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North Fond du Lac train whistles could end soon

10:47 AM, Oct. 18, 2013
A train leaves the North Fond du Lac rail yards heading north.
A train leaves the North Fond du Lac rail yards heading north.
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North Fond du Lac residents are hoping soon to hear the crunch of leaves or geese overhead - uninterrupted by train horns.

The Village of North Fond du Lac lost its quiet zone status on Sept. 1 due to two 2007 accidents at the Lakeshore Drive crossing, and trains have been blowing their horns an estimated 140-160 times per day. To regain its quiet status, officials are planning to vacate a section of Lakeshore Drive where it crosses Canadian National railroad tracks.

"It's the only route I know of to get (whistles) to stop," said Village Administrator Chuck Hornung. ...

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