Glendale, Loveland among local areas which want less train noise through Downtown.

Council passed the final ordinance needed to stop train horns from sounding as locomotives travel through village


It won’t be silent.

There will still be the clatter of steel wheels on metal rails, the roar of cars as they pass by Glendale homes and businesses. But the jarring, almost mournful wail of the train horn? A memory.

In Glendale, where stately homes are face-to-face with CSX tracks, the horns shatter the quiet of this community regularly. And thanks to the generosity of some village residents, the sounds of those warning bleats from the trains that pass through will stop.

Glendale Village Council voted to move ahead with a quiet zone at its Aug. 28 meeting, finishing a process that’s taken more than a year and a conversation that’s gone on longer than that.

One resident said she had asked city officials about the train noise when she was buying her house and was told a quiet zone was in the works to silence the horns. “That was 16 years ago,” she said. “This is a good thing.”

Lisa Spalding says she’s lived in Glendale all her life. She said she lives about 1,000 feet from the tracks. 

“The trains are louder now,” she said. “We have three crossings, and some of the engineers hold the horn while they go through all three.”

She says while she’s losing the crossing near her home – the city plans to close the Albion crossing – she supports the quiet zone. “It’s constant, and there are more trains every day, it seems,” she said. “If you are out back in the yard, you have to stop talking until the train has passed.”

Glendale has an average 64 trains a day and three crossings, exposing residents to horn noise for more than 96 minutes a day, or 585 hours a year. And it’s only going to get worse. The OKI Regional Transportation Plan projects train traffic through Glendale will grow by 38 percent by 2040.

Hugh Staples says his father bought his family home in 1972 and added extra insulation when he added on to muffle the noise from the railroad. “It’s not convenient to have the crossing closed,” he said. “But I would say it’s a reasonable trade-off.”

Council was unanimous in its support of the ordinance that established the quiet zone. Residents in attendance applauded following…