slack and the racks have alot in them to cause this noise, racks can make alot noise on there own. You have alot of new engineers as most of us old engineers have retired maybe alittel air brake would stop this noise strech braking. Mike CSX 38 years
Alex Vandehoff November 14, 2012 at 07:33 AM
ARRRGHHHH LOUD NOISES! -brick tamland
Megan Millisor November 14, 2012 at 01:13 PM
I wasn't worried about the noises, but having a train block the entire length of Lakewood is really frustrating. I don't particularly like driving all the way down to W. Clifton to get home to my house near Bunts.
Norma Desmond November 15, 2012 at 01:57 PM
jake braking?

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