Hamburg silences loud train horns

Hamburg silences train horns

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Over the last decade, new federal rules have made the sounding of the horns louder and longer.

It’s supposed to warn drivers, but in Hamburg they’ve found another, quieter way, to keep people safe.

Kevin Drabek lives near the tracks on Rogers Road.  He said, “Middle of the night when you’re sleeping they’re blowing their horns, some blow real loud.”

The horns are used to give people an idea of how far the train is from the crossing and deter drivers from trying to go around the barrier and beat the train.

Nine years ago, the town of Hamburg began the process of finding another way to keep drivers safe.

Town Engineer Gerard Kapsiak said, “We’ll have the work completed in the next few days.”

After some delays because of weather, the town has finished putting up these barriers at the crossings here on Rogers Road and nearby Cloverbank Road.

Kapsiak said, The purpose of the barriers is to keep a vehicle from trying to go around a lowering gate.”

The barriers will qualify the town for a federal waiver that allows them to create a quiet zone and in about a month’s time the horns will stop.

Drabek said, “It will be a lot better and quieter in the area.”

Hamburg received $525,000 in federal and state grants for the barriers.

They still have some money left to address more crossings in the future. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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