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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I lived for 3 years facing train tracks on the Locarno - Bellinzona line. I was on the third floor so looked down on the passing train. I enjoyed it and the trains were relatively silent so did not bother me at all.
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Old 16.06.2021, 12:57
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

To me, it also depends whether the flat is near/at a platform or if it's only along the lines.

Lately it seems the line between Bern and Fribourg is seeing a lot of new builds of flats right next to platforms. Europaplatz is one example. When I'm standing there, the noise of the fast trains going by isn't all that bothersome. However the noise of the trains coming to a stop and then starting again is indeed like nails on a chalkboard.

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Only annoying when they work on the train tracks and that whoowhoowhoo warning signal goes off……
Exactly this.

I live very close to the railway coming out of Luzern station. Every hour I have going past my house:

2x S1 --> Sursee
2x S1 --> Baar
2x S6 --> Langenthal
2x S9 --> Lenzburg
1x S3 --> Brunnen
1x VAE --> St. Gallen
1x RE --> Bern
1x RE --> Olten
2x IR --> Zürich
2x IR --> Basel
1x IR --> Lugano
1x IR --> Erstfeld
1x IR --> Genève

... plus of course the same in the other direction, so a total of 38 trains per hour.

I don't notice them unless I'm on my balcony, and I sleep with the windows open in summer. Admittedly it has become noisier since they demolished the only building between me and the railway, which partially blocked the sound.

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Train noise is very therapeutic for me, it hypnotizes me and puts me to sleep. Most machine noises actually Steam engine noise is like heaven. The fact that you asked this question suggests that it might not be a good idea for you.

Kids noise on the other hand drives me nuts!!!!!!

I second that!!! Somehow the high pitch of children voices punch my head. Once I lived in apartment having windows on a public park, that was so nice on paper but in reality it was a nightmare due to the kids. There was some well in the park (sewage, or access to water/electricity undergrounds installation) covered with the heavy metal cover. Kids loved to jump on it every f* day because it was making very loud noise.


Interesting answers so far. I asked because I never lived so close to a railway track. However, true, I guess the noise it's more the air pushed by the train nowadays than any other noise like engine roar, wheels, etc
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Old 24.06.2021, 12:29
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

-dusty, tiny black dot kinda dust, I don't sit on my balcony much, although I won't grow herbs on my balcony because of that

-bit noisy yes, but you get used to it, less lonely in corona times.

-super convenient, especially winter, don't have to wait in the cold for trains, simply go downstairs 30 seconds before the train arrives.

-one of my favourite guilty pleasure: enjoying my cocktail in my pajamas watching people all hectic and rushing with their heavy backpacks, pressing the button but the doors are already locked and then looking back at their phones
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

We have friends who live right next to a train track, i.e. their garden is separated from the train tracks by a barbed wire fence. They don't mind the sound of the passing trains at all, and perhaps the beautiful lake view makes up for it (when not blocked by said passing trains). However, whenever a train passes and the windows are open, or everyone happens to be in the garden, you can't hear a thing. You need to stop talking mid-sentence and resume once the train has passed. Or you need to keep the windows closed at all times. I, personally, could not live so close to the train line, but some people obviously become used to the noise and don't mind at all.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I think it'll be really difficult to know how it'll be without learning more about how many and which kinds of trains are running on these tracks both during the day and the night.

- Loud freight trains often run at night, so they don't disturb faster passenger trains. If you are talking about lake Zürich, probably there are no freight trains, but if you're talking about other lakes, I have no idea.

- Look at the schedules. If you are tailking about Zürich gold coast, there could be up to 12 trains passing per hour (I think - I just did that quickly in my head). If that ok for you? Or not?

- Are you and the people living with you the kind of people who can just internally adjust with the attitude that each train that passes by makes it easier and easier to consider it background noise, or are you (and the people you'll live with) more likely to get angrier and angrier at each passing train until you're head explodes?

- Is it a rental? Or a purchased home. If it's a rental, you can much more easily leave it.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out.

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Good luck and let us know how it turns out.
Hi there, no I let it go very soon. However this thread kept my attention.

Anyway, just a day or two after I saw the ad the label "reserved" on the régie website appeared.

I really liked the flat, how the rooms were organized, and the location and price was nice.

Yeah, that's a bit of the problem that everyone would like to have a nice train connection to the center of the town but not necessarily having the noise of the trains in the town center. I guess, only underground tunnels comes to the rescue.

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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

Trains run very close to mine, treble glazed Windows don’t hear a beat even the big cargo ones heading to italy.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I've just spent a couple of nights in the home standing literally in an arm reach from the tracks near Horgen. It was surprisingly serene there, even during the day time. You can see ICE or S-Bahn coming from time to time, and those are not too loud. Freight trains make a lot of clang, which is mostly blocked by the sound shields. Was unable to hear any noticeable noise inside the building.
It certainly depends on the quality of construction works and engineering, because in the NYC apartment I could feel the subway running even at the 17th floor. Still much lower noise compared to lower floors apartments in the city center, and do not even get me started about living in the close proximity to streets and roads with any negative slopes or intersections (I love bikes and respect the life choices of some urban race drivers, but god forbid living close to the section, where they feel obliged to put pedal to the metal).
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

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I've just noticed an apartment very close to the lake but there's a catch, the block of flats is just few meters from the train tracks. Now I'm puzzled if it's an issue or not. I've been living with windows heading towards a busy street, on an 8th floor and that wasn't supper annoying but not super nice either.
Besides noise, please consider electro-smog. Back in the 90es when people had CRT TVs and computer screens this was easily visible, now it is much harder to visualize it. One of my customers was a company with offices next to railway tracks, their color CRT displays had rainbow pattern on them unless they where shielded by special bulky enclosures.
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