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...instead I have a railway line.

And the last three nights in a row I have been woken by some strange piece of machinery that sounds like a hundred angry vacuum cleaners hitting something with hammers. Not fun when you're trying to deal with the 'flu.

I didn't think it couldn't get much worse.

Until tonight.

When it added a siren into the mix...

Aaaaargh.

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yonmei
Mar. 4th, 2004 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh, sod. *sends sympathy*

Fairies can be pretty noisy, too.
codepope
Mar. 5th, 2004 01:01 am (UTC)
Sounds like some major refurb going on on the line....

So it's better than a train landing in the garden in the long run.



sbisson
Mar. 5th, 2004 01:10 am (UTC)
It would be interesting to see a train make it up the sides of the cutting...

(In an academic sort of way, of course)
codepope
Mar. 5th, 2004 01:21 am (UTC)
Oh yes that way round. So the cutting is fulfilling it's second purpose. Amplifier.

(Railway noise goes past me still... One used to live with the Swansea/London main line at the garden and a steel works on the other side of that, next to the blast furnaces... where they cleared down the furnaces at night using explosives)
ffutures
Mar. 5th, 2004 03:14 am (UTC)
Repost - I hit enter by mistake last time, then had to do something else before I could get back here.

I have all of the main tracks out of Paddington going past my house (not in a cutting, just the other side of a brick wall across the road) and they've been doing night-time repairs too, so I know pretty much what you're going through. I barely notice the railway most of the time (it used to be a lot noisier when it was a shunting yard and there were cattle cars being shunted at night), but sometimes they stop a deisel train right opposite my house and seem to rev the engine and I can feel the low frequency vibrations through my chair, my body, and the desk where I'm working. The repairs are comparatively quiet.

Some time this millennium the crossrail project may get approval, and they'll be digging one of the tunnel entrances opposite my house, then running lots of trains through it. Won't that be fun...
drpete
Mar. 5th, 2004 03:23 am (UTC)
Probably a track tamper - like one of these??
drpete
Mar. 5th, 2004 03:25 am (UTC)
actually, thinking about it, it was probably a ballast cleaner
sbisson
Mar. 5th, 2004 03:41 am (UTC)
Either of those is my guess. And I'm expecting another bout of it tonight, as there are four lines...
muninnhuginn
Mar. 5th, 2004 03:33 am (UTC)
You have my sympathy. Suffering a cold and blocked ears opposite a large building site's no fun too.

Actually last night was the first time I've been sufficiently awake in the middle of the night to hear a goods train go along the railway line at the end of our terrace. I'm sure there are fewer than there used to be: the regular shakes of the house at 5 a.am doesn't seem to happen any more.

The ghost trains at my dad's place are so much less of a disturbance!

I do hope the 'flu goes.
redbird
Mar. 5th, 2004 05:19 am (UTC)
Much *sympathy*. The rail lines here are a few blocks away, one with a river between it and me.
spride
Mar. 8th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)
They did that to me before my first-year Uni exams. The hall where I spent the first year had the main Manchester-Liverpool railway line running right past my window. They chose to level and regrade the line the week before the exams; from 9PM to 6AM, every night for a week.
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