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Neighbors want train whistles silenced

You hear them all the time, but tonight one Mid-South man wants the train whistles to STOP.

One man turned into 150 other people chasing the same goal: a good night's sleep--stopped, they say, by non-stop train whistles. Now they've made a request. But, will it sacrifice safety?

It's not the trains rumbling past, but what happens just before they arrive that bothers residents. What happens in an attempt to keep drivers out of harms way.

"They're blowing them so loud," Gloria Regenold says. "They wake you up at night they're so loud."

The trains whistle so loud, so often that some who live off Poplar near Houston-Levee say they just want peace and quiet. They're asking the city to upgrade three different railroad crossings to meet federal guidelines necessary to silence the horns in their neighborhood.

Neighbors started a petition then brought 150 signatures to the City of Collierville. The mayor and board of alderman agreed to consider the issue but asked for more research, too.

"Does that whistle annoy you? When they blow that whistle?" a reporter asks a driver.

"No," she says. "Because I know it's safe."

Exactly what city leaders must consider. Are those three crossings already safe enough? Will any changes make them any safer? And, if so, are the upgrades worth the cost? Some say they're happy just the way things stand.

"As long as the train's blowing the whistle," Lisa Waits says. "It's easier for us to know that we have to get out of the way."

A warning hard to ignore, which is exactly the point on either side of the argument.

The exact cost of those changes is one of the issues still to be researched.

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