I grew up just a couple of blocks from these train tracks. I remember hearing the trains come through, but I don't remember ever thinking that the sound was a nuisance. In fact, I can hear the train passing through right now, while I write this, and the whistle and very faint sound of the wheels have a rather haunting sound.
The railroad tracks have always held a certain fascination for me, from their rustic looks and parallel lines to images of places to go and things to see.
There's something about the sound of a train that's very romantic and nostalgic and hopeful.
~ Paul Simon