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Future Sheldon Resident

Date posted - April 8, 2013

Hello Sheldon Community. I’m curious about the usual times of the day or night that trains go through Sheldon on the two railroads – north/south along 2nd Avenue and east/west south of 11th Street. Do you find the railcars stopped in town often? (blocking streets to work or school?) I really appreciate your replies for planning my move. ┬áThank you!

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14 Responses to “Future Sheldon Resident”

  1. Jon says:

    The east-west railroad is not used frequently and when used does not greatly disrupt traffic flows as the trains tend to be short (thought they move slowly through there). The north-south railroad is fairly active, however, with frequent, long trains. Most trains simply pass through the community, but several trains will stop for transfers from AGP, located near downtown. These trains occasionally block some of the crossings on 8th and 7th streets, but usually do not cross the major crossings at 16th street or Highway 18. I would say that trains do not tend to pass during typical high traffic hours for cars, and they don’t usually pose significant delays. I suppose I would advise living somewhat away from the north-south train crossing if possible, though because it is used frequently and can be noisy. However, living close to the east-west railroad is not really a concern at all because it is not frequently used. Hope this helps.

    • local shopper says:

      I live south of 11th and these rail road tracks are used more infrequently than the ones on the West side of town. However, about once every three months or so a train will block traffic from late afternoon to early evening. It will block S. 9th and/or S. Washington for up to 20-30 minutes at a time. A driver will have to turn around and find another route. As far as noise though, it is not a disruption to our neighborhood. I really like living on this side of town, so it is worth the hassle on such rare ocassions. BTW a unique question for someone moving to town.

  2. Lee Ann says:

    I ‘ve lived in Sheldon for about 10 years now. And once at 10:30 pm the train was across the old hwy 60 2nd Avenue. Once I was going down Washington, and a train had crossed Washington for a few minutes. They travel slowly but don’t ever block the streets for long. About 10:30 at night, several trains drive on the tracks through Sheldon, but it doesn’t bother me, I find it kind of comfy and homelike. In the summer I like to sit out back and listen to the sounds and those trains are something I enjoy hearing. But I grew up near train tracks, so I’m used to it.

    They aren’t so busy that you’d have to worry about where to live in town, because there is always a way around them, and they aren’t that much of a problem.

  3. biker says:

    Interesting questions. East n west is slow. Inactive to the most part. Tanks here sheldon uses them to get pallets of plastic to make there tanks. There may be some switching at dairy Dandy but thats it. Yes about once every 3-4 weeks a train may block an intersection but that is about it. North n South trains move quickly threw town and really are not that noticable. The switch engine will make the switches at AGP but that is mainly in the late evening hours or early morning hours. Sometime you’ll have to wait at the crossing but that is usaul. Hope that helps. Good question though – are you moving somewhere near the tracks or concerned about…………

    • Old Sheldon Resident says:

      We live next to the east-west line and there is a short train that goes west and then returns east EVERY day. We have become so use to it that we do not notice it everyday. It is slow moving and I don’t remember it ever being a noise nuisance. The trains are quiet compared to 30 years ago.

  4. resident south says:

    I live in the Sunshine edition on the south end of town, a train frequently will shut down through traffic across 9th and 10th avenue, however you usually can tell about when and its easy to find a way around. I usually head IP to Washington or to old 60

    • Future Sheldon Resident says:

      Thank you so much for all of your comments! When I was in town looking for a place, the one time I crossed south of 11th Street, I did stop for west bound train and there was another east bound train waiting at a Y, so I didn’t know how typical or usual it was. Thanks for clarifying. I was also considering a place west of the N/S tracks, but it is not going to work anyway now for other reasons. Now if I can just find a place. . . I think I’ll call in Tradio tomorrow.

      • Lee Ann says:

        When I moved to town about 10 years ago, Dan Engelsman from Engelsman accounting services was mentioned as a good landlord that has several places to rent. I rented from him for about 5 years, and he was a very very good landlord, taking care of things immediately. i don’t think referring him here would be against any rules, would it? If so, you can delete this out. But I would think its allright, since he does rent a lot of places.

  5. Old ORAB says:

    Very interesting question indeed. Do you plan on moving into a new house? If renting will you be looking for a first floor apartment in a new complex? The people of Sheldon are wonderful. I’m sure you’ll find them warm and welcoming. It’s not uncommon for them to stop by unexpected to just say hello. Everybody knows each other; it’s a very close community. Do you come from a small town too? New job? I miss the town; perhaps I can return someday. Welcome and Go Orabs!

  6. Sheldon resident says:

    I live close to tracks that are west. Doesn’t bother me but my husband hears it during the night. Also I feel that sometimes around 5 a.m. and sometimes around 3 p.m. there is a hold up during farming months. Because of the need to stop at AGP.

    • Lee Ann says:

      I lived near train tracks growing up and I find that I enjoy hearing them. must have something to do with being warm and cozy when its cold and snowy or something.

    • rdw says:

      New people moving into Sheldon makes the town better. My opinion for what it’s worth.

  7. Jill C. says:

    We just moved to Sheldon and I hardly notice the train noise, and have not had to wait on a train even once yet. For what it’s worth, we live NE of Washington Ave. and Hwy 18, so not really that close to the tracks. My children haven’t really commented on the trains but that 6 o’clock whistle really freaked them out the first couple of days!

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