Neighbors angry about train sitting idle for a week

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

IRMO, SC (WIS) - Neighbors in an Irmo area neighborhood are steamed over a train that has been sitting idle since last week.

"A sitting train makes a lot of noise and a lot of vibrations that keeps us up at night," said George Womble, who lives on Shelton Drive. "[CSX Railroad] says they will fix the problem, but it never happens."

"It runs for about 10 minutes, goes into another stage," siad Womble. "We do expect noise, but we don't expect a train to sit for seven days running in our backyards."

That train is what prompted an impromptu neighborhood meeting. "Seems a little excessive," said Womble. "Should be able to do something with it."

Womble says three different neighbors have called CSX corporate in Jacksonville to complain, to no avail. "We would like for them to park that train somewhere else when it's not in use," said Womble.

CSX sent us a statement saying:

Last week, we began annual maintenance work to enhance safety in your community. We are repairing rail, replacing rail ties and resurfacing road crossings. To accomplish this work, we brought in maintenance equipment on an equipment train. We stage the train near the work site, unload the equipment to complete the work, and then park the train on the closest storage track. This storage track was the only local track long enough to accommodate the equipment train. When we conduct this type of maintenance work in the winter; we often leave engines running to protect our equipment from cold temperatures. However, we recognize and apologize for the inconvenience. We will shut down the engines tonight, and will move the train out of the area by the end of the week. As always, we encourage community members to call and report any operational, safety or general concerns via our toll-free hotline at 1-877-TELL-CSX.

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