Railroad Company and Junction City Officials Respond to Residents' Concerns

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Lindsey Connell

WTVM News Reporter


June 5, 2008

JUNCTION CITY, Ga. (WXTX)-- Some Talbot County residents are getting answers from the railroad company whose trains, they say, are diminishing their quality of life.

People in Junction City have asked the railroad for change and now, they're getting it.

News Leader 9 was the first to tell you about the railroad ruckus there.

Since April, we have been following the story and now there are some new developments.

Lewis Michael Caudle says the life he has known in Junction City has been turned upside-down by the sounds of the trains that pass by his home.

Unable to live in his family's home of 130 years, he has voiced his frustrations to his city government and the railroad company.

"Some people are saying that this is a little railroad town. True, this is a railroad town and that's what made it but if something doesn't change, that's what's going to destroy it. It's just not the same train. We used to have a steam engine with a whistle and we used to stand out here and do the hand signal for them to blow it and all that but now you run from it," he stated.

In response to concerns like Caudle's Junction City's City Council has voted to close the railroad crossing right down the street from his house. The city is working with the GeorgiaDept of Transportation and the CSX Railroad company to finalize the project in effort to provide residents in that area with more peace and quiet.

"By federal law, we have to blow our horns at crossings so if there is no crossing of a road-way for motor vehicles to go over the track-if that's not there- we go by that area without blowing our horn," said Gary Sease, Corporate Communications Representative for CSX Railroad.

A change, that residents like Caudle are grateful for.

"That will be some quieting of the train in the middle of the nights and things of that nature. It still won't take away the squelch of the track from the ribbon rail and the continuous running of the track and the vibration but it should be some assistance in getting able to live here again," he said.

Officials with CSX Railroad say the work on the crossing is pending final approval from the Georgia Department of Transportation and Junction City's City Council.

Once those approvals are granted, the railroad anticipates closing the crossing at Blythe Street in Junction City in a matter of weeks.