LETTERS: Residents rattle crews

I read the article (‘‘Shaking train blues’’ Herald 5/11) and I felt readers should hear the other side of the story, and be made aware of some of the things alleged to have occurred at  Argenton. 

Insulting signs have been spray-painted onto walls. The signs are targeted at Southern Shorthaul Railroad and Pacific National crews. It has been alleged that someone  shot one of the locomotives with an air rifle, endangering  the health and  safety of crews.

I’m not a train driver, but I know that train crews are generally hard-working people who work long hours to support their families. 

I understand that some of the locomotives are very noisy. But  if people live near  a railway, highway or airport, they will  be exposed to noise. As one consolation for residents the older noisy diesels are gradually being phased out for quieter, more efficient locomotives.

Stephen Miller

East Maitland

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