Sep 282012

Folks who live in Hammond are accustomed (if grudgingly) to the frequent train whistles. We may complain, but the whistles are there for a good reason – to prevent tragedies.

On the right is Bobby and Margaret Rock (nee Erickson), taken in the early 1950s. On July 10, 1954 they were killed by a passenger train on the Lorne Road crossing in Hammond. They were 23 years old. (The other couple is Doug and Rose Airth on their wedding day.)

The Rocks were survived by their three children: Robert, who was turning four the following September; Trudy, turning three in October; and Treva, who had turned one on the previous fourth of July.

Treva recently posted the above photo on Facebook. Many people came forward with their memories of the couple, which were very much appreciated by Treva. Some commented on Treva’s resemblance to her Mom and Dad, and also to her grandmother who raised her after she lost her parents.

In the face of such a tragedy, it’s easy to stop complaining about the train whistles.


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  2 Responses to “The Reason for the Train Whistles”

  1. So very, very sad 🙁
    I just wish that I could understand WHY, people are still being killed on those tracks? We have the train whistles, the barriers and the flashing lights with loud bells, let alone the trains which are not exactly quiet machines…. and STILL this happens!
    However there is one train whose engineers need training on HOW LONG, they should sound the whistles! The West Coast Express sounds it’s whistles from one town to the next! And that, in my mind IS unnecessary!

    • I think train whistles encourage drivers and people to rush across the tracks before the train arrives.

      When the lights start flashing, but the gates are not down yet, is like an amber light, to some drivers.

      The bridge at Meadow Town amplifies east bound trains whistles too.

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