Residents, fed up with increasingly loud noises coming from trains and railroad crossings near the Guelph Junction, gathered to protest CN, the company that owns the tracks, early on Tuesday morning.
After incessant horns kept citizens up for hours the night before, Monday evening was devoid of any unusual sounds coming from trains until later Tuesday morning, residents told The Post.
There was an eruption of complaints on Monday morning after noise related to what CN called investment in the local railway kept families, employees and others awake for several hours.
It was just the straw that broke the camel’s back, however, as the noise had been getting louder in recent weeks. The mayor, councillors and MP Lloyd Longfield were contacted by concerned citizens and it received national coverage.
Bob Riley, who lives near the Guelph Junction where a lot of the noise was emanating from, told The Post that overnight there were no track sounds. Riley, who lives at Waterloo Ave. and Roland St., is a night shift worker and sympathized with those impacted.
“It doesn’t bug me much,” Riley said, as he is usually up for his shift. “But if I were to be working days I could see how that would be very aggravating.”
The silence did not last for long.
Residents said that later on Tuesday morning they heard trains blasting horns starting at around 4:47 a.m. — and one Twitter user explained that Guelph Police were given permission by CN to arrest residents that came out to the rails in protest.
The Twitter user, Stefanie Clark, said residents stopped the train horn until 6 a.m., calling CN’s actions “inhumane”.
Clark later posted that CN staff told her that they have to use the horn and that it is “in the manual”. She explained in a thread that the 140 decibel noises “persistently in the night wakes up everyone in the neighbourhood.”
“A secondary issue is the shunting [and] train signal noise which is also persistent.”
The protest was also attended by a a city councillor.
“I drove out to find young kids barely awake and just wanting to sleep were out protesting on tracks,” Coun. Phil Allt wrote on Twitter.
“CN is being disdainful of residents and offering vague excuses that change from day to day. All people want is a good night’s sleep. Bad business, bad PR.”
Hazel de Borja, who lives on Glasgow St. North said she heard the horns go off overnight at a time when she said she was “supposed to be sleeping.”
It was the first time de Borja heard the train because she was away for the weekend, but she knew quickly it was unusual.
“From my apartment I can hear just the regular train bells going on a normal night, so hearing the blaring horns that loud for that long, I honestly thought I was dreaming,” she told The Post.
“I really feel for my neighbours in the loss of sleep because we are all hearing the same thing, some louder than others.”
The Post has reached out for comment from CN in regards to events that took place Tuesday morning.