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Sound proofing for people who live near train stations

Train timetable programmed sound proofing shield
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Where you have doors and windows you also have a retractable sound proofing layer (could be the entire house). You program the train timetable into your house system computer and just before the train comes the sound proofing envelopes the house including all areas where sound could come in. When the train is gone, the sound proofing retracts. Thus enabling the house to remain open and not have the adverse noise pollution of trains.
johnny_smooth, May 11 2001


       I would love to be in a train going past a row of houses and be able to watch this in action, in a kind of domino effect. Unfortunately relying on train timetables round here (UK) wouldn't really be very effective - I'm sure that between us we could come up with a plan for some train-warning-device relying on cellphone technology?
vincebowdren, May 11 2001

       I do live near a railway station and it's not the sound that's the problem. It's the vibration through the ground that causes problems. If you can solve that then I'm in!
DrBob, May 11 2001

       Another sport who's recognized the wisdom of deeper subway facilities. Acoustic consiousness came along too late for those living near barge terminals, spillways, and elevator shafts.
reensure, May 11 2001

       I have a friend who's farm is right outside of Indianapolis next to the airport and on the main flight path for incoming planes. It's interesting to see new horses at their farm react to the planes...but after about a week, they learn to ignore them. The people who live on the flight path don't seem to cope as well as the horses.
Susen, May 11 2001

       ...and then start trying to sue the airport that's been there for 20 years for the noise.   

       This happened in Tampa.   

       People are idiots.
StarChaser, May 12 2001

       why not have two huge ear muffs that lower from the ceiling, covering your ears when the train is about to go past? Maybe, you could have a siren somewhere in your house that goes off so you know when to run into a designated 'quiet room' - until its clear to come out again.
benfrost, May 13 2001

       Even better, construct transparent tunnels of soundproof material around every single train track. These soundproof tunnels can enable the sound to stay inside, and still let train passengers see out. I don't know if the echoes might become unbearable, though...
oobersteph, May 13 2001

       Walls would likely do, allowing exhaust fumes and noise to escape upward.
StarChaser, May 13 2001

       The mayor of Toledo, Ohio (C. Finkbeiner) once caused a small media uproar by suggesting that the city should move all the resident deaf people out by the airport.
cloaked!stoat, May 14 2001

       They wanted to buy the house cheap, then wanted to get rid of the noise.   

       The Tampa airport finally fixed it by buying all the houses and land under the flyover zone at the end of the runway and a toll road was built on it. Some light industrial / commercial, too.
StarChaser, May 14 2001

       I enjoy my conversations with people who bought a house near the church where I ring the bells then complain to me about the bells.
angel, May 15 2001

       Johnny_S Evidently you do not live in the UK otherwise you'd know that programming in timetables is a waste of time. The timetables are only there to cater for the optimists and to prove the pessimists right. (On the verge of a rant here!!) Better, I think, if they were triggered by some remote device which senses the approaching train. Re: Airports. To be fair much of suburban West London was there before Heathrow was developed and government built it in 1945 claiming that it was another military airfield. However, people know its there; its a pretty big feature on the maps marked Heathrow Airport, but they still go after the cheaper property.
Ivy, May 15 2001

       RodsT, They're good those fan jets. A bit like flying a Dyson.
Ivy, May 16 2001

       Not sound proof. Sound absorbent.
andrewm, Apr 02 2003

       My local bar is next to train tracks, and you actually get used to it. In fact, when I invite a friend round for a drink who hasn't been there, it's fuuny seeing the look of terror on their face as the rumbling and shaking gets louder and no-one pays the slightest attention. Strange fact: women are woken by human sounds (eg, baby crying), while men by snaps and bangs (eg, burglar or my neighbour).
git, Jun 06 2003


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