Fewer train whistles are annoying Innisfail residents.
The town and CP Rail have been working on eliminating the use of train whistles within the town’s limits, and whistles were no longer heard at four out of six crossings as of June 10.
“People will be able to sleep at nights,” said deputy mayor Don Harrison.
“The comment I’ve heard is, ‘It’s sure nice that I’m not woken up at three in the morning with one of those monsters blowing their whistle.’”
Trains have stopped whistling at crossings at 44th and 49th Avenues, and at 50th and 42nd Street crossings.
Work continues towards eliminating the whistle at a crossing at Highway 54 in the south end of town, and another in the north end at 42nd Avenue.
Crossings in Innisfail are controlled with arms and lights, except for the 42 Ave. crossing where CP Rail is working to install controls.
Harrison said a few people say they miss hearing the whistle, but most do not, especially those living near the tracks.
“The public has been trying for a number of years to have something done with the whistles.”
CP said even though whistle cessation is underway in Innisfail, train horns will still be used in the town if there is a safety concern, like someone on or near the railway tracks.
Innisfail is in the final stages of installing permanent signage to remind residents to be cautious when using the crossings, and temporary signs are currently in place.