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LETTER: Silent night? Not in Port Robinson

Despite miles of track along uninhabited industrial lands to the north, CN trains continue to sit idling amidst a residential section of Port Robinson
A subdivision sits just behind the tree line. Bob Liddycoat / Thorold News

Dear Editor:

On Dec 25, 2019, I prepared food for our family Christmas dinner.  

The radio was on for Christmas carols and  the next song to play was "There's No Place Like Home For The Holidays" by Perry Como. Ironic, since it should have been. However, it was anything but what the song promised because starting at 4:30 a.m. and continuing until about 9:00 p.m., three locomotives and their freight trains moved into the Port Robinson East CN Train Yard. 

Locomotives settled in for the day to idle non-stop for approximately 17-1/2 hours. Trains had also idled and passed back forth for most of Christmas Eve. At 5:55 p.m. on Christmas day, there was a tremendous explosion, two rail cars banging into each other. Throughout Christmas day, instead of good cheer, it was excessive noise and vibration, loud banging of rail cars, screeching on the rails and nasty diesel fumes spread by the locomotives.

I will not host Christmas dinner in my home again to endure the endless idling of the locomotives.

June Wolfrath
Port Robinson