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Published October 07, 2012, 09:20 AM

Western North Dakota town wants to silence railroad horns

BEACH, N.D. (AP) — Residents of the western North Dakota town of Beach say they're looking forward to hearing fewer train horns in town.

BEACH, N.D. (AP) — Residents of the western North Dakota town of Beach say they're looking forward to hearing fewer train horns in town.

The city is establishing a "quiet zone" for railroads next spring. Passing trains won't be required to sound their horns unless there is an emergency.

Beach is located near the Montana border in southwestern North Dakota. City Auditor Kim Nunberg says residents have been asking for a quiet zone since the tourist town of Medora set one up more than two years ago. Medora is about 25 miles east of Beach.

City Engineer Terry Boehm tells The Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/OLDfO2 ) that safety improvements to railroad crossings are needed to establish a quiet zone.

Several other North Dakota cities have quiet zones, including Grand Forks and Fargo.

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