Aurora council recently voted to eliminate train whistles at all crossings in Aurora.
Excuse me? Did I read that right.
So a bunch of whiny uptight sanctimonious people decided to make enough noise and raise this as an issue at council.
I'm confused, first council was supposed to blow it's horn, now they're appeasing yet another special interest group in silencing train horns.
Am I to understand that a couple train whistles is a great inconvenience to these people. It sure didn't deter them at all from locating where they did. When I lived in King City our property backed onto a ravine that led to the tracks. You could hear all the trains, commuter and freight. They aren't disruptive, you adapt.
Does anyone really wonder why there are extensive Canadian Rail rules and regulations regarding train whistles? It's to prevent horrific crashes and needless deaths like the one in the picture I included in this post.
Obtaining insurance would most likely mean sky high rates because you can just see the outrage when the first person is smucked by the train.
"why didn't they just sound their horns?"
"Well the thing about that is we didn't want to inconvenience anyone…."
I sure hope Transport Canada is smart enough to weigh safety higher than some whiny neighborhood request, regardless if it is backed by town council.
The fact that over $25,000 has been spent on this issue already is very sad.
My suggestion to all of them, it's a train whistle, let it blow.