Do you have the sound of a train audible from your B&B? (either whistle or tracks sound) inside or out of the inn or both

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Yes
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Sometimes
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Parry Sound has not one, but two trans-Canada lines running through it, so there is no where in town where it isn't heard.  It was a struggle to make the decision to invest in the property where the trestle runs less than half a km away...until I stayed in a B&B that was located the same distance from the level crossing.

Yes, it has brought some negative reviews, but most guests appreciate the fact that I invested in really good windows, ceiling fans to keep the air circulating, and supply ear plugs in every room!

This year I will be creating a web page for railfans to promote the views and proximity to the trestle  - the longest, highest and oldest in Ontario!

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We have bird song from sun-up to sun-down and the occasional crows' gathering and cawing in the morning.  Mostly we have the sound of the distant surf as the Atlantic crashes onto the outer beach, especially when the air is moving from the east.  But we market our B+B as peaceful and quiet.....and it is...well, we did have that rogue rooster that showed up this summer to disturb our sleep. blush But that was a one time event! 

I think staying at a B+B with train noises, church bells, traffic noise etc. takes some adjustment if you are used to quiet at night.  In Liguria we had an apartment in Manarola where the train station was within view, although about 10 stories below us.  Most nights I could sleep through the distant noise, but on other nights it awoke me several times.  We loved the place so it was a minor liability and would not prevent us from returning to that apartment.  I could have worn ear plugs to block the noise (and DH snoring!)  but chose not to.  

However, several years ago we stayed in northern Maine in a B+B with nearby train tracks that kept us awake all night. Sounded like the train was coming through the room!!  When we booked the room we had no idea that it was near the tracks.  I would not return to that location in spite of the lovely inn and gracious innkeeper.  There was no mention of the train in their advertising and I did not Google Map them.  Now I Google Map every place before I book....live and learn.

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We mention the train on our website more as a 'hey, take the train to get here, it stops really close by!' Now that the whistle doesn't sound any longer the only guests who know about it are the ones who are sleeping 30 feet from the tracks. At a hotel.

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The train runs right behind us - the station is across the street and it sits right here when it's not running.  Here's a picture of the Inn from our seats on the train last week.  

It starts blowing it's whistle for people to board around 10:30.  It's final whistle is at 11:00am - Checkout Time!  And when it comes back into town it whistles again at 3:00pm - Checkin Time.  We can hear it inside and it's great to have an alarm clock all day keeping us on track yes

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For some reason, you can occasionally hear road noise from the loop around our town, which is about three miles away.  The curious thing is that this only occurs during the Monday morning rush hour.  However, we seldom have Sunday night guest because small East Texas towns are dead on Mondays.

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Bridgewater College chapel bell rings when one of the teams wins a game and a church down the street rings its bell Sunday morn. : )

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Mary at Bridgewater Inn and Cottage wrote:

Bridgewater College chapel bell rings when one of the teams wins a game and a church down the street rings its bell Sunday morn. : )

Our little church chimes the hour and half hour from 8 AM to 9 PM. Love it! Quintessential small town sound.

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Mary at Bridgewater Inn and Cottage wrote:

Bridgewater College chapel bell rings when one of the teams wins a game and a church down the street rings its bell Sunday morn. : )

LIke the 49'ers when they score a touchdown the foghorn blows! It makes me smile every time.

We have a church tower on our corner, that guests adore, every hour and half hour, except when it gets off and I call the parsonage in the wee hours. It is old and does what it wishes from time to time, and doesn't care that it is 3am. Smiling

Downtown in our nearby city is an old church that plays entire hymns at noon every day. The first time I was walking around and thought, hey that is cool...you can sing with half of them, then it went on and on and on...I was like ENOUGH ALREADY! One hymn will do, no need to play them for 30 minutes!  I picture this phantom of the opera or hunchback guy in there playing these bells...

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There's no train lines within miles of here, so no.

Most common night time noises are owls in the wood, and the lapping of water when the leaves are gone. And after very heavu rain you can hear the water tumbling down the mountains on the other side of the Loch, even though it's a mile away.

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Highlands John wrote:

There's no train lines within miles of here, so no.

Most common night time noises are owls in the wood, and the lapping of water when the leaves are gone. And after very heavu rain you can hear the water tumbling down the mountains on the other side of the Loch, even though it's a mile away.

a blog waiting to be written HJ! 

The things I love...I would go there to be silent and still and hear those sounds.

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If the wind is blowing in the right direction we can hear that far off train sound.

As a matter of trivia (which Joey loves), it is said that the reason John Dillinger never robbed a bank in our town is because there were too many train tracks that could interfere with his get away.  It's known that he lived in town for a while and that he robbed a bank in another part of the county.

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Innkeep wrote:

If the wind is blowing in the right direction we can hear that far off train sound.

As a matter of trivia (which Joey loves), it is said that the reason John Dillinger never robbed a bank in our town is because there were too many train tracks that could interfere with his get away.  It's known that he lived in town for a while and that he robbed a bank in another part of the county.

I love that.

Dillinger has ties to this county as well, for a certain reason you may understand. 

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No trains. Just a lighthouse with a fog horn, but it's schedule depends on the weather....

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Totally love the far off sound of the train whistle but it is no longer. Train comes thru but whistle is banned. Have to figure out a whole new alarm clock system for these dark mornings!

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I have fallen in love with the sound. Really and truly. From the far off train on the rails as it approaches, to the closer up squeal, and train whistles...I can tell if the train is full and laden and sluggish vs light, empty and fast. Something small town and nostalgic about a train at night as it arrives and then passes into the night.

Here is the sound from being on a train...nothing can knock me out quicker than this sound!

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Our train is about a mile away so it is not like in the backyard. Now that is a sound  you can't love! 

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EmptyNest wrote:

Our train is about a mile away so it is not like in the backyard. Now that is a sound  you can't love! 

Exactly why I said if it was still where it was when the Gillums lived here, I would not have bought it. B & B guests, unless they are railfans, do not appreciate the train coming through at 3 AM. But I think most people love the sound of the far-off whistle.

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Yep! But we are at the top of the hill and the tracks are below along side the river. But I 've come to love the sound of the trains. Kinda like hearing the ferrys on the sound back home. (although I love the sound of the ferry's more!). 

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Yep! But we are at the top of the hill and the tracks are below along side the river. But I 've come to love the sound of the trains. Kinda like hearing the ferrys on the sound back home. (although I love the sound of the ferry's more!). 

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We now have rail-trail less than 1/2 block from the house. Mr. Gillum being the Station Agent loved the sound. I would not have. Sometimes in the evening we can hear the whistle of the train in Lumberport - about 4 or 5 miles away via roads but probably 3 miles or less from track to here. And the sound is faint, one that brings back wistful memories of a childhood love of trains or the romance of a train whistle. Nothing offensive.

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