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Loud trains keeping Hamburg neighbors up at night

Posted at 6:08 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 18:08:02-05

Several residents in the Town of Hamburg are complaining about the noise from train horns.

Many of the residents live in houses and apartments near the four railroad tracks that are in Hamburg.
Cargo trains frequently use the tracks throughout the day and night.

Big Tree Road resident, Joseph Constantino told 7 Eyewitness News the noise is so loud sometimes he goes for a walk around two or three o'clock in the morning, just to get back to sleep.

"The minute you get back to sleep, they start again, again, and again," Constantino said.

The Town of Hamburg Supervisor, Steven Walters said he understands the concerns of those residents who are affected by the trains.

"My understanding is new railroad administration regulations that increase decibel level on the horn and there's an increase in rail traffic(in Hamburg)," Walters said.

The Town of Hamburg is planning to expand it's railroad "quiet zone." Quiet zones are areas on tracks with enough crossing gates and safety features, so trains can pass without having to sound their horns.

There are already two currently in Hamburg. After getting approval from the state, the town plans to add two more.