Sharon Thompson waits for the next train honk. She lives in Marmor near a railway crossing which sees train traffic almost every 15 minutes.
Sharon Thompson waits for the next train honk. She lives in Marmor near a railway crossing which sees train traffic almost every 15 minutes. Sharyn Oneill

Railing against train noise

ALL Sharon Thompson has asked for is a little less noise and a little more peace and quiet.

The Marmor resident understands it isn't likely to happen where she lives, about 100m from a railway line, but she is pleading with authorities to have train drivers tone down the choo a little bit.

Ms Thompson lives on Westacott Rd, Marmor, which runs adjacent to the Blackwater Railway Line, frequented by coal, freight and passenger trains.

The locomotives rumble along the line, a corridor between Gladstone and Rockhampton, almost every 15 minutes, seven days a week, she said.

Ms Thompson said the racket was a bit too much to bear.

She approached QR National, one of two coal rail haulage companies, to use the town horn in place of the country one.

"Sometimes you can't hear the TV," she said.

A QR National spokesman said independent noise monitoring was undertaken to ensure that levels were within the limits set by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

"Our company is committed to min- imising the impact of coal trains and being socially responsible in the community," the spokesman said.

"The use of horns at level crossings is an important safety precaution to protect our train drivers and the community.

"While our train drivers are always conscious of noise and other impacts, we will continue to remind them to be sensitive to the neighbouring community."

QR National has been moving coal between Gladstone and Rockhampton since the 1950s.



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