• Not "back yard close", but in a town as small as the one I lived in (population 50 or less), a block away was as close as you could get. I used to hang around the tracks quite a lot (as there was nothing else to do). The town was noted for one thing only - it had a nightclub that was a popular place to go from miles around and it hosted most of the big names that came through the state. It was scheduled to host Buddy Holly had he not crashed on February 3, 1959.
  • for about 6 months I hardly slept. I moved house to get away from the noise.
  • One house away. Like you I got used to them & barely noticed after a while.
  • I grew up a block from a Missouri Pacific track. You always knew when it was 4:00 a.m. because that's when the train went through. The city has now turned the line into a hiker/biker trail.
  • I currently live about a block away from a railroad. It only accomodates slow moving freight trains. The only problem I have is how the drivers feel the need to blow their horns as they approach RR crossings, regardless of the time of day or night. Fortunately. the trains are mostly day time and not too many of them.
  • NYC Subway
  • as a kid yes ..but was steam trains then and not close enough to shake house
  • Elevated train in Brooklyn.
  • When I lived in Craig, COlorado I lived about 1/2 block from the tracks. The long coal trains came by several times each day mostly at night. Soon got used to them rumbling by with their 100 coal car trains and seldom heard them.

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