The Train Tracks of Doom

Fifteen minutes from where we live, there run a set of train tracks.

Not special train tracks, nor particularly busy train tracks, just normal, run-of-the-mill train tracks like thousands of others all over the country. Yet those train tracks manage to give me panic attacks every time they announce their existence.

train tracks of doom (apparently)

Confused? Allow me to explain.

Every night at approximately 1:40am, a freight train races along those tracks, blowing it’s whistle as it passes.

One would think that fifteen minutes away (by car) isn’t exactly close, but in the quiet of the night that train whistle carriesย all the way to our humble little home, loud and clear.

On the nights that I hear that whistle, I know I’ve stayed up too late and that I will probably regret it in the morning when Lilly is invariable jumping on my bed and yelling for me to wake up long before I am mentally prepared to wake up. Worrying about not sleeping obviously manages to wake me up even more, making it even harder to fall asleep.

On nights that I hear the second train that goes by at 3:20am, I know for sure I’ll regret my nocturnal wakefulness come sunrise and at this point, insomnia has definitely set in.

On the odd nights that I hear the third train at 4:05am, I stop worrying because now I know I’m screwed whether I manage to fall asleep or not. This release of worry inevitably helps me fall asleep, but not soon enough because morning brings with it exhaustion and a raging migraine.

So yes, those train tracks? Definitively evil.

Can I by any chance get a petition started to prevent trains from blowing their whistles after midnight so that the night owls among us can stay in denial about how late it’s getting? No? Oh well, it was worth a try..


20 thoughts on “The Train Tracks of Doom

  1. Oh, that’s awful! I’ve always thought it was weird that you can hear train whistles so much better at night, especially on a cool, clear night. And I hate anything that reminds me of how poorly I’m sleeping.

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  2. I was just telling my husband this morning that I won’t do work between 3 and 4am. If I’ve awakened in the middle of the night, this increases the chance I’ll get a little more sleep. If I awaken before 4, that means I’ll get a little quiet time. Of course, the ultimate goal would be no mid-night or early awakenings!


    1. That is the ultimate goal but ends up being a dream more often than not ๐Ÿ˜› I end up writing at night because its the only time I get without a toddler hanging off my leg or housework preying on my mind, but than I’m tired come morning so it’s a precarious balance..

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      1. Yes! Completely! There was a train close to where I grew up and the sound of the whistle would stress me out!! ” I should be sleeping by now” There are times, right now, that I am so eager to have a little “me” time that I am up until 3 a.m. to get it. I was curious if it is similar for you?

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      2. It’s exactly the same for me! My husband thinks I’m crazy to stay up voluntarily when I’m obviously exhausted but he doesn’t understand that I need some quiet, alone time in my day to stay sane ๐Ÿ˜

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