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

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

Noisy.

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

I live near the train tracks, do not hear that anymore. Yes, sitting on the balcony it is loud but I somehow filter it out when sleeping.

Only annoying when they work on the train tracks and that whoowhoowhoo warning signal goes off……
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

It's a bit like this
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

yes, actually I wonder if the train is more noisy than the cars. I remember the overall noise level from the busy street was not an issue but engines acceleration noise. You could always hear that no matter how laud was the background noise and it seemed to echo well inside the apartment
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That's a really good one but well, I guess I'm not interested anymore
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I stay close to the rain tracks and next to a busy street with buses.
I am only affected when my windows are open else not. The windows are really noise proof and I probably got used to a certain noise level
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yes, actually I wonder if the train is more noisy than the cars. I remember the overall noise level from the busy street was not an issue but engines acceleration noise. You could always hear that no matter how laud was the background noise and it seemed to echo well inside the apartment

Busy streets are much more annoying (to me) as the noise is irregular, at least with trains it is a regular noise that doesn´t bother me as much.
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I stay close to the rain tracks and next to a busy street with buses.
I am only affected when my windows are open else not. The windows are really noise proof and I probably got used to a certain noise level
I just read this, much like your experience. Good windows and all is fine as long as you are ok with keeping your windows shut all the time
http://blog.thermawood.com.au/reduce-train-horn-noise
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

Depends a lot on how busy the line is - check the timetable.

We lived by the S7 line, but there's only four trains per hour (plus some freight) so it was not a big deal. As others have mentioned, the traffic noise at peak times was much more of a problem.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

The squeal of a train is like nails on a blackboard to me. I once looked at an apartment that was directly next to a single train track and the balcony was overlooking it. I waited until a couple of trains went past and then vowed never to live next to a train track. It was noisy and for me there is just something very unsightly about a big train going past you.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

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!!!!!!

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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!!!!!!


Lovely clip, thank you. I love steam trains!
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I lived about 8m from train tracks some years ago, two walls between my sleeping head and the tracks.

After two weeks I could sleep with the windows open.

You get used to it very quickly. Or not, if you’re that type of person…
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

We used to live near this steamy beauty:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YyQ1ggFt0Dc
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

It depends.

The apartment or house can be insulated from the train wheel noise by a concrete wall or even an earth bank. With earth banks all you listen is the noise of the train plowing air apart.

SBB says that since last year all cargo wagons are low noise since last year. The wheels of cargo wagons were particularly noisy in the past. I have not being close to cargo trains on 2021 so, who knows if SBB is right. Anyway interesting.

Finally, what roegner said. The trains are not the problem, but the maintenance and upgrade works maybe are. Once I lived close to a tram line, and I never worried until one summer some maintenance work was done....and well, the tools they use are damned loud haha. There's also the noisy alarm to alert workers of an oncoming train. Good thing is was just like 5-6 weeks and we left 2 weeks for vacation.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

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You get used to it very quickly. Or not, if you’re that type of person…
Even if you are not awake from the noise, your brain keeps noticing it (as also any other noise around) and it might affect the quality of sleep. I wonder how would those sleep trackers data look like.
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

Besides the noise of the trains themselves , which is getting more and more bearable because modern trains are much quieter than the old ones that are being phased out , you have to to consider track maintenance . This is typically done at night and may involve heavy tamping machines that adjust the alignment by vibrating the ballast . This may only happen a couple of nights a year, if that , but when it does it can be very loud
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

I lived for 4 years in an old 3-flat house with a superb view over the lake of Zurich in Kilchberg - reasonable rent too. But at the bottom of the short garden was the Zurich-Chur mainline with some 450 trains a day.

We never got used to the noise, which meant turning up the TV volume in summer with the windows open they passed. The old green trains and goods trains would rattle the building and shake our balcony geraniums!

Works at night on the tracks would wake us up from time to time.

So we moved out after 4 years we moved out. They have since built a tunnel to divert all but local trains. Even so, I cannot recommend living near a railway line...
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Re: how is it to live very close to a train tracks?

It utterly depends on the building itself : I lived for 18 years next to the same line in Horgen, in a newly build house that took that railway line into account. You barely noticed it, only track maintenance was an issue. On the positive side : 10 meters from Lake Zurich, private swimming access, and full view on the lower lake.



Selling that house will hopefully cover my retirement...No regrets here on living that close to a major railwayline.



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