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 Abbeydale Train Whistle

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While Johnny Cash wrote many famous songs about trains and train whistles, the sound of the nightly train whistle has been far less romantic for many residents in Abbeydale.

Transport Canada regulates rail crossings to ensure that they are safe and useable for all types of traffic. One measure of safety is the warning whistle, which is blown as a train approaches an intersection.  This measure can be omitted if alternate safeguards are used. Unfortunately for the residents who live in houses directly adjacent to the tracks, these trains often come through in the wee hours of the morning on weekdays, waking the work weary hoping to get a good night’s sleep.

The Ward 10 office in working together with Calgary Parks are taking appropriate steps to install separate safety elements including: Guided fencing along the sides of the crossing; Maze gates on both sides of the crossing; Advance warning signs on both pathway approaches; Emergency notification sign(s); Closure of openings/gaps in fencing.

The Standing Policy Committee on Community and Protective Services recommended the cessation of train whistling at the rail crossing known as Mile 121.30 of CN Three Hills subdivision. (Abbeydale/Applewood). On May 28, City Council approved the Whistle Cessation Request and submitted their request to Transportation Canada.  Once this letter is approved by Transportation Canada and forwarded along to Canadian National Railway they have 30 days to comply and stop the whistle action at the crossing. 

Hopefully this will be completed just in time for Canada Day celebrations.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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